UPDATE 20/03/13: Scrivener is now back up for sale on the Mac App Store, and is once more running fine on 10.6.8. Thanks to all our Mac App Store users who have been very understanding about the issues we faced.
UPDATE: Scrivener 2.3.1 is now available on the Mac App Store. We resolved the issues mentioned below and our icon designer worked overtime to get the new, larger icon ready, and Apple hurried 2.3.1 through the review process within a few hours of submitting the updated version. Fingers crossed our App Store users won't have such long delays again and that this was a one off.
Given that we're receiving emails, tweets and forum postings daily asking when the iPad and iPhone versions of Scrivener will be released, I thought it only polite to give everyone a quick update on where things stand. (For those of you who prefer brevity, the content of this post can be summarised thus: Not for a good while yet, sorry!)
One of my favourite Douglas Adams quotes is this:
One of the main issues with supporting a deep program such as Scrivener is providing enough help and tutorial materials. Although it's relatively straightforward to pick up and start using Scrivener, it can be used in many different ways, and while our tutorial and Help manual are thorough, we're aware it would be really useful to provide some more workflow-oriented tutorials and walkthroughs. To this end, we've already decided to put some time aside after releasing 2.1 (out soon) to write some more tutorials for the Knowledge Base wiki, and to put some more screencasts together.
The big Mac-related news of the past week has been the release of the shiny new Mac App Store, which got plonked into the Dock of anybody who upgraded to OS X 10.6.6. Accordingly, we've been receiving a number of enquiries about our plans: some potential customers want to know if we'll be coming to the App Store because they would rather buy from this central app hub; others, and some existing customers, are concerned that we will move to the App Store and stop selling via our own site, as a couple of high-profile apps have done, and about what the ramifications of such a move would be in terms of upgrades.
For those participating in NaNoWriMo this year - or who are just curious about the features in Scrivener 2.0, which will be released officially next Monday (1st November) - we have just posted a special NaNoWriMo preview version on the following page, as promised: