Scrivener for iOS: First Review

Scrivener for iOS: First Review

In this video, I’ll review the iOS versionof Scrivener that’s just been released.

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Hi, this is Bela from the Writer’s Territoryand today, I’m happy to announce that Scrivener for iOS has been released.

The first timeit has been officially announced on the Literature and Latte website was in December 2011.

So, I’m happy it has finally arrived andI’m gonna give you a quick overview of what it can do.

I’ve been using Scrivener on my iMac sofar and my worries concerning the iOS version were, is there going to be enough real estateon a mobile device, especially when you’re working with multiple documents, and whatis the syncing process going to be.

Before we dive into it, be aware that youneed to update to Scrivener 2.

8 on your MAC in order to have the SYNC function.

SYNCING So, let’s start with that right off thebat.

How does Syncing work? Let’s address the elephant in the room upfront.

There is no iCloud syncing.

And that’s because Scrivener projects are in and of itself kindof a database that holds all your single documents.

Every time you change one of them, that fileis updated and needs to be synced.

Now, Literature and Latte say, iCloud syncingis simply not sophisticated enough to give Scrivener enough control over when which fileis going to be synced, and that’s a problem and basically could mess up your project.

So, instead, Scrivener for iOS syncs withDropbox.

To set up sync on your iOS device, tap theSYNC button and choose to link to Dropbox.

Once you’ve done that, Scrivener will askyou which folder you want to sync.

The default is a Scrivener folder in your Apps folder,but you can choose any other folder you like.

Once you’ve selected the folder, Scrivenerwill sync all those files with the corresponding folder on your MAC or Windows machine.

Whichmeans, you only want to have Scrivener projects in that folder, nothing else.

When sync is setup and you create a new projecton your iOS device you can choose between storing it in your Dropbox folder and havingit synced, or storing it locally.

Of course you can also drag and drop yourfiles into iTunes via USB transfer, if that’s what you want to do.

But keep in mind thatthose projects are not synced automatically back to your MAC or Windows machine.

THE BINDER In order to show you what the binder in iOScan do let’s first go to settings – by tapping the gear icon in the lower left corner ofthe sidebar – and let’s activate those options: – Show Labels- Tint Rows with Label Colors – Show Status- Show Synopses OK, back to the binder.

If you tap a documentin the binder, it’s opened in the editor.

Tap and hold to open the inspector window.

Like in the MAC or Windows version you can edit title and synopsis, add documents, notes,and the like.

Since we have activated “Tint Rows with Label Colors” we can assign alabel and see the color reflected in the binder.

Now, I’m guessing that on your MAC or Windowsmachine you’re used to having multiple levels of files and folders open at once.

Since thescreen real estate of mobile devices is a little bit more limited, this can be a problemhere.

Or not.

Depending on how many files you have and how you like to work with Scrivener.

That’s why the iOS version gives you twochoices here.

You can tap on a folder to reveal its subdocuments.

This will allow you to focuson this specific set of documents, but all of a sudden the rest of the binder is hidden.

If you want to use it more like the MAC or Windows version, without drilling down intoone specific folder, swipe left on the folder you want to open and you’re presented witha menu.

Now choose EXPAND and all the subdocuments of that folder will be revealed.

If you now hit the EDIT button in the bindernavigation bar you can move documents around.

Just press and hold them and drag them totheir new position.

You can also do that using the MOVE button in the menu if you swipe lefton that document.

DRAFT NAVIGATOR OK, now let’s look at how we can deal withscrivenings in the iOS version, and that’s where the DRAFT NAVIGATOR comes in.

This feature is not available on the iPhone.

Because of the limited screen size you can’t see much of a context anyway.

On the iPad the draft navigator more or lessdoes what the scrivenings mode on the full version does.

It shows you the contents ofyour draft folder in a continuous flow and you can either scroll or jump back and forthbetween documents with the chevrons.

To load a document into the main editor, simplytap it.

To edit it, double tap at the place you want to edit and the document will beloaded into the editor and you can make your changes.

CHANGING VIEW SIZE Changing the view size of your document inScrivener for iOS is very simple, just pinch and zoom.

That’s it.

Easy peasy.

SIDE BY SIDE EDITING Often when you’re writing you need to referto another document so you want to have it open side by side.

The iOS version of Scrivener can do that, just swipe left on a document in the binder,tap MORE and select QUICK REFERENCE.

The document you selected replaces the binder so you canrefer to it while you’re writing.

You can also make the sidebar wider if you want.

If you’re working with the corkboard youcan swipe left on a card to send it to the sidebar as a quick reference.

Speaking of the corkboard.

To get to the corkboardview tap the corkboard icon next to a group and the subdocuments will be displayed asindex cards in the editor.

If the group is already open you can tap anywhere in the grouprow except on the circled chevron.

The cards show each document’s title and synopsis,or, if there isn’t any synopsis they show a preview of the document’s content.

Youcan also assign an image to be shown for a document instead of its text.

In the corkboard you can drag cards around,reorder them or make them bigger or smaller with the pinching gesture.

You can also addnew documents, delete them, merge them, or move them.

If you tap a card, the document is loadedinto the editor.

If you swipe left – as shown before – you can use it as quick reference.

Double tap opens the inspector if you want to edit title, synopsis, status, et cetera.

You can also open the inspector by tappingthe “i” button in the editor navigation bar so you can leave it open right next toyour corkboard.

SCREENWRITING Scrivener for iOS can also do screenwriting,which is great news for people like me who use it maybe 90% of the time for writing scripts.

To turn screenwriting mode on you need togo to the project settings.

Having done that you can decide whether each of the documentsshall be a script document or not.

Projects that are created on the iOS device and onlyused there can only be formatted with the standard SCREENPLAY template.

However, ifyou bring a project over from your big machine or you sync it back and forth, you can changethe formatting settings and the iOS version will honor that.

The screenwriting mode works like just inany other screenwriting application, you can jump from element to element using TAB andRETURN, or, alternatively, pick and choose the elements from the dropdown list at thetop of the screen.

CONCLUSION Alright, I hope you got an overview of whatScrivener for iOS can do and if it’s worth buying it.

If not, watch out for more articlesand videos about it on writersterritory.

Com or on my YouTube channel so you can make upyour mind.

My verdict? It can do everything I hoped it could andthen some.

I think Lit’n’Lat did an incredible job at porting that software over to a mobileformat while retaining 100% compatibility with the big versions on MAC and Windows.

So, is it worth it? Yes, it is.

It’s 20 bucks well spent.

Youshould get one.

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