Typewriter. Corkboard. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines all the writing tools you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop.
“The biggest software advance for writers since the word processor.”
- Best-selling novelist Michael Marshall Smith
GROW YOUR MANUSCRIPT YOUR WAY
Tailor-made for creating long manuscripts, Scrivener lets you break up your writing into sections as small or large as you like. At its heart is a simple ring-binder metaphor—gather material and switch between writing, notes and research with ease. Got a great idea but don’t know where it fits? Compose your text in any order you want—write when inspiration strikes and find its place later.
SEE THE FOREST *OR* THE TREES
Whether you plan or plunge, Scrivener works your way: hammer out every last detail before typing a word, or carve out a draft and restructure later. Or do a bit of both. All text sections in Scrivener are integrated with an easy-to-use project outline, so working with an overview of your manuscript is only ever a click away, and turning Chapter Four into Chapter One is as simple as drag and drop.
RESEARCH WITHIN REACH
Need to refer to research? In Scrivener, your background material is always at hand, and you can open it right alongside what you’re working on. Write a description based on a photograph. Transcribe an interview. Or check for consistency against an earlier chapter.
GETTING IT OUT THERE
Once you’re ready to share your work with the world, turn your manuscript into a beautiful ebook or PDF, export to Word, or simply print it out. You can even share using different formatting, so that you can write in your favorite font and still keep your editor happy.
Scrivener’s users include best-selling novelists, screenwriters, students, academics, lawyers, journalists and translators. It won’t tell you how to write—it just provides everything you need to start writing and keep writing.
• Project templates for novels, scripts, essays and more
• Import many different types of file
• Easily split imported text into separate sections
• Familiar writing and formatting tools
• Easily switch between working on small sections, chapters and the whole manuscript
• Styles support
• Distraction-free full-screen mode
• Scriptwriting mode for screenplays, stage plays, comic scripts and more
• Live word count
• Mark up text with comments
• Footnote support
• Keep “snapshots” of older versions of your writing
• Name generator
• MathType support
• Set writing targets
• Track your writing history
• Automatic backups
Find Your Structure
• Write in any order and reorganize later
• Assign a synopsis to any section, then work with an overview of your manuscript in the outliner
• Plot your ideas using the corkboard
• Track different threads using labels
• Fast project-wide search
• Apply custom icons to your sections
• Use document templates for new sections (e.g. character sheets in novels)
Refer to Research
• Import research—images, web pages, PDF files and more
• View research files or other sections alongside your writing
• Transcribe audio files
Get it Out There
• Compile to a single document for sharing or printing
• Export to Word
• Print or create PDF files
• Create Epub and Kindle files
• Export to Final Draft
• Supports MultiMarkdown and LaTeX export
• Convert rich text to Markdown
• Sync with our iOS version (available separately)
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• Added a “Vellum Export” Compile format for use with .docx. This makes it easy to export a Word document that is formatted ready for import into Vellum, the self-publishing app for macOS.
• Tweaked HTML5 export for ePub and Kindle formats to work around an issue whereby Kindle Previewer and Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature could scramble certain characters.
• ePub now supports the “Book begins after front matter” option.
• Added an “Optimize for Kindle conversion” checkbox for ePub 3 export for submitting to self-publishing services that require ePub files even for Amazon publication.
• Scrivener’s MultiMarkdown support has been updated to version 6.
• New MultiMarkdown and LaTeX project templates and Compile formats added.
• The $include placeholder tag now works in title prefixes and suffixes and Section Layout prefixes and suffixes.
• The $date, $createdDate and $modifiedDate placeholders now allow for custom date formats (e.g. by using $date:HH:ss:mm).
• Added options for controlling the header and footer margins for print and PDF.
• Added an option to override style names during Compile, which can be useful for meeting specific formatting requirements.
• When compiling a subgroup, if “Treat compile group as complete manuscript” is ticked, Scrivener now looks inside the front and back matter folders for a subfolder that matches the compile group name, and if one is found, uses that for the front or back matter instead of the entire folder. This makes it much easier for users writing multiple books inside a single project to switch between different books when compiling.
• Added “Apply Keywords to Selected Documents” and “Remove Keywords from Selected Documents” to the Keywords panel contextual menu, making it easier to add and remove keywords to and from multiple documents.
• Improved dotted underline drawing in the editor as well as for printing and PDF export.
• Improved “Select Similar Formatting” to work better with styles.
• You can now insert media time stamps into the Inspector and Copyholders as well as the main editor.
• Improvements made to highlights in PDF files.
• It is now possible to disable smart quotes separately from hyphens and ellipses for script mode in the “Corrections” Preferences.
• You can now copy the link in the footer below an imported web page using the contextual menu.
• “Sort” options moved from Edit > Move to a dedicated Edit > Sort menu.
• Sorting is now supported in bookmarks.
• The size of comment popovers now takes into consideration the text scale.
• Worked around a bug in macOS whereby images in the editor could become faded after a save and reload.
• Many, many more refinements and bug fixes.