Here at The Armchair Genealogist, we are pretty big fans of the writing software Scrivener. Recently the makers of Scrivener, Literature and Latte, released their long-awaited iOS app for Scrivener. You can now use Scrivener on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Previously, you could sync your Scrivener projects across your Windows and Mac desktops, laptops and netbooks using Dropbox. Now you can add your iPhone, iPad and iPod to the list. You will still require Dropbox to make this happen.
iPhone App for Notes
To be perfectly honest I don’t see using the iPhone app for writing. However, I can see using it to make notes. Do you have those moments when you finish writing but your brain hasn’t quite finished writing? I do! An idea, phrase or word comes to you that you just have to write down? Now I can quickly open Scrivener on my iPhone and make a note. Also, if you’re familiar with how I use Scrivener for writing a family history, then you know that I also keep an ongoing research list in Scrivener. Now I can quickly access that list from my iPhone. I’m sure as I continue to use the app I will find new ways to use it for my writing and I will be sure to share them with you.
Scrivener on the iPad
I do know many of you love using the iPad for writing. The fact that it has a long battery life makes it a great writing tool, especially for travelling. With the new iOS app, you can sync your Scrivener to your iPad. Handy! It might actually be the tipping point for me to buy an iPad.
The iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch app costs $19.99 and provides the full range of features that your desktop version offers except the corkboard on the iPhone.
Here’s a screenshot of the next workbook I’m working in our series Writing a Family History from my laptop and my iPhone. By the way, my computer is a PC, my phone is an iPhone, and there seems no problem syncing from one to the other.
If you’re like me and like to make the most of your day, and find small chunks of time in your day to be writing, this new app is going to improve your opportunities. Just one more reason Scrivener continues to be the best writing software on the market and why it continues to make sense for the family historian.
Not familiar with Scrivener?
Scrivener provides writers with the ability to customize their writing environment, keep their research close at hand when writing their family history stories, and its unbelievable power to publish a family history into whatever format you would like is the icing on the cake.
Not sure if Scrivener is for you, check out our video catalogue. We help you see Scrivener from a family historian’s perspective.
Still Struggling to Learn Scrivener?
Have you bought Scrivener but still struggling to figure it out? Our guide, Scrivener for the Family Historian breaks it down for you in simple, uncomplicated terms. It's available as a download here or on Amazon in paperback.
When you combine our guide with our free videos and free family history templates, we take all the work out of learning to use Scrivener.