You may purchase the download version of Scrivener at the special educational rate of $38.25 for Macs ($6.75 savings) and $35 for Windows ($5 savings). When you click the button to purchase Scrivener, you will be taken to a reseller website.
Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers of all kinds—novelists, journalists, academics, screenwriters, and playwrights. It allows you to compose and structure a long piece of text while referring to research documents.
Using Scrivener is like having a “writer’s shed” for those of us who don’t have a spare shed. It’s a ring-binder, a scrapbook, a corkboard, an outliner and text editor all rolled into one.
Every document is attached to a virtual index card onto which you can jot a synopsis. Moving the cards on Scrivener’s corkboard rearranges their associated text in your draft. Mark common themes or content using labels; stack cards, grouping related documents together; or place cards anywhere on the board using freeform mode.
View and edit the synopses and meta-data of your documents in Scrivener’s powerful outliner. Organize your ideas using as many or few levels as you want and drag and drop to restructure your work. Check word counts, see what’s left to do using the Status column, and create custom columns to store any information you need.
Scrivenings mode allows you to collect the constituent components into a single editor, so that you can edit them as though they were all part of one document: in Scrivener, you’re only ever a click away from seeing the forest or the trees.
Scrivener provides access to all the features of the OS X text system: add tables, bullet points and images and format your text however you want using the format bar at the top of the page. Add footnotes and comments in the inspector and choose how they should be laid out when you export or print. Enter page layout view to see your words on virtual pages, which can be set up to mimic your printer settings or the pages of a book. And because the font and style you find most comfortable for writing and editing may not be the same as those required in your final document, Scrivener’s advanced Compile settings optionally allow you to print or export your work in a completely different format.
Tools for Writing Non-Fiction
You will find a number of useful academic templates for writing papers, essays, and dissertations in common style formats, including Chicago style essay format, APA & MLA papers, Undergraduate Humanities essay format, as well as general non-fiction, technical writing and research proposals. Integrate your preferred bibliography management software into Scrivener’s menu system for easy on-demand access to your library of references. Using MultiMarkdown, you can create LaTeX documents with a great degree of flexibility. As of version 2.1, you can include beautifully typeset editable MathType equations in your work. Those working with gigantic libraries of reference material in PDF and other formats will appreciate the ability to link to original files rather than importing them into the project, giving you the best of both worlds: Scrivener’s built-in split viewing and full Binder organization, without the overhead of storing gigabytes of research data in your projects.
While Scrivener is not intended to replace dedicated screenplay software, its familiar scriptwriting features make formatting a script straightforward. So you can draft your script inside Scrivener using the unique research and structural tools and then export it to industry-standard scriptwriting software such as Final Draft. And because you can mix up script formatting with regular text, it makes writing treatments easier than ever.
Statistics and Targets
A live word and character count of the current section is always in view at the bottom of the screen, and you can set a word or character count target for each section. For a wider perspective, though, Scrivener’s Project Statistics panel allows you to check the word, character and page counts of your manuscript so far, and the Project Targets let you set the number of words, characters or pages you aim to achieve for the whole draft or just for the current session. Call up the targets panel to see your progress reflected in the colored bars as you write.
Never be afraid to make mistakes. Scrivener's "snapshot" feature makes it easy to return to an earlier version of your text. Before embarking on a major edit, take a snapshot and you’ll be able to return to the current version any time you want. Not sure about the changes you’ve made? Just call up your snapshots in the inspector to compare previous edits or restore an older version of the text.
Because sometimes you want to blank out the rest of the world while you write—or at least the rest of the screen. One click in Scrivener’s toolbar and you can leave the rest of your desktop behind. Fade the background in and out, choose the width of the "paper" and get writing. Prefer an old-school green-text-on-black look or your favorite countryside scene as a backdrop? No problem. Flexible preferences mean you can set up the full-screen mode as you please. Change documents, refer to your notes, apply keywords—or most importantly, just write—in one of the most beautiful distraction-free modes available.
Scrivener for Mac: Requirements
Scrivener for Mac requires OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or above (note on PDF display in OS X 10.6). Scrivener 2 is fully compatible with OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).
Intel Only: An Intel-based Mac is required to run Scrivener. Scrivener for Mac App Store requires OS X 10.6.7 or above, owing to the fact that the Mac App Store itself cannot be installed on an older version of 10.6.
Scrivener for Windows: Requirements
Scrivener requires Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 or 10 (32 or 64 bit) with DirectX. 1GB RAM; 1ghz; 100mb disk space; 1024 x 768 screen; Internet connection (required for a one-time activation process, prior to registration).