Scrivener, the best-selling writing program from Literature and Latte, has been released in the Apple Store. As you may know, Scrivener is the #1 program that I use for almost all of my short- and long-form writing. The Mac version of the program has been updated to more closely follow the Yosemite and El Capitan OS upgrades from Apple. If you already have Scrivener on your Mac and you have set the program to auto-upgrade, the program is already updated. Hopefully this newest upgrade from L&L may mean that an iOS version of Scrivener is coming soon, but that program has been “coming soon” for several years now.
Two very important things to remember with this major Scrivener upgrade:
1) As you open a project in your Scrivener, it will automatically update to the new 2.7 version, and that new version will NOT be backward compatible to previous versions of Scrivener.
2) Upgraded projects in the Mac version of Scrivener will no longer work on the Windows version. Scrivener was originally a Mac product, and Mac is first in the eyes of L & L. I haven’t used Windows or a PC since I (very happily) switched to Macs about five years ago, so I cannot speak to Scrivener on Windows.
When you open your updated Scrivener, you will see where you can download the pdf of the also updated Scrivener User Guide for 2.7. I keep my Scrivener User Guide open in a window of my desktop when I’m using the program so that I can easily refer to it. The guide is extremely comprehensive and covers everything you may encounter while using Scrivener. With the new El Capitan OS that will be available on September, you will be able to easily work from a split screen on your Mac desktop; you can refer to the guide in one screen while working with Scrivener in the other screen.
Below is a quick 2-minute video that highlights the updates in Scrivener 2.7 for Mac. Happy Writing!