Academic papers with Scrivener and Pages (iWork)

Q: Has anyone come up with a workflow that begins in Scrivener, includes footnotes, and ends in Pages?

Background: I’m a new user trying to convince myself to register Scrivener (having registered and abandoned two similar apps for authors). Scrivener is definitely best in class, but if I can’t export footnotes out of it, then it will likely be a waste of time. Trouble is, I do my final polishing in Pages and must often distribute my work as MS Word docs.

Pages has done a reliable job for me of importing and exporting DOC files. Its RTF support is measly in comparison. I’ve searched the forums here and have learned that DOC exports from Scrivener are often RTFs, which explains why footnotes vanish when these files are opened in Pages. RTFD works, sort of, but requires me to manually edit each footnote’s format. They are not recognized as styled objects in Pages.

Please don’t advise me to switch to LaTeX or Word or what-have-you. I just need to know whether anyone has succeeded in coming up with a Scrivener->Pages workflow.

FWIW I’ve used the Pages feedback tool to request that Apple provide an “export to Pages” tool for developers.

From other posts in these forums, the best solution for this it seems, if you don’t want to run your RTF through NeoOffice or OpenOffice to turn it into a .doc, is not to use the in-built footnoting system in Scrivener because of Pages’ inability to read RTF footnotes, rather to use linking to put your footnotes/endnotes in a separate file or files in Scrivener which will export as an ordinary part of the text and then sort it all out in Pages.

Either way, going through an intermediate app or going through the sorting-it-out-in-Pages routine will involve some extra work.


Thanks for that. I have NeoOffice installed, but hadn’t thought of using it to convert RTFs to DOCs. I’ll test it out. Footnotes in Scrivener are so intuitive that I’d hate to have to work around them with links.