Like many people in this forum, I’ve been searching for an effective way of writing on my iPad and exchanging that data with Scrivener. I just bought an app called Manuscript for iPad (from Black Mana Studios) which, while not perfect by any means, permits the exchange of straight text files of any length, has a simple index card feature, a rough word count feature, and lets you use tools such as Wikipedia, a dictionary and thesaurus, and Google from within the application. Oh, and did I mention it imports and exports via Dropbox? Those waiting for Plaintext to arrive may wish to consider this instead. It works quite well.
Someone more technically-inclined than me have another way of moving text from Scrivener into Manuscript for iPad, but so far I’ve simply copied the content of individual binder folders to a text-based application like Bean, saved it as a txt file, and then dumped it into my Dropbox folder. The import into Manuscript for iPad is quick and clean. I’d welcome any suggestions about how to streamline this process, but honestly I don’t find it onerous.
A bonus: if you dump many chapters into a single file, then mark the individual sections with a simple template provided by the app developer, the app will import them all at once and divide them into individual chapters on the iPad. You can then shuffle the sections about at your leisure–just as you can in Scrivener’s binder! Nice touch.
I do wish the index card implementation were more robust, but it is a step in the right direction. For example, you can shuffle the cards about but you can’t create stacks of cards representing sections or chapters. I suspect that will come in a subsequent version. On the plus side, you are able to colour code individual cards and create distinct “Pitch” and “Synopsis” cards. Not bad for a first effort.
Another benefit for some users is that there is a separate version of the app for the iPhone/iPod Touch. It costs an additional $5. I didn’t buy it but I presume you could ‘sync’ Scrivener content with both the iPod and iPad versions if you were so inclined. Too much work for me.
The app is $9.99 US. You can find it here: itunes.apple.com/ca/app/manuscri … 32460?mt=8. And for the record, I am not affiliated with the developer in any way; I just think that solid efforts such as this should be supported.
Give it a try. You might like it.