3.5 stars


Scrivener Mac is designed primarily for writers of novels and screenplays, with features such as storyboarding and virtual index cards that help you track character and other related information. The notes and documents you add to Scrivener are stored in a “binder,” and the main binder window follows the familiar multi-pane design: one column shows content categories and subcategories, with a large pane in the middle that shows the current note’s content. Scrivener is jam-packed with features, and its main window is full of panes, subpanes, and toolbars.

You can annotate notes with labels, links, notes, references, and keywords. There is a full-screen editing mode for minimal distraction. When you’re ready, Scrivener lets you export your novel to ePub or Kindle formats.



  • Lots of features
  • Exports to ePub or Kindle


  • Designed for writers rather than general-purpose note taking
  • Feature-packed user interface is confusing


  • $45.00

Overall Rating: 3.5 / 5

Scrivener Mac has an impressive feature set, but that’s not always a good thing (the bloated Microsoft Word comes to mind). Although it borrows the simplistic multi-pane approach to presenting notes, it has enough other methods of working and presenting notes that it is capable of organizing large amounts of information. It’s user interface overwhelms, and its focus on writers means features and user interface choices that are awkward for general note taking use.

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