I was so excited to get an email earlier this week with the news that Scrivener – my very favorite writing software – was finally going to be available for iOS (sorry Android users, not yet). Scrivener for iOS connects to your saved Dropbox files, allowing you to access your writing from your iPad or iPhone.
This has been a loooong time in coming, and Scrivener fans have been impatiently sighing and drumming their fingers for what seems like ages. The app was released to the Apple App Store this morning, and I had already purchased a copy before I got out of bed! Wheee! 😀
Originally created for novelists and script writers, Scrivener is an awesome tool for anyone who likes to write… and if you’re a genealogist, you probably like to write! In fact, many genealogists have already embraced Scrivener as their go-to writing software because it helps you write, outline, view your research, take notes, and organize everything in one, simple space.
I started using Scrivener last year when I was asked to write a review for the FGS FORUM (Spring 2016). Doing the review forced me to learn how to USE the software, and I’m so glad I did. I now use Scrivener for all of my writing, from outline to final product!
You can give Scrivener a whirl yourself with a free, 30-day trial. What’s really cool is that they mean 30 ACTUAL DAYS of use. In other words, if you use it every day, it lasts fir 30 days; if you use it only two days a week, it lasts for fifteen weeks. Before the trial expires, you can export all of your work or buy a license to continue using it forever. Scrivener is available for Windows and Mac OS, with a Linux version still in beta.
If you need help getting started with Scrivener, check out Lisa Alzo’s Scrivener Boot Camps, as well as her Scrivener for Genealogists (Windows) QuickSheet PDF eGuide.
Now that I’m awake and coffee’d, I’m having fun playing around with my shiny, new Scrivener for iOS. I am so thrilled to be able to access all of my “scrivenings” from my mobile device! 😀
Other stuff I wrote:
What does a goofy Animal Ancestry website, FamilySearch Indexing, a 220 year-old family Bible, and hand-made kilts have in common? Nothing, except that fact that I liked them!read more
Do you have an ancestor who named all of his children John or Mary SMITH? Moved away and left no trace? Went missing whenever the census taker showed up? Bring him or her to the July Genealogy Blog POOL Party, and push him in the pool!read more
Good news for California historians and researchers: a new partnership between the California State Archives and the Google Cultural Institute has been announced. This will allow for digitization of the Archives, making them accessible to all.read more
Why, yes, you CAN use a post you wrote before the GBP theme was announced…and other bits of news about the #Genealogy Blog Party.read more
Which of your ancestors deserves to sit on the Iron Throne? Tell us about your “strongest” ancestor for this month’s Genealogy Blog Party!read more
In this week’s #Take5Tech: Get wordy (and use pics) on Twitter, Periscope saves by default now, no more goofy passwords (shame on you), Flipboard gets G+ support, and Facebook is watching (even if you’re not)!read more
Remember that time you thought John Smith was born in 1749, but his mom died in 1742? Oops. Join this month’s Genealogy Blog Party and party and ‘fess up to your duh moments. No one will judge you at this party!read more
In this week’s #Take5Tech: Wordpress scores .blog domain, Amazon takes on YouTube, YouTube adds in-app messaging, and more!read more
I found the clue 8 years ago. But I didn’t know what to do with it.read more
Does your research take you to Florida and/or Texas? If so, check out these two, new books from the National Genealogical Society’s (NGS) Research in the States series: Florida and Texas.read more
In this week’s #10Things: 3 foundlings reunited, hidden messages in colonial handwriting, Canadian census nerds, Leonardo da Vinci’s face, and more!read more
In this week’s #Take5Tech: time’s almost up for a free Win10 upgrade, Periscope #saves, the App Store’s search is broken, and more!read more
If I had the chance to go back in time to see my 2x great-grandfather, what would I ask him? And where would I find him, exactly?read more
The first application for DAR membership which relied, in part, on Y-DNA as evidence, has been approved. THIS genealogist is thrilled!read more