Scrivener Mac App Store

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As a relatively new Mac user, I am completely enjoying my introduction into the wonderful world of Mac Application. Unlike many Windows Apps that still sport a 1990s Windows ME look, Mac Apps are clean and contemporary.

The App Store handles downloading, installing, and registering Scrivener. NOTE: Downloading Scrivener through the Mac App store is easier, but you won't receive updates as quickly, and there may be a few areas of limited function due to Apple's rules for software. Also, Apple takes a cut of the profits. From the Scrivener 3 blog post: Along with the updated features and the revamped interface, Scrivener 3 on macOS has been rewritten as a 64-bit app and to take advantage of new Mac technologies. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window).

One of the new applications I am falling in love with is Scrivener. Scrivener is a writing tool without equal.

Unfortunately, for someone like me trying to juggle both a Windows OS world and a Mac OS world, there is nothing close to Scrivener for Windows. I have tried many of the suggested applications, but without exception, the Windows apps lack the killer features Scrivener offers.

For me, it’s not too critical, because I do have a Mac, and Scrivener is quickly becoming part of my workflow. What I am missing on the Mac side is Microsoft OneNote. As with Scrivener, OneNote is without equal as an information gathering tool. The newest version of OneNote 2010, just released this spring, takes the app from good to Wow! I love OneNote.

This got me to thinking about my “perfect” toolbox. What would it look like if all applications were cross-platform?

Here is my Windows toolbox (Work):

  • OneNote (structured research for projects/papers. Better organization, note-taking, highlighting, compiling)
  • Evernote (general information capture)
  • PersonalBrain (long-term information store. Shows connection between areas of focus. Thoughts link to pages in OneNote or Evernote)
  • MindManager (Dashboards for planning and 30,000 to 50,000 related tasks. Mindjet the maker of MindManager offers a Mac version of MindManager, but it is essentially a new purchase at upgrade pricing. At $XXX+, that’s too much for cross-platform convenience.)
  • Microsoft Word (like it or not, most of my writing must end up in Word format, which is the standardized format in most sectors)
  • TaskAngel / Toodledo for list management and GTD implementation
  • GoToDo app on Android mobile phone syncs with Toodledo
  • I will add The Journal to this list. I have played with the trial version the last few weeks, and this will become my writing tool. Prior to this, I have used Microsoft Word.

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Scrivener Mac App Store

Here is my Mac OS toolbox (Home):

App Store

  • Evernote (sync with my Windows data)
  • PersonalBrain (syncs with my Windows brain via SugarSync)
  • OmniOutliner (the best outliner I have used without question. If only it was available for Windows!)
  • Scrivener (This is where my search for a Windows replacement for Word started. I love Scrivener and would pay any price to have access to its features on both Mac and Windows. The Journal is my Scrivener counterpart in Windows, but to be honest, it’s not even close.)
  • Toodledo via the web interface.

What’s missing from my Mac OS perfect world? OneNote. I love OneNote.


So, if we can engage in some fantasy right now, here is my “perfect” toolbox if all of the applications in the world were cross platform:

  • OneNote
  • MindManager
  • PersonalBrain
  • OmniOutliner
  • Scrivener
  • Microsort Word (a necessary final destination)
  • OmniFocus (synching with Toodledo)
  • GotToDo on my Android phone

What do you think? How would you blend applications in perfect world?