Being Happy with the Tools You Have

Posted by Matt Birchler
β€” 1 min read

Scrivener was released a few weeks ago and I was really excited for its launch. I'm an avid writer, and any app that lets me do that better is exciting. I'm a big fan of Ulysses, which is a Markdown-based text editor for iOS and macOS, and it really does about everything I need for the sort of writing I do. Namely, Ulysses is great for writing content that ultimately needs to be exported as HTML or Markdown. I'm a blogger, so that's exactly what I'm looking for.

But people love Scrivener for macOS, and since I'm a slave to the "newest-latest-best," I was curious to give this app a go on iOS.

But I haven't bought it yet.

By all accounts Scrivener is a great app, but I don't think it's the app for me. Scrivener is aimed at people who are writing longer form content than I typically create. Most of my work is a couple hundred words, and includes hyperlinks as well as images and code blocks. Scrivener seems to be able to do this, but it's not using the app as it appears it was intended.

I sit here writing in Ulysses for iOS, and you know what, it's pretty effing great! I think I'll just keep chugging away with this one for now. If I ever decide to work on another book, maybe I'll check it out then. For the time being though, I'm just going to continue enjoying this awesome tool I already have at my disposal.