One of the many reasons I eschewed the idea of purchasing an iPad—apart from cost—was that I wasn’t convinced that it would be comfortable to type on the on-screen keyboard. Well, Scrivener knew that as writers the last thing we need is to be fooling with the constant back and forth shifting of using the numerical/symbol keypad to write. To facilitate the writing experience they added an extended keyboard row of of commonly used punctuation marks, navigational functions, and editing tools. The best part is that to activate this feature all it takes is a swipe.
So, let’s take a looksie and see how Scrivener turned the on-screen keyboard into one that doesn’t make you groan in frustration.
If you take a look at the top left-hand corner, you’ll see that there are two arrows. These are equivalent to “Undo” and “Redo”. The clipboard is your paste function. Moving to the center, is your auto-complete list of words. To the right, you’ll see the comment icon, tap that and you can add either a comment, footnote, inline footnote, or inline annotation.
Next is the add a link button which gives you the option to add either a link or insert an image.
The last icon, which looks like ellipses, is what activates the more writer-friendly keyboard. Tap that and voilà!
What you see on that top row are the most commonly used punctuation marks. Swipe towards the left, and you’ll see the navigational tools to move your curser up, down, to the right or left. Plus you have a select feature and forward delete key.
The next swipe takes you to editing and formatting features.
Tap on the pencil icon and that allows you to add a link, inline footnote, comment, footnote, inline annotation, inline footnote, and an image. The link icon allows for a website, but also to add an internal link within your project. The striked out “S” when activated by selecting a word or phrase will cross out the offending words or sentences during your revising process. Next, is the paragraph alignment icon that allows you to align your paragraphs to the left, right, center or justify. Head over to the right-hand side, you’ll see the highlighter icon. Tap on it and a window of color swatches will open.
The next icon, a colorful sphere, is for text color. The last two icons are for footnotes and comments. When activated, a window will open for you to type in your information.
I’ve typed this entire tutorial on the iPad without any issue. The extended rowtake little spaces and is non-intrusive. The only issue I had was taking screenshots on the iPad, but that’s just me being clumsy.