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Typing in Scrivener for IOS

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.

The first on-screen keyboard is fairly standard, but we have some add-ons.

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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.

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Next is the add a link button which gives you the option to add either a link or insert an image.

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The last icon, which looks like ellipses, is what activates the more writer-friendly keyboard. Tap that and voilà!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Creating a New Document In Scrivener for iOS

 I thought the best way to start this tutorial was to show how you can create a new document. It’s fairly straight forward: first open your project on your iPad and go to the folder where you want to add your new text file.

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Once you’ve determined where you want to file it, go to the Binder’s footer and tap the + icon. A new window opens and you’ll be able to name that file and also add a synopsis.

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After you’ve typed in the title and added a synopsis, tap “Open” and start writing.

I wrote this in SIOS and wondered what if I created the text file outside of the Tutorial folder, how could I move it to the appropriate folder. Unlike the MacBook Pro, I have no trackpad to drag and drop.

Well, that’s easy. Tap on “Edit” on the top right-hand of the Binder and then you’ll have the added function to move text files into folders. Each folder and homeless text file will have have a clear circle button. At the Binder’s  footer you’ll see that some of the functions are grayed out. Once you check the text file or folder you want to move those functions will turn to black.

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The next step is to move my SIOS Tutorial into the Tutorial folder. Tap on the folder icon with the plus sign and a new window will open. I find the Tutorial folder and tap on it and my selected text file is automatically moved into that file.

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Tap “Done” and you are back to your regular Binder listing. Open your folder and you’ll see your text file.