I'm a scriptwriter - is the iPad right for me?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by tekno, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. tekno macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2011
    I'm a professional scriptwriter and use my iMac and Pages to write. As an example, will the iPad and icloud mean I can write page 1-5 on my Mac and then head off out to a cafe, open my iPad and write pages 6-10, return home and continue with pages 11-15 on my Mac?

    Or is it a weird convoluted effort of saving files, uploading, downloading, syncing, emailing etc etc?
  2. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    I think an Air might be more to your liking. iPad plus keyboard can actually be more clunky and awkward than just a good old laptop. Plus if your keyboard battery runs out in the middle of a brain storm that could be quite a bummer.
  3. psonice macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2005
    If pages supports iCloud on the mac, you'll be able to open your documents on either device and sync will be automatic.

    What I'd worry about most is typing. Have you tried typing a long document on an iPad? You might find it quite frustrating. But you can get a bluetooth keyboard, or a case with an integrated keyboard.
  4. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    If you have to ask, then I doubt you've done very much writing.

    No, an iPad is not for you. You need a notebook with a good keyboard, a mouse to move the cursor for edits and display that won't jack up your eyes from looking at it for hours on end.
  5. Frankied22 macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
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    Anything you type in pages will automatically be synced to the iCloud and updated across all your apple devices. So if you start in your iMac what you have so far will instantly show up on your iPad. If you add some more to the document on the go with your iPad it will automatically update in the iMac.

    What you really need to consider is if word processing is something you are comfortable with on a tablet. More and more people are becoming serious about word processing in the iPad, whether it's just with the on screen keyboard or with a keyboard accessory. In some cases people like to write on their iPad more than a laptop because it's less distractions. You just have the app you're writing with open. There is a really nice miniamlistic writing app called iA Writer. You should check it out if you go the iPad route.
  6. jian macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    San Francisco
    You write script on pages??? What type of script is it?
  7. rustyosaurus macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2009
    why not just get the macbook air 11 and use dropbox? not a whole lot bigger than the ipad but the keyboard would really help you.
  8. MikeFromTexas macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2010
    In my experience, your answer would be no. You need a full size keyboard, monitor, mouse (trackpad) combo to be productive.

    You could certainly use the iPad to review material, and make minor changes, but if you want to hammer out product, get a desktop or laptop.
  9. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    Long form writing is "possible" but impractical. That shouldn't be a reason not to get one though...
  10. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    Do some of the posters above know something I don't? As far as I'm aware, Pages on the Mac does NOT automatically sync with iCloud yet. This is a feature that's coming in Mountain Lion later this year. For now, you do indeed have to upload to iCloud manually to see the changes on your iOS devices. (Although I'm aware of unofficial workarounds to this.)

    iPad seems like it'd be a great tool for script writing. Pair it with a Bluetooth keyboard and you should be good to go.
  11. PhoneI macrumors 68000

    Mar 7, 2008
    IA Writer. Best purchase ever for my iPad. Use it everyday.
  12. Frankied22 macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
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    I agree. It's a excellent app. Do you use a keyboard with yor iPad or just use the virtual keyboard?
  13. PhoneI macrumors 68000

    Mar 7, 2008
    For any long writing, I use a Bluetooth keyboard. If I am at home, I use the IA Writer on my Macbook.
  14. vulsker macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2011
    I planned on using my Ipad for some writing as well. I know that Celtx actually has a built in cloud function where you can save your project and then open it on any other platform that has Celtx and continue where you left off.
  15. PhoneI macrumors 68000

    Mar 7, 2008
    iA Writer has full iCloud support. Write on you iPad, see it on your MacBook (and the other way around too)


    I am anxious to try this out with iA Writer....http://www.tested.com/news/touchfire-project-adds-silicone-to-the-ipads-virtual-keyboard-video/3214/
  16. waltermitty macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2010
    Novelist here. Get a Macbook Air if you need portability. A keyboard is absolutely vital. I have the 11 inch model, and honestly, I still plug in a big old USB keyboard whenever I am at home because I can type much more efficiently with it than on the flat keyboards that Apple makes. I have an iPad, but I use it to goof around and certainly not to create. A pen and paper should be your first step.
  17. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    For a writer - 11" or 13" Air FOR SURE. Say NO to the iPad!

    I do a lot of writing and I LOVE my iPad but the two don't mix. For writing with any kind of efficiency and flow I use my MacBook Air.
  18. PhoneI macrumors 68000

    Mar 7, 2008
    I agree if you need to choose one device over another, you definitely need a laptop/desktop if you can only have one device.

    While I am not a novelist, I write a lot for my work. I also have to travel a lot. I find I can do some supplemental writing on my iPad and have it sync through the cloud back to my MacBook.
  19. 0dev macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
    Writing on the iPad's keyboard is easy once you get used to it, but I'm not sure if there's an app which lets you create properly formatted scripts. If there's one I don't know about, then go ahead and get the iPad :)
  20. shellbryson macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2006
    For reference, yes, but not for writing on. Nothing comes close to the combination of the Scrivener application on a trusty MacBook/Pro/Air - it is hands down the best writing tool out there.

    I write with my MacBookPro using Scrivener full-screen. I have my iPad next to me with reference/google at the ready.
  21. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2007

    Scrivener is easily the best writing software out there and it's what I recommend to all my students over Celtx, Final Draft or MM Screenwriter. And they are developing an iOS version. A Macbook Air of some sort is perfect. Add an iPad, and bliss...
  22. Digidesign macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2002
    I highly recommend checking out Jamie Todd Rubin's posts on his workflow with the iPad:

    Going iPad: The Complete Series


    I have Scrivener on the Mac and it is amazing. They announced back in Dec '11 that they were working on an IOS version, so I am patiently awaiting to see what they come up with.
  23. iDvisic macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2012
    The current ballpark iOS Scrivener release given by Keith at Literature & Latte is, "If it's out before 31st December 2012, it will be on time." It is spectacular software, though, so I'd recommend figuring out something like Jamie Todd Rubin's iPad method if you decide to go that route (technologically speaking). I will be!

  24. MikeyTree macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2007
    This is correct.

    Some third party writing apps will sync with Dropbox though.

    I sure hope so!
  25. whtrbt7 macrumors 65816

    Jun 8, 2011
    OK, so the iPad is for you....
    Here's how:
    1. Install Dropbox and Dropbox WebDAV so you can save Pages files to Dropbox
    2. If you have an iPhone, iPad, and Mac/Windows PC, install Dropbox to each.
    3. All of your stuff syncs via Dropbox. You can also sync to iCloud so iPad and iPhone writing can be done on-the-fly.
    4. Learn to type using the iPad screen.

    Once you have completed the 4 steps, you're ready to write and even publish from an all Apple based equipment. If you really want an old-timey typewriter feel, go buy yourself a camera kit and a USB Mechanical keyboard.

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