We all have to use Word (or similar) from time to time, if only to open the latest weird file type someone just emailed. But for creative writing on a Mac, Scrivener is still king of the hill. Now, Lifehacker readers can get 55% off Scrivener 2.
It has been the go-to app for OS X writers for some time, and for good reason. Trying to write something meaningful with Word's crazy toolkit in the way can be seriously frustrating, and Scrivener offers a clean, clutter-free environment. Even so, the current version (v.2) is also loaded with features, such as draft versioning and script formatting, plus storyline aids like an outliner and a virtual corkboard for arranging scenes. It's also happy to sync with a whole bunch of mobile note-taking apps. Lifehacker is a fan, saying "Once you've used Scrivener, it seems, it's hard to go back, or just imagine turning back, to traditional word processors."