What’s New in Dabble

Could these new features see Dabble surpassing Scrivener as the best organizational tool for long-form writing?

Robin Nemesszeghy
6 min readOct 23, 2021

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A few days ago, I wrote a comparison of the two best-known organizational tools on the market for long-form creative writing: Dabble vs. Scrivener. You can check out the post here:

This morning when I woke up, it was like the creator of Dabble Jacob Wright read my post and made the changes I had recommended overnight (of course, this wasn’t actually the case; these changes had been in the making for a while now).

On October 21, Dabble released a new update that bumped up its feature list to now being everything I could hope for in a tool that houses my manuscript from start to finish.

In my previous post, I had written the following:

“Personally, I don’t think it would take too much away from the simplicity of the program if the developer were to add a feature to this floating taskbar to highlight and make some notes directly within the manuscript.”

Well, now Dabble has these features — and more.

I decided to write a post summarizing the new update and how the new features have put Dabble in the lead as one of the best organizational tools for long-form fiction writers.

Updates in the editor — additions to the floating toolbar

These are the features that allow you to make changes to the text itself, inside your manuscript. These feature additions alone are enough to make this update a significant one.

Strikethrough

You can now strike a line through a section of text in your manuscript. Select the text and choose the appropriate button in the floating taskbar.

Highlighting

You can now highlight a section of text in your manuscript. Select the text you want to highlight and choose the…

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Robin Nemesszeghy

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