Scrivener 3.0 officially announced!
Literature & Latte announced Scrivener 3.0 for Mac to be coming soon and the Windows version to follow after that. This release is a paid upgrade and will be well worth it. It is packed with new features to improve your writing work flow. Additionally, the cross-platform support for 3.0 across Mac and Windows and with iOS has been substantially improved, with more project information now being shared across platforms. A great deal of work has gone into making Scrivener compatible, no matter what platform you decide to work on. In doing so, the Scrivener 3.0 project structure has been revamped to share a lot more information between platforms. Fortunately, there is nothing you as an author need to do or be worried about; it all happens behind the scenes using some XML files that are embedded in the project structure.
Scrivener 3.0 Project Upgrade
When you migrate to Scrivener 3.0 (from Mac 22.214.171.124 or Windows 1.9.7), each of your writing projects will undergo a one-time upgrade to the new project structure. I have been a long-time Mac 3.0 beta tester and also have a early-release version of Windows 3.0 and on both platforms this works perfectly. There is likely to be a period when you may be using the recent versions of Scrivener (126.96.36.199 for Mac and 1.9.7 for Windows) and have upgraded some writing projects and started new projects in Scrivener 3.0. Again, the good news is that L&L has thought through these issues and you can run both the old and new versions concurrently. I have been doing that on both the Mac and Windows platforms without problem.
Using Scrivener 3.0 with Scrivener for iOS
But this migration to Scrivener 3.0 may raise the question, “what about syncing with Scrivener for iOS? Fortunately, Scrivener 3.0 was well designed and in the works when Scrivener for iOS was being developed. It does not matter if you are using current versions of Scrivener (188.8.131.52 for Mac and 1.9.7 for Windows) or Scrivener 3.0 with the new project format – both old and new versions sync with Scrivener for iOS. You do not need to worry about if your project on your iPad or iPhone is the older or the newer version. Scrivener for iOS works seamlessly across both versions and protects the integrity of the project structure when you are back on your desktop.
So overall, kudos to L&L for making the migration to Scrivener 3.0 and its integration with Scrivener for iOS seamless! They have really thought this through and it allows you to keep using current desktop versions of Scrivener (184.108.40.206 for Mac and 1.9.7 for Windows), the new Scrivener 3.0, and Scrivener for iOS at the same time!
Scrivener 3.0 Automatic Quit feature
One other significant new feature in Scrivener 3.0 is the ability to set Automatic Quit. This feature (in Preferences on the Mac and Options on Windows) provides you the ability to set the time when you want Scrivener 3.0 to quit and close if you have been inactive for that period of time.
Scrivener goes to great lengths to sync with integrity across platforms, resolving every situation it can, and providing you a ‘conflicted’ project if it cannot. But the only time you will have conflicts in updating a project is when you have made updates on multiple platforms without saving one of them before updating on the other platform. A common situation people encounter is they may have been using Scrivener on their desktop at work and forget to close it, and then travel home and start working on their iPad version. If you have made updates on both in the same file, you may now have a conflict you need to resolve. This happens with any cloud-based application where you or multiple people are working on the same file in different locations. While Scrivener provides the tools to be able to resolve these situations, it is better to avoid them in the first place.
Now with Automatic Quit, you do not need to worry about being distracted or just forgetting to close Scrivener in one location before working it on another. If you set Automatic Quit as shown in the image above, Scrivener will take care of that for you! While this does not eliminate the possibility of sync conflicts, it certainly will reduce the chance of it happening.
Scrivener 3.0 will be a major upgrade and is one that has been awaited with excitement for some time. And for those of you, like me, who now do a majority of our writing on the iPad or iPhone, there is nothing you need to learn or worry about once you upgrade to Scrivener 3.0 on your desktop. Scrivener for iOS will work just the way it always has!
Steve Shipley, author and trainer
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