I use Scrivener across my desktop and netbook. I have quite a large project… I like to have everything in the same place so that I can search it all.
But, though the desktop runs this fine, things can start to feel a bit laggy and slow on the netbook. It takes ages to open the project, though I can live with that. I leave it alone while it revs up.
However, in the right circumstances, the program is perfectly responsive even on the netbook. I’ve taken a few steps to avoid things I have noticed slow it down. I thought I’d share these, and I’d be very interested in hearing any suggestions for additional methods of increasing responsiveness, avoiding lag, etc.
(1) Do not use folders, just use files. The biggest villain for lag seems to be unwanted loading of scrivenings mode for folders. I don’t keep things in the draft folder anymore because accidentally opening a scrivenings session which included everything blew up the netbook. If folders are set to be files, though, clicking on them doesn’t load scrivenings mode.
(2) Change the autosave time. The autosave seems to make my netbook stutter slightly, meaning that text input gets slightly delayed. Setting it at 10 seconds means I no longer notice this stutter
(3) Try and avoid excessive multitasking while using scrivener. It can’t hurt to stay focussed when I’m supposed to be writing, so perhaps a laggy netbook is a blessing in disguise. I’m trying to avoid unnecessarily opening other programs, so scrivener can have the computer all to itself.
(4) Set backup to only operate upon manual save, and only save manually when I’m about to take a break. This will hopefully mean I never have to sit and stare at that slowly-creeping backup bar ever again.
I look forward to hearing any further recommendations!