I have a Scrivener project that I last edited in 2016, presumably with Scrivener 2.5. Now when I try to open it, I get an error dialog saying;
The document [name].scriv could not be opened.
The project at [path].scriv seems to be of an older format, but no binder.scrivproj could be found inside it. It may be missing or corrupt, possibly because of a problem with the device on which it is stored, or because of a synchronization problem.
Try ctrl-clicking on the project in the Finder and selecting “Show Package Contents”, then look for a file entitled ‘binder.scrivproj’. Ensure it has not been renamed by a backup routine. If it does not exist, try restoring from a backup.
I did “View Package Contents” and there’s no binder.scrivproj, There is a [name].scrivx file however.
The project file is stored in Dropbox and I can open it with Scrivener for iOS. Obviously though I’d rather work on it on a real computer.
I tried editing the project in Scrivener for iOS and saving it back to Dropbox to see if it would open when it synched through to my Mac. I got the same error message.
In my Files folder I found a binder.autosave file. I renamed it to Files/binder.scrivproj and the project still wouldn’t open. I tried moving it to the top-level directory within the package and Scrivener offered to update my project, but then gave me a failure message. (I appreciate that it made a backup though).
What can I do? I could in principle edit on my iPad (where I’m running version 1.2.1) but I much prefer being able to use it on my Mac. I would be happy to install a previous version of Scrivener, but none of the v2 versions will run on my Mac (which is fully up to date and running MacOS Catalina 10.15.4).
All suggestions welcome.