I searched the forums and couldn’t find any similar issues, so here we go:
I’ve been using Scrivener Beta 1.3 for about a week now to work on my NaNo and I am definitely in love. Today, out of sheer curiosity, I decided to check out the Compile feature to see how my compiled text would look if I opened it up back in Microsoft Word 2007.
The answer was… scary.
I chose to compile to an .rtf file, using Novel Standard Manuscript Format.
First of all, Word froze while trying to open the file, until finally popping up with the following error message:
My document is only 29K words and assuredly NOT 10k-plus PAGES.
Second, once I exited the error message window, the text within word looked like this (my last name is blurred for privacy reasons):
The text of my title page is ranged down the lefthand side of the page, ad-nauseum, for what Word believes to be 10,000 pages. Now, if I use the scroll bar to scroll down, I can actually see my text… whereupon I noticed that all of my italicized text had been converted to underline, and my double-spaces at the end of sentences look to have doubled again. Also, as soon as I release the mouse button on the scroll bar, it snaps back to the first view. In other words, my text is present in theory, but not in a way that can be edited.
Finally, I decided to check out the file in Word Pad to see if perhaps Word 2007 was the problem. Behold:
An ill-formatted version of roughly half the information on my title page (personal info again blurred for the sake of privacy). And that’s it. No further text, not even everything that was on the title page.
Before submitting this post, I decided to try a second Compile, using the Custom format, to see if it made a difference. The result in Word Pad was the same. Microsoft Word is still frozen, but looks to be having similar difficulties.
Has anyone else noticed similar difficulties with the Compile feature?