The Scrivener tutorial shows Compile bringing up a destination template as a part of the process. I’ve been trying to compile my latest manuscript, but no destination template appears and no menu item offers an opportunity to define a destination when invoking Compile. What gives? Just wondering. RSVP. Thanks.
I’ve never seen or heard of any destination template in Scrivener. There is a drop down dialog for selecting the kind of file you want to create: docx, pdf, etc.
When you issue the Compile command, you’ll have the opportunity to tell Scrivener where to put the file. Is that what you mean?
Okay, drop down dialogue then. I do not see a drop down destination dialogue when I invoke the Compile command. I’m wondering if I need to hit a special key or something to see/define a destination for the compile result.
I mean that I do not seem to be given an opportunity to tell Scrivener where to put the resulting file. Nothing seems to happen. I click the Compile button and the screen doesn’t even flicker.
Just for good measure, try choosing the File > Compile menu item instead.
Also, if you are running the latest Mac OS, be sure you are running a compatible version of Scrivener (e.g., the latest 3.2.3).
Thanks. Yes, I’m running SC 3.2.3. I get the same results whether I use File-Compile or the Compile button. …
Are you able to configure the Compile settings? That is, are you getting no response at the very beginning, or after you’ve configured everything?
After I’ve chosen configuration options, I hit the Compile button and nothing happens. I understand that I’m supposed to be able to define destination for the compiled manuscript and also to review the compiled document, getting there from the Compile page. I don’t get any of that.
I wonder if there are combinations of selections which disable Compile, like certain combinations create some uncomputable contradiction? I was just trying to compile a proof copy to a .docx formatted file. Nada.
Please open a support ticket, here:
The fastest way to resolve this may be for us to look at the project directly.
Okay. I’ve only been using Scrivener for a decade or so, so I’m still a relatively naive and unknowledgeable user. It often baffles me and sends me slinking. I’ll open the sup[port ticket. Thanks for the suggestion!
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Just to note, for anyone experiencing a similar issue and looking for a solution, this was solved by a simple reboot of the Mac. Since the file dialogue box is largely a function of the system itself, malfunctions with it tend to either stem from network drives responding slowly, system issues or third-party plugins that modify how it works, in my experience.
Similar thing happened in this thread
If strange things start to happen in macOS it probably means you haven’t rebooted the machine since spring break.