With migrating from Pages, I would recommend using Pages to save the documents as a .docx files. Both programs can read/write Word files at high quality. Once you have the .docx files, simply drag and drop them from Finder into your project binder to import them.
Hey driver49 - another small piece of advice from someone who has been using Scrivener for almost a year. Watch as many of the tutorial videos on the site as you can, and also those on Youtube. Also something called “Interactive tutorial” in the help menu. It is a sort of ‘manual for the rest of us’
That sounds like a good suggestion, and I just tried it, but none of the image files I have embedded in the Pages doc imported into my Scrivener doc.
For the record, these are the steps: in Pages, I had to export the file to a Word.docx doc; I tried both the “Import” command and drag-and-drop into Scrivener. Same result in both cases - no image files.
There are not so many images that I can’t manually paste them in, but I expect to need to do this again in the future so I’d really like to figure out how to do it.
Hmm, it could be the Java .docx converter that we use is either switched off, or not working properly. First, check in the Import/Export preference pane and make sure that, Enable Enhanced converters… is on, at the very bottom. If it is checked off, experiment with the second option to use a system Java install by turning it off, testing an import, then on.
If everything seems to be set up properly, you can run a simple test to see whether the Java converters are working properly (Scrivener will automatically fall back to the OS X converters if they fail): add a comment to one of the documents, in Pages, export again to .docx, and then drop that into Scrivener. If the comment ports over successfully, then you know the Java converters are working.
I’ve done some additional testing with Pages and found that if I use floating box placement of any sort, the images won’t carry over (which doesn’t seem to be a problem exclusive to Scrivener, the same thing happens in Nisus Writer Pro, although it did work with LibreOffice). Try setting the images to “Inline with Text”, under “Text Wrap” and see if that works better.
I think the PNG/JPG thing might be a coincidence, that does not seem to be the determining factor over here (at least with Pages 5.5).
Update: And if you have hundreds of these things and would find that work-around to be too time consuming, I just tested Pages->DOCX->LibreOffice->RTF->Scrivener, and that brought all of the images over successfully, no matter their original settings in Pages.
That seems to have worked. Those images that I re-formatted to “Inline with Text” are now showing up in the doc imported into Scrivener. Hooray.
There were a couple of images that did not give me “Inline With Text” as a formatting option. Those did NOT import. But at this point I’ve got enough to proceed. In the future, all images will be formatted “Inline With Text” - though it may cease to be much of an issue since I’m using Scrivener now for a lot of what I used pages for.