downloading scrivener help

Hi! I’ve been trying to set up scrivener for almost 2 days. I’m computer challenged and really want to
have it working. I have a powerbook 10x notebook Mac. I bought and downloaded it but ended up with
alias ones and a mess. I trashed it all and downloaded again. I have my hard drive picture on my desktop
and when I went there I saw a scrivener icon that looks like a hard disk and scrivenerdmg on top of my harddrive icon and another icon of scrivener on my desktop. I moved what was covering my harddrive icon over and opened my harddrive. I clicked on the icon and dragged the scrivener into applications. I saw a scrivener with an eject sign and ejected it. When I started to move the scrivener in applications it went to dock. Then I saw there was that one in dock and an icon on desktop along with the 2 that were on top of my harddrive icon. at this point when I click the regular not hardrive shape of scrivener it
just has the cork asking to put in applications which I already did and the dock one does nothing. I feel I need to trash and start again. Can anyone please help me?

Dear sarahlc,

Fellow Scrivener user here. Maybe I can help. It sounds to me like you have actually succeeded in downloading and maybe even installing Scrivener, but have gotten a bit confused with the OS X interface and installation process.

I think you may be confusing the ‘Scrivener.dmg’ file for the Scrivener application itself. What you downloaded is the ‘Scrivener.dmg’ file. Double-clicking this generates a (temporary) second item–a virtual disk. The Scrivener application itself is inside the virtual disk–you see it in the window with the corkboard background. That is the thing you want to copy to your Applications folder. From your description it sounds like you dragged ‘Scrivener.dmg’ to your applications folder instead.

The following step-by-step description may help you sort things out.

The file you downloaded, ‘Scrivener.dmg’, is a “disk image” file which is a standard sort of file for application installers for the Mac.
When you open (i.e., double-click on) this .dmg file, it mounts a sort of virtual disk image (disk-looking icon), and also opens a Finder window which shows you the contents of the disk image. This Finder window has a corkboard-looking background, and it is in this window that you see the actual Scrivener application.
As the instructions in the window tell you, all there is to installing Scrivener is dragging the Scrivener application icon into your Applications folder and dropping it there. This copies the app to your Applications folder.
At this point, there is a copy of the Scrivener application in your Applications folder and Scrivener is installed. (There is an “Extras” installer in the Scrivener disk image window also–you might run this installer too, but I will skip over this here.)
With the app installed, you can Eject the disk image. You already saw how to do that and did it.
When you launch the Scrivener application (i.e., double-click on its icon in the Applications folder), a Scrivener icon automatically appears on your Dock. All currently running applications are represented by icons on the Dock. (If you would like to have a handy Scrivener icon on your Dock at all times, so you can easily launch the application any time, hold the Control key down and click on the Scrivener icon that is on the dock. A menu will pop up, and you can pick the Keep on Dock option there.)
Launch Scrivener now (either by double-clicking on the icon in the Application folder, or single-clicking the Scriv dock icon). Look at the menu bar across the top of your screen. The leftmost menu will be titled ‘Scrivener’ – this shows you that Scrivener is currently the frontmost running application.
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Now, to get started with Scrivener, I strongly urge that you work through the Scriv Tutorial. On the Scrivener menus: find the Help menu, and choose Tutorial from it. This will open a Scrivener project you can look at and it will walk you through and teach you a tremendous amount about Scrivener.

Scrivener is a great program. You will love it.


Dear Greg, You are truly a generous, wonderful person. Thank you so much for such detailed discription.
I am going to follow your instructions and am very greatful. Many blessings to you! May all your writings bring you and others joy and prosperity. sarahlc

Nice one Greg :smiley: :wink:


Thanks. I did it for the joy and prosperity. :smiley:

Admit it. You are trying to become a KB groupie. Come on, say it. You want to be as cool as KB is.

[size=75]Please say it. Wock needs company.[/size]

Ok, I will be the first to say it, wouldn’t it be nice if everyone was a nice and helpful as GR is? Just imagine a world without the +3 and the clangybangy roo catcher. Don’t get your hopes up!! :smiling_imp:

Hmm… Well, I do have that kb-groupie forum avatar. 'Nuff said!

Jaysen made a model KB out of marbles and super glue. It sits next to his guitar for inspiration . :slight_smile:


not marbles, macaroni.

Ahhh cooked or uncooked?

Regular, wheat or spinach noodles?

The little dots. Can’t remember the name since snort puts them all in a container then tosses the box. Then use food coloring to die to the correct colors. Like working with individual pixels. Quite fun.

OOOOO new idea for a function toy. Pixel level assembly. You build the “output” using dots placed on the screen one at a time. Kind of like the pencil tool, but you have pallets of pre-colored pixels that you drag into place. You can move pieces around post drop and with a physics engine you can simulate dropping into a crowded canvas. You could even provide different shaped pixels like elbow, or egg noodle to provide texture…

Oh the possibilities.

One problem, how would you keep vic-k from licking the screen or eating prints? Could be a problem.

Sounds like an Organic Lite-Brite