Thanks, Amber, for your response. It made me think of a question I should have asked: If I create material using the beta, will that be compatible with the release version? I assume that’s true, but I don’t want to write then lose the Great American Novel when I buy and install the release version.
The format itself will not be changing between releases, if that is what you are asking. The project format has been designed and refined over the course of two and a half years, it isn’t going anywhere and especially not suddenly just because the final version is out.
Of course, whenever upgrading you should back up your work, and that is only doubly more so the case when upgrading between beta builds.
I’ve been using the Scrivener for Windows beta now since NaNoWriMo, and I have to say that I love it! It makes organization so much easier, breaking the work down into more manageable pieces has been the biggest draw for me.
I am so looking forward to the release of the full program!
I also wanted to add that I’ve been backing up my work, not only on a flash drive, but also in another word processing program, just for safekeeping. I haven’t had any problems with importing from one beta version to the next for Scrivener, so I can’t imagine that it’ll be that much different when the full release comes out, but crossing fingers, eyes and toes I back it up anyway.
Thank you so much for partnering with NaNoWriMo - that’s how I found out about Scrivener, and after my win, I was so excited to hear about the beta benefits! It’s been great, and honestly, it’s made the whole writing process a breeze and a joy!