I use Scrivener both on the iPad Pro and Windows but to date I’ve been keeping the projects created and edited on both platforms completely separate. I just updated to Scriv3 for Windows, and as an experiment I copied some smaller projects created with the iPad version to my new Scriv3 Windows folder. I’m using the Dropbox synchronization, so both folders are in Dropbox.
When I opened the iPad project in the Windows version of Scriv3 it first created a backup, then claimed that I had conflicted copies of all my chapters, which it placed handily in subfolders at the bottom of the binder. There are definitely no existing conflicted copies in the iPad version and all the Dropbox updating has been done there. I always check that.
There’s no diffing or merging in Scrivener itself so I copied the text into plain text files and compared everything with PowerGREP. These are definitely not conflicted copies. They are just older iterations of all the chapters in the book as they were before I did some structural reorganizing. I think I remember the iPad version saying at several points that it was keeping older versions and asking me whether I wanted them to be visible or something like that.
I looked in the copy I made on Windows and these files are saved as regular RTFs in the Docs subfolder, with just numbers as their names. You can’t see them on the iPad, but they are probably there nonetheless.
The question now is, how compatible are the two versions? After seeing the above behavior I’m hesitant to edit the same project on both platforms. I had bad experiences earlier with editing the same projects with Scrivener 1.x on Windows and the iPad version, so I’m now even more cautious, Has this improved, or should projects on the iPad version and projects on the Windows version still be kept completely separate?