i purchased the upgrade it did not work

all my old scrivener files have disappeared, five novels, all that matters. after purchasing the new version i have a new sort of apprentice logo that contains nothing.
i love scirvener. i put everything that means anything to me on it. so where are my old files?
no thing appears to remain - .i so wish i did not intend to upgrade
…trying not to despair.

oh my goddess


please help

perhaps there are only temporary misdeeds?


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Right, when you say your old files have disappeared, what do you mean exactly? Do you mean that you have scoured your hard drive and that all of the .scriv files have somehow been deleted? Because that’s unlikely. :slight_smile:

Or, do you just mean that if you go the File > Recent Projects menu, it is empty? Because that is normal and nothing to worry about, as Scrivener 2.0 uses different settings to Scrivener 1.x (for those users who want to run both side-by-side for a while).

Remember that Scrivener projects are just regular files on your hard drives - .scriv files. They’re most likely in your ~/Documents folder, but Spotlight will help you find them. Then just use File > Open in Scrivener to open and update them.

I can assure you that Scrivener 2.0 doesn’t delete all your files. :slight_smile:

Hope that helps.

All the best,

First rule of computer worries.

[size=150]Don’t panic![/size]

I’m not clear on exactly what you are saying, but it sounds as if your old files are in a location that you were relying on Scrivener to find for you. Certainly there is no reason that installing Scrivener into your Applications directory should have damaged your saved files.

Do a spotlight search (the little Magnifying glass icon in the top right hand corner of your Mac screen) for one of the titles of your ‘missing’ documents. This should reveal the directory where you have them stored. You can then open them up using Scrivener 2.0 and it will convert them to the new format for you as well as keeping a backup copy of the original version.


PS: Keith is one step ahead of me again :slight_smile:

thank you for your responses,

I do not have the new scrivner or the old one or any of my files

because of your kind messages

i imagine all is not lost

i wish i could talk with someone and figure it out

is this possible?

i could leave my cell

otherwise i so should not have tried to upgrade and just continued happily along

what shall i do next
because all appears to have vanished

thanks to your messages

i realize all may not have irredeamably vanished

but it appears so now.

writing a new chapter seems absurd



Did you go to spotlight and search for all “.scriv” files?

Like this…

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