I am just now trying out Scrivener and I want to import my Omnibus into it. The omnibus has between 350 and 400 sections that I would like to break it up into. Then end goal is to use the compile features to build MOBI,EPUB,PDF,etc from it.
I know I can hit COMMAND-K to split a file, and I know I can highlight a chapter name, and right click to split and use that chapter name as a title. What I want to be able to do is have the file split on import (or even after) in some automated fashion. I use the Header 1 style in Word, so it could easily key off that.
There isn’t any form of split by formatting, however you can automatically split by a string match. The File/Import/Import & Split... menu command is what you’re looking for. If each of your chapters is preceded by a predictable string of text (like say, “Chapter”), then that should work pretty good for you. It may not produce a perfect result, but nothing a little Split and Merge here and there couldn’t clean up quickly.
Try it and find out. Importing is non-destructive; your original document will not in any way be affected by the process. The worst that can happen is you select all of the draft folder’s contents, send them to the trash, and try again if there’s an option you want to experiment with. If you do this, make sure to empty your project’s trash folder, as that will bloat your project quite a lot.
Another test (one that does not split the original automatically) is to open it in Word, Select All, Copy, then Paste into a Scrivener text. To split on this method, you could Copy chapter by chapter - though that would be tedious with 400 sections.
I also recall that Word once upon a time let you split docs up - something about converting to a master document? (My memory is fuzzy there.) If you can do this in Word, you could then import all the chapters, and the splitting would already be done.