I’m trying to import a .scrivx template, but I keep getting a message that the file is in an updated format that my version of Scrivener doesn’t support and I need to update my Scrivener, but when I check updates it says I’m all up to date.
I am able to import the file as a ‘project’ into an existing ‘novel’ project. And it seems to be fine. But I want to use it as a template, and this is where I’m having issues.
.scrivx is the file extension for the master index of a Scrivener project. Templates are .scrivtemplate, and would be an entire folder (probably containing a .scrivx file).
Thanks for the reply.
But I need a bit more information. I’ve located both the template folder, and the .scrivx file but when I try to upload either to Scrivener I get a message saying I don’t have the latest version of Scrivener needed to upload it. But when I check, there are no updates available.
This happens whether I try to ‘import template’ or ‘open existing project’.
What’s the source for the file?
The most likely issue is that you have a Mac Scrivener 3 template, which the release version of Windows Scrivener can’t read, but that’s just a guess without more information.
Ahh, yes that would make sense. It was being given out by an author at an online conference. He did a lecture on ‘organizing your novel’ - and taking another look at the video, yes. He seems to be on a MAC.
Damn. So there is no way Windows can open it?
I was able to import it into an already existing project, and I could see all the various folders etc inside that project. So seems like Windows can see it, in that instance but can’t open it as a brand new project?
I’ve done a screenshot of what I’m talking about - you can see it as ‘imported project’ about halfway down on the left hand side. (attached)
Thanks for your assistance.
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Well, if Windows Scrivener was able to import it, then it was in Scrivener 2 format. Maybe it wasn’t correctly saved as a template?
In any case, there is nothing magical about Scrivener templates, they are just starter projects with whatever formatting. Now that you’ve extracted the files, you can use the File -> Save As Template command to use them as the basis for a template of your own.
Sorry for more questions, but in that case, is there anyway to get rid of the existing documents from the template that I imported the project into? As you can see from that screenshot, the project is imported into an existing ‘manuscript’ template, and so there are a couple of items sitting there that I can’t trash. Or does that not matter if they just sit there? And I just go ahead and ‘file -save as template’ ?
Does that make sense?
You can’t delete the Draft (or Manuscript), Research, or Trash folders. Every Scrivener project has one of each of those. So you would drag the imported files into the existing Draft and Research folders, as appropriate. There might be an introductory file or two that you would drag to the top level of the Binder. Drag everything else to the Trash, and empty the trash. Then save as a template.
Make a backup before you start deleting things, so that you can revert back if needed.
Thank you Katherine, will do. Your help is much appreciated.