I’ve have Scrivener on my Windows laptop for some time now, but couldn’t wait to start using it on my iPad. However, I have a few problems that I hope someone might be able to help me with. I have already written a novel using the Windows version … saved only to my hard drive on that machine despite the fact that I have a Dropbox account. So, since it is required, after I purchased Scrivener for my iPad, I downloaded the Dropbox app for the iPad as well. To test things, I uploaded my novel to Dropbox from the Windows laptop … using the proper file folders … and making sure everything was synced. When I open it on the iPad version of Scrivener and compile it, the formatting of the chapter titles is changed. For example, in the novel I have a Prolog, Chapter One … which has a subtitle under it, let’s say December, 2012, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, then Chapter Four which has also a subtitle under it, let’s say, December 2037, etc.
- When I open the novel on the iPad … from Dropbox … I can see the the chapter titles, prolog, etc in the Manuscript, but when I compile here’s what happens: the Prolog doesn’t have the word Prolog above it anymore, the chapters which have subtitles under them lose the chapter number ie only have the subtitle part prefacing them, and the chapters which just had Chapter Two, Chapter Three, etc have totally lost those designations … nothing above them at all! There was no problem with the windows version … everything even printed perfectly. But it seems as if when Scrivener for the iPad opens the novel from Dropbox it can’t find the accompanying formatting.
- The fonts have changed for some of the novel when I open it in the iPad version. Not changed for a whole chapter, but some paragraphs. Actually, they have even had the BOLD attribute added to them, too.
- This next problem might just be a Dropbox problem. However, I sort of doubt that. Here’s what happens: On my laptop, if I open Dropbox and click on my novel, Scrivener opens it … no problem whatsoever. Seamless handshaking. If I try that on Dropbox which I have on my iPad, it gives me a message that No Preview Available. This Type Of File Can’t Be Viewed. It is a Scrivener file, but Scrivener won’t open it. That isn’t much of a problem since I can get into Scrivener and open the appropriate files on Dropbox from there. Still, if it will do that on my Windows laptop, why not on the iPad? Are the two programs not communicating properly on the iPad?
Anyway, if you could help with any of this … mostly the lack of transference of the formatting instructions, I would really appreciate it.