Here’s the thing. If anything, enjoyment and use of software on iPads vs. laptops is increasing, by all outside comments, and enough on Scrivener too.
That Scrivener operates still fundamentally well over all the advances (and changes…) in the operating system evidences just how well Keith designed it. And to underline this, it even functions apparently very well with IPadOS’s side-by-side, drag-drop multitasking.
Equally, he was very clever indeed in how much of big Scrivener’s abilities he actually got into this software, and working so well. You have to learn what’s there, but then discover how much there really is behind the surface face, accessible by accurate use of all the moves and views Apple’s interface has provided.
Thus it feels very deserving that an update be put together, to correct the abilities that have inevitably gone astray.
In the case of ‘scrivenings’, for example, Keith’s original solution far from needs any excusing, since it actually offers just about everything in the original, only in a slightly different way. I’ve elsewhere offered suggestion for how readily it appears a fix would turn out, and also a good workaround until it can appear.
Maybe this can be a poster child, then, for changing from the ‘big drop’ practices of yesteryear. Software these days, particularly on the iPad, appears in an ongoing stream: a little fix here, a little addition there, released and move on to the next.
This generally works very well, and should be able to let the shoulders relax, take away the ‘oomph’ factor of facing a lot of changes on software you’ll not entirely remember all at once.
Testing would be the factor I think would come up, but all the needs seem very localized, so that it wouldn’t be necessary to institute a new stream model there.
As far as magnitude of issues, I haven’t seen as many as @kat; could be the phone shows up more problems due to its crowding than an iPad. And frankly, the main one with the Apple pencil may not feel so necessary to mess with, once you find out how fussy and incapable Scribble is in anything except a very short (like a title) text. It’s just not useful for else, if you try that. Yet if a miracle insight occurs, the resultt could be one more small release, so it can assume its place in priority, yet be possible.
End of thoughts for today. I hope they can be helpful. I’d watch out for the lost understandings that have ‘there is no scrivenings’ for example being stated. We all who have the knowledge understand what Keith was saying when he originally intrroduced his alternate solution, and it is a truly fine, very practically able alternative, which we’d just like to see back
To all, cheers…
Cc: @AmberV , since I can’t seem to add ‘bug’ to the categories…