I just closed and tried to reopen my Scrivener 3 Beta for Windows. It wont open since it expired as of the March 31. Instead a little window pops up telling me to “download an updated version” from L&L.
I understand that the latest version is 18.104.22.168.
Can I savely install it in the same place or will this destroy my settings, folder structure, projects etc. That is to say: How do I properly update in this situation?
Thank you, and sorry should I be missing the obvious!
All the best wishes,
Unless you saved your projects into the installation folder (under C:\Program Files…), which you should NEVER DO with any of your data from any application… you’re fine to uninstall/reinstall/update your software.
I would make a backup of your projects before you try anything. I haven’t had any issues with uninstalling the old beta, and then installing the new one in it’s place. Granted, I don’t have that many customized settings.
I reinstalled, and yes: the settings, personalized vocab etc. were gone of course, but not the projects, which I did not store in the programs folder but backed up anyhow to be extra save,
Makes me think: How very nice would it be to be able to simply update an expired version!!
After you’ve reset Scrivener to how you like it, then save your settings to a file. This will also save your theme settings. File > Options > Manage > Save Options to File
(Save the file somewhere other than your Scrivener program folder. Wherever you store your Scrivener zipped backups would be a good place.)
Then you can Load your settings back to Scrivener next time you forget the beta expiry date and have to remove/reinstall Scrivener. File > Options > Manage > Load Options from File
And anyway, it’s good backup practice to save your settings occasionally, even after v3 is officially released.