mac to windows has me spooked.

So, I got scrivener and used it on my mac for a while. The mac died, and due to finances, I got a pc. The first thing I installed was scrivener, only to find out that it could not open my scrivener mac files except as multi-foldered messes. Apparently had I been using the very latest mac version, it might have been readable.

So, working off my .doc backups (thank you open office), I was able to chapter by chapter, input my writing back into scrivener form. But now I keep finding myself hesitating to use Scrivener again. Not that I am going back and forth between pc and mac, but just that the work could be rendered useless once, why not again, has me a little gun shy. Will my windows generated scrivener files be rendered inaccessible if I don’t keep the latest version updated? Am I making any sense here? Should I slink back to Open Office?

I wish to continue, but i have this vague distrust now. And it’s so hard to get immersed enough to write as it is without an external thing giving me hesitation. Has anyone else experienced this, and how did you reinvest yourself in the program?

thanks in advance,

They are multi-foldered projects. If you go into one of your recreated ones, you’ll find that there’s the same folder structure as the imported ones.

If you need to move a project, move the entire folder. You can either back it up and compress it or compress it outside of Scrivener, need be. If you need to bounce between mac and windows, be sure to move the entire folder, not just the *.scrivx file.

Scrivener version 1 for Mac was made well before the Windows version was planned. To make the two platforms able to read the same Scrivener project, they had to change the project structure internally, so that the Mac Scriv, version 2 would be compatible with the Windows version from the start. They didn’t change the format for any other reason than that. If you have access to any fairly modern mac, you could install the latest trail version of Scrivener, copy all your old projects to that Mac, and then open them all up, letting Scrivener 2 convert them to a Windows compatible version; otherwise, you’ll have to do what you’ve been doing, unfortunately.