Hope this isn’t too inane.

Would a .scriv PROJECT created on a Mac and copied to a portable medium be capable of being used on a Scrivener-enabled Windows machine without issue.

I am using Scrivener 3 for Mac and would presume whatever is the latest Windows version.,

If yes, I assume reversing the direction of the transportation would also be fine.

I will be the only one working on the project - the Windows platform will only come into play for a three week trip out of the country.

I suppose my question amounts to a question about the Mac .scriv format itself. Does the Windows platform save its project work in the same (.Scriv) format as the Mac?

For reasons deep, dark and dangerous, Dropbox (or its kind) are not in the mix for moving the project between the two platforms.

If it really would be a transparent process, a one word ‘:YES’ reply be fine… A one word ‘NO’ reply would also be fine, if appropriate.

I really only want to do this if it is that simple an issue.

Thanks for your time.


Sort of.

File -> Export -> As Scrivener 2 Project on the Mac side.

Long version: Mac Scrivener 3 uses a different project format from Win Scrivener 1.9.7. Going from Windows to Mac, the conversion happens automatically as soon as Scrivener 3 opens the project. Going from Mac back to Windows, you need to down-convert.

Also, be aware that the .scriv project is actually a folder, with subfolders and potentially hundreds of component files. Mac OS hides this structure, Windows does not. So, going from Windows to Mac, you need to make sure you transfer the entire project.


PS All of the above applies regardless of the transfer mechanism used. You’d have the same format conversion issue with Dropbox or a similar service.

Thanks very much for your response.

I’m going to think on this some more. I really would prefer not to have to do the conversion.

Maybe I can arrange to stay in the Mac world. It certainly would be preferable from my end, but was given to believe that wasn’t in cards.

Will see.

Again, thanks, Katherine, for your time and assistance. Much appreciated.