moving .scriv & .scap Mac to PC?

I use Scrivener and Scapple on my iMac, and have no problems so far. I would like to take .scriv and .scap files to the office to work on when possible, but the computer there is a PC running Windows XP. I am thinking of getting Scrivener and Scapple for the office PC, but would like to be sure that the data files composed on the iMac will be read on the PC, and vice versa. I assume that would work, but want to be sure before I make the purchase.

Assuming you have Scrivener version 2 for mac, (the version 1 for mac projects aren’t compatible with the windows Scrivener program), then yes, they’ll all work together nicely. Keep in mind that you can install the trial versions of the Windows programs and use them for 30 days before purchasing them, so you have plenty of time to test how well moving those projects back and forth will work for you.

Should work fine. Just a couple of things to be aware of.

First, a Scrivener project is actually a folder, with subfolders and potentially hundreds of files. You need to make sure that whatever method you use to transfer projects back and forth gets the entire project. Email and web-based sharing tools are notoriously bad at this. Over time, you’ll figure out what method works best for you, but the easiest is to use the File -> Backup -> Backup To command, and check the box to create a ZIP backup. That compresses everything into one file, which can be transferred using any convenient method. (Scapple documents are single files already, and don’t have this concern.)

Second, there are some important differences between the Mac and Windows versions, discussed in more detail here: … patibility