Muting Snapshot noise

My current writing project started as a screenplay—I wanted to focus on dialogue—now I’m converting it to the novel it was always intended to be. So I don’t lose things in the conversion I am using snapshots for the first time. Like the feature but oh my god I hate the noise that accompanies Cmd-5.

There seems to be no way to shut Scrivener the f up. No preference to turn it off. No choice of what sound to play. While using Scrivener I’ve resorted to muting all sounds on my Mac with an F10.


In /Applications/ there are two files:

  1. CloseShutter.snd
  2. OpenShutter.snd

With Scrivener NOT running, I changed the file extensions to .txt. When I reopened Scrivener and took a snapshot…pure silence.

I then quit Scrivener, changed the extensions back to .snd, reopened Scrivener and took another snapshot…usual clunking noise.

So it seems you can stop the noise, though mucking about with Scrivener’s entrails probably isn’t a great idea.

Thanks, that’s a useful idea. I might try it but with no preference(s) to turn it off forever renaming the files would need to happen after each update.

Now that notifications are a thing in Mac OS X, maybe that should be the way Scrivener communicates that a snapshot has been taken… although if you have Do Not Disturb on, you might not see or hear anything if you selected a bunch of files that already had snapshots and took another.

There will be an option to turn off the snapshot sound in the next major update of Scrivener (and an option to turn on notifications for snapshots).

I’m not too worried about not seeing anything when I (mistakenly) include a document that has no changes since its previous snapshot. But hearing that random noise really bugs me—and I don’t understand how hearing it will prevent the situation you describe rdale. I’m also no fan of the Notifications scheme in OS X (or iOS for that matter); I’ve turned off as many of them as I can.

Great news.

Good idea: configurable through the Notifications interface.

Why do you have a new profile now? (Clearly not a secret as you mention it in your sig line.) Your avatar shows you’ve had a major makeover. :stuck_out_tongue: What type of dog is it? The family’s pet? Or the family’s boss? :smiley:

Isn’t it an airedale terrier? The clue is in the name I think.

You tease. Again.

We hunger for your bountiful updates. Wish to bestow gold and silver upon your bank account. Rose petals upon the earth that you tread. :open_mouth:

Sherlock Reepicheep

I hadn’t thought of that. Looked up Airedale Terrier and saw some pics online. Snap: you appear to be right.

The breed comes from Yorkshire, which is well known for its Dales. And the post was written by rdale. The plot thickens.


Doc Briar Watson

Look at you two, sniffing out my puns! But the real question is, do I glow in the moonlight as I tread the moor? :mrgreen:

As evidenced by my other profile’s post count, I can’t leave a question unanswered without getting twitchy, so I’ll give you far more information than you might ever have wanted…

Back when I created the robertdguthrie profile, I had well over 200 login/password pairs for various websites, and only a few of them used my initials or initial/name combos, because of how common most of my names are. I also didn’t have a nickname I was happy with (I had grown weary of my previous online monikers). So I just mashed my full name together with my middle initial to make sure it was unique on the boards and started posting questions about Scrivener. My handle, in comparison to those of the forum regulars, seemed clunky and inelegant, but I just ignored the minor irritation I felt at the sight of the unwieldy string of characters representing me.

Meanwhile (and previously) NiaD and NaNoWriMo entered my life, and I began to day-dream of my name on a book cover. I didn’t like my real name all that much–it didn’t flow off the tongue (or I’m just bored with the 40+ year-old label for ‘me’, I suppose), so for the first NiaD, I chose to “honor” my father’s memory, whose middle name I share. Thus, R. Dale Guthrie.

He had always enjoyed SF/F and westerns, whereas my mother didn’t read much at all, aside from all the picture books she read to and with me from an early age. I had graduated to chapter books, mostly mysteries written for middle-grade boys, but as I began to grow out of those, and found myself frustrated with my librarian’s bland suggestions, my father handed me books by Larry Niven and Anne McCaffrey. (He entirely failed to get me interested in westerns, though he had a shelf dedicated to well-worn Louis L’amour paperbacks.) In a sense, he picked up the baton from my mother, further nurturing my love of reading by sharing his.

Today, I can’t share my developing works of sci-fi and fantasy with my departed father, but I can put his name right there in the by-line of each disastrous manuscript. Maybe I’ll add and “I” in there for my mother Irma, should I ever write an epic fantasy. “I. R. Dale Guthrie”? “Irdale”?

So “R. Dale” is my nom de plume which also lends itself to a more “elegant” forum handle.

As for my avatar, it only recently occurred to me that “R Dale” sounded a bit like “Airdale”, so I went in search of the dog, and found a suitably scruffy-looking, goofy example of the breed.

I enjoy a fulsome answer, especially one that’s so candid and open.

I can’t speak for your parents, of course, but I imagine they would be mighty proud of everything that you’ve written and mighty pleased that you are following a dream that they helped to sow and nurture. The tribute of including your father’s name and the consideration of using your mother’s initial for your should-you-ever-write-it epic-fantasy nom de plume would appear to speak volumes about you as a man, son, and writer. (You touched the heart of a Brit over here on this side of the Pond.)

Reepicheep got the R Dale / Airedale connection: I can only recognise a few breeds … Labradors, spaniels, and working collies dominate in my neck of the woods (in the middle of the Bucolic Ocean) … so the allusion in the avatar was entirely lost on me. Isn’t it lovely how we can hide things in plain sight?

Personally, I wish you wouldn’t describe your manuscripts as disastrous: though I entirely respect your right to use whatever adjective(s) you want to use. Can’t work out if you’re being modest, despondent, or unfairly critical … guess you’re the only one who can really know for sure. Having read your forum posts and pages on your website, I seriously doubt the validity of the disastrous tag. Perhaps a US disaster is a British triumph? :open_mouth:

You write. You create. It is only the things that we don’t do that ever hold us back. The difference between those who don’t and those who do, is that those who do, do. It doesn’t get any more complicated than that. And in writing, you do do. You should, I think and hope, be proud of that in itself, even if you are aiming for an even higher goal in the future. Completing a manuscript (disastrous or otherwise) is a massive achievement of human ingenuity. Writers create whole new worlds: breathe life into people who would never have otherwise existed. We touch the lives and emotions of our readers. Aren’t we lucky that we have the skills to do what we do, even if we all wish we could do it just a little bit better than we currently do?