This is my first post on this Board and I will admit it - I am a Scrivener Newb! I am also a serious writer and a good friend who uses Scrivener recently highly recommended it to me as a writing/outlining tool - he convinced me to try it out and I became so fascinated by - and enamored of - some of its features - that I dived in and bought a copy…and so far it has proven to be an interesting and valuable thinking and organizing tool. So…that’s my disclaimer.
Here’s the problem. I am collaborating with another writer on a project - whom I also convinced to get a copy of Scrivener - and after a recent work session, I created a complex new Scivener document for outlining this particular project. So far so good…right? But now the PROBLEM - when I attempted to email my Scrivener file to my collaborator…my email program wouldn’t do it!
DETAILS - The program in question is Microsoft Entourage 2004 (which normally is an excellent and powerful email app) - which I am running on my trusty old 12" G4 Powebook (which is running OS 10.4.11, with oodles of RAM). When I attempted to add my Scrivener file as an “Attachment” to an email, here’s what Entourage told me, in boldface – (lets call my file NewProject here)
“Entourage cannot attach the item NewProject.scriv”
- and then in smaller letters underneath, it adds -
“Aladdin Systems Stuffit Software must be installed on your computer in order to attach this item to a message”
Needless to say, I was stupefied - stunned - disbelieving - and irritated. What’s the story here? Why won’t my email attach a Scrivener document?
Fortunately, I have a copy of the compression App which Aladdin makes - which is part of its ‘Stuffit’ software - it’s actually called DropStuff - and when I used that to compress the Srcrivener file into what what Stuffit/Dropstuff calls an “archive” - then, sure enough, Entourage allowed me to attach the (compressed) file to my email. But I want to know WHY this happened?
I’m guessing that possibly the problem may lie in the fact that a Scrivener ‘file’ - may actually be a collection of separate ‘files’ grouped into a folder of sorts (in fact my Scrivener file contains several ‘folders’ each of which contain several dozen individual things Srcrivener calls ‘text files’) - so it’s possible that a traditional email program, like Entourage, may be confused by the folder vs file dichotomy? Or, maybe, Scrivener files are somehow incompatible with Entourage email coding? Or - are Scrivener files incompatible with OLDER versions of Entourage but not “newer” ones? Or…something completely different???
I dearly hope that some brilliant Scrivener user out there - and possibly even Keith himself - will take pity on my plight and enlighten me, bringing clarity to the shadows which now surround me. Can anyone tell me what’s going on here?
Hopefully in Oregon (where it’s cloudy and threatening to rain…but no snow today)