I recently updated to version 3.2.2, and have two questions that I haven’t been able to answer. I am on Mac OS X High Sierra. I First, every time I wake the computer up from sleep, the Scrivener window shrinks to a quarter it’s size that I have defined by a layout, and I need to recall the layout again. Second, I almost always use the vertical split screen, and in the new version there is no separator line between the two panes, and I cannot find a preference to have one. This can be very confusing, since the two panes are the same color. Or is there a way to make them different colors?
There is one thing I would do before trying anything else: reinstall the software. The stuff you are describing sounds like the upgrade might not have gone smoothly, such as invisible UI elements and not remembering your project window size from one session to the next.
The best way to go about this, to eliminate any potential gremlins:
- Download the software from our home page.
- Close Scrivener, and drag its icon to the Trash in your Dock, from the Applications folder.
- Reboot the computer. It’s overkill, but since it seems like preference saving is an issue as well, that will flush stale preference caches that might be getting in the way.
- After the reboot, open the DMG you downloaded, and drag the icon as indicated.
See if that helps with these issues. If not, there are a few additional things we can try.
Thank you for the suggestion. Reinstalling and rebooting didn’t solve the problem. But I noticed in the Preferences folder there were two sets for Scrivener. I deleted both and rebooted Scrivener. That seems to have solve the problem.
Regarding the line between panes, it seems to have been there, but the background color made it almost invisible. There is a particular spot on the darkness gradient slider when the line disappears for nearly all colors. Perhaps the line could be made just a bit wider by a few pixels.
Okay! Yeah, deleting preferences would have been my next suggestion, but it is more invasive than just swapping out the software.
As for nearly invisible dividers—I agree. But it has been a Mac-wide design aesthetic for ages now. I miss having very obvious dividers, but we don’t really have a large amount of control over how they look. It is worth noting that even though they are nearly invisible, the drag zone itself is a bit larger, so sometimes I just move the mouse around until the pointer changes.