Any other Windows users here getting frustrated with Scrivener’s total lack of support for the platform?
Scrivener 3.0 for Windows has now been only available in beta and “coming soon” for 2 years now!
I’ve been reading and any requests on this forum for faster development are attacked as if someone asking for a stable, production-ready version is spiteful, mean or unreasonable.
Am I alone on this?
Also, for the record, I own the software on Mac & Windows since I work on a Macbook, 2 Windows laptops (and an Android phone). However, sadly, the reduced cross-platform support over the last two years seriously hinders my ability to use Scrivener effectively.
Sadly, using Scrivener has become a liability rather than an asset. I am writing this because I am in the middle of a deadline on a writing project which I started in an online, cross-platform outlining software with the intention of switching to Scrivener to complete the final stages. However, every time I try to manually copy the project over to Scrivener 3.0 Beta I run into a serious bug or I am told I have to re-download and re-install the beta. There’s always some issue.
So, I have read the forums and I see that when anyone talks about the lack of feature development on Windows, they are directed to use the Beta. They are told “It’s free and has lots of features!” But, when anyone actually tries the Beta and its (many) errors prevent them from finishing their work they are told they shouldn’t be expecting anything else from beta software and to use the stable (non-updated) Windows version 1 again. Honestly, how long has it been since that version got an update?
Naturally, when my work is critical, I choose to avoid relying on the beta but the previous version is now out of date, so I go back and continue my work in the alternate online Outliner in hopes that the “Coming Soon” for the Stable 3.0 release actually means something closer to “within a couple months” rather than “in another 2 years”. Sadly, experience is teaching me this hope is proving to be unreliable.
I am posting this in hopes that someone out there has something other to say than,“Use the Windows 3.0 beta or version 1 and stop whining”. Seriously, that’s not an adequate response! This is no longer just about the software. This is about the reasons users have to place their trust in the parent software company enough to use their product. Do the founder and developers at Literature and Latte actually care about maintaining reliable tools for their users? Do they care if their lack of living up to their public commitments causes problems for users? Do they even understand software development enough to know whether it’s reasonable to keep a promised software update in beta for 2 years? Do they realize the impression that gives to anyone who is deciding whether to depend on their software? Most importantly, do they teach their Support Representatives to treat negative feedback as an opportunity to improve, not a challenge to be talked down to, or dismissed.
The support responses on this forum that essentially attack/disparage/dismiss the concerns of any users who mention this lack of development are actually making the company and the founder look bad. If you think your dismissal of this criticism is making the company look better I am sad to say you are mistaken.
This is particularly sad because I have been a major Scrivener proponent in the past. I used to tell my friends how awesome it was. I loved the potential of the software, but the owners/developers and particularly the forum support seem to have lost interest in listening to and caring for their Windows customers. When “Stop wining! It’s great! You get a free beta!” is the auto-response around here then the users get the picture loud and clear. The Support Representatives are mainly interested in defending the company’s decisions and not listening for opportunities to help users by identifying issues so they can improve their product.
And before the responses flow in to tell me “You just don’t understand the product philosophy” or even “We like it how it is!” Just remember, a problem that doesn’t cause you any pain, can still be a legitimate problem that causes pain to others. Just dismissing it because the product “works fine for you” is a good way to alienate potentially loyal users.