I have the exact same question! Only I’m a little peeved by the differences. Every time I hear of a great way to organize with listed chapter numbers, different binder icons, colors, etc and later discover Windows version can’t do these things–frankly, it stinks. If there was a decent reasonably priced writing software for Windows (I’m still on Vista) then I’d joyously move to it. It’s gotten to the point that when a fellow writer talks about how they can format their kindle books and blog posts with Scrivner–I’m better off using Word, they obviously have the Mac version.
The Mac version had been in development for five years or so before someone was found some two years or so ago who was willing to commit themselves to producing the Windows version. It is not a port of the Mac version, but a complete rewrite. It has come a long way, but with one and a half people working on it, rewriting it doesn’t happen overnight.
Someone from the team on the Windows side will be along no doubt.
… Unless you’re talking about Microsoft vs. 2.5 independent developers.
If you’ve ever used MS Word for the Mac and it’s Windows equivalent, you’ll notice that there are a lot of compromises that even a multi-billion dollar company must make, from GUI designs that don’t conform to the native platform, to crash bugs (I often hear novelists curse MS because Word crashes on their Macs when they try to work through their Editor’s manuscript changes in the "industry standard .doc/.docx format). If MS can’t do a perfect port of their own software, with hundreds of programmers on the payroll, then you have to consider that Literature & Latte’s 1/2 a handful of programmers are going to have to approach the same problem differently.
I agree, it would be lovely if windows version did the same as the Mac, but hey we have a windows version and they could have just stuck with the mac one.
The way I am dealing with that little problem is I am getting a Mac Air once they resolve their wi fi issues, ( I do need a new computer and it was my intention to change to Mac anyway
I’m putting my hat in with the bloggers who use Scrivener. And I’m using Windows/Linux versions. I have 2 folders. The drafts, and the posted. I work on the post in drafts, with a category for which blog it’s getting written for, and when I post it, move it to the posted folder. I don’t know how different it is for Mac people, but I find this works just fine.
As others have already commented, the Mac version is more advanced because it’s more advanced in development years. The Windows version is a separate development effort, new code from the ground up written by a different programmer, using a different framework, etc. We don’t have a public feature-release timeline (this is something that still gets adjusted internally, and as we’d rather take the time needed than rush something half-baked out to meet a deadline, we don’t want to pointlessly raise expectations), but platform-specific differences aside, the goal is to eventually reach parity between the two. The Mac version is continuing in development even while the Windows version catches up, since giving time to the Mac version does not take away from Windows, and instead it rather allows Windows to skip steps as features and interface design are tested and refined on the Mac. So rest assured that those many nice features of the Mac version you’re wishing for are in the pipeline for Windows, too!