I can see there are a few different threads here about Scrivener files going missing and work being lost, and while I don’t want to just add Yet Another Thread on the topic, I feel this is a very important issue, and I want to create a fresh discussion on it as my experience seems to relate to the recent 1.5 update.
I am a novelist, and have been using Scrivener happily for a year or so. This morning I opened Scriv, and it told me there was an update. I downloaded and installed, then when it was done I went back to my project.
Eight hours later I opened Scriv up again, and instead of opening my current project automatically, I was presented with a blank default screen. Going to File > Recent Projects, I was slightly alarmed to see that the only things listed were projects from months ago.
Puzzled, I searched my Mac for every combination of file name and file type I could think of, and could only find these very old .scriv files.
Everything else has VANISHED. Completely, utterly, miserable gone.
Now, fortunately I backed up on Thursday last week so I haven’t lost my entire 100,000 words - only about 4 days worth of work. But I’m now behind schedule, and recreating that lost work is a particularly nauseating experience.
I am a ‘pro-level’ Mac user. I know how my computer works. I know how Mac OS X works. I used to write for a Mac magazine. I used to work on Mac support for an ISP. I’ve spent a hair-pulling few hours trying to work out what happened, but the only thing I can think of is that the 1.5 update somehow reset Scriviner to a state of a few months ago, and deleted all projects created after that point.
I’m lucky as I at least didn’t lose everything, but seriously, for a programme like this to have a bug like that just DEFIES belief.
I really hope I’m wrong, that it’s not a bug and somehow the gods of chance have just turniped my computer, but this seriously needs investigating.
It looks like I’m not the only person, going by this forum. And I have to say that as much as I love the programme, I am now moving my novel into Word (or heck, even Text Edit) so I don’t lose any more.
I’m a professional writer with deadlines, and I just cannot take that risk.
I would appreciate the thoughts of the developer on this topic.