I’ve looked, but not found a solution to my problem. What’s happening is Scrivener is not opening my Scrivener file or displaying onscreen. It is, however, showing as a running process in Task Manager.
Here are some details and background:
OS: Windows 10
App: Scrivener Version: 220.127.116.11 - 12 Jun 2018
Devices: Dell laptop + ipad
Other: I’ve installed Scrivener on my ipad and synced the two instances (laptop and ipad) with Dropbox.
Yesterday I set up Dropbox to host my Scrivener file. Long story short, the standard setup worked fine. I could access and open the .scrivx file from my laptop and from my ipad. Changes made to the file from either device (laptop/ipad) saved and synced and were visible when reopened with either device. Hooray, the world was fine and all was well.
Later in the afternoon, I opened the .scrivx file on my ipad at home and left it open while I went to a shop. I suspected there would not be wifi there (I was right), which is why I opened the file before I left home and why I left it open as I drove to the shop. While at the shop, I wrote and edited the .scrivx on the ipad. I could not save or sync the file, because no wifi.
When I got home and back on wifi, before I synced the ipad, I noticed there were now two .scrivx files in the dropbox\apps\scrivener\MyNovel.scriv directory: the normal .scrivx, and a new one with a lot of letters and numbers and the word conflicted in the file name. Before syncing from the ipad, I tried to open the normal .scrivx with my laptop. That’s when the problem described up top occurred. Scrivener is a running process in Task Manager, but not opening onscreen. At this point, I synced the ipad (the .scrivx file has and remains accessible as normal on my ipad), deleted the “conflicting” .scrivx file, and tried to open the normal file again with my laptop. No luck.
I am able to open local (same HD) backup copies of my .scrivx from elsewhere on my laptop just fine. I’ve done it with three different .scrivx files. The only file that will not open is the one saved to dropbox\apps\scrivener\MyNovel.scriv. I’ve rebooted multiple times and cleared the menu in Recent Projects and searched online for a fix. No love. Help?
Thanks in advance for your time.
Edit: I’ve been trying different compatibility settings as described in he FAQ. When “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” is unchecked or checked for Windows 8, I get the same response as described at the top of the message. When I check the box and select Windows 7 and try to open the file, Scrivener opens a window that says the file already seems to already be in use, or that the project didn’t close properly last time it was used, and I am given options to Continue, Make a Copy, or Cancel. This happens whether the Dropbox process is running or not. To date, I’ve chosen Cancel.