tracking changes?

I’ve been using Scrivener for a while now, but I’m still not fully versed in all its features. Right now I’m revising a novel and in need of some help. In word, I used a feature called track changes when revising. Its a simple tool that changes the font color when tracking changes is turned on. This allows me to see at a glance where I’ve made changes to the text in a document. Is there a way to accomplish this in Scrivener? I suppose I could change the font color every time I go to make an addition, but that feels tedious. I really don’t want to revise in word, but I’m finding this is something I can’t live without!


I’m afraid there is no way of doing this in the current version of Scrivener (it’s quite a complicated feature, which is why of all the major word processors only Word and Pages - programs with large teams behind them - have it). However, 2.0 will have a “revision mode”, which will mean that any new typing is in specified colour, and also a way of showing certain differences between snapshots and the current version of the text.

All the best,

If this may help, I do a lot of revisioning in Scrivener, and I do it in two ways:

  1. I use markers to mark changes I do to an existing text. Different colors for subsequent sessions.
  2. I use TextWrangler (but I could use Nisus Writer) to compare single documents, when I forget to mark differences, or when someone sends me revised text with non changes marked.

Easy, effective.


EDIT: Markers do not always translate well with other wordprocessors. So, before using them for tracking changes, I would suggest to see if they can be exchanged with you collaborators. If not, you can use text colors.

Thank you for your help! I’ll look forward to version 2.0.

ptram, I am guessing by markers you mean the different highlighting colors?

And could I ask how you compare single documents in Nisus Writer? This would be a very valuable tool for me, as I sometimes forget if I’ve made corrections to one version or another of my stuff. Other than just opening them side by side, is there another trick to this?

Yes. I’m sorry for the many oddities due to my bad knowledge of English (corroborated by usually writing at late night).

First of all, I receive .doc documents. Sometimes there is already text in different colors, to show the work of other reviewers.

When I add my comments, I either use highlight colors, or text colors to show my reviews. Then send the .rtf file that my collaborators can read with any wordprocessor.

Later, i receive the doc with revision added in a different colors. This is like the classic work on paper with highliters used to mark printed text.

EDIT: See what happens when writing at late nite? I guess you were asking about doing a file comparison. If so, look for a macro called “Compare documents”, either in the Macro menu, or in Nisus’ web site.