So my previous computer died, and instead of investing in another new Mac, I got a much cheaper PC. I downloaded the Windows Scrivener just fine, but when I ported my files over to the new computer and tried to open them, I got the error message that the files was saved in a newer version of Scrivener than the one I am currently using.
I checked to see if the version of Scrivener I just downloaded needed updates–it doesn’t. What do I do know?
If you were using Mac Scrivener 3.x and are now using Windows Scrivener 1.9 (the latest release), then your Scrivener projects are in a newer version than the Windows release can handle.
If that is the case, you have two options:
Download and install the Windows Scrivener 3 beta (currently 184.108.40.206). Be advised this is not necessarily the recommended route, as it is still a beta and while most areas of it are stable, there are still portions of the Compiler that are works in progress and do not work or work with bugs.
Find a friend with a Mac and have them use Scrivener 3 to export your files back to Mac Scrivener 2.9 format. This puts them back into the format that the current release version of Windows Scrivener can read and write.
I was afraid it was gonna be something like that. Luckily I have friends in my writing group who can do that for me. Huzzah for so many of us having Scrivener.
If you have trouble finding someone to get them converted or need them before your friends can do it, drop me a PM.