I know this has been discussed in past threads but I have yet to find a solution for my work flow. I’ve been using Scrivener since version one. I did not upgrade to version two when it came but recently I upgraded to version three on my MacBook Air.
Everyday I write at least a thousand words in a text file in my Scrivener Draft folder that lives in the Binder by default. Previously I never experienced typing lag in version one of Scriverner, which I used on this same macbook air (mid 2013 model) which I refuse to believe is too slow to type simple text. It can still edit HD video without breaking a sweat, what more with processor friendly simple text…
The first help was when I started a new file and set all of Scrivener’s preferences to defaults as my previous document contained over 230 thousand words. This was a bandaid.
When I’m on a continuous writing spree, it could be up to two minutes of lag before all my typed script catches up to my current typing. Even if it’s just a few seconds, which it is commonly at, it deeply disturbs me as I can’t see what I’m typing in front of me.
One solution that is working is installing the app fresh before each writing session in a new directory. This is not intuitive for me but I have been doing it because I love this program THAT much… But I’m reaching the limit of my patience. I’ve been looking at other apps to purchase just for the thousand words (and still do my outlining in Scrivener) but can’t find anything that has Scrivener’s wonderful visual countdown representation AND the notification with the goal has been hit.
What else can I do here? I don’t want to use another app. I love Scrivener. I’ve used it for years and find all other apps inferior but I can’t seem to solve this simple lag problem. I hope it won’t come down to having to buy a new computer just to use version three of Scrivener.
Just to be clear, I’ve already pumped ups the autosave to 59 seconds. I’ve stripped all customization so no special fonts, back images or themes. I’m not autosaving online. I save to my internal SSD hard drive which should be fast enough to handle text.
I wonder if it may be that the OS is not allotting enough RAM to Scrivener but I have no way of knowing or fixing if if that were true.
I would appreciate any tips.