I run Scrivener for WIndows (Beta v1.3) on a Windows XP machine with no Administrator rights. I followed the advice of Lee and installed the programme on a flash drive using a different laptop and am able to run Scriv on my work laptop without issue.
I had been advised that:
- I would need to manually allocate .scriv extensions; and
- I would not be able to use the spell check
I haven’t bothered with the former as I just access projects thorugh the Scrivener programme itself, and re: the latter, the spell check seems to work fine. Thought I’d let you know!
The only issue I have with the programme is cosmetic. The programme looks very oldschool, by which I mean it looks like an old Windows 95 programme with pixelated fonts and clunky 8 colour buttons. I appreciate that this is Windows not Mac, but we don’t have to conform to the stereotype - a pretty interface is perfectly possible!
If the entire programme had more of the look and feel of the full-screen mode it would be better. The use of fade in / pop-up toolbars and menus is much nicer - at the moment we seem to be weasting half the screen for occasional infomation and buttons.
Perhaps I am too set in my ways: I like to write in double spaces lines (for the same reason editors like double spacing) and in a page layout view. The pixelated fonts are a complete no-go for me as well. It’s a shame, as the functionality provided by Scrivener is just the sort of thing I’d want to use for future projects. Yet, I suspect I will continue to use MS Word for writing and a notebook for organising for the moment. But I did want to let you know WHY, rather that just silently moving on.