Hello! I’m a new user and so far I have been very impressed with the functionality of Scrivener - so much so that I’ve pretty much made a complete switch from Word. Particularly useful to me is the ability to import .pdf files (mostly articles saved from jstor) and attach them to particular projects so that I can very quickly switch between windows for writing and reading/researching.
My problem, however, is that when I open said .pdf’s in Scrivener, the font looks like a bad scan of an old fax of a bad scan - distorted and difficult to read. Granted, many of the articles in jstor actually /are/ bad scans of old faxes , but this is happening to documents that, when I open them in Adobe Reader, look as clean as if they were originally created in the program, not just scanned in. Also, Scrivener seems to slow down quite a bit when I’m looking at a .pdf - for example, when I click on the scroll bar to quickly skip to the next page of a document there is at least a 3-second delay before it responds. Sometimes it doesn’t respond at all. (If it’s helpful to know, I don’t have this problem with regular Scrivener text files, and I don’t have it when I open the same .pdf in Adobe Reader, and it has happened with every .pdf I’ve tried to read in Scrivener so far).
Am I doing something wrong or is this just a function of Scrivener not being Adobe and thus not being able to “read/display” objects like .pdf’s as well as it does text documents? I’d really hate to have to “Open in External Reader” every time I want to quickly search for and/or reread a couple sentences in a research doc. Thanks in advance for any help or advice you have!
Out of curiosity, which version of windows are you using? Granted, I’m on WINE, but up until the last edition before the release, I could view PDFs, but can’t after version 053, if memory serves. Do you have issues with pdfs on other programs? (Not the bad JSTOR fax, of which I’m quite familiar. )
Hi, thanks. I’m not computer savvy by any means, so I’m not sure if this is the answer you’re looking for: when I open system on the control panel it says I’m using Windows 7 Home Premium. Below that it says Service Pack 1. I bought the computer in January 2012 and it was loaded with whatever was most current at that time.
In answer to your second question - no, well, at least, not to my knowledge. I haven’t had problems reading .pdf files elsewhere - but the caveat to that is that I don’t think I’ve tried to read any except when I’ve saved them from jstor and then opened them in Reader. Otherwise, I just read them online using IE.
And oddly, the problem only seems to be affecting certain documents. I just ran across another pdf that, in Reader, looks practically identical to one of the problem files. This one, however, is fine when I open it in Scrivener - looks just like it does in Reader - no font corruption at all.
Does that help at all? Thanks!
I’m still hoping someone can answer my question above. Even if the answer is, “Deal with it - Scriviner is not Acrobat so the files aren’t going to display as well,” that’s fine, I just want to know if the problem with reading pdf files in Scriviner is something that can be fixed by a setting change or an import process or something, or if it’s something that I just have to live with. Thanks!