Why the larger Scrivener file??

I got a new computer last month and installed a more recent version of Scrivener. The novel I’m working on right now is 11 MB (that’s the folder size) while my other novels are only around 3 to 4 MB (I haven’t worked on these lately). Why the size difference? All the novels are roughly around 75,000 words to 85,000 words. I’m thinking it’s the snapshots. There are a lot more of these. I’m also working back and forth between Scrivener and ProWritingAid, so maybe that’s creating more snapshots. Is it safe to delete some of the snapshots? Should I just accept that the project folder will be 11 MB?

Scrivener projects may look like a single file in finder, but they actually consist of a potentially very large number of files on your Hard disk/SSID wrapped up in a package. Some people I believe have had projects running into hundreds of MegaBytes. Scrivener only loads into memory the documents and ancillary files you are actually working on. The only impacts that project size has are: (1) if you load the whole 75–85,000 word draft/manuscript in a Scrivenings session, it will take a bit of time to load; (2) when it backs up, on close—or whatever you’ve set it to in Preferences—or on choosing “Back Up Now” then that takes longer to complete.

As for Snapshots, you can delete any you don’t need any more, but I personally don’t bother. They are only loaded into memory if you select any to view and compare, but hundreds of snapshots will make the project slower to shut down … and sync’ to a cloud server like Dropbox if that is important to you.

HTH :slight_smile:


Edit: Apologies, I thought I was in the Mac forums; the comment about seeing the project as a single file only applies to the Mac platform. Windows doesn’t have “Packages”. Apart from that, the rest, I hope, will be helpful.

Yes, the size difference is probably the Snapshots.

Scrivener doesn’t care if you delete them. You might. Only you can make that decision.

11 MB is not actually particularly large for a Scrivener project. It’s been tested with projects well into the GB range.