I’m loving the beta version, but am so looking forward to trying out the special NaNo edition, then buying the paid version when it’s available. I am worried that I might lose some content when I upgrade/install the Nano version, etc. Are there any special steps I need to take or will simply saving projects and templates be enough? Please advise me, because the last thing I need is another reason to procrastinate!
Your data should be fine but I strongly recommend you backup your projects as a precaution against data loss. Also if you’re writing a draft of a story I would compile that to its own separate document. If the worst happens you can import the draft and then split it.
Thanks for trying out Scrivener and for your kind words! As Stacey said, your projects should all be fine and won’t be touched when you uninstall/reinstall, but definitely do make backups–it’s just a good habit in any case. If you’ve set up any custom compile presets or adjusted your preferences (in Options) and want to save them, you can do so via the “Manage” box in each of those windows. Project templates that you create are automatically saved into the AppData directory of your user name, so they’ll remain through an uninstall/reinstall.
No, the NaNo version is b44, and you’ll know you have it because the flash screen when you start it up has a big welcome for Wrimos. You can download it from the URL posted above; the nanowrimo.php one.
Sure, if you want to. b44 vanilla ought to be out fairly soon, but the NaNo version is just Scrivener. It will expire in December, that’s the main difference—and it comes with a special variation on the novel template. Personally I’d be keen on getting it just for the better drag & drop model.