You guys have a great product, unfortunately “page view” is something I desperately need for my publishing business. I recently purchased scrivener and it has made a world of difference. But I realize that I “assumed” (before I joined the forums) that the Mac version would have the roughly about the same features as the windows version. Is there a workaround to “emulating” page view on a Windows machine. If not I will be forced to purchase a mac or create a Mac OS server on a virtual machine.
There would be no way to emulate Page View. You could use right indents in the editor to simulate the text column width, but that of course does nothing for the top and bottom of the page.
Before you go through a bunch of research and expense looking into alternatives though, are you aware of what Page View isn’t on the Mac? It’s not a layout tool, more of a style choice—some people like writing to paper sized sheets of white pixels, it can be satisfying watching them get filled up—and that’s pretty much the entire goal of the feature. One could try and use use it for “WYSIWYG” in a limited sense, if they are very strict about formatting and typing all content into the editors, basically only using “Original” when compiling (that is how scriptwriters work, and since scriptwriters need page counts, it’s a convenient and fairly accurate tool for them, but still, not meant to be perfect). Even working that way, it is not going to be like Word or InDesign, where if for example you see the word “doing” at the end of page 67, you know for a fact that when you print that is precisely where the word will be on paper. In Scrivener, if you loaded that section of text up in Page View it probably wouldn’t even be marked as page 67, but page 2 or 3, because it only counts pages of text currently loaded in the editor, and without any knowledge of page counts around the text in the editor (indeed that concept doesn’t even make sense when you consider that Scrivener is the type of program that can load text from 18 different chapters and print them back to front).
I just wanted to make sure all of that was clear since you mentioned needing this for publishing work.
“One could try and use use it for “WYSIWYG” in a limited sense, if they are very strict about formatting and typing all content into the editors, basically only using “Original” when compiling (that is how scriptwriters work, and since scriptwriters need page counts, it’s a convenient and fairly accurate tool for them, but still, not meant to be perfect).”
…i am publishing for both digital and paperback books. Using it as a “WYSIWYG in a limited sense” reduces an enormous amount of confusion to what the book “should” look like when printed. I understand that it will not be “exact” but page view is a highly convenient tool for paperback book publishing. Especially if you are consistently publishing multiple books in a short time frame.
Thanks for the fast response.