I am brand new to Scrivener and have been playing with it in a test project on my iPad Pro as well as on my iPad Mini. Both beautifully sync and work well as I move back and forth between devices. However, as I am trying to figure out the more feature-rich Windows version, I seem to be breaking projects and am close to leaving this software. Clearly I am very frustrated.
On my iPad, I enjoy Scrivener. I love how I see a list of my projects under “Dropbox” and can click on one to move into that environment to get to work - very intuitive. In Windows, however, after an hour of a relentlessly furrowed brow, I am now on my second shot of whiskey - and by shot, I mean I am drinking out of a coffee mug. Call me stupid but I struggled to figure out that I had to manually sync an individual project that I created on my iPad to bring them into my Surface Pro just so I could see it. That took me time to figure out, and it took me time to figure out where the hell the project was in Dropbox. Then it took me time to figure out that I have to directly pull projects file-by-file from Dropbox to live in Scrivener as a projects.
However, I am now realizing that I have mistakenly imported my iPad project into the Windows test project (of whatever the project name is that houses the tutorial when you open Scrivener for the very first time). While I was happy to discover how to sync properly (or I thought I did since I could see my project), I felt too lost in the Windows environment so I returned to my iPad, if at least to lower my blood pressure.
When I tapped on my project on my iPad, the system informed me that the files are not in a format that cannot be opened on mobile devices:
UNSUPPORTED PROJECT FILE FORMAT.
The .scriv project is of an older format that cannot be opened on mobile devices. Please update it in the latest version of Scrivener for Mac or Windows. Please ensure that the project has been fully uploaded fro mother devices and then try syncing with Dropbox again.
Why does this have to be so complicated? When I purchased the Windows version, I was hoping I could simply log into Dropbox and have it sync automatically, as it does in iPad OS. Instead, I am left with whiskey poisoning my organs and probably gastrointestinal disease from pure frustration. I am going to abandon Scrivener in Windows if it’s going to be this difficult. I broke my test project and shudder to think what I would have felt had I destroyed my real work.
The only thing I did in Windows is import the project, and then while I was playing around with features, I ungrouped it then dragged the folders back into the main project folder since “Undo” didn’t reverse the ungrouping feature. I guess in one of those two steps, I broke the project? That is terrifying.
Can someone help me here? What in the name of Hades am I doing wrong? How do I get my work to sync into Windows as automatically as it does between my iPads? How do I get to a list of projects in Scrivener for Windows so I can escape this test project prison? There’s no button for that and I don’t see how I can go “Back” one more level to see what projects I’ve got synced in Windows. How do I not take a running start and absolutely “field goal” my neighbors’ newborn right into their second storey window due to my Scrivener frustration? Anyone?
[Stares at computer screen]
[Opens Netflix to forget]