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Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:04 am Post

Scrivener 2 was a powerful but complex word processor. Then it occurred to someone at headquarters that it would be a good idea to make fundamental changes. After I get through the long learning curve, possibly after listening to the stutter-step tutorials, I may get to like it. Shame on me for converting when I don't have the, what, 20-30 hours to spend learning the new, not obviously improved product. The software trashed organization of my novel. I'll spend the first two hours going through and changing all 193 scenes, which are now called chapters, back to scenes. Then I'll deal with the less-flexible compile feature.

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Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:10 am Post

Or, you could revert to Scrivener 2, which you can download here:
http://www.literatureandlatte.com/legacy-download

Scrivener 3 would have made a backup of your project before converting it, which you can use to get back to where you were.

Then, review our upgrade guide for Scrivener 2 users, here:
http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scriv ... date-guide

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Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:27 am Post

These videos show how to change section types in bulk. *Might* save you some time:

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/learn ... s?os=macOS

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/learn ... s?os=macOS

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Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:19 pm Post

Compile is far more flexible, not less. That's the whole point of the change.

Scrivener 3 has not done anything to the organisation of your novel. Scrivener 2 had no concept of scenes or chapters; in Scrivener 3 you can tell Scrivener what each document is, so that it can be used with a wide range of Compile formats. If you are going through and changing all the Section Types manually, then presumably you haven't looked at any of the material on how Scrivener 3 works. You can tell Scrivener how your project is structured and so have everything recognised as a scene very quickly using Project Settings. The structural settings there work identically to the structural "Formatting" pane of Compile in Scrivener 2.

One of the reasons for Scrivener 3 being a major number update (2 → 3) is to indicate that it contains some major changes. These changes are based on many years of feedback and working in Scrivener myself. You certainly don't need 20-30 hours to learn the changes.
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