Current: Beta 8, version 126.96.36.199
188.8.131.52 (64-bit) | 184.108.40.206 (32-bit)
(The 32-bit version installs by default to C:\Program Files (x86)\Scrivener on administrator accounts; the 64-bit version installs to C:\Program Files\Scrivener. Please be sure to uninstall previous betas before installing Beta 8. If you wish, your program preferences can be saved first via the "Manage..." button in File > Options, then reloaded after the fresh installation. Bear in mind that changes between betas may affect restoring settings, and if you are experiencing oddities, please try resetting to the defaults.)
This beta will run through 30 September 2018. New betas will be posted here; please check Help > About Scrivener to ensure you are using the most recent version. You can subscribe to this topic to get notifications when new betas are released.
You can also use Help > Check for Updates in beta releases to download the latest beta.
System Requirements and Compatibility
- Scrivener 3 requires Windows 7 or above.
- Scrivener 3's file format has been updated and is not backwards-compatible with Scrivener 1 (or Scrivener 2 on macOS). When you open a Scrivener 1 project in Scrivener 3, you will be prompted to update the project, after which you will not be able to open it in Scrivener 1 (although a backup will be made before the update).
Installing 1.9.7 and 3.0 Beta Side by Side
It is possible to have both 1.9.7 and the Scrivener 3.0 beta installed simultaneously, but you will need to choose a different location during the installation process (e.g. change the default "Scrivener" folder name to "Scrivener3"). We suggest also changing the name of 1.9.7 shortcuts before installing Scrivener 3 to prevent the new installation overwriting them.
Please note that at this time, only the most recently installed Scrivener version will appear in the Windows Programs list, and double-clicking a project file will attempt to open it in that version. You can instead drag the project file icon onto the appropriate app icon for the version you want or use File > Open... within Scrivener to access the project.
Changes since v220.127.116.11
- Fixed a bug when auto-saving a document will not work in documents with Inspector notes. This bug is present only in v18.104.22.168
Changes Since Last Beta
(Bug fixes for issues reported on the forum are marked with an LH# corresponding to the one in the thread's subject. Not all reported bugs have yet been addressed; there is no need to bump an earlier report that is not listed here unless it's to note that the problem is no longer reproducible in the new beta or that the behaviour has changed.)
Note on Beta 8
Beta 8 fixes a save error introduced in the previous beta that prevented documents with inspector comments or footnotes from saving [LH3134]. If you have installed Beta 7, please upgrade to Beta 8 by either selecting Help > Check for Updates within Scrivener or downloading the full installer from the link above.
Nothing else has changed since Beta 7. The changes from Beta 7 to Beta 8 are listed below.
Refinements and Changes
- "Ignore Spelling" is now project specific and persistent through closing and reopening Scrivener. Ignored words are saved in the list at %LOCALAPPDATA%\LiteratureAndLatte\Scrivener\wordlists.ini and can currently be removed by editing the file in a plain-text editor when Scrivener is closed.
- Removed the option to use a paragraph style as part of the default text formatting, as this was antithetical to how styles in Scrivener work: styles are intended to be used only for sections of text that differ from the bulk of the body text.
- Removed the extra "Compile Success" confirmation dialog. Scrivener now returns automatically to the main project window after a successful compile without requiring additional input. [LH3087]
- When a project search term appears in an inspector comment or footnote, its anchor text is now highlighted in the editor.
- Added a context menu to the project keywords to add or remove keywords from selected documents.
- Increased the default inspector width.
- Moved the current line highlighting option to Options > Appearance > Main Editor.
- Improved the method of detecting problematic fonts causing Scrivener to crash on launch to speed up load times.
- Updated the Hunspell libraries used for spell check.
- Added a check to prevent saving or opening projects within Scrivener's installation folder.
- Scrivener now defaults to displaying the user manual in Letter or A4 size based on the interface language set in Options.
- Worked around a Qt bug that zipped backups with incorrect permissions, preventing them from opening properly on macOS. [LH3038]
- Fixed a bug whereby styles were lost when copying from or rolling back a snapshot.
- Fixed a crash that could occur when setting bold, italic, or underline formatting in a blank document while Highlight Current Line was enabled. [LH3059]
- Fixed a bug causing the current line highlight in the editor to disappear when the insertion point moved. [LH3060]
- Fixed a bug causing cards to be misplaced if dropped on the label view corkboard while the editor was scrolled. [LH3085]
- Fixed a bug whereby words added to the custom dictionary remained underlined until the editor was refreshed and were not remembered when Scrivener was closed and reopened. [LH2738]
- Fixed an issue whereby the \Mobile folder structure within a project might not be properly deleted after syncing iOS changes to Windows if Dropbox had created hidden files within the folder, resulting in changes being lost when syncing back to iOS. [LH2724]
- Fixed a bug whereby removing all tab stops in the Tabs and Indents settings caused Scrivener to crash. [LH3052]
- Fixed a bug whereby tab stops were not added at the set interval in the Tabs and Indents dialog. [LH3055]
- Fixed a bug whereby Enter did not create a new line in the synopsis in composition mode or Quick Reference windows if "Return ends editing synopsis in corkboard and outliner views" was enabled in Options.
- Fixed a bug causing the New Project window to always open on the primary monitor rather than on the monitor with the current project window.
- Fixed a bug whereby the initial text of a document displayed redundantly as the auto-synopsis in the inspector; the auto-synopsis is only used on the corkboard and outliner.
- Fixed a bug whereby a card's auto-synopsis was not updated on the corkboard when text was removed from the document. [LH3053]
- Fixed a bug that allowed the main toolbar to be dragged to another area of the project window.
- Fixed the current line highlight in the editor to apply to the main editor splits, copyholders, Quick Reference windows, and the composition mode editor.
- Fixed a bug whereby using Select All on the corkboard displayed an incorrect selection count in the footer. [LH3096]
- Further internal clean-up to remove invalid styles and references, for instance in imported documents.
- Fixed a bug whereby applying the Outline formatting to text already outlined could cause the text to turn transparent. [LH3037]
- Hopefully fixed an issue with translations which could clear default shortcuts when setting Scrivener to a different language. Default shortcuts should all be retained and automatically translated. [LH3036]
- Edit > Move > Sort is now simply Edit > Sort.
- Fixed a bug preventing setting a custom zoom level below 100% from the View > Zoom menu or in Composition mode. [LH3032]
- Fixed a bug in Page View mode that turned the page background dark grey. [LH2586]
- Fixed a crash that could occur when loading a project with certain UI configurations using the outliner group view mode.
- Fixed a typo in the copyholder button hover text. [LH3075]
We are still implementing features and ironing out bugs, so you should expect to find things that aren't working quite as intended. A few issues to be aware of in the current 22.214.171.124 beta:
- Duplicating documents with subdocuments and unique subtitles (the option available in the right-click context menu) or splitting a document can cause Scrivener to hang. (Using Documents > Duplicate > without Subdocuments, Ctrl+Shift+D, should work without causing the crash.)
- The editor zoom is applying separately to single text documents and Scrivenings mode, although the footer will remain displaying the last set zoom.
- Rearranging custom metadata fields in Project Settings when some are set to display as columns in the Outliner can affect which columns are shown.
- Page View is only partially implemented and not recommended for use. Documents that are loaded in Page View continue to load with a Page-View appearance in Wrap to Editor mode unless they are loaded in the editor when toggling off Page View. (To fix this for a document, toggle View > Text Editing > Page View back on and then off again while the document is open in the focussed editor.)
- A writing-direction flag appears on the cursor within any paragraph containing auto-corrected characters. (This is a bug in the Qt upgrade's increased bi-directional support for which we have not yet found a workaround.)
- Titles are not editable in the editor header while in Scrivenings mode. They can however be updated in the inspector, binder, or, if View > Text Editing > Show Titles in Scrivenings is enabled, directly in the editor and the change will be reflected in the header.
- "View page source" on imported webpages is not working with the current Qt version.
- Though we have the interface set up for the new compiler, it is not yet fully functional.
- Project templates have not yet been updated for 3.0, so are not taking advantage of new features and may have some outdated content.
We have not yet updated the user manual, so the beta still contains the old 1.9.7 manual. We have however included an updated interactive tutorial for 3.0, which we recommend working through to familiarise yourself with the new features.
A Note on Suggestions
At present, our focus is on squashing bugs and on implementing and polishing outstanding features to bring Windows in line with the macOS 3.0 version. To help with this, we'd appreciate keeping the beta forum posts dedicated to bug reports or questions on working with the beta. Suggestions for the interface or functionality should instead be posted in Scrivener's general wishlist forum, since most of these affect the design for both Windows and macOS. Thank you!