Current: Beta 2, version 220.127.116.11
18.104.22.168 (64-bit) | 22.214.171.124 (32-bit)
(Please note that previous versions were 32-bit only and installed by default to C:\Program Files (x86)\Scrivener on administrator accounts. If you are now installing the 64-bit version, it will install to C:\Program Files\Scrivener and will not overwrite the previous version. Be sure to uninstall Beta 1 before installing Beta 2.)
This beta will run through 31 January 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.
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 Last Beta
(Please note this list may not be comprehensive.)
Refinements and Changes
- Scrivener is now available as either a 64-bit or 32-bit installation.
- Adjusted the "Shortcut already in use" prompt when creating or redefining a style to appear as soon as the used shortcut is selected, allowing further changes to be made before committing the style settings.
- The styles panel now has a default shortcut (Ctrl+G, Ctrl+E) to toggle the panel and a dedicated button on the Composition Mode control bar.
- Added tooltips to the buttons in the Styles Panel.
- Added "Redefine Style" and "Delete Style" options to the Styles Panel.
- Applying "No Style" (or "Remove Style") to unstyled text now restores it to the default formatting.
- When pasting styled text from one project to another, if the style name in the text matches a style name in the destination project, the text retains the style and is updated to match the destination project's style formatting.
- Importing styles from another project now only requires selecting the project's .scriv folder, rather than drilling down to the project's styles.xml file. Handling of different styles with identical names has also been improved, though is still in progress.
- Added the option to "Close Project and Clear Interface Settings", which appears when opening the File menu while holding the Alt key; this resets the project's preferences (not global preferences) to defaults.
- Added an option to adjust the indentation for the binder and outliner. (0 is the default, matching File Explorer's indentation; setting it to 5px will match the Mac version.)
- Removed the outdated Search in Synopses feature, which is replaced with Quick Search.
- Added "Hide Markup" to the available menu items for keyboard shortcuts. [LH2752]
- Removed duplicate title text from the menu for text icons.
- Removed the message prompting a relaunch after downloading a new dictionary language, as this is no longer necessary.
- Fixed a bug causing projects to upgrade with an incorrect Navigate > Binder Selection Affects setting (e.g. switched from "Current Editor" to "None").
IMPORTANT NOTE: Projects created or updated in Beta 1 may need to have their Binder Selection Affects reset. [LH2741]
- Fixed a crash when right-clicking in the sample editor of Options > Editing: Formatting. [LH2765]
- Fixed a crash triggered when viewing a snapshot on a copyholder after having previously viewed a snapshot on the copyholder and closed the copyholder. [LH2768]
- Fixed a bug whereby the 1.x format ProjectNotes folder was still created in new 3.0 projects and retained in upgraded 1.x projects.
- Fixed a bug whereby text of Project Notes might be lost when upgrading a project, creating only blank documents in the upgraded project. [LH2758]
- Fixed a crash trigged by creating a new collection while the title of another collection was in editing mode. [LH2781]
- Fixed a bug whereby selecting to take a snapshot before rolling back to a previous version produced an error. [LH2782]
- Fixed a bug whereby setting an empty line to "No Style" did not reset its character attributes to the default formatting.
- Fixed a bug whereby comparing a snapshot by clause crashed Scrivener if either the current document text or the snapshot contained no punctuation. [LH2757]
- Fixed a crash caused by selecting Documents > Move To from a Quick Reference window. [LH2785]
- Fixed a crash that occurred when closing the WordNet dictionary window in Composition Mode. [LH2769]
- Hopefully fixed a crash on startup that could occur if the Windows text-to-speech engine was missing voices for the current system locale.
- Fixed a bug whereby folders and document groups outside of the Research folder were not available for selection as the Templates folder unless named "Templates" and did not display properly in the Project Settings of upgraded projects. [LH2533]
- Fixed a bug whereby the spell check would not recognise contractions. [LH2565]
- Fixed a bug whereby applying a character style first reset text to the default font attributes, which could lose intentional formatting not affected by the style.
- Corrected the section headers in the Project Search menu.
- Fixed a bug whereby the Styles Panel could not be opened from a Quick Reference window's Format menu or format bar styles drop-down.
- Fixed a bug whereby the last selected style could not be reapplied from the styles panel.
- Fixed a bug whereby the spelling dialog would flag incorrect ranges of characters as misspelled. [LH2800]
- Fixed a bug whereby using Find by Formatting to search for styles did not select the correct ranges of text.
- Fixed several cases where styles were lost when copying and pasting text in notes or copying adjacent paragraphs of different styles.
- Fixed a bug whereby a character style could not be applied or removed via the Styles Panel when the cursor was at the end of the line.
- Fixed a bug whereby assigning a paragraph style incorrectly cleared character formatting from text in the paragraph.
- Fixed a bug whereby removing a character style via the Styles Panel when there was no selection removed the character style from the text rather than simply toggling the style off.
- Fixed a bug that could cause styles in the text to be misidentified after closing and reopening the project. [LH2787]
- Fixed some drawing bugs for text decorations such as inline annotation and footnote bubbles, comment boxes, and Preserve Formatting when decorations spanned multiple lines with high line spacing and when scrolling the editor. [LH2255]
- Fixed a bug whereby importing a Scrivener 3 project only imported the file structure but the documents were blank. We are still working to correct this for importing 1.x projects. [LH1748]
- Fixed some typos throughout the interface.
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 126.96.36.199 beta:
- You may need to reset Navigate > Binder Selection Affects for projects edited in Beta 1, owing to changes made to ensure the setting upgrades correctly from 1.x projects. If clicking items in the binder is not loading them in the editor as you expect, please check this to set it properly.
- Though we have the interface set up for the new compiler, it is not yet fully functional.
- Documents in Scrivenings mode cannot currently be edited.
- There is currently a display bug we are still working to fix whereby text in one editor may temporarily disappear after loading or adjusting the text display in a different editor. Resizing the editor will cause the text to reappear.
- 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.