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Ok, I'm really lost!

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:10 am
by Mouse

I'm Sue Daniel, but there are usually at least 5 'Sue's' on any well established forum like this one, so I've opted for my old nickname, "Mouse". Like tens of thousands of other writers these days, I write fantasy fiction, though I am not yet published.

I have a very basic question about using Scrivener, but I can't decide which of the sub-forums to use, so I'll just ask it here.

Please move this thread if its in the wrong place :)

I purchased Scrivener a few months back, and installed it on my Windows partition... (this is a dual boot computer - Windows/Linuxmint 18.3). It wasn't a dual boot back then, but it is now. The reason I did this was because the Fall Creator's Update to Win 10 was not compatible with my HP laptop - something I discovered only after Win 10 automatically downloaded and installed it :|

Using software that previously ran perfectly ok for me in my Windows partition has proven problematical just lately, so I have a tendency to use my new Linux partition where I can - especially when I'm using graphics apps to create maps and other artwork for my novels.

I would love to also be able to run Scrivener while logged into my Linux partition, so that I can incorporate my maps and drawings into the script as I work on them, but when I try to run Scrivener in Playonlinux or Wine (a Linux layer which allows Linux users to run Windows programmes), Scrivener opens in its trial state.

Is this because I require a separate licence to run the software from the Linux partition, or is it some problem with Playonlinux or Wine?

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide :)

Re: Ok, I'm really lost!

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:26 am
by brookter
I suspect the reason it opens in its trial state is that you're actually running two separate versions of Scrivener (one in Windows, the other in Windows-on-linux) — and conceptually these are two different computers.

Fortunately, Scrivener licences are per household, not per computer, as long as you're running the same version. I.e. you can run it on any Windows PC in your house on the one licence, but if you need both a Windows and and Mac licence if you have a Windows and a Mac.

As there isn't a Linux version, and you're running Windows Scrivener under a Windows emulation (Wine), then you should just be able to enter your Windows Licence and it will be recognised — just as it would be if you were using Scrivener on two physical Windows machines.

So the first thing to do is to try entering your Windows licence -- if it doesn't work technically, then others will have to help you, but as far as the Licence is concerned, then you are fully covered.


Re: Ok, I'm really lost!

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:16 pm
by Mouse
Thank you ever so much. Brookter. That worked perfectly :D

Re: Ok, I'm really lost!

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:06 pm
by brookter
Pleased to hear it!