Cannot select bold or italic format in editor

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Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:17 pm Post

Catalina beta 19A558d, Scrivener 3.1.3. On both my Air (2014) and Mini (late 2012), I am not able to hit cmd-B or cmd-I to bold/italicize text in the editor. If I select "Show Fonts", both the bold and italic options are there, and work; but the Bold and Italic options under Format > Font are greyed out. Hitting the key shortcuts just gives me a system beep.

The font in question is Georgia, so it's not like it's arcane, and this was never a problem with any previous macOS/Scrivener combination. Just Catalina beta, and the current Scrivener.

I've logged this with Apple, too, as FB7243476.

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Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:17 am Post

I can’t help myself, but I am curious, is this a font-specific problem you’re seeing? Have you tried it with any other common fonts, like good old Times New Roman or something?

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P.S. Though you probably know this already, it is perhaps worth saying: Scrivener does not fake italics and bold (like Word will), so you must have the typefaces for these in your font set.
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Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:20 am Post

gr wrote:I can’t help myself, but I am curious, is this a font-specific problem you’re seeing? Have you tried it with any other common fonts, like good old Times New Roman or something?


It's a fair question, and yeah, I've tried it with other fonts too. It doesn't appear to be specific to Georgia, and it is specific only to macOS Catalina. I've never seen this behavior before in any prior version of Scrivener, with any other macOS release.

gr wrote:P.S. Though you probably know this already, it is perhaps worth saying: Scrivener does not fake italics and bold (like Word will), so you must have the typefaces for these in your font set.


I know. I have the complete suite of Georgia in my systems' fonts folders: Regular, bold, italic, and bold-italic. This problem isn't replicated in any other text editing software I have, either; it's very much a Scrivener thing, and more than a little surprising, since font-rendering code, and bold/italic selection code, should be just about boilerplate standard. But I've seen more than one hard-to-track bug surface in Scrivener, so I know things can get complicated and difficult in unexpected ways.

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Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:15 pm Post

Thought I'd mention that I'm having the same problem. I can bold text by clicking the [B] toolbar button, but I cannot by typing command-B nor by using the Font menu, where the Bold option is greyed out. (Italic is fine.) This affects all fonts I have tested, including Times New Roman.

I am on macOS Catalina (official release, not the beta) with Scrivener 3.1.3.

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Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:20 am Post

Just getting on board to say I'm also having this issue after my recent upgrade to Catalina. ctrl + u works fine for underline, but the italics and bold shortcuts are not working for me.

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Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:45 pm Post

I am having the same issue: After uploading to Catalina, bold and italic shortcuts no longer work.

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Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:21 am Post

I had exactly the same problem after upgrading to Catalina this morning. Luckily if you download the latest version of Scrivener (3.14) the problem goes away -- it appears this one has been updated for Catalina compatibility.

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Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:48 pm Post

dtresurgam wrote:I had exactly the same problem after upgrading to Catalina this morning. Luckily if you download the latest version of Scrivener (3.14) the problem goes away -- it appears this one has been updated for Catalina compatibility.


I have the same problem, with Verdana, Times New Roman etc. But for me, Scrivener 3.14 didn't help. Italics and Bold are still greyed out from the menu, and command-I or command-B just results in an error sound. Hope 3.15 has a more stable fix. Or the Catalina update ...

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Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:05 pm Post

This still does not work for me even after upgrading to the latest version of Scrivener. Oddly, I am having a similar problem on Scapple: shortcuts for bold and italic do not work.

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Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:55 pm Post

Interestingly enough, 3.1.4 does seem to correct the problem for me. I'm using Catalina beta 10.15.1 19B68f, which may or may not be related to anything.

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Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:15 pm Post

If you’re still seeing this problem, we’ve traced it down to a likely conflict with localisation of font names. You’ll have to hang tight while a fix is investigated.
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Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:04 pm Post

Same.

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Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:17 am Post

Any news?

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Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:24 am Post

I have this issue as well, only with italic (I'm on Catalina 10.15.1).
It's a real bother, especially in Composition mode. Are there any news about that potential fix?

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Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:17 pm Post

ValkAngie wrote:I have this issue as well, only with italic (I'm on Catalina 10.15.1).
It's a real bother, especially in Composition mode. Are there any news about that potential fix?


EDIT : Apparently, if the selected text contains more than the italicised characters, the keyboard shortcuts seem to work to remove italic, then put it back. However, it won't work if the selected text if fully italicised. The selection must contain more than the italicised text for this to work. Hope this helps !