SkyPilot wrote:While the Mac version is newer than the current Windows non-beta version, that also means that the Windows 3.0 version is likely to have at least a few features that are yet newer and more advanced than the Mac 3.0 version. They are likely to not be identical, but will surely merge to be closer to identical, as time goes on, and as OSs allow.
I'm not actually sure that's true; it depends on what you think of as "more advanced" and the OS requirements. For instance, the Dictionary access is different on each platform, as on the Mac it's provided by the system, whereas the devs have had to build it on Windows. it may be that that gives more flexibility on Windows in that respect; however the quality of the available dictionaries has come in for much more question on Windows, and it seems to require much more intervention from the user to install alternative dictionaries. On the other hand, on the Mac side, "Linguistic Focus"—highlighting parts of speech—is provided by MacOS, whereas Windows only has "DialogueFocus" as the devs have to program it themselves. Then there is "Scrivenings Mode": on the Mac you can highlight and make changes across document boundaries … I'm not sure they've been able to solve that one yet on Windows.
SkyPilot wrote:Right now, the Windows beta version, as an example, has a better option for control of the colors of the user interface (for one), and that was very important to me...to have a darkened mode for eye ease, as well as more contrast when writing. Cataract surgeries have left me with a lessened ability to see (...sorry...no more flying, I'm afraid). There does appear to be an ability to bring in some appearance themes to the Mac, but it's an import process that I don't care to pursue. WIth the Windows version, setting the UI appearance was seamless.
I don't use dark mode or any themes, but a major difference is that "Dark Mode" is provided by MacOS, but not Qt, so they have had to program that. It seems more of a question arises from how the two OSes handle basic text colour, which does affect working in non-default themes across platforms.
SkyPilot wrote:There are probably other little niggles of differences that may appeal to you, one direction or another. A comparison between the two builds will aid your decision. Either way, you've stumbled across an amazing piece of software that is (don't tell L&L) extremely affordable.
Couldn't agree more.
There's also a list of differences between the two versions here viewtopic.php?f=30&t=16056
that might be useful.
Hope that helps, and enjoy your time with Scrivener.
On the other hand, bear in mind that was first posted in 2011 and MM's further comments date to 2014. The differences given are between a fairly early version of Mac v.2 and Windows v. 1.0. It' may not all be relevant to the v. 3s on each platform.
1 Edit to add a couple of words.