Cross-platform licence or...?

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Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:07 pm Post

Hi guys, I just emailed this question in but I guess other folk may be interested in knowing...

I pretty much only use my old Mac for Scrivener, due to other work my main computers are now Windows based.

I was considering upgrading to version 2 for OSX when that became available but, obviously, having a Windows version would, currently, be more useful as my only Mac is an old G4 stuck in a spare room at home. So, would I be able to upgrade to version 2 but then cross to the Windows version when that comes out?

I know of other software that allows this (usual rules apply, only one version can be used at any one time etc) so wondered if this would be an option with Scrivener?

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Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:41 pm Post

Sorry, I've only just watched the video and noticed the FAQ at the bottom of the website;

Q: Will the Windows and Mac versions be compatible?
A: Yes. Scrivener for Windows uses the same file format as Scrivener 2.0 for the Mac (which will be out in October). There are certain differences between the two versions, so some settings (such as the compile settings) will be platform-specific and so will need setting up slightly differently, but it will all get stored in the one project that can be moved between Windows and Mac machines.

Q: Will I have to buy separate licences for the Mac and Windows versions?
A: I'm afraid so, yes. The Windows and Mac versions are completely different development efforts with different developers working on them. Given the low price of Scrivener, we can't afford to bundle both licences without putting the price up. (Even software that costs much more, such as Photoshop and Microsoft Office, requires different licences for different platforms.)


So, looks like I'll be holding off on upgrading until the Windows version comes out... can't wait!! :D

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Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:48 pm Post

Updated: Ah, you found it. :)

The answer to your question is here:

Q: Will I have to buy separate licences for the Mac and Windows versions?
A: I'm afraid so, yes. The Windows and Mac versions are completely different development efforts with different developers working on them. Given the low price of Scrivener, we can't afford to bundle both licences without putting the price up. (Even software that costs much more, such as Photoshop and Microsoft Office, requires different licences for different platforms.)
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Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:53 am Post

Separate licences presumably means that no discount can be offered on the piece for current Mac users of Scrivener? Still, I'm overjoyed about its release and compatibility!! For reasons of price and screen choice I work on a Mac Mini though it would be great to have the option to work on my wife's laptop when we are away. Though Simplenote and External Folder Syn in 2.0 would appear to offer further options. What a choice!

Everyone at PageFour and Liquid Story Binder must be sporting long faces at the news.

Well done, Keith & Lee.

Mike

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Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:36 am Post

Thanks Mike, much appreciated. You're right that there are currently no plans for a cross-grade option, although we haven't finished ironing everything out yet. There are still four months or so until it actually goes on sale, so we still have much to discuss! But because the two versions are separate development efforts and both L&L and Lee have invested much time and money in what will be a $40 product, we're not sure we can afford too many discounts (beyond our initial NaNoWriMo one) for a little while.

Thanks again and all the best,
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Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:53 am Post

I completely understand. It'll still be a bargain at that price.

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Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:02 pm Post

Mikethebook wrote:Everyone at PageFour and Liquid Story Binder must be sporting long faces at the news.


Mikethebook wrote:It'll still be a bargain at that price.

Mike


I agree with both of those :D

Apologies for not looking closely enough last night but I'd seen the email announcement whilst I was still out of the house and kind of rushed in before reading everything through :oops:

Next stop world domination for L&L, then? :wink:

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Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:08 pm Post

No problem at all Phil! We're glad you'll be supporting the Windows version, thank you, and thanks for the kind words (or agreement :) ) too!

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Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:43 am Post

Cheap bastard. Of course you have to buy another license. All the work that they're putting into polishing and compiling a build for an entirely new OS has to be paid for someho...

All right, all right. I was wondering the same thing. I guess I'm a cheap bastard too. ;)