kewms wrote:I'm always confused by this line of thinking, though. Unless you're planning to buy a Mac, what difference does it make that Win Scrivener is different from Mac Scrivener? As a Windows user, your choice is between Scrivener and other applications that work on PCs.
Perhaps my experience will make this line of thinking (complaining that Windows development is so far behind Mac development) clearer.
I discovered Scrivener and loved it, after having struggled with writing my first book trying to use Word's buggy "master documents" feature. I fell in love with the ability to structure, outline, subdivide, reorganize, and write nonlinearly, and so I bought it. I use Scrivener (Win 1.9.9) and appreciate what it is more than I can say.
But I came to the point where I wanted to use something akin to Word's "track changes" feature. It's the only thing I miss from Word. Poking around in the software doesn't yield anything, so I Google, and hey! Scrivener offers the ability to "Compare Snapshots." That's exactly what I want! So I start messing around and find out that, no, sorry, that's only on the Mac version of the program.
And then I find out that Mac users have had this feature for years, but Windows users can't get it until the entire Windows version is brought up to Mac 3.x. I don't care about all the new eye candy or other features; I just want to compare snapshots, but I can't get that until the new version comes out.
Now, from a development standpoint,I totally get it: there's no point in tinkering with an old Windows codebase when the entire thing is going to need to be overhauled anyway. But we're told "sometime in 2018" (this is 2017 when I'm finding all this out). So I wait. And I wait. Not being adventuresome, I don't download the beta, which in retrospect maybe I should have done. But I'm told that there are compile problems. So I wait.
Here's the thing. I'm not waiting for Ulysses. It's a Mac program, only being developed for Macs. No problem. I respect that. But when a program is being marketed to two platforms under the same name, you expect more or less the same features. L&L is charging the same amount for both programs. One would expect them to be equivalent.
But this is the marketplace. I get it: I agreed to the price and I got what I paid for. Strictly speaking, I don't have the right to expect anything else. But now that I've been tantalized by the promise that "Scrivener" does exactly the thing I want it to do, it would be really, really nice if the "Scrivener" that I own would do it, too.
If L&L is going to market substantially different products, I suggest that they be honest and change the name of the Windows version of Scrivener to something else. Otherwise, they are basically capitalizing on the name of an up-to-date program to sell a severely out-of-date one.