Before proceeding, please see the general notes about the Windows 3.0 beta and reporting bugs in the first reply to this thread. Please do not download the current beta or post reports until you have read that information.
With our 31st August 2019 target release date not too far away, we are pleased to announce our first Scrivener 3.0 for Windows release candidate. This release candidate has bugs fixes and a fully updated Tutorial project. We can't recommend enough the benefits of taking the time to work through the new tutorial as it will probably highlight valuable features within Scrivener that you may not be aware of and make you even more productive when using Scrivener. The tutorial also highlights the main Mac Scrivener 2.x and 3.x features that are now available and functional within Windows Scrivener - finally! Naturally we'd appreciate any feedback on the tutorial - typos, or just things not working as expected. Note: you will need to rename, or delete, an existing tutorial to use the new tutorial - instructions on how to do this are at the end of this release note.
Current: Beta 21, version 220.127.116.11
18.104.22.168 (64-bit) | 22.214.171.124 (32-bit)
(The 32-bit version installs by default to C:\Program Files (x86)\Scrivener on administrator accounts; the 64-bit version installs to C:\Program Files\Scrivener. Please be sure to uninstall previous betas before installing Beta 21. If you wish, your program preferences can be saved first via the "Manage..." button in File > Options, then reloaded after the fresh installation. Bear in mind that changes between betas may affect restoring settings, and if you are experiencing oddities, please try resetting to the defaults.)
This beta will run through to September 15th, 2019. New interim betas will be posted here; please check Help > About Scrivener to ensure you are using the most recent version. You can subscribe to this topic to get notifications when new betas are released.
You can also use Help > Check for Updates in beta releases to download the latest beta.
System Requirements and Compatibility
- Scrivener 3 requires Windows 7 or above with .NET v4.6.2 or higher.
- Scrivener 3's file format has been updated and is not backwards-compatible with Scrivener 1 (or Scrivener 2 on macOS). When you open a Scrivener 1 project in Scrivener 3, you will be prompted to update the project, after which you will not be able to open it in Scrivener 1 (although a backup will be made before the update).
Installing 1.9.9 and 3.0 Beta Side by Side
It is possible to have both 1.9.9 and the Scrivener 3.0 beta installed simultaneously, but you will need to choose a different location during the installation process (e.g. change the default "Scrivener" folder name to "Scrivener3"). We suggest also changing the name of 1.9.9 shortcuts before installing Scrivener 3 to prevent the new installation overwriting them.
Please note that at this time, only the most recently installed Scrivener version will appear in the Windows Programs list, and double-clicking a project file will attempt to open it in that version. You can instead drag the project file icon onto the appropriate app icon for the version you want or use File > Open... within Scrivener to access the project.
The fixes and changes from Beta 20 to Beta 21 are listed below.
- Editing: Formatting settings tab should have button to inject from editor 
- Add Background Images options to Project Settings 
- Open Binder/Collection documents as Quick References using the spacebar shortcut 
- Add functionality Alt-clicking to expand/collapse 
- Auto expand/collapse all subitems in a tree views using Alt+Click 
- Add "show/hide synopses" icon button to outliner footer 
- UI tweak: Outliner column should show "Title and Synopsis" if synopses visible 
- Create Tutorial for Scrivener for windows 3
- Image document can not be loaded via the Navigate > Open Quick Reference 
- Lists not working in Inspector Notes 
- "Keep Project Bookmarks window on top" setting doesn't appear to work 
- Clicking on project bookmark links should load them in the active editor 
- Dragging Styled Text to Scratch Pad causes Crash 
- Syncing from iOS with trashed (and emptied) files causes file recovery 
- Layouts use obfuscated filenames on disk 
- The last bullet item created from selection has a different indent 
- Double-clicking keyword colour in inspector should open Project Keywords 
- The snapshot date field should not be editable 
- Tab stops in lists not preserved 
- List bullet acquires character formatting 
- Extra Lines Between Paragraphs 
- Table Properties Blank after first usage 
- Styles in Inspector Notes result in Recovered Files 
- Word count popover options in editor footer 
- Outliner: 'bold font' for folders and groups should work with 'other font' 
- Increased height of Styles dropdown menu in formatting bar
- Added multi-function insert (paperclip) menu to main toolbar by default
- Multi-doc selection in Binder can now open multiple quick references at once
- Drag text from editor to binder creates document in binder
- Drag of Binder doc onto selected text in editor creates document link
- Several menu and placeholder text rewordings to ensure consistency with Mac Scrivener changes
IMPORTANT NOTE ON MANUAL
We have not yet finished updating the user manual, so this release candidate still contains the old 1.9.7 manual.
Removing older Tutorial
- 1. Ensure old tutorial is open in Scrivener.
- 2. Select <b>File > Reveal Project Folder</b> - this will highlight the current project folder for the tutorial in File Explorer.
- 3. Close the tutorial project in Scrivener.
- 4. In the File Explorer window that opened in (2), move the tutorial project to the Trash.
- 5. Back in Scrivener, go to Help > Interactive Tutorial… You will be prompted to create a fresh tutorial project.
A Note on Suggestions
To help resolve remaining bugs, we'd appreciate keeping the beta forum posts dedicated to bug reports or questions on working with the beta. Suggestions for the interface or functionality should instead be posted in Scrivener's general wishlist forum, since most of these affect the design for both Windows and macOS. Thank you!
Lee & Tiho
Aug 20th 2019