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Re: Anyone else using the BETA for their work?

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:55 am
by OwenKelly
I use Scrivener (among other things) for researching and writing articles for my wesite. I use it literally every day, since I have a daily photo-diary. It has never needed compiling and probably never will.

As a direct result of this thread I have switched over to using the beta version for this, and my other two live projects. After less than twenty minutes kerfuffle I was up and running - and I love it. The Composition Mode reminds me of FocusWriter which I used to use several years ago (this is a good thing!) and the interface is very nice.

I shall now pay close attention to all the beta testing posts :)

Owen

Re: Anyone else using the BETA for their work?

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:04 am
by Sparrowhawk
I am, but like some other users I have both the Mac and iOS version of Scrivener as well, and everything is saved onto Dropbox. So, even if Scrivener not only crashed but corrupted the files, all I would have to do is boot up my Mac without being connected to the internet and copy the old copy project onto my desktop before letting Dropbox sync.

I'm just so excited for the timing. I just found out my late 2011 Macbook Pro will not be able to upgrade to MacOS 10.14, Mojave. While Scrivener 3 updates currently on the horizon will be compatible with 10.13, it means the writing on the wall is there for my Mac and I simply refuse to buy a $2000 Mac. My late 2011 MBP was a $1300 bottom-of-the-line machine that still did everything I needed it to on the day I bought it, and I slowly upgraded it over time after the warranty expired (upgraded from 4GB of RAM to 16, added a Solid State Hard Drive when the original one failed, etc.) With Apple's hardware decisions - soldering the RAM onto the MB so it can't be upgraded, making it impossible to replace/fix individual keys without replacing the entire bottom deck (I've replaced 2 keys), and refusing to admit their mistakes with the butterfly keyboard and touchbar, my days with Mac are done for the time being. Mac used to have the best laptop keyboard's on the market (I still think they have the best trackpad, though I don't like the smaller amount of travel space), and the only windows laptop that even came close to providing a comparable experience was the Surface Laptop (probably due to lack of bloatware being manufactured by Microsoft), but MacOS with annoying hardware is not worth the price tag for me. I've already built a desktop so that this laptop can just stay in my backpack.

Re: Anyone else using the BETA for their work?

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:52 am
by Collider
Sparrowhawk wrote:I'm just so excited for the timing. I just found out my late 2011 Macbook Pro will not be able to upgrade to MacOS 10.14, Mojave. While Scrivener 3 updates currently on the horizon will be compatible with 10.13, it means the writing on the wall is there for my Mac and I simply refuse to buy a $2000 Mac. My late 2011 MBP was a $1300 bottom-of-the-line machine that still did everything I needed it to on the day I bought it, and I slowly upgraded it over time after the warranty expired (upgraded from 4GB of RAM to 16, added a Solid State Hard Drive when the original one failed, etc.) With Apple's hardware decisions - soldering the RAM onto the MB so it can't be upgraded, making it impossible to replace/fix individual keys without replacing the entire bottom deck (I've replaced 2 keys), and refusing to admit their mistakes with the butterfly keyboard and touchbar, my days with Mac are done for the time being. Mac used to have the best laptop keyboard's on the market (I still think they have the best trackpad, though I don't like the smaller amount of travel space), and the only windows laptop that even came close to providing a comparable experience was the Surface Laptop (probably due to lack of bloatware being manufactured by Microsoft), but MacOS with annoying hardware is not worth the price tag for me. I've already built a desktop so that this laptop can just stay in my backpack.


I'm in the exact same boat as you, RE no longer being able to justify the Mac price tag and being super-grateful for the timing of this version for Windows. Scrivener 1.x felt like a difficult adjustment, with several of my most-used features absent, but this beta has given me back everything I missed about the Mac version and then some.

Re: Anyone else using the BETA for their work?

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:37 pm
by KevinJWangler
devinganger wrote:
KevinJWangler wrote:Have they allowed any of the betas to expire? I.e., should I be concerned that this beta expires in a week (or less) and there's no new beta yet? I haven't paid that close of attention as to how near the deadline they get...


Usually they release the new beta 1-2 days before the expiration of the previous beta.


Thank you for this! Just watching the calendar tick by and was getting concerned. :)

Re: Anyone else using the BETA for their work?

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:20 am
by jandrewnelson
As soon as the release of BETA was announced I jumped on board and have had ZERO problems.

Well, there was that one time the stripper jumped on my table and drop kicked my drink onto my laptop. But I guess that can't be considered a BETA problem.

Jerry Nelson
An American freelance writer living the expat life in Buenos Aires

Re: Anyone else using the BETA for their work?

Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:26 pm
by typer
I am beginning to regret using the beta for live work. It seems my process (admittedly this is not the best measure) is riding that third rail. No data loss, just frustration.

I'm a developer myself so I know the process and how much it helps having outside users that do things differently than anticipated. So I'll soldier on.