LEE'S UPDATE - BETA 035 RELEASED

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Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:52 pm Post

Hi Beta Testers,

I'm pleased to announce Windows Beta 0.3.5 is now released.

Beta 035 will expire on the 7th November 2011.

Note that a complete uninstall and re-install of Scrivener is required for this
release. Please ensure all your work is backed up.

The Linux build will be available on the 30th Sept 2011.

Jennifer is going to provide a detailed bug list in the following forum
post in the next few days. This will list all of the fixes made between the public
beta 029 and the internal betas 30,31,32,33,34.

I have just listed high level details of fixes and improvements in this
post; however, as you'll note from using the software there are many many
improvements and fixes in this release.

The forum post will be here:
http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=15134

There is experimental code for drag and drop placement in the binder
which folks might love or hate - it's experimental as I said, but the
idea is to try and help with precision drag and drop placement.
You're feedback on this is vital to whether it stays, is augmented,
or just deleted.

Download the new beta here:
http://www.scrivenerforwindows.com

A FEW OF THE BUGS FIXED
* Crash when multiple projects open. Many thanks to all the
reports and especially to Clive for helping us reproduce this needle in
the haystack.

* Memory optimisation code has been removed. This is thought to be the
root cause of the bug Keith offered prize money to anyone who could
reliably duplicate. Unfortunately, no one has claimed this prize and
we've been unable to duplicate even once, and we've been through the
code a zillion times. So, we felt it better to play it safe and remove
the code and any possibility of loss of data. Performace degradation as
a result of this code removal will probably only be noticed by beta
testers on much older and slower machines.

* First-line and right Indent settings for documents aren't saved
on project close.

* The Full screen control bar does not seem to show scriptwriting
elements when in script mode as it should (instead of showing words and
characters).

* New Project Panel - Templates should be sorted alphabetically.

* View > Binder Affects uses "Top Editor" and "Bottom Editor" but it
doesn't switch to "Left Editor" and "Right Editor" when there is a
vertical split as it should.

* Moving the left indent marker (bottom rectangular tab marker)
should move both the other indent markers, as in Word, WordPad.

* Auto-generating a synopsis should be undo-able.

* Copy and paste ruler shortcuts are missing.

* The progress bar when downloading a dictionary is berserk-it keeps
hitting 100% and dropping back down to about 5% quickly and repeatedly
until the download finally hits 100% for real.

* If Compile As-Is is ticked for a document, only the text of the
document should be included - settings in the Formatting pane of Compile
should be ignored, so the title and other elements should not get
added. Compile As-Is means that it should get compiled exactly as it
appears in the editor, with nothing else added, regardless of the
settings.

* There is currently no way to add a header or a footer to the compiled
text headers and footers should be supported for PDF (and Preview and
Print) and RTF compiles.

* The following templates have been updated in this release:
Essay (Chicago Style)
Novel (with Parts)
Novel
Persuasive Lecture
Recipe Collection
Short Story

* The are numerous compile fixes, additions to the options and menu
improvements.


ADDED FUNCTIONALITY
1. Added ability to import first and last names into the Name Generator
tool as well as a restore to defaults. Plus, several refinements in the
UI in general.

2. Scrivener for Windows now supports import of Word doc and docx
documents without requiring Microsoft Word to be installed.

3. Added many customizable options for colors i.e. Binder background,
Outliner background & alternate row color, Index card background colour,
Snapshot text area background and so on.

4. It is now possible for a user to specify text import encodings
within Scrivener Tools > Options > General Tab under Encoding for Plain
Text. By Default we have set up text import to initially prompt each
time for character encodings. This can easily be turned off in the
options and a default specified. This should eliminate many foreign
language import encoding issues. Note that Scrivener itself is
100% unicode, so any language should be supported.


PROPOSED GO-LIVE SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Scrivener's demand for system resources can be little or great depending
on the resources used within a Scrivener project. For example, some
projects might be gigabytes in size with rich content such as video,
audio, images, PDF references, and thousands of pages of rich text.
On the other hand, other projects might be much less demanding with
only a few dozen pages of text. In light of this, defining system
requirements is difficult. What seems to be reasonable based on
feedback from this excellent community is the following:

OS: XP or higher (32 or 64 bit).
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) or
higher recommended. Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or higher.
Graphics: 1024 × 768 or higher-resolution monitor.
Hard Disk: 100 megabytes (Mb) for installation.

Note: Installations of Scrivener on Virtual Machines and on network
drives have not been fully tested and thus remain unsupported at this stage.

I hope you enjoy this beta.

Lee

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Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:16 pm Post

Great work Lee - downloading the new beta now!

(For reference, you will want to change the download link on the main page from 029 to 035. Manually changing it works, but others might get confused.)
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Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:31 pm Post

Yay! Thanks for all the hard work!

I really really love the fact the binder is now collapsible. I've been wanting that forever. :D

I've mentioned this a couple of other places but I've never gotten an official reply. When the option to have the Start Panel start when there's no projects open is ticked and then you open a project, the Start Panel doesn't go away like it has in the past. It stays there and you have to manually close it. Is this supposed to be the new behavior? I hope it's not. I prefer the previous behavior where it closed after opening that first project.
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Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:43 pm Post

Excellent! Downloaded and installing now. And Tweeted.

Thanks Lee!

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Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:47 pm Post

The download link isn't working! It says:

Not Found

The requested URL /scrivenerforwindows/Scrivener-029-installer.exe was not found on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

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Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:55 pm Post

Dump your browser cache and try again. :)

ReadySetWrite wrote:The download link isn't working! It says:

Not Found

The requested URL /scrivenerforwindows/Scrivener-029-installer.exe was not found on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
Slackware-current 64-bit, XFCE

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Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:09 pm Post

Just a quick update. I uninstalled v29 and installed v35 and unlike previous times the readme displayed and then Scrivener started as expected.

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Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:15 pm Post

Spitfire wrote:I've mentioned this a couple of other places but I've never gotten an official reply. When the option to have the Start Panel start when there's no projects open is ticked and then you open a project, the Start Panel doesn't go away like it has in the past.

Sorry, this has cropped up in a few places and I thought I replied somewhere but apologies if I did not. The bug is listed, however, and it just didn't squeak in for this beta. You can get rid of the panel by using the "X" button on it.
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Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:57 pm Post

Used it a bit, but nothing too intensive, and haven't found anything glaringly wrong... Being able to compile directly to doc is quite nice, though, and would be worth a beer, if people involved were closer. :)
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Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:59 pm Post

LAP wrote:Hi Beta Testers,
I'm pleased to announce Windows Beta 0.3.5 is now released.
Beta 035 will expire on the 7th November 2011.
Note that a complete uninstall and re-install of Scrivener is required for this
release. Please ensure all your work is backed up.
I hope you enjoy this beta.
Lee


Great work Lee!
I'm downloading now.
Can't wait to try it
Thanks!
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Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:31 pm Post

garpu wrote:Being able to compile directly to doc is quite nice, though, and would be worth a beer, if people involved were closer.

I feel certain that if you have the right connections, you can ship beer internationally. Just sayin'. :wink:

On Lee's behalf, thank you!
Jennifer Hughes
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Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:36 pm Post

MimeticMouton wrote:
garpu wrote:Being able to compile directly to doc is quite nice, though, and would be worth a beer, if people involved were closer.

I feel certain that if you have the right connections, you can ship beer internationally. Just sayin'. :wink:

On Lee's behalf, thank you!

no need to ship internationally, just order from a local (to the giftee) distributer.
FYI. I am running Win7 64bit unless I specify otherwise.

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Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:05 pm Post

Looks great so far -- I'm a few pages into the tutorial. :D

I know it's not supported but I installed Windows in a virtual machine just to give this a try, since I can't get the Linux version working. This is very cool work. Unlikely I'll get up to speed in time to help much with bugs, but you never know.

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Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:44 pm Post

LAP wrote:Beta 035 will expire on the 7th November 2011.


Wait. Does this mean that Scrivener won't be out for "real" before November? Or is this just insurance in case something goes wrong?

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Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:18 pm Post

ReadySetWrite wrote:Does this mean that Scrivener won't be out for "real" before November? Or is this just insurance in case something goes wrong?


It's safety overlap to reduce the insanity of the beginning of National Novel Writing Month.
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