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Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:26 pm Post

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Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:09 pm Post

Any issues that people might have with the software can easily be found BEFORE spending any money on it, as the trial is full-featured and is for THIRTY FREAKING DAYS. If you can't figure out in a month that the software doesn't do what you want, that's on you, and you alone.

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Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:21 pm Post

I would add that Scrivener 1.9 can't do a simple entire document word count or search.

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Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:49 am Post

Jmo wrote:I would add that Scrivener 1.9 can't do a simple entire document word count or search.

I hope that's sarcastic...
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Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:51 am Post

Jmo wrote:I would add that Scrivener 1.9 can't do a simple entire document word count or search.

I just did both in 1.9. It was quite easy, actually.

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Word count of the manuscript for my longest WIP. 103,927 words.

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Word search for my hometown, being as that's where said WIP is mostly set.

Click each photo to see it full size. I'm not sure why you think it's not possible to do either, but as I just demonstrated it is.

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Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:15 am Post

kalidasa wrote:
Jmo wrote:I would add that Scrivener 1.9 can't do a simple entire document word count or search.

I just did both in 1.9. It was quite easy, actually.

Click each photo to see it full size. I'm not sure why you think it's not possible to do either, but as I just demonstrated it is.


Be fair though, software has special powers down in the ‘gong’. Perhaps he lives in a less fortunate place. 8)

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Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:39 am Post

krastev wrote:
Jmo wrote:I would add that Scrivener 1.9 can't do a simple entire document word count or search.

I hope that's sarcastic...


Nope, no sarcasm. That was true before I gave up on Scrivener early 2019. I revisited this issue after I posted it and see it can now be done in full screen mode. However, back in 2018, this could NOT be done. I Contacted customer support at the time and the work around was exporting to Word then back to Scrivener; A rather ludicrous work around and something that should have been a basic function.

I haven't used Scrivener since early 2019 because of issues (at the time) such as not being able to do a project word count, or highlighted word count or global search. I see now it can be done in full screen mode. But, what was really a problem was how Scrivener simply did not work well with Word. Most editors will make edit comments in Word. And, these comments do not transfer to Scrivener. As a result, most of the organizational advantages of Scrivener are lost in the time it took to make edits done in Word transferred to Scrivener.

I take a peak in every now and then hoping the illusive Windows version 3.0 is available. But, it's becoming sort of like the unicorn. You would think that an almost 2 yr. wait would not be considered acceptable by Scrivener developers.

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Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:55 am Post

Jmo wrote:Nope, no sarcasm.
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However, back in 2018, this could NOT be done.

I don’t think Win version 1.9 has had any substantial updates since 2018. So what Kalidasa wrote should have been possible in 2018.
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Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:29 pm Post

Jmo wrote:However, back in 2018, this could NOT be done.


Hum...I started using the software in 2018. It was in then.

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Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:58 pm Post

Jmo wrote: I revisited this issue after I posted it and see it can now be done in full screen mode. However, back in 2018, this could NOT be done.

JMO further qualified the "failure" once it was pointed out that the function existed. It just wasn't working in his exact (and unstated) use case.
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Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:13 pm Post

Scrivener simply did not work well with Word


To be fair, what program does work well with Word, if you please?

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Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:22 pm Post

Twolane wrote:
Scrivener simply did not work well with Word


To be fair, what program does work well with Word, if you please?


OneNote, and Excel work great.

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Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:06 pm Post

7th7andwich wrote:However once you crack your knuckles and get down to the actual word processing it sometimes feel like the app is fighting against you. (Especially when working on a 'blank' project without templates)


That is by design. Scrivener is not a word processor. That is precisely why it is popular. It is a content creation tool, and formatting and processing is better done after export.

You'll be better off using a word processor for your work. Scrivener will not bend to fit that particular way of working. It's not intended to do that. Version 3 may do a bit more of it, but I wouldn't hold my breath. That's simply not the way Scrivener is built to work.

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Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:17 pm Post

OneNote, and Excel work great.


Well shure. They would. Millions of $$$ have no doubt been expended by a corporation with thousands of employees to make certain.