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beccaSF
beccaSF

Hi Rebecca and everyone,

Can you help me figure something out RE word targets?

- I've set my word count target for the total project

- and I've seen how to set targets for individual documents

BUT: my project (Phd thesis) has got several folders (chapters) which each contain multiple documents (chapter sections).

Is there any way to set a word count target for a folder?  It wouldn't make sense for me to set individual targets for each document (chapter section) but I do have clear targets for each chapter (folder)...  I can't see how to set a target for the folder as a whole.

Thanks!

gillycreamy
gillycreamy

Hi Rebeca etc.


Does anyone know where in Mac OS you can find the sound that Notification Centre plays when you reach your project target in Scrivener? It's a tri-tone sound, the same as this:


/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/ToneLibrary.framework/Versions/A/Resources/AlertTones/sms-received1.caf


But Scrivener isn't using that file. I know because if I switch its contents for something else, NC still plays the same tri-tone sound when you hit your project target.


I really want to change that awful sound to something more appropriate to hitting my project target for the day.


Thanks so much

Gilly

Upixan
Upixan

Hi...
how are the forward and rewind media shortcuts for MAC OSX...?
... and how I can change them ...?

alexreynard
alexreynard

Is there any way to export the manuscript's Characters and Places sections as single files? I wanted to show them to another Scriv user for feedback.

gillycreamy
gillycreamy

@alexreynard  Sorry, I've only just made it onto this site otherwise I would have answered your question much earlier. I'm sure it's too late now but I thought I'd reply for the sake of others asking the same question.


Shift and click to select all the files in your Characters folder. Select File/Compile and in the compilation options where it would usually default to your novel to compile (i.e. right beneath where it says 'Format As', change the contents to 'Current Selection'. Your novel chapters will disappear and you'll see the contents of your Characters folder instead. You can then compile in whatever format you like.

blanchedudog
blanchedudog

figured it out (but couldn't figure out how to delete the post :/ )

hjd81
hjd81

Hi, I'm working on an academic paper and trying to figure out how to use Scrivener's meta-data. So far, messing around with the Meta-data hasn't proven to be very intuitive. Is there a way to simply tag a phrase in Scrivenings mode (as in select a sentence for example), add a tag that will populate later, or be searchable later? I'd like that selection (sentence) be a different color in the Scrivening mode. I'm assuming that Labels is the best way to go here since I'm working with themes instead of keywords. 

For example, in one document of notes, I have themes of "Romanticism" and "Empowerment" and I've created Labels that are red and green, respectively.  I would like to see visually which sentences in this single document refers to Romanticism or Empowerment. I'd like to be able to search or organize those sentences by these themes also.  So far, I haven't figured out if Scrivener can do this.

blanchedudog
blanchedudog

Hi new to the software but from what I see I can't import Pages documents.  

Miss Action Jackson
Miss Action Jackson

I think it's unfair that I have to  pay the same price for  the Windows version Scrivener and not get 100% of what OS X version offers.  Project Targets is an excellent feature, and one that I would use consistently.  But, it's "...not yet offered in the Windows version."  


My question is when will it be offered, and will I have to buy the software again when it is offered?  I love the software, but hate that the Windows version is limited... (though, I'm beginning to lean towards buying a MACBook ;-) in the future)


But, until then, I really wish they would offer in the Windows version all the benefits of what's in OS X.

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@Miss Action Jackson  This is something you need to take up with the folks at Literature and Latte. I know that at some point the two versions will be equal but I'm not privy to when that will be. As for the pricing, I believe the Windows version is five dollars less than the Mac version. 

leenelda888
leenelda888

Win 7 scrivener trail

love the product. however it keeps crashing. I've check the forum but no help.  i check for updates and it is up to date.  please help.  I'd like to buy it but not if i it's going to keep crashing and taking my work with it.

leenelda888
leenelda888

it crashes when i open one entire section.  is there a limit to how many files you can have in  a section?

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@leenelda888  What do you mean by opening an entire section? Do you mean a project? What operating system are you using? I think there was an issue with Windows 10, but I recommend that you uninstall and reinstall and see if that works.

leenelda888
leenelda888

@RebecaSchiller @leenelda888 

Win 7 operating system

I have a 100,000 novel divided into 5 parts under manuscripts.  the bulk of it is in Part 4 at 58,000 words.
 

If i uninstall will I lose my project?

leenelda888
leenelda888

@RebecaSchiller 

another error message

The following error occured

Can not save binder 

Error:  could not open binder file

to avoid losing you latest changes, make sure you have enough space and write access on your storage device.

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

It sounds like a bug. You should report it on the forums. Scrivener automatically backs up your work. If you to Tools Options Backup, you'll see your backup location and beneath that you can open the backup folder. So if you do a reinstall, you'll be able to open your project. 

leenelda888
leenelda888

@RebecaSchiller 

I uninstalled and reinstalled.  it seems to be working better.  however another problem in the same vein.  when I highlight and right click on  the scene Scrivener crashes. even as small as 2 letters

How do i fix the bug and where do i report it on the forums?

Thanks for the help.

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

You'll have to register on the forums and in the section that says Bug Hunt and report it. In the technical section, explain what happened. It could be a Windows issue and the support team might know how to fix it. 

Tajci
Tajci

Hi,

I've been looking for hours to find the answer to this question: "How do I update Table of Contents?" I changed my chapter titles, but they don't change in the "Contents"

Can you direct me to the answer? 

Thank you 
Tajci Cameron


Scrivener for Mac user Version 2.5

StevenMooreAuthor
StevenMooreAuthor

Hi.


I've started writing a manuscript in the Blank format, but now I want to change it to a Fiction format, so I can add extras like character profiles and the like. Is it possible to change that, now I'm half way through the manuscript?


Thanks in advance,


Steven

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@StevenMooreAuthor  You can drag and drop  from one Scrivener project into another one. Just go through the same process when you first opened a project and choose fiction. Name and save it. Open the two projects and select all the items in your binder and just drag and drop. 

CameronDivella
CameronDivella

I got a new computer and have my writing saved in MS word, I would like to try Scrivener but it doesnt seem to recognize the documents as I have not yet purchased another copy of MS Word. Do I need to buy word again? Or is there some way I can work around this?


RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@CameronDivella  Is Word working on your new computer? What operating system are you using? I have an older version of Word on my Windows 10 laptop and I needed to install some updates for Word and it works fine now. If Word is working on your new machine, just resave your docs as RTFs and then import them into Scrivener. Worst case scenario, you can always copy and paste. 

MitchRossi
MitchRossi

Hi Rebecca,

I'm trying to format the keystrokes in Scriv that I used in Word.  In particular, I'm used to using Control+Delete to delete a word to the right.  Unfortunately I can not get this to work in Sriv or in my Mac OS set up.

Otherwise, I am finding Scrivener great.


thank you.

Mitch  

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@MitchRossi  Interesting because that's the one shortcut that isn't working for me. The shortcuts are either Ctrl+D or Fn+Delete.  I even tried to program it in System Preferences under keyboard, shortcuts, all apps and NADA. I will investigate and see if this an El Capitan bug.

MitchRossi
MitchRossi

@RebecaSchiller @MitchRossi Rebeca, thanks so much for checking on this.  I'm sure after a time I'll get used to a different keystroke if necessary.  But I am using Scri for a final edit of a novel that I wrote in Word.  While this keystroke maybe a hard habit to break, Scriv has already been a huge help in finding miss-named characters and fine tuning details.

I am so glad to have be working with the program. I am going to certainly learn it further as I begin researching my next manuscript.


best,

Mitch

david_willford
david_willford

Thank you Rebecca for the advice. Really appreciated.

david_willford
david_willford

I'm thinking about purchasing Scrivener, but am not sure if it does what I want. Presently my task is to complete a biography of my father. I would like to add some images to the text whether that be inside the text or as a montage page. Is this possible. I tried testing inserting an image in the text, but after compiling to the epub format, it didn't work. The  youtube tutorials do not show how adding images are possible. Can you direct me to the information I need. Thanks David

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@david_willford  Scrivener is not ideal to format a document with images. It's not a desktop publishing tool like InDesign. Scrivener is best write your and keep your research all in one place, but in terms of compiling with images, your best bet is to compile into Word or any other wordprocessing program and from there insert your images.

professorace
professorace

I am having difficulty making the cork board to appear on my scrivener display.  What am I doing wrong.


Thanks for you help.


Sincerely,


Jack Stern

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@professorace  Jack, can you give me more details? Do you mean the background or the corkboard won't appear at all?

Mr Quasmo
Mr Quasmo

Do you know a way to add text boxes in scrivener (like those you can add in MS word)?


FrnklTumbleweed
FrnklTumbleweed

Hi there, 

I'm trying to figure out how to set the number of words per page, could you help me?

For a submission, I have to set a 400-words-page.


Thank you very much,

Best,

Frank

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@FrnklTumbleweed  You need to go to Project Statistics->Options->Page Count Options and then change that to 400 words, but please note that will be for paperback pages.

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@FrnklTumbleweed Are you on the Mac version or Windows? On the Mac, if you go to View and select Page View, the editor will change to a single page. I average about 350 words per page with one-inch margins for the top and bottom and left and right. I use 14 point Cochin font at 1.2 spacing. My best guess is that you will have to experiment with font, point size, spacing and margins. 

TinoHartmann
TinoHartmann

Hi, I'm new to Scrivener but couldnt find an answer to this anywhere.


Is it possible to see, when a text has been created/last edited?

Is it possible to list the last edited Texts?


I'm using the Windows Version.

Thanks! Tino


RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@TinoHartmann  Yes. In the Inspector--in the middle pane--you should see an area that says modified or created. There are arrows you can toggle to view either one.

TinoHartmann
TinoHartmann

@RebecaSchiller @TinoHartmann Thank you this is awesome, but hidden. I also found, that in the listview you can add these columns with the tiny arrow on the right. but is it possible somehow to get a list of all texts sorted by last edited? or - if thats not the case - create links to other texts (that way i could make a list of all documents im currently working on without ripping them out of their context)

mikebelzman
mikebelzman

Hi Rebeca,

As a newcomer to Scribner I just discovered that I can learn much from you.  I hope you never tire of giving what must seem like basic knowledge to us newcomers.  Somebody has to do it and I'm glad your there.  My current obstacle is that after reading the Scrivener tutorial thoroughly twice and referring to it several times, I still couldn't learn how to change index card one liners to word wrap so I can see all without scrolling.  Can you or one of your followers on twitter help me out on this.  Thanks! Mike 

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@mikebelzman Thanks for stopping by! Are you viewing the index card in the Inspector? You can widen the entire Inspector pane which will enlarge the index card. That will allow for more space in the index card. 

In the corkboard, you can adjust the size of the card. For that go to the footer and on the far right, you'll see four small index card icons. Click on that and you'll see the options provided. If you need more corkboard space, you can hide the binder (click on the icon in the toolbar) and the Inspector. 

Let me know if that helps. 

MikhaeylaK
MikhaeylaK

Hey Rebeca. I love using the Document Notes sidebar for posting ideas and images that give me a written and visual context for the scene that I am writing. I would love to embed animated gifs in the document notes as well - any advice on whether it can be done and, if yes, how I can do it? Thanks! Mikhaeyla

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@MikhaeylaK <sigh> animated gifs and I are not the best of friends. I can never get them to work. However, I did try to download one transfer it to Scrivener, but it didn't work. I've left a message on Scrivener's Facebook page and I'm waiting to see what they say. 

MikhaeylaK
MikhaeylaK

@RebecaSchiller Thanks, Rebeca. I'm a bit of a novice, myself - so any advice you can pass on once you hear back from Scrivener would be great!