Scrivener-Yosemite Update

Scrivener Yosemite Update Explained: What You Need To Know [the highlights]


Ch, Ch, Changes…

No, it’s not just a David Bowie song.

Scrivener updated its MAC software to 2.6.0.

While I can’t address all the changes that Literature & Latte introduced, I want to bring your attention to a few.

Scrivener Yosemite & Other Updates

  • Works with the latest OS (Yosemite)
  • URL's dragged and dropped into the binder use file name instead of the URL (about time)
  • Limited search result (No longer do you have to worry about changing something you shouldn't.)

Coolest update: Clicking the green traffic light button fits window to screen. Opt + click fits window to content. Makes it easier to use when you have multiple windows open.

  • Converting Word or Open Office docs? Now you have the option to use a modified version of Java (that is built into Scrivener) or the full Java on your computer.


Stability Issues

Major stability bugs were fixed. Isn't that always the case, your computer manufacture updates its operating system and suddenly your other software has issues working with it.

Ninja trick: wait a few weeks before upgrading to the latest operating system. Doing so allows early adopters to report the bugs to software manufacturers and gives them time to fix them.

Updating to the latest version of  Scrivener should minimize the already low chances of the software crashing. Want a more technical explanation of the various bug fixes, read this document. FYI, this document is updated constantly. If your software seems to be extremely buggy, see if an update has been released. Most of the time, other users are having the same trouble and they are actively looking for a solution.

Usability Issues

The latest update fixes a ton of usability issues. It appears as if Literature and Latte took a good look at every issue that users were having and updated the software accordingly. From automatic backups to snapshots, it appears nothing was left untouched. Again if you want to read more details on what these bugs fixed, check out this page. Here is a brief look at some of the fixes introduced.

  • Automatic Backup
  • Compile settings
  • Comments/Footnotes
  • Conversion of tables into images
  • Exporting issues (both Kindle and .epub)
  • Formatting issues
  • Html errors when exporting
  • RTF bookmarks
  • Script formatting
  • Snapshots
  • Spell check
  • Tabs/indents work on all pages, including empty docs.

Keep in mind that these changes might appear to numerous, but I find it comforting to know that L&L is actively making sure the software is optimized for the best user experience. Isn't it nice to know that the only thing you have to worry about is getting your words onto a page? Let L&L fix the bugs so you can get back to writing.

How To Get The Update

1. Open Scrivener

2. Navigate to the Scrivener menu and choose "Check for Updates"

update 1

3. Wait while Scrivener checks to see if you have any updates available.

Update 2

4. Choose Install Update

update 3

Take action today! If you haven't already done so, upgrade to the latest release. It's a free upgrade.

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