I’m a big fan of Literature and Latte’s Scrivener product. If I’m writing “for real,” it’s typically in Scrivener, although I think my process there could still use a lot of work. (I use a graduated system for writing, which … now that I think about it, isn’t very efficient for organization or promotional purposes.)
Anyway: Scrivener! If you write, it’s a fantastic product. Highly recommended.
However, they recently put out 3.2, and I ran into a problem with it.
The process in Scrivener is to write a draft (surprise!) and then compile that draft into a final product, which can be in any of a number of formats: Word document, PDF, Mobi, Epub, and so forth and so on.
What was happening is that I could not get it to run that compilation step, at all. I’d select the menu option, the program would… do nothing. It was as if I wasn’t even hitting the menu item.
I reported it to Literature and Latte, and they figured out a workaround: it’s related to a setting for fonts in the
There are a number of ways you can approach this: my project’s still in early draft mode, so I simply opened the directory that my project was in, went to
Settings, and deleted
compile.xml. Once that was done, the menu item worked again and I could generate a draft document from my project.
You can also open up
compile.xml in a handy text editor, and delete the lines that have
<Font> in them. (The error is related to a font lookup, somewhere internally.) I haven’t tried this, because, well, the project I’m working on is in early draft so I don’t need anything special here.
Lastly, you can wait for Literature and Latte to release a new build of Scrivener 3.2. I’m on build 14343, and I expect they’ll suss out this problem quickly and there’ll be a fix out soon.