Scrivener - Moving from windows to Mac - Version 3? Transfer of files?

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Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:15 am Post

I have Scrivener on windows 10 and I am a long way through a novel.
I have recently bought a brand new iMac and I would like to move to Scrivener on the iMac away from Windows 10.
First of all, will I have to pay the full amount to buy the Mac version of Scrivener? I know the answer to this but just checking.
Secondly, how do I transfer everything I have written so far? I have a complete storyline, character profiles, chapters , parts (it's a 4 part novel), outline, storyboard, completed chapter and compiled pdf chapters. There's so much work done I would hate to lose any of it (and would probably cry).
I can't see an import / export facility in the Windows version, so assume there is none in the Mac version. Help please!
Thanks in advance

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Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:01 am Post

Save the project in your Dropbox folder.
Close the project.
Wait for the Dropbox app on your PC to upload it all to the Db server.
Start your iMac.
Wait for the Db app to download the project from the server to your Db folder on the iMac.
Start Scrivener.
Open the project (File-> Open)
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Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:18 pm Post

At the bottom of the window behind the "Buy Now" link on the main page, there's a link for a Mac discount for Windows license owners: ... remail.htm

Also, I wouldn't recommend just opening the Windows Scrivener project from dropbox without first pausing Dropbox. Presumably, you're on version 1 for Windows, and you'll want to use version 3 for Mac. V3 will upgrade your old project by first copying it (adding "backup" to its name), and then converting the original internally. Dropbox has bitten me hard when I moved scrivener projects around too much, and internally, Scrivener 3 will be creating new folders, renaming files internally, moving them...

So if you use Dropbox to transfer your projects, let it sync to your Mac and then pause before opening those projects on your Mac for the first time. Subsequently, you won't have to do this, but for the first time, please do.

Alternately, you can use File->Back Up->Back Up To... and create a .zip backup file of your project, then transfer that .zip backup however you like (external drive/thumb drive, dropbox, etc..). Copy that .zip to your Mac, extract the project where you want it to live, and then open it with the Mac v3 of Scrivener for the first time there.

Also: get a big external hard drive and use it for Time Machine backups.
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Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:49 pm Post

I didn't have any internet service except dial up until recently. Therefore when I wanted to move a Scriv project from a Windows PC to a MacBook Pro, I did a Save As and saved the project to a USB on my Windows machine. Ejected the USB and stuck it on the MBP. Opened project from the USB and did another Save As to put it on the MBP's hard drive. Low tech, but it worked fine.

You could also copy a zipped backup that way, of course.