Moving by paragraphs doesn't work

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Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:41 pm Post

Seems a very basic thing. Am I the only one with this issue?

The manual claims it is supposed to work as expected:

15.2 Editing Basics
15.2.1 Caret Movement and Selection
The following list shows the shortcuts for changing the current selection. To simply
instead move the current insertion caret position, omit the shift key where applicable.
§ Shift-ArrowKeys: Extend current selection in the direction of the arrow key that is
used.
§ Ctrl-Shift-UpArrow or DownArrow: Extend the selection by paragraphs.

However, whenever I use Ctrl-Up (or Down)Arrow, it puts me at the start of the scene.

Very, VERY difficult to manage a writing flow with such a basic navigation error.

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Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:12 pm Post

The manual, to my knowledge, is referring to Scrivener 1.9.8.0 and is not updated for the beta or at least not in full. I may be wrong though.

The beta is just that - beta, so it is to be expected to have bugs. It is provided for testing purposes only, and as warned, not to be used for important projects. If you do, the responsibility is entirely yours as well as the risk of losing work. As a beta tester, you should be aware of all this.
Reporting bugs is fine, complaining, that this or that does not work is meaningless since it's a beta and you get it free of charge.

Anyway, I appreciate that LL gives us the opportunity to get used to the new functionality of the software prior to releasing the final version.

Regards,
M
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Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:54 pm Post

mhtritter wrote:Seems a very basic thing. Am I the only one with this issue?

The manual claims it is supposed to work as expected:

15.2 Editing Basics
15.2.1 Caret Movement and Selection
The following list shows the shortcuts for changing the current selection. To simply
instead move the current insertion caret position, omit the shift key where applicable.
§ Shift-ArrowKeys: Extend current selection in the direction of the arrow key that is
used.
§ Ctrl-Shift-UpArrow or DownArrow: Extend the selection by paragraphs.

However, whenever I use Ctrl-Up (or Down)Arrow, it puts me at the start of the scene.


The current behavior seems to be Ctrl-shift-up selects to the start of the scene from the current cursor position, and ctrl-shift-down selects to the start of the scene from the current cursor position. However, the keyboard options list says those two shortcuts are for "Previous Container" and "Next Container," respectively.

Without a selection, Ctrl-up moves to start of document; ctrl-down moves to start of document. Those should be moving items up or down, according to Options | Keyboard | document.

They do that in the binder context, but not in the document editor context.

I'm not entirely sure what "Container" means in the context of document editing.

In the keyboard options, "Edit" category, there do not appear to be "Next paragraph" and "Previous paragraph" options for navigation, nor for "extend selection".

It's possible the overworked programmer hasn't gotten to these navigation features.

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Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:09 pm Post

krastev wrote:The manual, to my knowledge, is referring to Scrivener 1.9.8.0 and is not updated for the beta or at least not in full. I may be wrong though.

The beta is just that - beta, so it is to be expected to have bugs. It is provided for testing purposes only, and as warned, not to be used for important projects. If you do, the responsibility is entirely yours as well as the risk of losing work. As a beta tester, you should be aware of all this.
Reporting bugs is fine, complaining, that this or that does not work is meaningless since it's a beta and you get it free of charge.

Anyway, I appreciate that LL gives us the opportunity to get used to the new functionality of the software prior to releasing the final version.

Regards,
M


You are confused about what complaining is. Complaining is stating, usually in an angry way, personal reaction to problems. "What a piece of junk!" is complaining. I did none of that. I'm unsure why you accused me.

I stated facts. The navigation isn't working. It is extremely difficult to navigate without the very important and basic tool of moving by paragraphs. This isn't complaining, this is reality.

Please be more respectful. You are unwittingly undermining my efforts to communicate something that is important to correct.

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Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:15 am Post

mhtritter wrote:
krastev wrote:The manual, to my knowledge, is referring to Scrivener 1.9.8.0 and is not updated for the beta or at least not in full. I may be wrong though.

The beta is just that - beta, so it is to be expected to have bugs. It is provided for testing purposes only, and as warned, not to be used for important projects. If you do, the responsibility is entirely yours as well as the risk of losing work. As a beta tester, you should be aware of all this.
Reporting bugs is fine, complaining, that this or that does not work is meaningless since it's a beta and you get it free of charge.

Anyway, I appreciate that LL gives us the opportunity to get used to the new functionality of the software prior to releasing the final version.

Regards,
M


You are confused about what complaining is. Complaining is stating, usually in an angry way, personal reaction to problems. "What a piece of junk!" is complaining. I did none of that. I'm unsure why you accused me.

I stated facts. The navigation isn't working. It is extremely difficult to navigate without the very important and basic tool of moving by paragraphs. This isn't complaining, this is reality.

Please be more respectful. You are unwittingly undermining my efforts to communicate something that is important to correct.


Respect is earned, not given. If you wanna be respected, learn how to be respectful first.
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Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:29 am Post

Food for thought: the beta release notes are quite clear that there are large chunks of functionality that are not yet present. It is simple to query if the functionality you are looking for is one of those missing chunks.

When they get to the point they say the beta is feature complete and they are focusing on bug-hunting and polish, then it's time to worry and up the urgency a little.
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Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:16 pm Post

krastev wrote:
mhtritter wrote:
krastev wrote:The manual, to my knowledge, is referring to Scrivener 1.9.8.0 and is not updated for the beta or at least not in full. I may be wrong though.

The beta is just that - beta, so it is to be expected to have bugs. It is provided for testing purposes only, and as warned, not to be used for important projects. If you do, the responsibility is entirely yours as well as the risk of losing work. As a beta tester, you should be aware of all this.
Reporting bugs is fine, complaining, that this or that does not work is meaningless since it's a beta and you get it free of charge.

Anyway, I appreciate that LL gives us the opportunity to get used to the new functionality of the software prior to releasing the final version.

Regards,
M


You are confused about what complaining is. Complaining is stating, usually in an angry way, personal reaction to problems. "What a piece of junk!" is complaining. I did none of that. I'm unsure why you accused me.

I stated facts. The navigation isn't working. It is extremely difficult to navigate without the very important and basic tool of moving by paragraphs. This isn't complaining, this is reality.

Please be more respectful. You are unwittingly undermining my efforts to communicate something that is important to correct.


Respect is earned, not given. If you wanna be respected, learn how to be respectful first.


Right back at you. You think you are entitled to condescendingly correct me and others, but you aren't. Please stop.

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Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:11 pm Post

Hi mhtritter,

mhtritter wrote:The manual claims it is supposed to work as expected:

From the beta release note page https://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=40621

"We have not yet updated the user manual, so the beta still contains the old 1.9.7 manual. We have however included an updated interactive tutorial for 3.0, which we recommend working through to familiarise yourself with the new features." (bolding mine)

The status of the manual was already mentioned upthread, but I thought a cite would be appropriate. Your best bet on understanding intended functionality of the beta is to review the beta tutorial and release notes, and utilize the current Mac v3 manual, with the understanding that there will always be some Win vs. Mac differences.

mhtritter wrote:Very, VERY difficult to manage a writing flow with such a basic navigation error.

As a data point for you, I also viewed this as a complaint.

Regards,
Jim

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Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:42 pm Post

JimRac wrote:Hi mhtritter,

mhtritter wrote:The manual claims it is supposed to work as expected:

From the beta release note page https://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=40621

"We have not yet updated the user manual, so the beta still contains the old 1.9.7 manual. We have however included an updated interactive tutorial for 3.0, which we recommend working through to familiarise yourself with the new features." (bolding mine)

The status of the manual was already mentioned upthread, but I thought a cite would be appropriate. Your best bet on understanding intended functionality of the beta is to review the beta tutorial and release notes, and utilize the current Mac v3 manual, with the understanding that there will always be some Win vs. Mac differences.

mhtritter wrote:Very, VERY difficult to manage a writing flow with such a basic navigation error.

As a data point for you, I also viewed this as a complaint.

Regards,
Jim


Okay, good to know. Subtle undertones of intention in written communication are notoriously difficult to communicate or interpret flawlessly. It wasn't meant vitriolic, only informative.

I'm surprised by the apparent need to offer a full justification for my positing a bug in the 'post bugs here' blog, but at the risk of offending someone unintentionally, here goes:
It is difficult to use the software currently because of the flaw I mentioned. It is probably a 10 minute coding fix, unintentional but overlooked. The flaw, or error, is not contained in a small sub-system, something that happens when a collection of various elements are all in place (not, when in a certain view and under a certain sub-menu, there is an error); rather this is highly prominent and basic bit of navigation. That is what I was trying to communicate, that it disrupts the primary function of the entire software package. The core mission of Scriviner is to provide software for writing flow, and this basic error interrupts that, and in my experience makes that flow impossible. That I would have to press the down key 50 times instead of 5 when trying to navigate 5 paragraphs. Further, that it brings me top of my work if I forget the shortcut is 'broken'.

For this reason, btw, I disagree with the perspective that 'major' issues should be addressed first, and this issue only after they are done. I find version 3.0 unusable currently due to this tiny but critical flaw. Though I feel that way, I have no objection to someone stating their personal perspective on how L&L should approach their coding priorities. I only want the right to express my perspective as well.

I too love L&L and Scriviner. I didn't say so, I simply stated the problem. I realize that. I'm not ashamed of it. I didn't realize kissing their ass, or anyone else's, was expected.

Satisfactory?