Scrivener for Windows beta was recently updated. I'd hoped for more features. Not less. Somewhere in the 025 release, the centre bar with word count disappeared. I relied on that word count. It was my dangling carrot. I made a work-around by personalizing the main tool bar and adding buttons for Project Stats and Text Stats, but it's not the same. Instead of having my word count in my face, I have to stop and press a button. In my face was so much more motivating.
I also encountered a problem with the right margin. I imported text from a Word document, and the right margin cut-off at 6 inches in Scrivener. I figured this was a mistake (it's a beta version, after all), so I selected all text and reset the margin to 8 inches, as it was intended to be. When I compiled the document and opened in Word, the margin ran off the page. I had to go back to Scrivener, reset the margin to 6 inches, and compile again to get the margin to set at 8 inches in Word. Weird. But what I hated about it most was looking at the document squashed down to 6 inches in Scrivener. This didn't change if I viewed full screen. The margin was just incorrectly interpreted on import. New, original documents created in Scrivener have no margin issue.
I love, love, love the Project Targets and Word Frequency. Before Scrivener, I had to acquire this information with extra software. Now with one click of the button, Project Targets gives me a progress meter bar graph, and with another click, my most frequently used words show up with a number count and bar graph for each word to mock my over-usage of them. Overachievers.
Scrivener for Windows is now scheduled for an August 2011 release. I'm sure I will blog again before then, as I'm starting a new project and will be using more features.
Ultimately though, my experience with Scrivener for Windows beta has me jonesing for a Mac and the real Scrivener.