Midweek Computer Follies

This week I made the decision to upgrade the Mac to El Capitan.

Until now, I’d been holding out because of reports of programs coming out broken on the other side of the process. Considering that Scrivener and Office were two of the culprits, I thought it best to be safe rather than sorry.

To be sure, I keep a robust set of backups, so I didn’t stand to lose any data if I ended up having to reinstall, but who wants to waste a day on such things?

In any case, this week I checked again to see if fixes for the errant programs were available, and as far as I could tell, they were. Satisfied that I would not nuke my productivity from orbit in upgrading, I set about doing the deed this morning.

Kane, as you can see, chose to “help.”


The installation itself seems to have gone smoothly enough, and once all was said and done, I found that Office works about as well as it ever has.

Scrivener, though? Nope. Broken. Crashed on startup.

I headed over to the fix documentation and worked my way through the steps. Here there was a slight improvement. I was able to start Scrivener once, but as soon as I quit the program, it would crash on the next start.

So I installed a fresh copy. Same problem.

Fresh copy plus fixes. Same problem.

After that, it was mostly down to guessing and bellowing, as usual.

I think I may have finally located the issue, but only by sheer luck. A very old third-party program I occasionally use, and which is not compatible with El Capitan, threw a fit when I tried to launch it. Wondering if that program’s upgrade-incompatible settings could have potentially been interfering with Scrivener, I uninstalled it.

After that, a fresh install of Scrivener (again), the fixes (again), and a reboot (again).

Now, suddenly, Scrivener works.

I have no idea how the old program affected system settings, or how it was affecting the magical unicorn blood which is surely the data storage medium used by all Apple products, but for now, things seem to work.

If Scrivener starts acting up again, I guess I’m going to have to sacrifice a goat to the Apple gods or something.

Anyone else have issues with Scrivener when moving to El Capitan? If you did, what was your eventual solution?

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