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by mbbntu
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Wish List
Topic: The ability to password protect individual projects
Replies: 22
Views: 5696

Re: The ability to password protect individual projects

With a Mac that is being shared I would have thought that the easiest thing would be for each user to have their own account on the computer -- one administrator and one or more guest accounts (each person has their own password for using their account). I've never done it for sharing, but I've set ...
by mbbntu
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Name and place list
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: Name and place list

That is basically what I was doing ten years ago when I got tired of typing "Rawlinson" in my thesis. I abbreviated it to rwln. Problem solved. I did the same thing for "social constructionism". You get the drift. On Mac if the built-in feature is not good enough, there are utili...
by mbbntu
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Default format of editor
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: Default format of editor

@Mastercore Just a heads up - it is better to post technical questions in the technical support section that is appropriate for your platform (Mac or Windows). You might get answers for the wrong platform.
by mbbntu
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Project Notes, Document Notes & Bookmarks
Replies: 3
Views: 140

Re: Project Notes, Document Notes & Bookmarks

Open the Scrivener manual (from the Help menu) and go to page 872 where you will find an explanation of how things work now. One sentence (on page 873) says: "if you want to make a particular document globally accessible, either as a reference or for the purpose of taking down notes, then bookm...
by mbbntu
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Collaboration
Replies: 1
Views: 187

Re: Collaboration

by mbbntu
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Lost work after Scrivener crash
Replies: 14
Views: 444

Re: Lost work after Scrivener crash

One of the advantages of Backblaze is that you don't really have to do much except be connected to the internet. Backblaze will copy your whole hard drive (encrypted) and then only copy changed files as they change. It operates in the background without you really knowing about it. Website here: htt...
by mbbntu
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Save, backup, sync help?
Replies: 17
Views: 1630

Re: Save, backup, sync help?

Dropbox is a *SYNC* service, not a backup service. With Dropbox you have a folder on your hard drive that gets synchronised with a folder on Dropbox's servers in the cloud. Whatever you put in the folder gets copied, but nothing you put anywhere else is copied. And if you have another computer or de...
by mbbntu
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Citation Manager Woes - URGENT HELP!
Replies: 7
Views: 271

Re: Citation Manager Woes - URGENT HELP!

If you already have data in Endnote or Zotero that you wish to transfer to Bookends, make sure you read the sections of the Bookends manual (it is a fairly large pdf) that deal with that. It ought to be fairly easy, but it is best not to charge in with all sorts of assumptions about how it ought to ...
by mbbntu
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Save, backup, sync help?
Replies: 17
Views: 1630

Re: Save, backup, sync help?

once in a while You should do it as often as you can. The computer is a machine that can fail at any time without any warning whatsoever. New, old, it doesn't make any difference. Received wisdom used to be that you should have at least three separate backups kept in three physically different loca...
by mbbntu
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Technical Support (iOS)
Topic: How to view external bookmarks made on Scrivener Mac on Scrivener ios?
Replies: 1
Views: 477

Re: How to view external bookmarks made on Scrivener Mac on Scrivener ios?

If the link you have created is to a file or folder on the hard drive of the Mac, then obviously it will not be available on the iOS device because ... well, it is on the Mac hard drive and not on the iOS device. So there is nothing to link to. Obviously, when you sync a project, you do not sync the...
by mbbntu
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Citation Manager Woes - URGENT HELP!
Replies: 7
Views: 271

Re: Citation Manager Woes - URGENT HELP!

In Scrivener, go to Preferences, General, Citations, and choose Bookends as your Bibliography manager. In Bookends, go to Preferences, General, and look at the top, where it says "Word processor" -- choose Scrivener. Now you can hit Cmd-Y in Scrivener and it will take you to Bookends. In B...
by mbbntu
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: "The file can not be opened it doesn't exists! " Error message!
Replies: 15
Views: 2592

Re: "The file can not be opened it doesn't exists! " Error message!

I would say "might" rather than "would". It depends on a lot of factors -- including how good the "expert" is, and what sort of equipment they have. If you can go to an Apple Store, I would think it would be a good place to start. In days gone by I managed to "unde...
by mbbntu
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Save, backup, sync help?
Replies: 17
Views: 1630

Re: Save, backup, sync help?

This is an old story about why you should not rely on Dropbox for backups: https://lifehacker.com/psa-dropbox-shouldnt-be-your-sole-backup-for-your-file-1612803794 I'm sure our friendly airedale :D will sort you out. I'd only say that I find most problems of this sort occur because people make assum...
by mbbntu
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Citation Manager Woes - URGENT HELP!
Replies: 7
Views: 271

Re: Citation Manager Woes - URGENT HELP!

I also wrote my PhD thesis using Scrivener and Bookends. It was very straightforward. Both programs have a lot of features, which can make them complex if you try to use them all, but I probably used only a tiny fraction of what they offered and managed to cope. To summarise a bit crudely, you enter...
by mbbntu
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: How to add some text to Scrivener without Scrivener?
Replies: 4
Views: 373

Re: How to add some text to Scrivener without Scrivener?

As I indicated in my post, I don't use a service because I don't need anything more than plain text files that I keep in a Dropbox folder. So I just use a plain text editor when away from my Mac. The only extra feature I would get with Simplenote is some kind of tagging, and that can be achieved in ...