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by mbbntu
Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Scrivener users, where do you backup your files?
Replies: 50
Views: 564

Re: Scrivener users, where do you backup your files?

I can restore any folder as of a point in time I think what people are trying to convey is that while you might be able to do it, there are many, many users of this forum who have minimal expertise in using computers, and it might be unwise to seem to encourage them to use solutions that might caus...
by mbbntu
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Scrivener users, where do you backup your files?
Replies: 50
Views: 564

Re: Scrivener users, where do you backup your files?

Dropbox absolutely is a backup location, especially so for zip backups. Even if you delete a file on purpose, it's still there for 30+ days. More than once, after buying a new Mac, I've restored from Dropbox. I'm puzzled what else we'd want from a "backup". I can only refer you to the adv...
by mbbntu
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Scrivener users, where do you backup your files?
Replies: 50
Views: 564

Re: Scrivener users, where do you backup your files?

It has been said many times that Dropbox is a synchronisation service, not a backup service. There is a difference, and it is as well to be aware of it, and to understand it. Having said that, I have kept my working Scrivener projects on Dropbox for many years. Backups (which are created automatical...
by mbbntu
Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Should I be using a citation management tool?
Replies: 6
Views: 238

Re: Should I be using a citation management tool?

Thanks Merx, glad it was some use to someone :)
by mbbntu
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Should I be using a citation management tool?
Replies: 6
Views: 238

Re: Should I be using a citation management tool?

Oh, and an additional piece of information -- you can search online from within Bookends:
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This makes capturing information much easier and quicker.
by mbbntu
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Should I be using a citation management tool?
Replies: 6
Views: 238

Re: Should I be using a citation management tool?

Thank you, mbbntu, that is very helpful. Does your reference manager allow you to annotate each reference with what it is, what it's relevant for, why it's relevant, etc.? Or does it only track the information that might need to go in a reference or citation? It does all of those things, and much m...
by mbbntu
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Feedback (Mac)
Topic: iCloud Sync
Replies: 192
Views: 54781

Re: iCloud Sync

simpler, quicker, and more reliable than Dropbox As I have mentioned before in various places, my experience of iCloud is that it is far from quick and reliable. I am not alone in this. Howard Oakley has developed a utility called Cirrus https://eclecticlight.co/cirrus-bailiff/ that is capable of &...
by mbbntu
Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Wind your watch
Replies: 13
Views: 325

Re: Wind your watch

‘first fly the plane’ When I was a glider pilot the one I learned was "aviate, navigate, communicate". I have heard it many times since. Including from an ex-military helicopter pilot ... But this has reminded me of the time I put a glider into a spin at fairly low alititude and it didn't...
by mbbntu
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Wind your watch
Replies: 13
Views: 325

Re: Wind your watch

The way I read it expressed in an article I saw back in the 1980s (about a fire warning in an aircraft) was: "The first thing to do in an emergency is nothing". I remember it often ...

Good advice, Katherine!
by mbbntu
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Should I be using a citation management tool?
Replies: 6
Views: 238

Re: Should I be using a citation management tool?

There are advantages and disadvantages in reference managers. The big advantage, in my view, is that you do not have to worry about how to format the references in your writing. The bibiographic manager does it for you, often in a matter of seconds. In academia it may be essential to format the same...
by mbbntu
Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: 'Determiners'
Replies: 22
Views: 452

Re: 'Determiners'

Out of interest, I looked at the Longman English Grammar (1988) by L. G. Alexander, where I find "your, his", etc. listed as possessive adjectives, with the additional comment that they "function as determiners rather than pronouns" (see p. 72).
by mbbntu
Sun Mar 21, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Keeping track of last edited position
Replies: 7
Views: 282

Re: Keeping track of last edited position

Something I used to do was type qqq in the text. I have no particular reason to type qqq anywhere for any other purpose, so it acted as a handy marker that was easy to find. Just make sure it doesn't get left in the published text, though. I once found myself browsing a magazine in a newsagents that...
by mbbntu
Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Can no longer view on screen more than one scrivener file at a time
Replies: 8
Views: 213

Re: Can no longer view on screen more than one scrivener file at a time

If you do a Google search for the phrase "parent-child hierarchy" you will get thousands of hits, many related to Excel or other spreadsheets, and to database programs.
by mbbntu
Tue Mar 16, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Can no longer view on screen more than one scrivener file at a time
Replies: 8
Views: 213

Re: Can no longer view on screen more than one scrivener file at a time

ginestre wrote:why do we say 'daughter file'?


As an aside to comment on the aside, personally, I don't think I've ever seen that used in English. Parent and child is more common from what I have seen.
by mbbntu
Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Unwanted Capitalization
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: Unwanted Capitalization

I have to say that my strategy with new computers and new applications is to turn off almost every "auto" feature I can find. There is nothing I hate more than a device assuming it knows what I want better than I do. In most cases it is wrong.