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Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:25 am Post

FYI I've been using Dropbox and Scrivener flawlessly since Dropbox came out - opening projects on different computers without incident. The only issue I had was I once opened Scrivener before Dropbox updated and I had a previous version onscreen. But it fixed itself. Just thought I'd share.

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Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:36 pm Post

Babyfett, thanks for your experiences. The issue isn't so much whether or not one or two people can use it just fine, but whether enough people are having a contrary experience. Before this post was put up on the board, we were getting several "Help my project is corrupted!" posts a month, and nearly 100% of the time it was due to DropBox or services like it (but nevertheless giving Scrivener a bit of a bad reputation). So a post like this is more about mitigating a baseline level of genuine data loss, than saying something is completely impossible. Since this post has gone up, data loss and project corrupt has virtually vanished.
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Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:21 pm Post

Just as a data point... I have been backing up to dropbox using a symlink to my scrivener directories. It has worked just fine despite the fact that multiple files often need to be transferred. (I don't work on multiple computers; this is just for backup. I could imagine that if two people were trying to work on the same set of files at the same time there would be difficulties).

I did increase Scrivener's time before autosave to reduce network activity, but this was not due to any concerns about correctness. Dropbox has seemed quite solid for me.

(I make local backups as well .. as everyone should :)

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Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:35 pm Post

Thank you Amber.

Ran into this problem just this morning. For the first time tried saving a Scrivener file to DropBox and then continuing on at my office. Needless to say it didn't work. Your suggestion to back up the project to Dropbox as a zip file worked to perfection. I can open that file at the office and pick up where I left off.

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Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:54 pm Post

janra wrote:If you're copying the entire scriv project and moving that to and from the dropbox folder for sync vs. work, you could also speed the sync process by using Scrivener's "backup project to" feature and having it create a zip file that has a date stamp already in the file name.


I've been using DropBox 'live' without problems, but I'm extremely disciplined about shutting down Scrivener, never having a file open on two computers, etc. But I'm human and I might blow it some day.

How about a feature that automatically creates a backup into a specified folder whenever you shut down Scrivener? A checkbox in the Preferences would enable you to turn this feature on or off.

Now, whether you are using dropbox or not, you get a backup every time you close Scrivener.

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Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:56 pm Post

How about a feature that automatically creates a backup into a specified folder whenever you shut down Scrivener? A checkbox in the Preferences would enable you to turn this feature on or off.


This exact feature is coming in 2.0. You set your backup folder in the Preferences and choose whether you want a backup to be made to that folder when you open or close a project (or both), and whether it should be zipped).

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Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:48 pm Post

Zipping my backup onto my mounted iDisc is working fine.
An automated import and merge / validate status function for those files would be nice!

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Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:57 pm Post

I just save a backup file to the hard drive. I then copy it onto Interarchy (a Mac FTP app). It then gets simultaneously uploaded to MobileMe iDisk and Amazon S3. That way, I have a local copy and two remote copies. Better safe than sorry.

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Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:00 am Post

I only started using Scrivener a couple days ago, but here is my experience.

MobileMe iDisk HATES SCRIVENER's GUTS lol. It was okay with Jer's Novel Writer and it's method of files, but my iDisk was having seizures and wasn't wanting to sync anything, taking forever, etc when I switched to Scrivener. I decided to give my DropBox a shot, and it syncs any changes within a few seconds and never has issues.

That said, I use DropBox for 'live' backup and iDisk for all my zipped backups. Just in case :mrgreen: But for what it's worth, DropBox 0.7.110 and Scrivener 1.54 have been going well these past few days, and I
ve spent a lot of time where it would be saving a LOT as I port all my work over to the new software.
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Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:08 pm Post

Out of curiosity, is there any risk of corruption of a Scrivener file if it is zipped or is it safer zipped for backup purposes. For myself I like to save it both ways.

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Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:46 pm Post

If I understand your question correctly: I'm not sure there's any intrinsic difference between saving and zipping for back-up and saving and zipping by other means, other than that in the former case the file is automatically timed and dated.

I find it very easy and convenient to use the back-up/zipping functionality in conjunction with Dropbox.
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Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:57 pm Post

No, you misunderstand me. I'm wondering whether zipping has any dangers in it; is there the possibility of the file being corrupted within the zip and not being fully retrievable.

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Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:34 pm Post

No - as long as you check the zip unzips fine, then the zip is a flat file so the files within it cannot be affected. The only danger is if the zip file itself becomes corrupted because of a partial copy, but this danger is only the same as for any other file on your system.

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Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:24 pm Post

The only disadvantage to zip is that it is a bit "all the eggs in one basket". If the bytes of the file get corrupted because of media glitches or what have you, then it can result in an archive that doesn't uncompress. With a Scrivener project all of the data is distributed amongst many files, so the possibility of the whole thing corrupting is much less (though if one of the critical files gets damaged that could be a world of hurt). On the other hand, zip files are more portable, and less liable to get accidentally messed up on other operating systems.

That said, the chances of this happening are pretty slim. Back in the days of floppy discs, early flash drive tech, and cheap CD-R media, it was much more common to see files get corrupted in transit or storage. I can see no reason to save both the compressed version and the full project. If you want redundancy, you'd be better off saving two zip files and putting them in different places. Different places should optimally be two different geographic locations (DropBox would count as one).
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Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:19 am Post

Thanks for all the help.