I love Scrivener
I'm a software developer, writer, and designer, and I use it for organizational tasks as well as creative writing.
I switched from Evernote to Scrivener several years ago when their subscription got ridiculous. I've used both Dropbox and iCloud for many years, and although I personally prefer iCloud and would like to see better integration, it's not really that big of a deal to use Dropbox for this one task (and, honestly, the only reason I still use Dropbox is because of Scrivener).
I was really disappointed when I learned that Dropbox was putting a device limit on their standard accounts. This is the same sort of thing that got me away from Evernote in the first place. I spend a lot of time coding and traveling, so I tend to use a lot of different devices on a daily basis, and having a three device limit is somewhat stifling. Paying 12$ a month simply to maintain that accessibility is even more ridiculous, especially when 12$ to Apple for an entire year buys me more cloud storage than I need. Why would I spend nearly 150$ a year additionally to comfortably use a product that I didn't pay that much for in the first place? I was very sad for a moment, because: I love Scrivener
I was not only sad for myself, but for all the other users that will doubtless be impacted by this. Maybe I'm naive about L&L's userbase, but I can't see this as being a good thing for their business. I really respect the fact that this company is small and makes such a unique and versatile product. I work in a similar environment, so it's refreshing to be able to use and support a product that is "home-grown", so to speak.
I remained a bit sad while I read through these forum posts, looking for some sort of compromise that would bring back my original workflow that I'd been so happy with for the last several years. I can understand both sides of the story here, it's like reading so many other Mac vs. PC debates, or Analog vs. Digital, etc. Everyone has a preference, and quite frankly I think it's a very emotional thing, one that is not swayed by any amount of argument . But I was hopeful, that somewhere I'd find something that worked, or a glimmer of hope that a solution was coming from the developer....
And now I'm considerably happier about the whole thing upon realizing a simple, workable solution: Just create a second Dropbox account, share the files you need between your two accounts, and use the second account to link your excessive devices.
I did a cursory test and it seems to work well. Still a bit of an annoyance. Well, okay, maybe more than a bit of one.....
Actually, I've been using multiple Dropbox accounts for years in order to circumvent the meager storage restrictions on their free accounts, and its a huge
pain dealing with multiple accounts. Since I only use Dropbox for Scrivener these days, it's not something I'd needed to face for a while. But sobeit. Until the Universe reveals the next way it wishes to thwart me, this will get me by.
I think eventually L&L will need to come up with a synchronization solution that encompasses Apple's iCloud API methods, even if that solution is less than ideal from a practical standpoint. Doubtless they're going to lose users if they don't. I know what a large time investment that is for single developer, but I suspect they've come to this conclusion on some level anyway. Hopefully we see some more useful methods with iOS13. That said, I personally don't expect to see anything for a while...but I really do hope to see something
in the future that removes the need to maintain a Dropbox account in order to use Scrivener across multiple devices. I'm pretty well over Dropbox at this point.
In the meantime, hopefully this tidbit helps someone else in a similarly sad place back to the happy zone.