Any plans to move to iCloud sync?

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Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:30 am Post

Framboise wrote:Can't find a way to post a new topic. :oops:


In the topic list there is a big orange "New Topic" button right above the topic listings. Believe it or not, it is surprisingly easy to miss -- was in the old forum setup as well. :)

Framboise wrote:Question: I've followed instructions for syncing, and am wondering is "sync" just storing main files on dropbox? I mostly want to sync between laptop and desktop. But don’t' like leaving files on DB.


Syncing for PC/Mac to another PC/Mac is precisely just that -- both computers have the Dropbox client, set to sync a specific folder to both machines, and you save your project within the local filesystem in those synced folders. Scrivener doesn't even know because it's interacting with the local filesystem. The Dropbox client is doing all the heavy lifting. In this scenario, try to make sure you have the project closed on one computer and fully synced up to Dropbox *and* back down before opening and editing it on the second.

Adding sync in iOS is only a little bit more complicated, because of the application sandboxing iOS does. It means having the Dropbox client on the iOS device, establishing your link to Dropbox in the iOS Scrivener client, and then explicit sync steps. The L&L guide walks through the steps you need to perform.

I recommend if you are using Dropbox with Scrivener *at all*, you use the Apps\Scrivener folder under Dropbox. This is the default for iOS Scrivener and it means that if you add mobile to the mix later, everything is all looking in the same place.

Do make sure, if your project files are saving the Dropbox on the PC/Mac versions, you change your backup folders *on each machine* to point somewhere different (preferably NOT on Dropbox so your live project files AND backups aren't all lost if something happened to your Dropbox account). I personally keep my backups in my OneDrive folder so that I have my protection synced on all my devices across two separate cloud services, but your mileage may vary.
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Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:07 am Post

Framboise wrote:Can't find a way to post a new topic. :oops: Question: I've followed instructions for syncing, and am wondering is "sync" just storing main files on dropbox? I mostly want to sync between laptop and desktop. But don’t' like leaving files on DB.

Thank you.


If you use Dropbox to transfer data between systems, then the Dropbox server will have a copy. That's how that particular system works.

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Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:35 am Post

Framboise wrote:Can't find a way to post a new topic. :oops: Question: I've followed instructions for syncing, and am wondering is "sync" just storing main files on dropbox? I mostly want to sync between laptop and desktop. But don’t' like leaving files on DB.

Thank you.


Yes, copies of your projects will be stored in the cloud service you are using, in this case Dropbox (which is the only cloud service currently recommended by L&L)

If you don't like leaving your files on Dropbox, you should not use it

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Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:39 pm Post

I am writing my first book. I have found Scrivener 3 to be a fantastic product to get me up and going with the process.

My book is a technical subject on Engineering and Deploying Machine Learning software. So I know software.

In these days of cloud computing, it is a given that we should be able to sync to multiple services including iCloud.

Please consider implementing at least the major players like iCloud (a given as it is native to Apple!), Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and of course DropBox (as you already have done!).

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Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:46 pm Post

You can sync macOS devices using iCloud.

Support for iOS devices is planned.

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Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:16 pm Post

Hi lonestar, welcome to Scrivener and its forums.

If you search these forums you'll be able to find an explanation from Keith, the developer, of why what you want is not necessarily easy to accomplish. The fundamental reason is that a Scrivener project is in fact a package, or folder, containing tens, possibly hundreds or thousands of files, some of them linked intricately together. It is this structure which would help to enable a Scrivener project to survive corruption damage that could destroy your work with some other writing tools, and also allows you to store your research files within a Scrivener project.

Of course, you can successfuly move zipped projects around in the Cloud between Macs (and PCs, if you have Scrivener for the PC). But the Scrivener project structure does mean that it is more difficult than it is with some writing tools to successfully sync unzipped projects via certain cloud services without damaging the work (although projects created on the Mac can be synced via iCloud, as Bridey points out above). Only Dropbox is currently recommended for syncing between Scrivener for the Mac (or the PC) and Scrivener for iOS on the the iPad and iPhone.The developer, I believe, had to write several thousand lines of code, and as I recall, spend several months doing so, in order to enable successful syncing with iOS via Dropbox.

I know some people distrust Dropbox, for various reasons. Personally, I have kept all my projects on Dropbox for several years - which means that they are also on my desktop and laptop, and accessible to my iPad - and so far I have not had any problems.
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