No desktop & no laptop

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Tue Oct 27, 2020 3:52 pm Post

Hi. I have an iPad Mini 2. Software version 12.4.8
I have the Scrivener app on this iPad mini 2.
I have contacted Scrivener, who tell me that there are no specific tutorials for people in my position.
I understand and accept that the app has limitations and can not perform all functions and I am fine with that.
I am having incredible difficulty syncing with Dropbox. I have looked at the step-by-step guide, but if I understand it correctly, I need a desktop or laptop. Have I got that right or is there a section of the tutorial that I have missed?
I am sure that it is possible to sync without a laptop or desktop, if only I could find the instructions .
If anyone would be willing to work with me on a step by step basis I would be so grateful.
Many thanks.

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Tue Oct 27, 2020 3:56 pm Post

There are two steps to "syncing." First the iOS device uploads to the Dropbox server, then the laptop/desktop downloads from the server.

The two are completely independent, so there's no need to have a laptop in order to upload from the iOS device to Dropbox.

The "Setting up Dropbox Sync" section of this article explains what to do:
https://scrivener.tenderapp.com/help/kb ... g-with-ios

What's the specific issue you're having problems with?

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Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:03 pm Post

Hi Katherine, thanks for replying. When I follow the link, my eye is drawn to the line that says “Edit on your Mac” and I don’t get further than that. I admit to being flummoxed by technology - and wonder if I am mis-interpreting this line?

I have taken screenshots of each stage of my attempt to sync - would you like to see them? I would be so grateful for some feedback.

Thanks. (
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Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:12 pm Post

There is no line that says "Edit on your Mac" in the section I referenced. Here's the direct link to it:
https://scrivener.tenderapp.com/help/kb ... opbox-sync

Yes, I'd be happy to look at a screenshot.

I'm sure Alex -- who was handling your note to our support team -- would be, too.

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Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:50 pm Post

Yes there is Katherine. The first bullet point says ”Edit on your Mac or Windows machine, and wait for the changes to be synced by the Dropbox desktop client. ”.

The point here is not that these instructions won’t work for Fizz, rather they contain more information than s/he needs. If you only have an iPad then you are really using Dropbox as a kind of backup service, because (if I understand you correctly) you actually have nothing to sync to.

You only need read the parts that tell you how to set up and sync with Dropbox.

Hope this helps.

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Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:00 pm Post

OwenKelly wrote:Yes there is Katherine. The first bullet point says ”Edit on your Mac or Windows machine, and wait for the changes to be synced by the Dropbox desktop client. ”.


The section I referenced (twice) says, in its entirety:

To set up Scrivener on iOS so that it can sync with Dropbox, follow these steps:

In Scrivener for iOS, make sure you are viewing the projects screen (the screen that lists all of the projects and the tutorial), and do not have a project open.
Tap the "sync" icon (the two curved arrows forming a circle).
Tap "Link Dropbox" in the menu that appears.
If you have the Dropbox app installed on your iOS device, it will now be opened and you will be asked to grant Scrivener access to your Dropbox account. If you don't have Dropbox installed, a sign-in form will appear inside Scrivener. Either way, follow the in-app instructions and give Scrivener permission to access Dropbox.
Once Scrivener has been allowed access to Dropbox, a "Dropbox Settings" panel will appear, asking you to choose a Dropbox folder. This is the folder you will use to sync projects between devices. Only projects stored inside this folder will be synced.
For now, we'll leave the default folder selected (Apps/Scrivener) and tap "Done". Just note that you could have chosen another folder, though - this is covered in the Using a Different Dropbox Folder section.
Scrivener is now linked with the Apps/Scrivener location in Dropbox, but the folder is not created until you add a project to the folder on iOS and sync. To do this:

Tap the + button at the top of the screen.
Enter a title for the new project and tap "Create".
Choose "Dropbox" as the location to save.
The new project opens automatically. Tap "Projects" in the upper left to return to the project screen.
Tap the "sync" icon.
If you have previously created the Apps/Scrivener folder in Dropbox, e.g. if you have already set up Scrivener on a separate iOS device, creating a new project is unnecessary; Scrivener will link with the existing folder and download any files that it contains.

(Note that all files within the linked folder will be downloaded to the device, but only Scrivener projects will be recognized and accessible within Scrivener. The folder you choose to link with Scrivener should be dedicated to Scrivener projects to avoid unnecessary downloads.)

You're now ready to bring across some projects from the desktop version.


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Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:17 pm Post

Thank you all. I will go and give it a whirl and will let you know how it goes.
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Tue Oct 27, 2020 7:34 pm Post

Hi All
I have taken screenshots. I think I am following the correct process. I have done the process quite a few times over the last week or so, each time I get the same error message.

Any ideas, please? (I am working on an iPad 2 mini. I do not have a laptop or a desktop.)

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Tue Oct 27, 2020 7:42 pm Post

Are you able to open the projects from Scrivener's own Projects screen?

You can't open them from the Dropbox app, because Dropbox doesn't know what to do with them.

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