New Scrivener install on iPad, won’t sync with laptop

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Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:50 pm Post

Coleenh wrote: So here's a look at how my files are set up on my laptop:
ThisPC >> Documents >> My Writing Scrivener
>> Files (folder)
>> Settings (folder)
>>Snapshots (folder)
>>Tutorial.scriv (folder)
>>My Writing Scrivener.scriv
The file 'My Writing Scrivener.scriv' is the correct (and complete) scrivener project I am trying to sync to.

This structure is borked. "Files," "Settings," and "Snapshots" are all folders inside of a Scrivener project. They should be children, not siblings, of either Tutorial,scriv (folder) or My Writing Scrivener (also a folder).

As a first step, create a brand new folder in your Documents directory, call it New Projects or whatever. Put NOTHING in it. Then, from within Scrivener, use the File -> Save As command to save your project there. Give it a completely new name to avoid confusion. Close Scrivener, open the project from the new location, and make sure it works correctly.

On my PC in my Dropbox folder this is how it is set up:
ThisPC >>Windows (C:)>> Users >> Coleen >> Dropbox
>>.dropbox.cache (folder)
>>Apps (folder)
>>>> Scrivener (folder)
>>>> Docs (folder - this is empty!)
>>>> ProjectNotes (folder - this is empty!)
>>>> binder.autosave
>>>> binder.backup
>>>> version.txt
>> .dropbox
>> desktop.ini
>> Get Started with Dropbox.pdf

This is also a problem. This is only part of a project, and nothing that Scrivener would be able to do anything useful with. I'd suggest dragging the entire contents of the Dropbox/Apps/Scrivener folder to another location, such as your Desktop, that's completely outside of Dropbox.

Once you've done that, open the new copy of your project that I had you create up above. Use the File -> Save As command to save it into the Dropbox/Apps/Scrivener folder. Again, give it a new name so you can keep all these extra copies straight. (You'll be able to delete them when you're done.)

Close Scrivener again, and again open the project, this time from the Dropbox/Apps/Scrivener folder. Does it work correctly?

If so, stand back and let Dropbox synchronize, first to the Dropbox server, then to the iPad. Success?

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Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:42 am Post

Thanks KEWMS. Okay, I took your advice and created a brand new folder - called it "Scrivener Projects" then from my current WIP, I did a "Save as" and saved it into that directory. This is how it saved it:

My Documents >> Scrivener Projects >> Mageborn_Complete (Mageborn_Complete was saved by Scrivener as a folder) Under that folder are the following folders AND the Mageborn_Complete.scrivx:
>> Files
>> Settings
>> Snapshots
>> Tutorials

That was a completely brand new save of the current WIP - so Scrivener DOES save the folders at the same level as it does the .scrivx file. After I saved the new version of my WIP I re-opened t to make sure it works okay - and it does.

I did also create a brand new version of my WIP in my Dropbox under the Apps Directory: Dropbox>>Apps>>Scrivener>>Mageborn_Complete>>Mageborn_Complete.scriv
and once it finished saving all the files to the Dropbox, I opened my Scrivener project from the dropbox, and it worked perfectly. I waited...until I could see that Dropbox had completely finished uploading all the files, then I went to my iPad and checked to make sure the new version of my WIP was saved in Dropbox. I opened Scrivener on my ipad, let it sync (and didn't get impatient while it did its thing) then - I opened the new project...and it worked!

I can not thank you enough! Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!
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Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:47 am Post

Coleenh wrote:I did also create a brand new version of my WIP in my Dropbox under the Apps Directory: Dropbox>>Apps>>Scrivener>>Mageborn_Complete>>Mageborn_Complete.scriv

What are you planning to put in the Mageborn_Complete folder *other* than the Mageborn_Complete.scriv project? I would suggest renaming it to something like Mageborn_Complete_Materials to avoid confusing it with the project itself. (Moreover, iOS Scrivener can only open the project, not any associated files, so maybe you want to put them outside the Scrivener folder to avoid confusion.)

Now that the PC -> Dropbox -> iOS chain is working correctly, it's safe to delete any extra copies of the project that you might have strewn around your hard drive. And probably a good idea to avoid confusion.

Glad to hear you're back on track.

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Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:46 pm Post

Jim -
Thanks! I was having issues with my iPad not properly syncing with the project files I could see sitting in my Dropbox. What I didn't understand was just how vital it is to keep the actual project files in the \Apps\Scrivener folder on my MacBook Pro, and just let Dropbox act as a transfer agent to and from my iPad. Great explanation.
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Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:56 pm Post

Dr Doug,

Glad it helped!


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Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:32 pm Post

I had this issue too, but was able to resolve!

On the Home screen where all of your projects are listed, you might notice that the left navigation pane separates projects saved to your iPad vs. projects saved to Dropbox. DropBox syncing seems to only work for project saved to Dropbox!

To resolve this, click Edit on the top of the pane, and then drag your project from On iPad up to Dropbox.