I have added quite a few PDF files into the Binder, so when I wanted to back up my project to an external disk I realised it has become too big.
Am I right in assuming that Scrivener produces a copy of the original file when it adds it to the Binder? If so, how would you suggest to deal with the resulting size of the project? Or is there another way of accessing files (say, PDF files) via the Binder without having them added there technically?
The manual has got you covered.
[size=150]11.1.3 Linking to Research Material[/size]
The default method for bringing research material into your project results in the original file being duplicated into your project. From there, it becomes a part of the project in every way. If you move the project to another computer, your research material will follow. There are a few downsides to this. One is when you need to continue refining and editing these external resources. While this can be done from within Scrivener, by loading the file in an external editor—if you want these files to be up to date and available to other applications, fully importing them represents a compromise. Another downside is project size. [b]While the project format itself is capable of great quantities of imported material, this can slow down the automatic backup routine, and will make creating your own backups less convenient, especially if the project contains many gigabytes of research material.
The solution is to link to these items instead of importing them. The special menu command,
File > Import > Research Files as Aliases, can be used to establish a link between the original file(s) and your project. Linked resources will be displayed with a small arrow in the lower-left corner of the icon, in Scrivener. If these files are renamed or moved, the link will adjust accordingly.[/b]
However if you move the project to another computer, the research files will no longer function. The links will stay in place, and all meta-data or organisation you have assigned to them will remain, but the source of the file will be offline until you return to the primary computer where the link was established.
This feature is only available for non-text research (PDF, multimedia, and web files) that Scrivener can display in the editor window. On account of technical limitations, it is not possible to link to a supported word processor file or plain-text document.
Oh, wonderful, thank you! Exactly what I have been looking for.
Welcome, and happy writing.