I’ve been using Scrivener for nearly 4 years (ie, since the Windows version first came out)… and I use it with Dropbox, and I routinely use it from home and work, all without difficulty. I never use the save as… and I have scrivener automatically do a backup to dropbox whenever I close. I almost never forget to close, and on the rare occasions when I get a message that the scrivener file/folder is in use elsewhere, I use Chrome Desktop Remote to go to the other computer and close everything out, before I continue on the computer I’m sitting at.
Yesterday, I opened up my current novel on the office computer. Scrivener acted just like normal, I opened the file from Dropbox just like I always do. I had worked on the file at home the night before, but had properly closed it out when I was done.
I tend to use a lot of chapters in the early stages, and I had around 40 chapters. Chapters 1, 2, 7, 11, 14 and 15 all appeared in the binder, but when I opened them, they were blank. I’m in the process of editing, and am up to chapter 23. Although I do jump around a bit, and I had been in chapters 1 and 11 the night before, it’s been a week or more since I was last in chapters 14 and 15, and even longer than that for chapter 2. Having said that, I don’t know when the text disappeared… when I discovered the problem in chapter 2, I quickly ran through all chapters, and found what I’ve described.
Fortunately, I was able to go to the backup from the night before, and retrieve everything.
But I am curious as to what could possible have caused this random text disappearance.
btw, the fact that my system of using Scrivener and Dropbox has worked successfully for nearly four years, and the fact that I was able to access a recent backup, have reassured me that this L&L-recommended-system does indeed work, and I’m not going to change a thing. Still, I’m a bit curious.