I’m found the free version of Evernote a delight. It’s perfect for storing web links and snippets of text I find on my MacBook at the library that I need to look at later at home on my iMac. But until yesterday, it wasn’t really a file sync application. The latest (1.2) version of Evernote, has this feature for its paying clients ($5/month or $45/year):
“If a file is opened from within Evernote, modified, then saved, Evernote will automatically update the file contained in the note.”
This gives Mac users the ability to sync files in other applications between two or more machines almost automatically, with an off-site backup being stored online to be safe. Just attach a file to an Evernote note and open it in the appropriate application from inside Evernote. Quite handy.
The hitch? They demo it in a video with a Photoshop file. But Photoshop files are stored separately. Scrivener stores each project as individual files inside an OS-X package. Nothing is said about whether it will work with that.
Free users are allow to attach a few file types to their notes and sync them, and I’ve tested Evernote with a PDF file. It works as advertised. But without a paid account, I can’t check it out with Scrivener files. If someone has both, they might want to see if the new feature works with Scrivener packages and report back to us here.
One added note: If Evernote can handle packages or be made to do so, this might offer a way to edit individual Scrivener files on iPhones. While users would not be able to manage an entire project in a Scrivener-like interface, it might be possible to create a simple iPhone application that understands the files inside a Scrivener package (typically book chapters) and lets us edit each one separately. Even though we couldn’t edit a book’s organization, we could edit the content, one file at a time. Scrivener iPhone would just be a standard rtf text application that understands Scrivener’s package file structure. It might even be something that someone else could create and sell, sparing Keith the time and labor required. (Perhaps the creator of WriteRoom for the iPhone would be interested.) And Evernote could then sync the edited document between an iPhone and a Mac.
–Mike Perry, Seattle