Firstly, I did a search, and found similar problems, but not exactly the same, as far as I can tell, so. . . .
Oy. Thankfully the draft is backed up in a Word file. But I’m working on a project, basically ghost-writing for someone who speaks English as his . . . I don’t know . . . 5th or 6th language. We meet in person. He basically talks and tells me what he wants to say (consulting his references in everything from Spanish to Czech), and I take notes, then I work to come up with a draft of it in English.
Anyway, I put Scriv on my laptop, so I could take info down into it at our meetings and rather than do the annoying jump-drive thing, I pull it up on my lovely new desktop with the large screen when I’m in my home office.
So I finished interpreting everything from our last session yesterday. I put it into a Word file (thank God!) so he could read it and I sent it to him. Meantime, after having saved it in my Dropbox folder (I moved the whole project there) and closed it on the desktop, I went to check to make sure it was going to come up on the laptop for my next meeting in a couple hours. But no! When I went to the laptop, I get nothing at all!
Okay, well, not NOTHING. Actually, here’s the weird part: I got the headers back (“120110,” for example, or “120113,” for the date of the meeting), but there was nothing in the text area. How weird is that?
Weirder still, I just thought to go back into Scriv to “File,” “Recent Projects,” and this time instead of selecting the one I had just saved, I selected an earlier version of the same thing, and now I just managed to get back everything. (Which I immediately backed up, natch.)
So now I’m doubly confused and a little bit paranoid!
I’m wondering, after having browsed some of the other similar TOPics, if I could have somehow opened the wrong file (I wasn’t sure which file to open, actually, so I tried several, since when I tried a to open it from within Scriv I got nothing either). OR, maybe it’s something I did or didn’t do with Dropbox?
Even after reading the applicable section in the ScrivMan, I can’t tell what I might have done wrong. Unless it wasn’t synced yet, though I had saved it in the morning and this happened a little while ago, around 3pm. So the next question I have, I suppose is: could that result in what happened to my stuff? With having only the headers come up? Doesn’t seem like it would omit previously-saved stuff that I’m sure had previously been synced, like a few days ago, but you never know.
Another question occurs that is not strictly a Scriv thing, but is related for this function: when/how often does Dropbox sync? And how does one tell if it has synced? Okay, that’s two questions.
The thing is, I have done this successfully two or three times before this weirdness happened, and before this happened I actually didn’t pay much attention to what I was doing, how I was doing it, or in what order I did it. (Though I’ve been a geek for as long as I can remember, I am both new to Scriv and to Dropbox as well, so I’m betting the problem is “user error,” except I don’t know what that error was, nor how to correct it.)
I have to go meet my client now, so, not that I’m worried about Scrivener - I’m sure that someone will tell me what I did wrong and how to fix it - but lest I do anything to screw up those files further, I dare not open and work in Scriv. So I will just do this session in Word (much as I don’t like to work in that, but better to do that than risk losing stuff until I have figured this out), and copy/paste it in once you guys have enlightened me as to what the heck I did that messed it up!
I’m counting on you guys!
Thanks for reading, even if you don’t have an answer, I appreciate your time.