I would like to import all my entries from info manager MyInfo to Scrivener. I love MyInfo but unfortunately it is not cross-platform and according to the publisher, never will be. I can export from MyInfo as CSV or Treepad. Can Scrivener import files in those formats? I am so hoping it can; this would save me an immense amount of work.
If you are asking if there is a way to export a bunch of columns from a freeform database into Scrivener, and have that data populated into its own custom meta-data system, then no there is nothing like that. You can certainly import a text file (CSV or not) into the software but it will just be a text file in the editor. I’m not sure if Scrivener is the best replacement for a database program like MyInfo—but I guess that depends on how you use it (and I’ll freely admit to only knowing so much about that program as I could learn from their web page). Scrivener is more like a very specialised word processor with an integrated outline. It does have some data column style features, but they are not heavy-duty, their main goal being to provide for a simple way to annotate sections of a book.
The Treepad format makes me wonder though—does Treepad export OPML? That would give you a better start than CSV, I would think. You can just drop an OPML outline into the Scrivener binder to import it.
Thanks, Amber. What I ended up doing, and was just coming back here to report when I got notice of your response, was to export as RTF file (I forgot to mention this option in my original post), which allowed me to import the whole topic, or what Scrivener calls a project, into a single file. There is some tedium involved in then copying and pasting segments into their individual files and arranging them, but that’s certainly better than having to copy every single entry separately and pasting, which I feared I might have to do, and the payoff for investing the tedium is having a superb cross-platform tool.
I believe Scrivener is actually an information manager configured for manuscripts and relevant files, but it clearly can be adapted to almost any kind of information due to the wisdom of its creators in making basic categories and fields renameable. I came to Scrivener because of its beauty for writers but once I realized that Scrivener is merely an overlay configuration of a beautifully designed info manager, and also realized how broadly adaptable it is, I decided to use it as my primary info manager.
I won’t deny you that. What I meant to caution is that Scrivener isn’t going to give you the same kind of search power and form layout views that a freeform database will. It’s custom fields are just plain text for instance, and you can’t even search for the contents of one particular field, but rather all custom fields. For that reason I have to disclaim, on general principle, that it isn’t a PIM. You are absolutely correct in that it can be used as a simple PIM though, and for those that see a lot of transition from ideas in their PIM to writing projects, it is very convenient for that since you can make a new project, drag the resources over to the new project from binder to binder, and develop the idea into a work.