Dear Scrivener hive,
I just purchased Scrivener and installed it on both my Macbook and iMac as I would like to use it on both devices. Here is what I did so far:
I created a “Scrivener Project” folder within the Dropbox folder (desktop version) on my finder, which in turn contains my Scrivener project file. I set it up this way on both my devices.
I selected a back up folder on my local hard drive (not Dropbox) on both my devices for back up zip files.
The idea is that while the project file syncs between the two devices via the Dropbox folder, I save the back up files on a local folder on the hard drive on each respective device.
And here are my questions:
It seems that Scrivener only creates an actual back-up file upon closing (I have selected to back up when closing the project in my preferences) in the case something in the project file changes, i.e. by adding/changing text etc. Otherwise it only saves the project file, but does not create a back up zip file. With the above set up, I opened the project file on my iMac, changed some text and closed it, which saved the changes in the project file. I then opened that project file on my Macbook (synced Dropbox desktop folder) and while the changes were reflected in that project, when I closed the project, it did not create a back up zip file on that Macbook, even though the project itself has changed to the most recent back up file. It seems that there is a glitsch here. How can this be fixed? I not only need the project files to sync, but I also need to have a back up file each time I close a project. Shouldn’t Scrivener just create a back up everytime I close the program regardless I make changes in the actual project or not, since I selected that option in my preferences? This I guess would offer a simple solution to this issue.
Is it good to keep the project file in the dropbox folder in the finder, while saving back ups onto a local folder on the hard drive? Or should I save the back ups also to a Dropbox folder? What are the benefits of either of the two?
Is there a way to do both, i.e. to back up to two folders (dropbox and hard drive) at once?
I would be so grateful for any hints, thoughts and ideas! Thank you for your time and attention.