I recently had a Dropbox nightmare … Months ago, I had synched my wife’s computer to Dropbox so we could share a few things. (She has a Mac. I have a PC ) Then I forgot about the Dropbox link and we had smooth sailing for months.
A few days ago, she decided to do some housecleaning and started deleting unfamiliar files. She would have never deleted files listed under a Scrivener project, but Mac weirdness hit …
<start_of_apple_rant> Mac apparently offers this incredibly AWFUL, HIDEOUS, HORRIBLE view where every file on your system appears in the same list regardless of logical, true location … as if context is unimportant. I’m sure that’s good if you have the right mental paradigm (i.e. never deal with your files directly, only through Apple approved modes), but for those not jacked in to the Apple-hive, it can be maddening. </end_of_apple_rant>
Anyway, I opened Scrivener and half of my novel was gone. The structure was in place, but no text in the scenes. It took a few minutes to realize what had happened. Thankfully, Scrivener was auto-saving backups on exit (keeping the latest 5). I went to the oldest one and all of my data was there! YES! Incidentally, the 4th oldest did not have my data. Had I opened and closed Scrivener one more time, I would have been out of luck.
So, kudos for having a backup system in place, for defaulting it to reasonable values, and for making it easy enough to navigate source files and get what you need.
I recently put together a detailed table to serve as a timeline for my story (I long for Aeon Timeline for Windows w/ Scrivener integration). I freely merged and split cells and even used a color coding scheme. When I opened the project the next day, the table was corrupted. The data was still “there” but shifted around. I scanned the tech-support and bug forums and read about a weird bug involving merged cells and color.
[b]What should I avoid with tables until the bug is fixed?
Is not coloring cells good enough to avoid corruption?
Or should I avoid merge/split as well?[/b]