Thank you Katherine,
The lock file warning box notification (the dropbox one: ‘you added user.lock’) shows up only for a moment on my laptop (and not on my IOS version) and then disappears - is this the ‘lock file’ you meant? If so, to be helpful the warning box notification would need to stay open on my device until Scrivener was closed on the original device.
Regarding syncing, I always wait until the dropbox icon removes the ‘sync’ symbol before I leave my session. Unless, of course, I forget to close down Scrivener altogether…
…which most often occurs when I leave to make a coffee; then have an idea; then open Scrivener on my phone to get my idea down asap! Of course when I return to my desktop, mug in hand, I have a ‘conflict’ issue to resolve before I can continue. These are the easiest cases to solve. The real problem arises when I leave the desktop open for days (when I travel for work, for example), and make changes to the project both on my IOS and laptop Scrivener apps.
Your final suggestion is the best solution I think - I actually discovered the ‘automatic quit’ auto-close function a few months ago and set it to 30 mins, but i think I will set it to 10 mins, or maybe even 5 (the time to make a coffee and create conflicts!). Thanks for this - very helpful.
I do think a true lockout function would be best though. While travelling I could always use another app - were I locked out of Scrivener - until I could phone home and have someone close the open version and shut down my computer (ahhh, absent-mindedness!)
By the way, Scrivener has been a life changer for me. It has forced me to be more organized, and in being more organized I waste less time and get far more accomplished in a day, whether at home or on the road. Conversely, it has allowed me to be less concerned with organization - no longer needing to file manage all the various documents I had, per project, using other writing apps like Word. I used to regularly back up ALL the files to:
- the folder(s) where they were stored; 2) on an automated backup drive (Time Machine); 3) on a separate drive in case that one failed; 4) to my email address (and later to dropbox), so it would be safe on a remote server.
Now my workflow has been streamlined - all the associated files are in the project itself, on dropbox and as a separate Zip file in another folder. Brilliant!
Thanks again for your response,