Scrivener sync questions/problems:
1 On my MacBook, in the Finder, the Date Modified date of a Scrivener project I just synced on (from) the iPad does not get updated, not in a few minutes, not in hours, not in days. It only changes when I actually open (and thus automatically sync) the project from within Scrivener/Mac. My Scrivener/Mac is always running on the Mac, in the background, hidden or minimized, but the specific project file is closed (not just hidden or minimized).
Is this a bug? or
Is this a feature where Scrivener has to be different?
Since the Finder update only happens when Scrivener/Mac opens/syncs the project, one gets the impression that Scrivener/Mac actually PULLS down the latest version from the Dropbox servers, rather than opening it from my local hard drive. Is this how it is supposed to happen? The Help file on syncing does not seem to say so.
As far as I know, Dropbox PUSHES (automatically downloads) the new synced version of a file from its servers to one’s computer and automatically updates the Last Mod date in the Finder. This is indeed my experience with all kinds of files from all other sources, mobile devices or other computers, but not with Scrivener projects.
2 The file list in the Dropbox dropdown menu on the Mac is also problematic. Some issues:
a) When Dropbox finishes syncing it tells us in a small window how many files were changed. But when I look at the list of files in the dropdown menu I can only count always a fewer number of files than I was just told.
b) Sometimes the dates don’t match. For example, right now I have a Scrivener project (.scrivx) listed in the dropdown menu as “changed five days ago”, but this same project is listed in the Finder as last modified three days ago.
c) The Dropbox dropdown menu usually lists files like binder.autosave, recents.txt, search.indexes, and several others, but sometimes what I imagine would be the main project file (.scrivx) is missing, not listed. Confusing and alarming. Is there a good reason for Dropbox listing all these constituent files, for us, non-techie users, but not the main “package”?
My question is: is any of the above normal behaviour? If not, where are the problems likely to be: in Dropbox, in Scrivener, or in my computer?
3 I wake up my iPad and open Scrivener. The sync icon appears for a short time. The “need to sync” icon does not appear on any of my projects. I go to my MacBook and look in the Finder. The dates and times are different for the same project (!) even though both the iPad and the Mac Finder (green checkmarks) say they are synced.
Is something wrong? or
Would the dates change and get the same only after actually opening the project, either on the iPad or on the Mac? or
Is this normal, showing the latest saved dates even if the file was not changed?
Scrivener/iOS v. 1.1.2 (1187)
iPad Air 1, iOS 10.2.1
Scrivener Mac v. 2.8 (26295)
MacBook Pro early 2015, macOS 10.11.6 El Capitan
Thanks a lot for any advice or information!