Two computers?

I’m working with one, large, Scrivener doc, but I wanted to put it onto my laptop, so I can travel and keep working on it, without having to export it as a .doc and then work on it in Word on my laptop, and then reimport it when I am back. Any suggestions? Thank you!

I’m assuming your mobile is a PC, because otherwise, why not just install Scrivener on the laptop? The licence allows for such a thing.

Your license allows you to install Scrivener on two computers. So download it to the laptop, install it, put in your license number, and you’re ready to go.

The scriv files, you just copy onto a flash drive and install them where you wish on the laptop. Then recopy them to the main computer when you are ready to work there.

Another way to go: keep a folder of scriv files on a remote server, and use those files to keep the two computers up to date. I’ve heard that some folks are using GMail accounts for this purpose.

I wonder if you can keep the .scriv files on the Google docs. Why not?

Don’t work. Gmail (GDisk) don’t allow folders. And scriv files are folders.

Well, when using Gmail to store .scriv projects, you would want to zip them up first.

I tried using Google Docs, and it is an okay way of doing things. What I did was export a range of RTF documents out of the Binder, and then uploaded them in bulk using the email function that lets you add documents by email them to your Google Docs account (there is a special address for doing this).

There is a fairly significant caveat to this, or any other extra-Scrivener editing method: You’ll lose a lot of important data if you have annotations, footnotes, links, or images embedded in the text. They will export in a format that can be imported into word processors, but the inverse is not true. If all you have is simple text, though, this would be a way of working on things while you are away from your main computer.

If you have an Apple laptop, I strongly recommend just putting another copy of Scrivener on it, and bringing your projects with you.

I have a mac… and yes, I did learn that I can’t upload a folder. I also registered the program onto the laptop. Sometimes I find it confusing to remember which computer has what’s more current, and then what, do you just recopy the whole thing back onto the desktop once you are back?

Keeping track of working data on two computers is the kind of thing you just figure out for yourself over time.

Here is what I do: Scrivener makes this really easy. When you are ready to transfer to your laptop, press Cmd-Shift-S to save a dated copy of the project with the ZIP option turned on. Now copy that to your laptop and leave the dated copy on the desktop. Double-click on the last zip file on the laptop. This will create the latest copy of your project in the same directory, while leaving the original zip file intact.

When you are ready to move back to the desktop after your trip, do the same thing in reverse. Make a dated zip copy on the laptop and transfer the latest one to the desktop. There should be no confusion over which is the newest because they have a date stamp that is set by when you exported it. With dates in the file name, you can always just work off of the last one and know that you are safe in doing so.

Like I said. There a million ways to keep yourself sane without accidentally destroying hours of work. I like this method because if I leave the zips around, I also get a nice set of backups too, in case I do something dumb with my current project.


I work exactly like AmberV as far as synchronisation is concerned. For the same reasons, and because zip files are copied much faster than a scrivener project and faster than a Chronosynch-synchronisation would take. Like her I check the dates of the zips in my backup folder.

Still, I sometimes think it might be convenient if Scrivener would check the document that was modified last and the time it was modified (I sometimes only read without modifying, which gives newer dates in the finder). Then, when the project is opened again, a dialogue would tell me which document I have been working on the last time. Easy to check on both computers. But not essential.


I posted my own solution here:

It automatically updates each computer with the latest version. The only limitation, and I think this would be true with any solution, is if you accidentally add material to each computer’s version before syncing–both are updated, but only one, of course, can be the newest.