Uploading files from Google


I’m working on a lengthy project and most of it is on my Google Drive. I have just purchased Scrivener for my iPad but I can’t work out how to move files over from my Google Drive to the Scrivener App.

Ideally, I’d like to move a whole folder over.

Thank you


What did you use before buying iOS Scrivener? The desktop Scrivener app or some other software?

If you want to make the move on the Mac, install Dropbox, then use the Finder to drag the project from its location on Google Drive to your sync folder in Dropbox (by default, it’s ~/Dropbox/Apps/Scrivener/ ).

If you want to do it on iOS, there are some file management apps out there that allow you to connect to both Google Drive and Dropbox. My favorite is (free) Documents by Readdle. You’d need to get the app, set up both Dropbox and Google Drive accounts on it, then download from Google Drive to the app and upload from the app to Dropbox. I haven’t tested this to make sure Google Drive and Documents by Readdle handle .scriv packages, so you should back up everything first – but presumable you’ve done that anyway, right?

I think he doesn’t want to import a project but a file into a project. This should be possible via import, which opens when you touch the little square with an arrow in it.

What did you use before buying iOS Scrivener? The desktop Scrivener app or some other software?[/

Google Docs

Thank you. The trouble is that it imports it as a PDF for some reason and then I have to do the same cut and paste thing I’m currently doing.

The issue is that some files are only a paragraph long and there are more than sixty of them. It is taking a long time to copy and paste into Scrivener and/or to move files over one-by-one.

I’m sure there must be a way to do this more quickly without using a third party cloud management app. If people are switching to Scrivener from alternative programmes, surely importing work should be a piece of cake?

Oh I see. This is probably because of the way Google exposes docs through iOS share extensions, not a Scrivener issue.

This is probably going to be a task that’s most easily tackled on a desktop rather than iOS device.

You can use Google Takeout to export your files en masse ( itworld.com/article/2835663/ … batch.html ) to .rtf , then drag and drop them all into your Scrivener project.

Yes, and the really easy way is found on the desktop version, in which you can import several file formats and split the text in handy chunks as you go along.

Most users only switch to Scrivener once, and all future projects are started directly in Scrivener. :slight_smile:

Although the new iOS Scrivener is a fantastic app, the desktop version is even better and can do even more, and I think the iOS app should be seen as a ‘companion app’ to the desktop version, not as an alternative to it.

Scrivener doesn’t read Gdoc format. Not yet anyway. So you have to export files to a format that is supported by iOScrivener. Word doc format is, and the iOS Google Doc app will export to Word. So if you want to stay entirely in the iOS echosystem, export each Google doc to Word format, and then import those; they’ll convert to Scrivener’s native file format, ready to edit.

Edit: The key here is to have the Google Drive iOS app installed. When working in Scrivener, you can choose to import from Google Drive, then browse GD folders to find the converted .doc (.docx?) file to import.

A propos of Google Drive, I found that GD syncs well Scrivener projects (for MacOS, obviously, since Scrivener for iOS can’t sync with GD for iOS). Admittedly, because I was just testing it, I used a fairly small .scriv and things may different with much larger projects. However, what’s the major problem for using GD to sync .scriv files? Is there one? And if not, is L&L considering it as an additional cloud service for syncing with Scrivener for iOS in the future? Does anyone know? Thanks


PLEASE DO NOT do this.

Google Drive is not reliable for use with live Scrivener projects.

It seems to be unable to keep up with Scrivener’s frequent saves, leading to data corruption and/or data loss, which often turn out to not be recoverable.
scrivener.tenderapp.com/help/kb/ … e-advisory


OK, thanks