Scrivo Pro (and Notes Writer) can create, import and sync Scrivener projects on your iPad or iPhone. This document explains how to create and sync your Scrivener projects via Dropbox and iCloud Drive and how does the binder work in Scrivo Pro.
Please, make sure that you are using the latest version of Scrivener for PC or Mac. If you use older Scrivener versions the syncing process may fail. It’s recommended to install the latest version of Dropbox for Mac and Windows as well.
How to create new blank projects?
Go to “Scrivener Projects” location then tap the “+” button and select “New Project” to create new blank projects. Those projects can be opened as Scrivener projects in your computer. You can create new documents, folders, subfolders, etc. and add imported items to the binder of new projects.
How to import and sync your Scrivener projects from your computer via Dropbox?
ON YOUR COMPUTER
1- Add your Scrivener project (folder or package) into a Dropbox subfolder. Your Scrivener project can’t be a compressed ZIP file (it should not have a .zip extension) . It should be a file (Mac) or folder (PC) with the “.scriv” extension. For example: “My Project.scriv”).
2- Open the project with Scrivener directly from the Dropbox folder and check if everything is OK. If so, close the project and Scrivener and wait until is completely uploaded to Dropbox.
3- If you are copying into Dropbox a duplicated Scrivener project instead of the original one, make sure that you don’t skip step 2: Open the project with Scrivener on your computer directly from Dropbox then close it.
IN SCRIVO PRO
3- Tap “Locations” button then tap “Scrivener Projects” location
4- Tap the “+” button then “Import Project from Dropbox”. The first time you will need to sign in and allow Scrivo to access your Dropbox documents.
5- Browse to the same Dropbox subfolder where you put the project in step 1)
6- Tap the project name
7- Scrivo Pro will automatically import the Scrivener project including its binder
8- Tap the imported project to open it and see the binder view. You can open some documents and modify them even if you are offline.
9- Once you are done with your project changes in Scrivo, you can tap the ”Sync Now” button located on the binder top toolbar. This will send all your changes to the Scrivener project in Dropbox.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
10- Open the updated Dropbox project in Scrivener, and your modifications should be there!
11- Modify some documents in Scrivener.
12- Close the Scrivener project, and Dropbox will send the changes to its cloud, to be soon available for Scrivo to use them.
IN SCRIVO PRO
13- Open the project and then tap the “Sync Now” button. The fresh project with its changes will be downloaded and updated in Scrivo Pro.
Known issues: comments, footnotes and other features may not be supported if you use this sync method, which is necessary with Scrivener Windows. Patience please, and an upgrade will arrive soon.
Dropbox Syncing Troubleshooting
In case you have problems with the Dropbox syncing process:
1) Do you see red icons (🚫) on some of your binder items? If so, please, make sure that the item is not empty in your Scrivener project on your computer. If it’s empty, type some words in the item then close the project and update it on Dropbox then tap ‘Sync Now’ button to re-sync. If it’s not empty, just tap the ‘Sync Now’ button to re-sync again.
2) Do you have enough free space? For example, if your account has a storage quota of 2 GB, you can upload many files that add up to 2 GB. If you are over your storage quota, Dropbox and Scrivo will stop syncing.
3) Install the latest version of Dropbox for Windows or Mac OS X on your computer. Some old Dropbox versions don’t work correctly with Scrivener projects.
4) Are you using the latest version of Scrivener (1.9) for Windows and Scrivener 2.8 for Mac? If not please update it and try again. Delete the projects in Scrivo Pro and import them again via Dropbox. Also, make sure that you have installed the latest version of Dropbox for Windows on your computer.
5) If you already are using the latest version, you can also try to create a blank project in Scrivo Pro (use the “new project” option in the “+” menu) and sync it to a Dropbox folder. Check if the project is uploaded to Dropbox in your computer.
6) Did you try to import other Scrivener Projects? Does it fail to sync all of them?
7) Make sure that you are not using backup .zip files, please, use your Scrivener project folders (the folder with a .scriv extension) and copy it into a Dropbox folder then import it in Scrivo Pro. Make sure also that you Dropbox configuration is not auto-converting the .scriv file to a .zip on upload.
8) You can try also to move your project to the root folder of Dropbox instead of using a subfolder. Once copied in the root, delete the project in Scrivo Pro and import it again using the root location in Dropbox.
9) Try renaming your project to a new name and import it again in Scrivo Pro.