I do most of the work on my Scrivener project on my Windows machine, but I wanted to be able to do work on it on my Android tablet during a long flight. Since I also have a Mac with Scrivener I was able to put together a workflow using the Sync to External Folder facility.
Mac with Scrivener and Dropbox
Windows machine with Scrivener and Dropbox
Android tablet with Dropbox and an RTF-editing app (I used OfficeSuite 7 Pro)
- Save the Scrivener project in Dropbox. You can now access it from the machines with Scrivener installed (one at a time though – see the section on Collaboration in Jefferson Smith’s article on cloud best practices in the references below).
- Open the project on the Mac and follow the instructions to Sync to External Folder, setting the destination to a folder in Dropbox. (Scrivener for Windows sadly doesn’t have this facility.) You can now access the exported files via the mobile device.
- In Dropbox on the mobile device, mark each exported file as a favourite to make it available offline. (It was a bit of a pain having to do this file-by-file, so if anyone knows of a way of doing this in bulk I’d be pleased to hear it.)
- Do your work on the mobile device.
- When you get back home, do the Sync to External Folder on the Mac again. (Remember to close the project afterwards!)
- Once everything has synced in Dropbox you can open the revised project on the Windows machine.