Any reader of this blog will know that I like to compose in Scrivener and, like the name of the company which develops Scrivener (Literature and Latte), I love coffee too. The best place to drink coffee is in a coffee shop and a problem with being a writer is a very real threat of becoming an agoraphobic. If you put all of these things together then you end up with a simple problem; I want to use Scrivener in a coffee shop.
The iPad version of Scrivener was promised back in 2012 and the basic requirement of writing on a tablet has not been more eagerly awaited since Moses came down from Mount Sinai. I have no doubt that the guys at Literature and Latte are doing all they can to get this out and the worst thing would be to release it before it was ready. Scrivener has set a high standard and disciples of the software would be disappointed if the iPad version wasn’t the same.
In the mean time we need to carry on writing and I need to keep drinking coffee. (seriously, the problems in my life are just so complex, aren’t they?) So, here’s what we can all do about it until the final solution is delivered.
Sync Scrivener with your iPad
The boys (and girls) at Scrivener have enabled us to sync the best writing tool in the world with whatever we choose via an external folder.
The simplest method is to sign up with Dropbox. You can have a free account with a minimum of 2GB of storage. To put this into context; a novel is roughly going to be about 25MB so, in other words, there’s space for about 80 novels.
Set Dropbox up with Scrivener
Once you have the dropbox account you then need to set it up with Scrivener. This is easy. Go to – File/Sync/With External Folder…
Browse to the dropbox folder and then create a new folder in your novel’s name.
Keep everything else as-is and click Sync.
Now, every time you close your Scrivener project it will automatically sync with Dropbox. If you don’t close Scrivener then you can manually sync by simply going to File/Sync/With External Folder Now
First bit… Done.
I’ve tried a couple of tools on the iPad, for both editing and writing, and the stand out favourite of mine is now Textilus. (thanks to some comments from readers of this blog)
Once you open Textilus, go to the Settings cog and then choose Link With Dropbox. Log in to your Dropbox account and that’s it. Go in to the Local Dropbox folder and then choose Remote Dropbox at the bottom. Voila.
You will now be able to enjoy a seamless sync between your iPad and Scrivener. This means that you can go out occasionally and meet people, perhaps notice the weather outside, enjoy the feeling of freedom and creativity, oh… and have a coffee while you’re at it.
Until next time…