I’ve been sat like a lemon waiting for Scrivener to come out with an iPad app. This was going to change the world, so I waited. However, it turns out that I was waiting in vain because I can already add/edit my document on the iPad and then just sync it across. Ooh… fancy.
It’s dead easy and if you don’t believe me then just take a look at this from the nice people at Scrivener. (There’s a video at the bottom called Folder Sync) I’m going to run through a very quick step-by-step guide but watch the video if you run in to trouble.
- Get Plain Text App on iPad
- Get Dropbox linked between your computer and iPad
- Sync Plain Text to Dropbox
- Create a folder in Dropbox/Plain Text. Dropbox is free for 2gb and unless you’ve got War and Peace you’ll be fine for storage space. I created a folder especially for my novel.
- Click in File/Sync/With External Folder in Scrivener. Link your newly created Dropbox folder in the Shared Folder choice.
- Click ‘Sync all other text documents in the project’.
- Change the format to Plain Text. Just easier.
- Open up Plain Text on the iPad and voila there’s your book.
- Make a change to it, go back into Scrivener and File/Sync/with External Folder now. Job Done.
It’s that easy that it’s a bit annoying that I’ve waited so long to be able to do it.
I hope this helps you if, like me, you want to edit on the move. What’s the point in being a writer if you can’t sit in coffee shops?