Synchronize Devonthink and Scrivener

There is a small window of opportunity to make the two applications work together.The opportunity comes from the Sync feature of Scrivener.

Even if this feature oppens the oportunity, the fact that it has limited capability to sync files complicates the relationship bewteen the two applications.

The weakness of the Sync feature is; it doesn’t support multiple folders. This means that, your heirarchical organizations based of authors or topic you use inside Scrivener Binder ( Research or Draft folder) will not be available in the Sync folder. The sync folder will have only 2 folders; one for the Draft and another called Note for the rest of the files ( all the files inside the Research binder). All the items, in whatever heirarchy you put them insider the Research Binder will be put into a single flat folder. This makes things hard to identify which note belongs to which group (folder) of the Binder. In the current system of Sync, the feature is almost useless, specially if you have built complex system inside the Research Binder. Assume that you have collected your materials and grouped them under an author name inside Research Binder. Say, you have collected 50 notes, 5 PDFs and 10 webclipings under authorX. You also have 5 notes, 2 pdf and 5 clipings in AuthorY. Each of the authors have their own binder (folder) insider the Reacher binder. When you syn, all the notes, cliping and pds will mix insider a single folder called Note, insider finder. You can not distinguis which note belongs to which author then.
In ability to maintain the folder (binder) heirarchies is the main issue of the syn in Scrivener.

 

A simple strategy is to tag the files before you import them to Scrivener. Tag them in the Finder and import them to Scrivener. The Tag functions to map the folder structure of the files in Finder and Deveonthink.

Tag them by AuthorX–>import them to Scrivener into separate folders–> sync them–> index them in Devontink.

 

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3 thoughts on “Synchronize Devonthink and Scrivener

  1. It seemed a good way to synchronize some files and folder, unfortunately, that doesn’t work as well as you explained.

    I’ve follow the steps, with some pdf files in the “Author X” folder, then with File / Sync, the correct folder and sub-folders have been created, but the sub-folder “Note”, doesn’t contains any pdf files.

    What’s wrong?

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