nvALT is one great fast note writing app. After collecting your short notes for a long time into nvALT, now, it is time to use them in your writing. you have two choices:
importing: importing the notes saved in nvALT into scrivener. this is a simple method. The problems is, any of the changes you made in Scrivener will not be saved back into your nvALT notes. As a principle, I personally don’t like importing because all the notes I saved in plaintext in my dropbox folder will be eaten up by a proprietary file format…the reason I don’t like Evernote and confused about Tinderbox.
syncing: This is better method for working in Scrivener directly updates the notes in nvAlT and vise-versa. The best part, you are still maintaining your clean plaintext files in your dropbox folder. Suddenly you decide not to use Scrivener, well, everything is in you hard; open your texts in another editor. Therefore, my agenda is to show you a small trick to make the two best text editors work flawlessly together using Scrivener’s FolderSync feature.
- First, store your notes in nvALT, as a plain text file; in a folder in dropbox (finder). I call the folder nvALTnotes.
- Now, start up a new blank project in Scrivener. Before you write anything in it, go to File menu and Sync. Create a blank folder in Dropbox called Scrives and choose that folder in the sync dialogue.
- Now, open and look at the Scrives folder in dropbox. Scrivener has created two folders: Draft and Notes
- Delete the Notes folder
- Go to http://www.zibity.com/macdropany and install the small free app: Macdropany. What does the app do is create a symbolic link from your Finder to your dropbox. you can also do the symbolic link via Terminal if you are technically inclined. i am not. i go for the small app.
- Now, go to nvALTnotes folder–>right click–>Services–>Sync via MacDropAny
- Choose Dropbox from the list of cloud services
- Now, when the dialogue asks you to choose a folder in Dropbox, choose Scrives folder that you created above
- now, when the app prompts you to rename the folder, name is Notes (this is very important; otherwise, Scrivener will not sync)
Now, all your note files in nvALTnotes folder will be available inside Scrivener; and any changes you made inside Scrivener will be reflected in nvALT.