Scrivener | Back up to Dropbox and Jazz up Your Interface
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Scrivener | Back up to Dropbox and Jazz up Your Interface

How to Back up, Manage and Retrieve Your Work Using Dropbox and Customize Your Scrivener User Interface
4.7 (111 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,769 students enrolled
Created by Karen Prince
Last updated 8/2015
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 34 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Back up your work to DropBox in the cloud so that if your computer crashes or is stolen your work can be retrieved via another computer by logging in to your dropbox account and downloading the backup file to whatever computer you are currently using. Then learn how to store your Scrivener projects inside your Dropbox account so that you can access them from any of your computers that have Scrivener loaded on them. Lastly, learn how to customize the user interface for optimum readability and to suit the way you like to work in Scrivener.
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Requirements
  • Students need to have Scrivener software installed, but I am going to show you how to install and open DropBox
Description

PLEASE NOTE That this is an excerpt from Scrivener | Everything You Need to Know from Idea to Launch. If you are enrolled in that course you have no need for this one.

Never lose your hard earned work again. Dropbox is a cloud storage system that allows you to access data over the internet instead of using your computer's hard drive. This means that you can back up your Scrivener projects inside your Dropbox account and access them from any of your other devices that have Scrivener installed even if your computer is lost or crashes.

In just 15 minutes I'm going to show you how to open a Dropbox account and get your Scrivener software to redirect your backup folders to it. Then I'm going to show you how to store your actual Scrivener projects on Dropbox so that you can switch between any of your computers that have scrivener installed whenever you want to work on your projects.

Then I am going to show you some of the useful ways you can adjust the colors of the Scrivener user interface for optimum readability as well as how to assign different label colors to your documents and have them show up in your binder, on your index cards and in your rows when you are in the list style outliner view

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is ment for anyone who is using Scrivener writing software who would like to know how to back-up their projects to Dropbox
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Curriculum For This Course
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Backing up and Synchronizing with Dropbox
2 Lectures 18:17

A quick introduction to me and to Scrivener writing software, followed by what to expect from this course

Welcome and a Quick Overview of What's in the Course
03:14

Scrivener automatically creates backup copies of your projects to your hard drive. In this lecture I'm going to show you:

  • How to find your backups, customize and manage them
  • How to redirect your backup files to backup in the cloud for extra security.
  • How to open up and activate a Dropbox account
  • How to save your backups and your actual projects to Dropbox.
  • How to retrieve your backup files in case of computer mishap
  • How to work on your projects via dropbox if you want to switch between computers.
Backing up your Scrivener projects to Dropbox
15:03
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Customizing Your Visual Preferences in Scrivener
5 Lectures 15:38

In this lecture we are going to have a look at how to set your favorite colors on the user interface when working in the Windows version of Scrivener including the text background color for your editing window and some container background colors like your binder and your document notes container.

Adjusting The Colors of the User Interface for the Windows version of Scrivener
03:45

In this lecture we are going to have a look at how to set your favorite colors on the user interface when working in the Mac version of Scrivener including the text background color for your editing window and some container background colors like your binder and your document notes container.

Adjusting The Colors of the User Interface for the Mac version of Scrivener
03:37

Scrivener Labels have colors assigned to them by default but did you know you can decide where you want to see them and you can also change their colors? In this lecture I will show you how to assign colors to your labels and have them show up in your index cards, your binder and your rows when you are in Outliner View

Showing Label Colors in Your Binder and Your Outliner Rows
02:33

In this lecture I'm going to show you how to customize the appearance of your cork board beyond the size and shape of the actual cards which you can do from the menu in the right hand corner of its footer bar. We will cover:

  • What shape you want the corners of your index cards to be
  • Whether you want a label indicator or a pin on each index card
  • What type of background you want behind your index cards
  • How to add color to the whole card and adjust the opacity of it.
  • If you are using status stamps; where you can adjust the opacity of their text.
Customizing the Cork Board Interface for the Windows version of Scrivener
02:37

In this lecture I'm going to show you how to customize the appearance of your cork board beyond the size and shape of the actual cards which you can do from the menu in the right hand corner of its footer bar. We will cover:

  • Visual preferences like whether to have lines on your index cards or rounded or square corners
  • Whether you want images to show on your cards
  • What type of background you want behind your index cards
  • If you are using status stamps; where you can adjust the opacity of their text.

Then we will cover the same preferences for the freeform cork board

Customizing the Cork Board Interface for the Mac version of Scrivener
03:06
About the Instructor
Karen Prince
4.6 Average rating
705 Reviews
7,315 Students
6 Courses
Author, Writing Software Teacher and Book Cover Designer.

My writing life began when I decided to write a quick novel while I was between Interior Design jobs because that was what I had always wanted to do — Yeah, Right! It was a lot harder than I expected.

I bought Scrivener, learned a couple of the main functions and got to work on my novel. It was only at the end of the novel that I discovered I could convert my manuscript to .mobi for Kindle right there inside Scrivener. Upon closer inspection I discovered that Scrivener had some fantastic functions that I had hardly begun to tap in to. I was hooked. Before I knew it, I had told all my writing friends about this cool new thing and was offering to convert their manuscripts, and was urging them to switch to Scrivener in order to convert their own manuscripts. In my enthusiasm I inadvertently ended up being the 'the go' to person for their Scrivener problems so I had to learn Scrivener fast.

Once I delved deeper into the software, I could have kicked myself for not learning it properly in the first place. The time I could have saved! Don't get me wrong. Knowing your way around Scrivener does not make you a better writer — you have to learn that skill separately — but it sure does make everything else in your writing project easier.

The problem is, learning it all via the User's Manual can be time consuming and confusing so I found myself popping around to people's houses to get them started or taking step by step screen captures to email to them. This is no way to work, so I learned how to make screen capture videos so that it would be really easy to learn, and my writers could get on with the important work which is writing great content.