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Syncing one timeline with multiple Scrivener projects?

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:41:46 GMT

I remember reading a while back that one of the new features of v2 would allow syncing of one timeline with multiple Scrivener projects. However, I see no mention of this. Is it possible or did the feature have to be abandoned?

Matthew Tobin
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:13:19 GMT

Thinking about it technically, I can't see any obstacles to syncing with multiple Scrivener projects, but it hasn't been a development priority and I haven't done any specific testing around this. The application does record sync information for multiple Scrivener projects. Are you thinking of having different events sync to the different Scriv projects, or might there be scenarios where one event would sync with both? Even the latter scenario should be technically fine, it just obviously means that the two Scrivener projects will end up being kept in sync with each other also, via Aeon Timeline. So, in summary, it should work, but is completely untested at this point. I will make a note to do some testing on this, but if you were to try it, I would suggest: 1) Backup everything. 2) Backup everything again :-) 3) Start with a couple of small test Scrivener projects to understand the behaviour and make sure there are no issues 4) If everything goes well with (3), proceed with your intended Scrivener projects and timelines. Matt

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 02:39:12 GMT

I have a potential future inverse situation, where I want to sync two different timelines to a single Scrivener file. One timeline would have real world calendar dates (when folks got together to play a multi-session role-playing game), while the other timeline would have fantasy calendar dates (what happened during the game sessions, from the fantasy world's point of view). I haven't tried to mechanize this yet as the Scrivener file isn't built...but I'm assuming that I'd put one set of dates into special fields in Scrivener, and would set the sync up so that each of the two timelines would either use the regular date fields or the special fields in Scrivener (not both) for syncing.

Matthew Tobin
Fri, 08 Apr 2016 02:56:00 GMT

Hi, As with the above, I haven't really tested the two timelines <-> one Scrivener document scenario well yet. With version 1, a timeline could sync to multiple Scriv projects, but not the other way around. I believe the new way I have implemented it and some internal changes to Scrivener have lifted that restriction, but I will need to do some testing again. In theory, what you say is correct... you should be able to sync your timelines to different custom meta-data fields and cause no overlap or confusion. But definitely one to test out with some small test projects before committing to a larger project, just to make sure it does what you expect and you have the pattern right in your head before you plow into it. Matt

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 04:25:00 GMT

OK, thx

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 14:07:22 GMT

I keep all the books in a series in a single Aeon Timeline file, so I can easily see synching one Timeline with multiple Scrivener files. (If I can get past the loss of the Relationship View which is doubtful, to upgrade to V2.)

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:05:48 GMT

Hi Matt Thanks for the reply (and for the great app). I'll give it a test. My situation is like karenmyers. I want to have a master fiction timeline and then separate Scrivener projects for each novel in the series. Some events might occur in different novels/projects but on the whole they will be separate, just in the same fictional universe with the same characters etc.