Scrivener is an awesome writing tool- but you’re likely to have your research bits and pieces in other software like Evernote and Google Drive. I use Evernote for keeping my Supervision Notes,PhD reflections and web clippings about potential supervisors. I use Google Drive for drafting my Figures, flowcharts and annexes for my thesis. Until now I’ve gone through a lengthy process of exporting from these programs and then importing into Scrivener when I need to look at my other work. But ….I’ve just discovered that it’s possible to add a dynamic (that is, self-updating) link within Scrivener to your Evernote Notebooks and your Google Drive Folders. This is one the best tricks I’ve discovered to date.
Here is a quick run-down:
- Go to Evernote or Google Drive and find the folder that you want to link to from within Scrivener. In Evernote, this right-click-> publish notebook. In Google Drive, this is ‘right-click -> Get Shareable Link’. CMD-C to copy this link.
- In Scrivener, decide where you want to see your link. I created a new folder “Evernote Notebooks”.
- In Scrivener- right-click – > add – > webpage. Scrivener should automatically detect your copied link, but if it doesn’t, paste the link here.
- Voila! You now have an automatically updating link to Evernote or Google Drive.
- NB: You can’t edit the content. It’s pretty much “view only” – but when you edit it in it’s original program (Evernote or Google Drive) the updated version will appear in Scrivener.
Isn’t that awesome? It’s a great way to keep access to different research sources.
Good Writing this week!