How does Scrivener/Ulysses syncing differ from version 2?

The Scrivener and Ulysses syncing functionality has been given a complete overhaul in version 3: our new approach is more proactive, more automated, and more configurable.

The most noticeable difference comes with the introduction of the new Narrative feature in Aeon Timeline 3: this is designed to be a direct parallel with the structure of your writing project, meaning that syncing your documents and timeline narrative items can happen with less manual involvement from you to select which timeline events should be synced.

A few of the key changes are:

  • Syncing with the newly added Narrative feature of Aeon Timeline is more automated than the previous manual selection of what to sync
  • You can now sync with entity folders, so you can keep Character and Place lists up to date as well as events.
  • Relationships can now be synced with your choice of keywords or custom metadata fields, which should make it easier to search and filter in your writing project
  • Aeon Timeline will now continuously watch for changes in your Scrivener/Ulysses project and update the sync status to show unresolved changes. 
    • This should make it easier to keep things up to date between versions.
  • Aeon Timeline can now update your Scrivener project without you needing to manually close the project first
    • Technically, due to Scrivener internals, this still requires your project to close and reopen, but we signal Scrivener to do this automatically
  • When syncing with Ulysses, you select a top-level folder to use for your syncing, rather than viewing the entire Ulysses tree inside Aeon Timeline
  • In order to support the narrative syncing, each timeline file can now only be synced with a single writing project.