Projects synchronization

This article describes how to synchronize projects between devices using the cloud service KIT Scenarist, or third-party services (Dropbox as an example). And also considered are the pros and cons of each of the ways.

The common advantage of all approaches is the presence of a copy of the project in the cloud, which protects you against force majeure situations with a burned house or a spilled coffee on your laptop. You can continue to work at any time by unloading the project from the cloud.

Synchronization via the KIT Scenarist cloud service

Advantages and disadvantages

Using the KIT Scenarist cloud service provides a number of additional conveniences in contrast to the way of synchronization through third-party services.

First, the list of projects hosted in the cloud service is available on any device directly from the application. On the projects page, they have a separate tab. And in order to access to them, you only need to run the program and log into the cloud service.

Secondly, projects located in the cloud service are synchronized in real time. You make edits on a mobile device and they are immediately displayed on your computer. This allows you to get rid of the problem of creating conflicting versions on different devices.

And thirdly, the cloud service allows you to simultaneously work on the project with all of your co-authors.

The main, and perhaps the only drawback of this approach is that it is paid. The use of cloud service is provided on the basis of a paid monthly subscription. You can read the subscription terms on the corresponding page.

Using

The first thing you need to do is sign up to the KIT Scenarist cloud service. If you are not already registered in it, then you need to register. To do this, click on the "Authorization" link on the start page in the desktop version, or select the "Login" menu item in the mobile version.

After registration, you will be given 30 days of free access to the service to get acquainted with its work. If you have already registered for the service, then you need to log in to your account in the program.

After successful registration or authorization, on the start page with a list of projects, a tab will appear to access the projects from the cloud.

And in the dialog of creating a project, a similar tab will appear to create a project in the cloud service. Now you need to specify the project name and click the "Create" button.

If you want to move an already created project to the cloud, then in the dialog you need to check the "Advanced Properties" checkbox and select the file that you want to place in the cloud for import. A new project will be created based on the selected file and all data will be located in the cloud.

That's all. Now all your devices in the projects tab from the cloud will display the newly created project.

Next, you can work with it, as with any other project, and all changes will be synchronized between all your devices in real time.

Synchronization via third-party services

Advantages and disadvantages

To organize synchronization through third-party services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, etc. quite simply. This does not require additional costs but has its drawbacks.

The first advantage is that the use of third-party services is free, until the moment you have exhausted your quota for the used place in the cloud.

The second is that you probably already used this service earlier and you will be accustomed to working with it.

As for the disadvantages, the main one is the lack of the ability to merge changes in real time. This means that you can not open the project simultaneously on multiple devices, and if you forget to close the program on one device, changing the project on the other will lead to the creation of conflicting versions. And then you will need to merge conflicting versions manually.

From here follows the problem of working with co-authors. You also can not simultaneously work on one project. You will have to do this either in turn, or manually merge the versions.

And the third drawback is that projects from the cloud will not be accessible through a separate tab directly from the program, and you will need to open the project from the synchronized folder in the case of the desktop version and the project will be listed among all other projects, and in the case with the mobile version after the changes and before opening, you will need to manually specify which file you want to open and where to save it.

Using

Consider, for example, the use of the Dropbox service. Work with other third-party synchronization services is carried out in a similar way.

Desktop computer

The first thing you need to do to work with a third-party service is to install the application of this service. This step should be performed both on the desktop computer and on mobile devices.

After the Dropbox application has been installed, you need to open the KIT Scenarist and create a new project. When creating a project it is important to place it in Dropbox's folder. To do this, in the project creation dialog you need to check the "Advanced options" checkbox and correct the save folder.

After that, you can work with the project in normal mode, and the changes will be synced every time you save.

In order to open the project on another computer, you need to install Dropbox, run the KIT Scenarist and open the project from the synchronized folder.

Android. Open the project

First, as with the desktop version, you need to install the Dropbox application. Then you need to open it and go to the folder where your project is located.

Next, you need to touch the project and the system will offer a list of applications installed on the device to open the project. In the list, select the KIT Scenarist application and click the "Open" button. The project import page opens. Either the system can immediately open the KIT Scenarist app and move you to the import page.

Next you need to set the necessary import parameters, and select - to load data into a new or an existing project. Now you can work with the project on your mobile device.

Android. Save the project

After you have made all the necessary changes, the project needs to be sent to Dropbox for synchronization. You can do this by pressing special menu action named "Share". The dialog for selecting applications to save the project file appears on the screen.

Select Dropbox and save the file to the project folder, thus updating it.

After that, the file is synchronized with the cloud and you can open it on another device.

iOS. Open the project

First, as with the desktop version, you need to install the Dropbox application. Then you need to open it and go to the folder where your project is located.

Now you need to click on the options button (three dots), after which the dialog of actions available on the project will open. You need to select the "Export" item. In the export dialog, click on the "Open In..." button (in the lower row of options) so that the system offers a list of applications installed on your device.

In the list, select the "Copy to "KIT Scenarist "button, after which you will be directed to the project import page.

Next you need to set the necessary import parameters, and select - to load data into a new or an existing project. Now you can work with the project on your mobile device.

iOS. Save the project

After you have made all the necessary changes, the project needs to be sent to Dropbox for synchronization. You can do this by pressing special menu action named "Share". The dialog for selecting applications to save the project file appears on the screen.

Select Dropbox and save the file to the project folder, thus updating it.

After that, the file is synchronized with the cloud and you can open it on another device.

Published: 19 January 2018

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