Each platform brings its’ advantages.
Mac, with its’ physical keyboard, bigger screen, and speed – is good for powerful text input, table manipulations, and page list management. iPad, with its’ slick touch screen – is great for import from the web, annotating, and dragging things around a page. iPhone is for fast access and catching notes on the run.
Thus, having notes across devices – syncing – might sound like making sense, to get most of each platform. As a matter of tradition (and technology), syncing commonly supposes clouds involved. But what if clouds are not allowed by corporate network politics or personal reasons?
Sync is still possible.
The most hardcore scenario is exporting to iTunes and then transporting things around with the help of cable and USB ports. Efficient but time-consuming. At this time, let’s explore a bit more automatic / faster option: WebDAV.
It might seem like quite a bunch of moves are required: third-party apps, setup, and stuff. But all actions are pretty much straightforward. And since we want something special (sync across devices the way notes doesn’t leave the building), we are ready to play with the settings, right?
So, here we go. Let’s see the how WebDAV stuff is managed on the side of iPads.
Step 1. Go to your App Store and get this small and free app called WebDAVNav. Developed by Sean Ashton, it’s extremely easy to use. Feel free to contact the dev and say ‘Thanks’ at http://seanashton.net/webdav/.
Step 2. Install the app and go straight to settings.
Step 3. Select the folder to share and set credentials in Authentication. Click start and you are ready to sync.
Step 4. After you click Start to share the files, the link to your folder appear.
Step 5. In Outline set the connection to the folder first:
* Go to Outline > Preferences > Sync > WebDAV;
* Disable WebDAV locks;
* Click + to add a new server > enter the link from WebDAVNav and credentials
Step 6. Then open the notebooks with general + > Open from WebDAV.
Note: in case WebDAV locks got turned on again, turn it off.
The key trick here is that you need to keep the app on to be able to reach the notebooks.
Sleep mode seems to be fine in this case but shutting the computer down will stop the sharing.
But with Outline all the edits will be saved locally until the server will be on again.
So, does the above seem like something worth checking out? Leave a comment below to let us know.
If you ever feel like getting use of our assistance with WebDAV (or other sync option), drop us a line.