We are excited to announce that the most awaited feature has finally arrived. Synchronization with Skydrive is finally supported by our app. You can already download Outline+ for iOS v. 2.5 from the App Store. Version for Mac will get SkyDrive synchronization in the upcoming update (and yes, we are working on Editor☺).
So, how to get started to get your SkyDrive notebooks on iPad?
Just select SkyDrive in the “Import From” menu.
The app will ask you for your credentials. Once you enter your user name and password, the app will encrypt them and store securely on your device. You can delete them anytime later by ‘unlinking’ your SkyDrive account.
Now you should see all your notebooks in SkyDrive. See those blue dudes icon on the right side? It shows that your notebook is shared with someone. Opened notebook indicates that you already have that notebook in Outline.
Once you select your notebook your synchronization will start and you will see all your notes as they were on PC or your iPad! Initial sync can take some time, especially for the large notebooks, so please be patient.
And that is not all. Now if you make any changes to the large section on PC, only recent changes will be downloaded to your iPad. This makes the continuous work on the frequently edited notebook easy and fast. If Outline meets conflicting changes (changes you make on the same page on iPad and on PC) it will merge them.
SkyDrive, just like DropBox, keeps deleted files, so if you accidentally removed some section, you will be able to restore it on the SkyDrive web site. Click on ‘Recycle Bin’ link in the bottom left corner to see your recently deleted file.
As always we urge you to configure backups in OneNote if you did not do that yet. Here is the good guide how to do that: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote-help/backup-and-restore-notes-HA102809377.aspx
People keep asking us what is so special about SkyDrive and do they need to switch to it from DropBox. The short answer is:
- if you already use Dropbox
- and do not observe “conflicting copies” http://help.outline.ws/
- and do not have massive section files (over 50 mb or so)
Then you are fine with the current setup.
In our following posts we’ll provide our readers with the more detailed and specific differences among Dropbox, Box and SkyDrive. Stay tuned to learn more about the development of your favorite app.