Backing Up and Restoring your Journal
We feel that backing up your journal is important to do. iTunes will backup your Journal data, but we feel having control over it yourself is a must. So we've added a feature to allow you to backup your data to computer and restore it back to your iPad when you need to. You have full control over when you backup, where you backup to, and peace of mind that you know the data is safe, and exactly where you left it on your computer.
How to Backup And Restore
Select the Export / Backup button on your active journal from the Journal Manager screen. Select Backup or Restore from the popup menu.
How to Backup
You can create a new Backup of your journal by simply pressing the Backup Button. This will create a backup file that has your journal name, plus the current Date and Time. Backup files are accessible on your desktop computer using the iPad File Sharing system. (See below.) You should remember to copy these files to your desktop for safe keeping, and delete the file from the iTunes File Sharing area, otherwise the File Sharing area will fill up over time.
You can make as many backups as you like!
Note that though you may have made a new backup, it is not considered 'safe' until you manually moved it to your computer! If you have an iPad failure any files not copied to your computer will be lost!
All backups are securely Encrypted and your journal entry text is not readable in anyway. You may safely store your backups on your computer without others being able to read them. This also means that you will need Maxjournal to open them - they are not files that you can use on your desktop in anyway.
How to Restore
You can restore any file listed in available backups. If you move a backup to your computer (which you should!) you can add it back into Maxjournal by copying the file from your desktop into the iTunes File Sharing area for Maxjournal. The next time you open the Restore screen, you will see the backup available for selection.
To restore, simply select the listed backup and choose Restore. Restoring will replace ALL current journal data, with the data inside the backup you are restoring. So make absolutely sure this is what you want to do!
Note about Exporting versus Backup
Exporting a PDF or Text file is NOT the same as making a maxjournal backup file. PDF and text files are meant for reading on the desktop, or in other places, NOT for using to restore maxjournal at a later date.
iPad File Sharing
Maxjournal uses the iPad File Sharing system to move files to and from your computer. This system is used in iPad apps like Pages to import and export files. For more information on iPad File Sharing, go to this link, iPad: About File Sharing.
To move backup files to and from your ipad:
- Attach your iPad to your computer using your iPad sync cable (as if you are going to sync with iTunes)
- Open iTunes and select your device in the left column.
- Select the Apps tab in the central content area (this area lists all the apps synced to your iPad.
- At the bottom of this area, you will see a section called File Sharing. Here you will see Maxjournal listed. Select it.
- In the Maxjournal Documents, you should see the backup file you made.
- Select this file and press "Save to..." and choose a location on your computer to save. Alternately, drag-and-drop this file from iTunes to a location on your computer.
- If you have a backup on computer you wish to restore into Maxjournal, use the Add button (or drag-and-drop) to add a file into the File Sharing area. It will then be available inside of Maxjournal.