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How would you backup your Capture models?

Unfortunately, iPads don't have unlimited storage and until we can offer a tool specifically for backing up your models, you'll have to use the tools available today.

I use one of two applications, either iTunes or iExplorer, to create my backups and I find that they work very well. Let me know if you're interested about iExplorer and I'll be happy to get more into that, but for this article, I'll focus on iTunes since it's made by Apple and maybe that just makes me feel a little better about using it to backup an iPad.

  1. Before my iPad is completely full, there'll be about 5-10GB of available space, I hook it up to my computer and launch iTunes. The reason I don't wait till it's full is because Capture likes a little space when figuring out how to align scan positions.
  2. Click the iPad's icon, near the top left, and be sure to choose "This computer." I feel I have more control over it when on my computer and I certainly don't have enough storage in my iCloud account.

  3. Click Backup Now. While backing up, I'll open any text editor and make a quick list of all the models I have in Capture.
  4. This next bit is probably more relevant to those on Mac, but PC's should behave about the same. At this point, what I like to do is find the backup file on my computer so that I can rename the folder and add to it the list of models previously created. To do so, choose the Preferences from the iTunes menu item.
  5. From the tabs at the top, choose Devices.
  6. Right click the most recently backup just created and choose Show in Finder.

  7. Once you find the backup folder, you should change its name to today's date, since the date is associated with the backup when you choose to restore, as you can see in the image above.

  8. Place the text file with the list of models within this backup folder so you'll always be able to reference it before restoring the backup. Pro tip: The text file's name should start with an underscore, for example, "_Backup info.txt." This is to make it easier to find within the backup folder since it should be at the top of the list.

  9. Once you clear all the models from Capture, the information you just backed up, is no longer a backup and, in fact, is the only remaining copy of that information. For this reason, it's a good idea to make a backup of the "backup" folder that's now on your computer.

  10. Now, with the models in three separate locations, you can feel safe removing all the models from Capture to make room for new ones.

When you need to re-access your old models that are backed up, you first need to follow all the steps above in order to create a backup of all the current models in Capture. Then, in iTunes, you can choose to restore your iPad from a previous backup. You'll know which one by the date. You can go into each backup folder named after the date it was created to find the associated list of models. Find the right list and you've found the right backup folder, which means you know the date from which to restore.

Don't forget that once you make changes to any restored models, you should create a new backup to save those changes. After you've done that, you can restore from the backup earlier created so you can continue with your current models.

That's at least how I do it. I'm sure others have their own way that works for them. If you would like, please feel free to share your methods for backing up.

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  • @Matterport-Amir Thank you for posting this information! It's been a burning question for me as well.

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  • Amir, I used your method today and it worked beautifully - I've not ever tried to restore models from my iTunes backups yet. Thanks again! Liked the tip about listing the models in a txt doc and placing it in the backup folder.

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  • Let me know if you run into any issues restoring. I can put together a quick article with more detail about it anytime.

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  • Thanks @Matterport-Amir Really helpful!

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  • You're most welcome :) When I get a chance, I'll write up an article with much more detail about restoring backed up scan data.

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  • A fantastic app for backing up and iOS device is iMazing. It makes detailed backups, either discreet or incremental, and (here's the brilliant part) gives you access to all the data just like in Mac OS on an Apple computer. Each individual file can be located and identified. Excellent app which I depend on, though I've never needed to use it on MP since my iPad and MP Capture has functioned just fine. I use iMazing with all my iOS devices.

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  • Thanks for sharing iMazing..

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  • I would be really grateful for an detailed explanation of how ton use iExplorer to back up as this, I believe makes it possible to only back up the Capture app rather than the entire iPad. I have been trying to use it but am unsure of best way. Many thanks.

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  • Okay @MaxL I just did this yesterday so its fresh. I will prepare a few pieces with screen shots to drop in here.

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  • Thanks for this, Kevin. I didn't know about iMazing. I'll certainly be checking it out.

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  • I'll work on putting something together to help you out with iExplorer. It's a really great app I use all the time.

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  • First iExplore is an Windows application from Macroplant.com. Be aware that when they recently released an new version for Windows 10 it required a complete new version upgrade cost.

    The value to me as you correctly said is selective folder / file copy / back up. But to use the word 'back up' presumes a re-store ca[ability and there is no automated method to my knowledge. Files (Model folders) are copied with a view to copying them back to the iPad if needed.

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  • Just seen @Matterport-Amir comment that he is already working on a full iExplore process. So this will be an overview only.

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  • Use of iExplore is simple and largely similar to Explore.

    Folder trees on left which expand - you are looking for 'Apps' --> 'Capture' --> 'Jobs' (side note you can and should also back up Logs and Firmware). Folder Content File names in the centre panel and a preview with short history detail in right hand panel.

    Each job Folder has a long unique name in this format: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx (alpha-numeric random) with no identifier to your Model Name.

    Search through the files within the folder and look for jpg or png files and identify them in that way.

    Save the entire folder with its original file name in the original format. I save them in folders which have our identifier names.

    Openning Screen: openning-screen.jpg

    Folder selection screen: getting-to-capture-job-folder.jpg

    Select folder to back up / copy - Right Click - Select 'Export to Folder' from popup menu. Browse fro your destimnation folder and OK

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  • Thanks @simonmodera. That was very helpful - especially since I only have the Mac version of iExplorer. Since there are always subtle differences, it's nice to have both documented.

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  • Thank you @Matterport-Amir, very helpful, specially the text file with the list of models.

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  • Thanks :) and you just reminded me of something. Here's a pro tip when adding the text file with the list of models, you should name it starting with an underscore, for example, "_backup info.txt." The reason I add the underscore at the beginning of the name is so it will be the first file in the list of folders and just a little easier to find.

    I know this trick works for Mac. Please let me know if it pushes the file to the top of the list in a PC too.

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  • If anyone is interested in using iExplorer instead, this article was just posted. Enjoy :)

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  • I strongly recommend a good schedule for backups. I skipped a backup and it cost me. I had a large project that unexpectedly, couldn't be finished and needed to be completed after 5-6 weeks from the initial scan. I inadvertently deleted the model and had to start over again. It includes two 45' tunnels for testing of jet engines which were difficult and time consuming to capture. I just purchased iMAzing (THANK YOU @Kevin Dole), backed up and it's easy.

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  • Thanks for bringing that up, Bill. A proper backup schedule is critical.

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  • hello, sorry but i still dont get it how to back up.  Matterport-Amir i see you tips: Click the iPad's icon, near the top left, could you give me a little help thanks

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  • Does this screen grab help @Alex Borghi? To the right of the musical notes and the word Music --> the ipad icon.

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  • Then you will see this screen.. under Backups... does that help you get started?


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  • Lisa thank you so much, i got it now

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