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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- From the tabs at the top, choose Devices.
- Right click the most recently backup just created and choose Show in Finder.
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.
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.
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.
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.