TIP: iCloud backups + Creating a safety backup of 1Chart files

Mark

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#1
The first and most important general rule on iPad data and backups is: Don’t delete the app!

If you’re having trouble with any app, deleting it is almost never the best first step, because you’ll lose all data associated with it. If you delete 1Chart, all your charts will be wiped from your iPad.

With that said, it's still important to have a backup plan for those times when you do need a safety net (for example, you accidentally deleted the app or you have a new replacement for a lost or stolen iPad).

CREATING BACKUPS (QUICK OVERVIEW):
  1. Use iCloud backup. To make sure it's toggled on in iOS 10 or 11, go to the Settings app > [Your Name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup.
  2. Optional: Collect all your charts in a single 1Chart Notebook and export it in 1Chart Notebook (.1nb) format. For even a greater degree of safety/flexibility, export that same notebook as a ZIP containing either .1ch or PDF versions of your charts.
That's really it, but if you want the complete details...


CREATING BACKUPS (FULL DETAILS):

With iCloud backups, Apple makes the routine backup process fairly easy, but you can go a step further by creating your own safety backup of 1Chart files, which gives you some good restore options farther down the road. Starting with iCloud…

1. Automatic backups via iCloud
1Chart automatically works with iCloud to back up your files. To make sure your iPad with iOS 10 or 11 is set up to back up to iCloud:
  • Go to the Settings app > [Your Name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. Make sure Backup is toggled on, in which case your iPad will automatically be backed up when plugged in and connected to wifi.
  • You can check out the last backup time noted at the bottom of this screen. If the last backup is old, you can do a fresh backup by tapping “Back Up Now.” iOS also gives system-wide warnings if you’ve passed a certain amount of time since your last backup.
iCloud backups are usually a sufficient backup plan — if you’re routinely plugging in your iPad while it’s near wifi. But keep in mind that an iCloud backup doesn’t give you direct access to just your 1Chart files. You'd need to completely restore your iPad, meaning revert to a backed-up version of all apps and all data, to get back your 1Chart files.

If iCloud backups sound good enough to you, the above is really all you need to know. But if you’d like an extra measure of assurance, read on.

2. Safety backups (manual)
If you’d like to have direct access to backed up 1Chart files, all you need to do is:
  • Create a new notebook in 1Chart. Give it a name like “Backup Feb 2017”.
  • Add all your charts to the notebook.
  • Export the notebook to a safe place on iCloud or Dropbox, etc.. I’d suggest doing the export in 1Chart Notebook (.1nb) format — which makes it easy to reimport the entire notebook in one shot — and in one of the following formats, depending on your preference:
    - As a ZIP file containing PDFs, which could give you easy access to PDFs if your iPad is suddenly unavailable for some reason.
    - As a ZIP file containing 1Chart (.1ch) files, which would give you the flexibility down the road to selectively reimport just certain charts if you preferred.
Repeat the process every once in a while to be sure you’ve got a safety net for all your new files.
 
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Mark

Administrator
Staff member
#2
Made a couple of minor changes to the post above, to mention iOS 11 now that it's here.

As far as backing up to iCloud, there's no real change with iOS 11. But on the Mac side of things, Apple did recently remove the "Apps" tab from the Mac OS iTunes app. If you were in the habit of connecting your iPad to your Mac for manual backups, you will no longer be able to do that in iTunes (as of iTunes v12.7). All the more reason to make sure iCloud backup is toggled on as described above!
 
#3
The first and most important general rule on iPad data and backups is: Don’t delete the app!

If you’re having trouble with any app, deleting it is almost never the best first step, because you’ll lose all data associated with it. If you delete 1Chart, all your charts will be wiped from your iPad.

With that said, it's still important to have a backup plan for those times when you do need a safety net (for example, you accidentally deleted the app or you have a new replacement for a lost or stolen iPad).

CREATING BACKUPS (QUICK OVERVIEW):
  1. Use iCloud backup. To make sure it's toggled on in iOS 10 or 11, go to the Settings app > [Your Name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup.
  2. Optional if you want to be extra careful: Collect all your charts in a single 1Chart Notebook and export it in both 1Chart Notebook and ZIP formats.
That's really it, but if you want the complete details...


CREATING BACKUPS (FULL DETAILS):

With iCloud backups, Apple makes the routine backup process fairly easy, but you can go a step further by creating your own safety backup of 1Chart files, which gives you some good restore options farther down the road. Starting with iCloud…

1. Automatic backups via iCloud
1Chart automatically works with iCloud to back up your files. To make sure your iPad with iOS 10 or 11 is set up to back up to iCloud:
  • Go to the Settings app > [Your Name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. Make sure Backup is toggled on, in which case your iPad will automatically be backed up when plugged in and connected to wifi.
  • You can check out the last backup time noted at the bottom of this screen. If the last backup is old, you can do a fresh backup by tapping “Back Up Now.” iOS also gives system-wide warnings if you’ve passed a certain amount of time since your last backup.
iCloud backups are usually a sufficient backup plan — if you’re routinely plugging in your iPad while it’s near wifi. But keep in mind that an iCloud backup doesn’t give you direct access to just your 1Chart files. You'd need to completely restore your iPad, meaning revert to a backed-up version of all apps and all data, to get back your 1Chart files.

If iCloud backups sound good enough to you, the above is really all you need to know. But if you’d like an extra measure of assurance, read on.

2. Safety backups (manual)
If you’d like to have direct access to backed up 1Chart files, all you need to do is:
  • Create a new notebook in 1Chart. Give it a name like “Backup Feb 2017”.
  • Add all your charts to the notebook.
  • Export the notebook to a safe place on iCloud or Dropbox, etc.. I’d recommend doing this twice, once in 1Chart Notebook format and a second time in ZIP format, which gives you some good options farther down the road if you need to import the backed-up files.
And that’s it. Repeat the process every once in a while to be sure you’ve got a safety net for all your new files.

Hey Mark, for the Safety backups manual method it would be nice to have a "select all" button to add all charts to the backup notebook instead of having to select each one individually. Love the app...keep up the great work.

Thanks,

Marty
 

Mark

Administrator
Staff member
#4
Thanks for the suggestion, Marty! I've got this on the list for future work. Great to hear you're enjoying the app!
 

Mark

Administrator
Staff member
#5
Updated the first post to include the idea of exporting PDFs if you want to have a safety backup in that format, too.

And just as a reminder: Be sure you're backing up your iPad to iCloud! See first post for info.
 
#6
Hello. I mean having some trouble. When trying to do manual backup (creating one notebook, export as 1Chart format files, non zip file) it just hangs on the export pop up window. There’s a small spinning gear that comes up but it stays on that and never prompts anything and never exports. Any advice? I’ve tried creating another notebook and trying again but same issue.
 

Mark

Administrator
Staff member
#7
Hmm, an export in 1Chart format should go really quickly. Can you do a test in the Pages app, to see if your iPad is finding folders ok? Open a Pages document, tap the "..." icon at top right, and choose Export. Choose a format, and continue to choose the location to save the file. Please let me know if that works for you, and we'll go forward from there!
 
#8
Sorry for late response. Yeah I was able to export the pages document. Tried again with 1Chart but still no go. Hangs on the export screen.
 

Mark

Administrator
Staff member
#9
Sorry to hear you're still having trouble with this, zaviere. I'll contact you via support email to follow up further. There are no known issues with exporting, but we'll work with you to figure out what's going on.
 
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