Syncing Datafiles

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NOTE: iData Mobile Plus cannot open datafiles with the .idm file name extension. The .idm format was designed for use with iData Lite and the older iData Mobile. It requires datafiles with the .id3 file name extension. If you attempt to synchronize .idm datafiles to iData Mobile Plus, the procedure will fail.

Creating datafiles on a Mac, with its large keyboard and mouse (or touch pad), is generally more convenient than doing the same using the iPad keyboard.

Furthermore, iData Pro and iData Kwik on the Mac provide more tools for modifying the data and the structure of your datafiles.

The iData synchronization procedures provide a way to maintain copies of a datafile on both platforms and to synchronize changes made to either copy with the other copy.

To read more about iData Pro and iData Kwik on the iData website in Safari, click the iData Site button in the upper right corner of this window.

Each of those applications includes a User Guide that explains the details of the synchronization procedures on the Mac side of the process.

iData Mobile Plus provides two methods for transferring its datafiles between the Mac and the iPad. Synchronization is performed on the transferred datafiles on the Mac.

The simplest is to use a local WiFi network. This requires that you have a wireless router, such as the Airport Extreme, with a WiFi network set up, and that you turn WiFI on and select that network in your iPad Settings.

NOTE: This User Guide refers to syncing with iData Pro, but all details apply to iData Kwik, as well.

To read about using iData Mobile Plus with a WiFi network, go to Syncing via WiFi.

If you need to transfer datafiles between your iPad and a Mac while you are out of range of your local WiFi network, you can use iTunes file sharing. To read about using iData Mobile Plus with iTunes file sharing, go to Syncing via iTunes.

You can also subscribe to Dropbox, and transfer datafiles to and from the iDisk Documents folder on your site.

To read about using iData Mobile Plus with Dropbox, go to  Synching via Dropbox.

Dropbox is a nice option because it doesn't require that the iPad and Mac be close together. It can also be used to copy (but not sync) datafiles among multiple Macs and mobile devices.

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