iData Kwik lets you synchronize pairs of
datafiles. This makes it easy to have one
copy on a desktop machine and another on a laptop, or on a different
desktop machine, and keep the two datafiles in sync, even when changes
are made to both copies.
Datafiles can be
synced between two Macs over a local network (or between two different folders on the same Mac). To learn how to do this,
go to Synchronizing Datafiles Between Two
Datafiles can also
be synced between a Mac and iData Kwik-M on Apple mobile devices, such
as the iPhone and iPad. To learn how to
do this, go to Synchronizing Datafiles
Between a Mac and Apple Mobile Devices
The synchronization process requires that we begin with a single datafile, make a copy of it, and add a way of identifying that the two datafiles are synchronize-able. This last is accomplished by adding an unique internal identifier, the "Sync ID", to each of the datafiles.
Once a datafile has a Sync ID, it is no longer possible to add or
delete fields, so be sure that your datafile has the exact field
structure that you require before creating a sync file for it.
(However, you can always remove
the Sync ID if you absolutely must
change the field structure.)
Synchronized datafiles cannot have fields added or deleted. If you have a synchronized datafile that no longer needs to be synchronized, and you want to modify the field structure, you can remove the Sync ID, as follows:
1. Open the datafile that you want to de-synchronize. Make sure that you have the correct datafile.
2. Select Remove Sync ID in
the File menu. This will open a window asking if you're sure you want to remove it.
3. Click the Remove It button.
Once the Sync ID has been removed, this datafile will no longer synchronize with its current Sync File.
This change will become permanent the next time you save changes to the datafile. If you decide that you've made a mistake, close the datafile without saving changes.
If both datafiles still exist, you will
probably want to remove the Sync ID from the other datafile, as well.