Syncing Datafiles

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Although the iPad keyboard is large and easy to use, being able to create and modify datafiles on a Mac is often more convenient than doing the same using the iPad keyboard. Furthermore, iData 3 and iData Lite 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.

There are two Macintosh-based applications that can create, read, and synchronize iData Mobile datafiles: iData 3 and iData Lite.

To read more about them on the iData website in Safari, click here.

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 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.

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

f you need to transfer datafiles between your iPhone 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 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 dropbox.com site.

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

Dropbox is a nice option because it doesn't require that the iPhone 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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