Backing Up

Your data is incredibly important—priceless, in some cases. That’s why forScore includes a built-in backup function that plays an essential role in your overall backup strategy. Here are a few things to know to ensure that your data is always protected:

About iOS Device Backups

Depending on your settings, iOS can regularly back up your entire device through iTunes or iCloud. If your device is lost or damaged, you can usually* use this information to get back up and running quickly. Keep in mind, however, that iCloud offers limited storage and that you can’t restore data for a single app—it’s all or nothing. Because of this, we also recommend manually backing up your forScore library on a regular basis.

About 4SB Files

In forScore’s tools menu, you’ll find the backup panel. This panel allows you to save all of your library information—including metadata, setlists, links, annotations, and more—into a forScore Backup (4SB) file in the app’s documents directory alongside all of your PDFs. In fact, forScore automatically creates these files every time you launch the app, just in case something goes wrong and you need to revert back to an earlier state.

It’s important to note, however, that these backups don’t contain duplicates of your PDF files, so while they’re an important part of backing up your data, they’re not a complete solution on their own. 4SB files can only be used in conjunction with PDF files—it cannot replace them if they’re lost.

About PDF Files

When you connect your iOS device to iTunes on a Mac or PC, the File Sharing panel allows you to not only add files, but to save them back to your hard drive as well. Since forScore’s backup files are stored in that same location, saving all of your information is as easy as selecting all of the files in that list and saving them to a safe location on your computer.

Creating a full backup to your computer

  • In forScore, open the Tools menu and choose Backup
  • Tap the + button to create a new backup file that will save all of your annotations, metadata, setlists, and settings into a single file. When it’s finished, you will see the new file listed in the backup panel, named with the date and time.
  • Access the iTunes File Sharing panel
  • Select all of the files in the documents panel by clicking on one and pressing Ctrl-A (PC) or Command-A (Mac)
  • Click the “Save To…” button and specify a location on your computer to save all the files. We recommend creating a dedicated folder for your forScore library.
  • Once chosen, the transfer will begin immediately, with a progress bar displaying at the top of the iTunes window.
  • When the transfer is complete, you can disconnect your device from your computer.

Creating a full backup using the Services panel

You can also back up your library to a supported cloud service through forScore’s Services panel. We don’t typically recommend this since backing up an entire library can be slow when relying on an internet connection (instead of a USB connection to your computer), but the following instructions will create a full backup using the Services panel:

  • Open forScore and choose the Backup section from the Tools menu
  • Create a new backup file by tapping the + button in the upper right corner of the backup panel
  • Open the Services panel in the Tools menu, choose your account, and select a folder to upload to (please note: iCloud Drive does not support multiple file selection so there is no way to backup your whole library to iCloud Drive)
  • Tap the + button to view the Upload screen and tap All to select all scores
  • Make sure PDF is selected as the Format option in the lower right corner
  • Choose Upload to start the upload process (note: this may take some time depending on the size of your library)
  • When the upload is complete, tap + again and choose the Backups view
  • Tap to select the backup file you created earlier and tap Upload

Please don’t leave your hard work up to chance, back up regularly!

If you ever need to restore your data from a forScore backup, see this article: Restoring your library from a forScore backup file

*iCloud’s ability to back up your documents can be unreliable, so your mileage may vary.