I've been using the old-fashioned wifi sync solution for syncing MacJournal data between my Mac and my iOS device. With cloud sharing of MacJournal data supported, how do I transition to sharing my data via the cloud?
MacJournal for iPad and MacJournal for iPhone will both read MacJournal documents that are stored
- on the device itself
- on Dropbox
- on iCloud
(Note that the MacJournal for MacOS application will need to be updated to read those documents off iCloud)
We recommend that you have the latest version of MacJournal 6 installed on your Mac for using Dropbox to share MacJournal data.
Although you will still be able to sync documents stored locally on your iOS device to a Mac using the old-fashioned method of wifi syncing, we are going to encourage all users to move away from the old-fashioned method of wifi syncing, and move any MacJournal data that will be shared among different Macs and devices to the cloud, specifically Dropbox until MacJournal for Mac is iCloud-compatible.
In order to start using Dropbox to share your MacJournal data amongst your Macs and iOS devices (these instructions assume you already have a Dropbox account, and that you have Dropbox installed and logged in on your Mac:
1. Use the current wifi sync method to sync your device with your Mac so that you have a complete and updated set of journals and entries on your Mac
2. Install MacJournal on one of your iOS devices
3. In MacJournal for iOS , tap the Settings button
4. Tap the "Data” line at the top
5. Under the Dropbox section, tap Log In
6. Login to Dropbox
7. After a few minutes, you will see that Dropbox has added a new MacJournal folder in Dropbox/Apps/
8. On your Mac, locate your main MacJournal document
9. Move your main MacJournal document (or any other documents you wish to share via Dropbox) into Dropbox/Apps/MacJournal/
10. Wait for the status indiciator to show that the file has completely transferred to Dropbox
11. Go back to your iOS device, tap Settings > Data
At this point, the document you moved into Dropbox/Apps/MacJournal/ from your Mac should be available under the Dropbox section
As a precuation, we recommend never having the same MacJournal document open in two places at the same time. Always make sure to quit the app on Mac, switch to another app on iOS, or close the file when you are done working with it before you acccess the file from another device. MacJournal on both sides takes steps to update your data on one machine if it notices a change on another machine. However, there are limits to how Dropbox treats two machines editing the same file. MacJournal tries hard to keep everything up to date but you may have better results by only having MacJournal open on one machine at a time.
When you have a Dropbox document open, the sync button will no longer be available on iOS because changes are synced automatically across Dropbox.
Note: Instructions for transitioning to iCloud will be added to this article once MacJournal for MacOS supports iCloud.