What's your backup plan?
The more we use our devices, the more we create and thus the more data we have that is at risk of being lost. Losing your data can really ruin your day (or week) wether it is your fault or not. Backing up your data is the best way to prevent losing it, and while it may seem tedious, difficult, or like rocket science, it is easier than ever nowadays. We thought we would shed some light on some of the easy to use tools out there and how you can keep your iPad and the data on it safe. "It won't Happen To me!" Oh... but it just might. The first step to keeping your data, sketches, renderings, photos, and other content safe is to adopt a mentality that digital devices can and do fail. And when they do, you want to be prepared. For those of you who have experienced a failed hard drive in the past, you know the deep, hollow, terrible feeling that comes with potentially never seeing your files again. For those of you who have not experienced that feeling, read on to avoid ever experiencing it. Trust me, it is no fun! Data can be lost in a few different ways. Your device might get lost or stolen. Your device might stop working, or get damaged - Apple Genius's see all kinds of crazy ways devices are damaged, through no fault of the user. Working files are often stored within the app itself, so if you delete the app, you might very well delete the creations you made with that app if you haven't saved them elsewhere. A bad software update could corrupt files, or maybe your little brother just didn't like that painting you made and decided to delete it. Whatever the method, if you keep your device and files backed up, you will have peace of mind while working, making for a much more fun and worry free experience.
How should I back up my device? Perhaps the easiest, quickest and most seamless way to back up your iPad is to use iCloud backup. When you set up your iPad, you were most likely prompted to either create an iCloud account or log into an existing one. By default, your iPad is set to try and back up to iCloud any time it is charging, locked, and connected to the internet. Every iCloud account comes with 5Gb of storage for free. Upgrading to 50Gb is only $0.99/ month, 200Gb is $2.99/month, and 2Tb(HUGE!)is $9.99/ month. For most users, the 50Gb packages is plenty. iCloud backups are essentially clones of your iPhone or iPad and are done almost seamlessly without you ever knowing they are going on. If you ever have to restore a device from an iCloud backup, it is simple, smooth, and fast. A year ago my iPhone was stolen and I was able to set a new one up and start right where I left off. I've had to replace iPads, and within just a few hours had a brand new iPad setup as if nothing had ever happened. So if you are looking for something easy, cost effective and seamless, we highly recommend starting out with iCloud backups. If you have not already enabled them, you can do so under your iCloud settings on your iPad. There are other cloud based storage solutions out there, but none of them are as complete and user friendly as iCloud. Lastly, you can always create a backup of your iPad or iPhone to your computer using iTunes. While this works well and very similarly to the iCloud backup, the disadvantage is that it is not automatically updated on a daily basis, and it requires you to consciously make backups on a regular basis.
How does uMake protect data? When we set out to make uMake, we decided to store files in the cloud for several reasons, the main one being that it was the best option to keep files safe. If a user deleted the uMake from their device, got a new iPad or replacement iPad, all would not be lost. If a user or design team had multiple devices, they could access the files from any device, work on the file, and then log out. So, just by using uMake, as long as you have a good internet connection, your files are being continuously saved and synced with the uMake cloud, to keep them safe. Since launching we've tweaked and tuned our syncing process to ensure that file sync's remain as up to date as possible. When in the file manager, you will be able to see the sync status of each file, as well as prompt a sync in the upper right of the interface. uMake also lets users easily export uMake (.umk) files, letting users save their creations to their computer, e-mail, or other cloud services. This is more of a 'manual' backup method, but part of backing up is redundancy, and if you send a file to yourself or your computer, you have another layer of redundancy and security. I often save files that I think are really important to both my computer and the cloud in addition to uMake, just for a bit more peace of mind.
What's Next? With iOS coming this fall, we are very excited about the file manager and drag and drop features it will enable. This will allow you to be able to save uMake files in new ways and to your favorite cloud services as a redundant backup. While we've only just begun to investigate what this new system will mean for uMake, we are very excited about the possibilities it unlocks. If you've made it here, thanks for reading...but... the bigger question is, have you backed up your device yet? ;)
July 19, 2017