EquiSketch Records has been available for almost three years and has become one of the most popular equine management apps on the App Store. Over those three years, I have heared from users who are just starting out with the app and from users who have been using it since it was released. One item I have noticed is that very few users take regular backups of their data.
From the very first version of the app, EquiSketch Records has been able to backup your data via email or through iTunes File Sharing (although neither option is widely used) and while the data is also backed up through the iOS backup (iTunes or iCloud), the iOS backup does not allow selective restore should the app be deleted or data accidently be erased. Because of this, I have added several new features in the latest update (2.0.6) to assist users in backing up their data to ensure this critical data is safe should a user lose their phone, replace their phone, delete the app, etc.
The first feature is backup reminders. Upon launching the latest version, EquiSketch Records offers to notify you if you go more than 10 launches without taking a backup. This option can be turned off in the settings, but I highly recommend you keep it on to ensure your data is safe. Once you have gone more than 10 launches without a backup, an alert will be present on each subsequent launch stating how long it has been since the last backup and asking if you would like to be taken to the new backup menu.
The Backup options are more prominently called out in the Utility Menu (as seen in the image) to make finding these features easier as well to highlight the difference between export and backup. In addition, when a backup is performed, a zip file is created containing the database and all images for easier storage. Even with these changes, the biggest change is the new backup option: Backup To ...
Backup to ...
"Backup to ..." will create a zip file just like "Backup via Email" but will then provide a list of apps that support storing files, such as Dropbox, Box, or Evernote. This is very useful for anyone that has a large amount of data or images in EquiSketch Records or for anyone who just wants to deliver the backup immediately to the cloud or another app.
Hopefully these changes will enourage you to backup this critical data frequently but I will continue to work on additional features and enhance the existing ones to ensure EquiSketch Records is there when you need it.