Syncing with Studiometry Cloud
Studiometry Cloud is the best way to sync your data across multiple machines and devices. You can have any number of employees and devices connect to and sync with your cloud data simultaneously. Studiometry Cloud is a subscription based service that includes the syncing backend as well as your Studiometry licenses. This means you do not need to purchase a traditional Studiometry license, you simply sign up for a Studiometry Cloud account and use that as your license. We have more information about Studiometry Cloud available here:
Syncing With Dropbox, Box.net, etc.
Studiometry's data storage location can be specified, which gives you the ability to sync using third-party cloud syncing services. There are several drawbacks to using this syncing method instead of Studiometry Cloud, including:
- Your data cannot be open on more than one machine at a time. You'll have to close Studiometry on one machine and sync the database before opening it on another machine.
- If you attempt to use Studiometry on multiple machines simultaneously, this will result in loss of data between machines.
- This syncing setup is not possible for multi-user setups.
1. You can now set a specific location for your data folder that contains the settings and database files.
2. Studiometry will monitor this location to see if it is open by another copy of Studiometry, and will alert you when you first launch the application.
What this means is that you can now, for example, set your data folder location to be within your DropBox (or Box.net, or other cloud syncing service) folder to have the data automatically synced between machines. These new features will be useful for three specific setups:
1. A single user with multiple machines can now easily have their data automatically synced between machines without having to manage any files.
2. Multiple-User setups that do not have a dedicated server machine or simply don't use the networking features can now have their data easily synced between machines.
3. An individual at a company that DOES have a dedicated Studiometry server can use Dropbox/Box.net/etc to sync their database and settings to another computer (home, laptop, etc) to have non-live access to their data. Studiometry's networking features already allow remote connections, but this new capability would be an easy solution for "remote access" on a network that hasn't been setup to accept remote connections.
Please note that you cannot open Studiometry on multiple machines simultaneously and load the same database file with this setup, as the data is loaded on launch (Studiometry will always warn you of this if it thinks the data is in use by another copy of Studiometry).
To manually move and load your data to a Cloud syncing capable location, use the following instructions:
Please note that you cannot use cloud-syncing capabilities on a trial license of Studiometry, as it will cause your trial to immediately expire.
1. Quit Studiometry on all associated machines
2. Ensure you have Studiometry 8.1 or newer installed on all machines
3. Find your current data location, the default data location On a Mac, this is located at:
On Windows, you need to search your machine for "com.studiometry.plist" including hidden and invisible files. When that file is found, you should copy the entire parent folder named "Studiometry" to the new machine.
4. This folder will contain several files, including "com.studiometry.plist" and "studiometry.sdbf", as well as folders such as "Templates" and "New Templates"
5. Copy the contents of this folder to your new desired folder within your cloud-enabled folder. We recommend either creating a new folder specifically to hold the data files, or to simply copy the entire "Studiometry" directory to the new location.
6. Launch Studiometry 8.1 or newer while holding the Option key on Mac (or the Alt key on Windows).
7. Studiometry will now prompt you with several options for the location you'd like to load your data from, select "Choose Folder..."
8. Locate and select the cloud-enabled data folder you've just setup that contains your "com.studiometry.plist" and "studiometry.sdbf" files. Please note that you're selected the entire directory and not just your database file.
9. Studiometry should now load as normal with data from the new location. Please ensure that (a) your copy of Studiometry is still registered in the About Studiometry window and (b) all of your data and preferences are intact.
10. Once this copy has been setup, quit Studiometry on the machine.
11. Repeat steps 6-10 for any other machines you'd like to sync using this cloud account.
Studiometry's data will now be synced between all machines on the associated cloud account, and you will be warned if you attempt to load the data from the cloud account while another machine has the data open. Please note that if Studiometry crashes or does not properly close, you may be notified on launch that another machine is using the Studiometry database, when really the data was just not properly checked in. This is merely a "better safe than sorry" attitude.
Additional Steps for Users on multi-user networks with networking capabilities enabled:
The cloud syncing methods used here will require an extra step or two when you're part of an actual Studiometry network. This is because Studiometry copies all of the data and settings, including the sync-on-launch information. An example: if you setup a computer in your office to sync the Studiometry data to your Dropbox account, which is also connected to a computer at your home, either machine will attempt to connect to the server machine when they launch. You will need to cancel the server connection when you're at home to allow for "offline" browsing of the data (your machine's Global password is required for this, so you may need to ask your network administrator for permission to setup an at-home offline Studiometry machine).
When you load the data at home, Studiometry will have the data from the last time the machine at work was synced to the server machine at work. You can make changes to the data that will then be synced via your Cloud service back to your office machine, which will then finally be synced to your live Studiometry network the next time Studiometry is launched and connected at the office. This will all be done automatically in the background if everything is correctly setup.
If you're interested in setting up a computer at home to simply connect to your office network remotely and sync live information and updates, that is also a popular solution that can be done via the following KB article: