Sharing databases between devices

If you want to manage your set lists from multiple devices, or if you want to collaborate on set list management with your bandmates, you can export your database and import it into another device. Read on for more details:

Note: This feature will replace the database sync function in early 2018. Please see this forum post for more info.

  • On the device you want to export your database from, click the sync button in the top toolbar: refresh button. Then choose one of these options to copy the database to other devices:
    • On any version of iOS, click Export Database to save your database file to the selected cloud storage location.
    • On iOS 11 or Android, click Export Database to save your database file to a local file location. Then you'll need to copy the database to the target device through some mechanism of your own.
    • Or click Email Database to email your database file to the address you enter.
  • On the device you want to import your database to, choose one of these options to select the database:
    • On any version of iOS, click the sync button in the top toolbar, then click Import Database, and select the file from the cloud storage location where you saved it.
    • On iOS 11 or Android, click the sync button in the top toolbar, then click Import Database, and select the file from the local storage location where you copied it.
    • If you emailed the database, you can open the email on an iOS device, click the database, and copy it to Set List Maker from the Open In... menu. Or you can open the email on an Android device, save the database to a local folder like the Downloads folder, click the sync button in the top toolbar, click Import Database, and select the file from the local folder where you saved it.

Here are some notes about how the sync process works:

  • You can export as often as you like, and save the exported files as backups. Each exported filename includes the database name and the export date and time for easy archiving.
  • The exported file contains all your songs, set lists MIDI presets and document metadata. It does not contain your database settings.
  • If you've attached documents or recordings to your songs, the exported database file will not contain these documents or recordings, but will contain metadata about them (like document orientation or recording volume) and links to them (one link for iOS devices and one for Android devices). This means you would only have to link your documents to your songs once on each platform, then if you copy the same documents to each device, they will be linked to your songs automatically on the other devices.
  • When you import a database, your current database will be completely overwritten by the imported file. There is no way to merge differences between your current database and the imported file. There is also no way to undo the import. You can look at the database name, source device and date in the database filename to make sure you are importing the right file.
  • If you switch to BandHelper, you can sync all your database data and attached documents and recordings automatically, with cloud-based backups, and with options for band members to keep personalized versions of some data.