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Synctified User Manual

Synctified keeps files and directories synchronized between your Android device and your computer using WiFi. To do this, you define sync profiles that specify the location on your device’s SD card, which direction to synchronize, and any info your device needs to access the remote computer.

A WiFi access point is required and your Android device must already be configured to use it. The computer must either be connected to the access point or plugged into the network that includes the access point. This is typical for most home network setups.

Main Screen

When you first start Synctified, you see the Main Screen. This shows you a list of all sync profiles, their names, their current status, and the date and time of the last status. You can scroll through the profile list by dragging your finger up and down on the screen. There is also a button that starts sync for all profiles.

Profiles

Profiles tell Synctified which files to synchronize and how to synchronize them. Each profile has a handful of settings to do this:

Profile name

This is the name for the profile that is shown on the main screen. Pick any name you like that helps you remember what this profile does.

Sync type

This determines how the profile copies files from one place to another.

Copy to local

Files are copied from the remote computer (the source) to your Android device (the destination). This sync type copies new files from the remote computer to your device. It also overwrites any changes to files on your device with the files from the remote computer. This type is useful for tasks such as keeping your music collection up to date on your device.

Copy to remote

Files are copied from your Android device (the source) to the remote computer (the destination); exactly opposite from the Copy to local sync type. This sync type is useful for backing up information and files from your device automatically, such as camera photos and videos.

Local path

This is the location on your Android device where the files are located. In most cases this should start with "/mnt/sdcard". This can be either a single file or a directory.

Remote host

This is the name or IP address of the remote computer or server.

Remote type

This is the type of remote computer or server. Other types will be added in future versions.

Remote username

This is the username needed to log in to the remote computer. If the remote type is SMB and a Windows domain is required, you can include it here as DOMAIN\username.

Remote password

This is your password on the remote computer. This is saved on the device, but is not visible to other apps. If the remote computer does not require a password, leave this blank.

Remote path

This is the location on the remote computer where the files are located. This can be either a single file or a directory.

Delete files in destination not found in source

If this is checked and the profile is a Copy to remote or Copy to local type, Synctified will also delete files in the destination that do not exist on the source. For example, say you've set up a Copy to local profile to copy music from your computer to your device and this box is checked. If you delete an mp3 file from the sync location on your computer, the file will be deleted on your device next time the profile syncs.

Synctified knows how to sync individual files or entire directories. If a file is chosen for the source, only that file is synchronized. If a directory is chosen, the contents of the directory and all subdirectories are synchronized. If the directory is large or contains a lot of files, this can take time to sync or even fill the SD card on your device. It's usually smart to double check the Local path and Remote path settings before synchronizing just to be sure this doesn't happen.

Integrated File Browser

Touching the "..." buttons next to the local and remote path boxes launches the file browser. This allows you to navigate through the SD card on your device or through directories on the remote computer to select a path for synchronization.

At the top of the browser is the current directory you are browsing. To select this directory as the path, touch the Select this directory button. To go up one directory (to the parent of the current directory), touch the button containing the folder and up arrow icon. To browse into a sub directory or to select a single file to synchronize, just touch it in the list.

To return to the Profile Settings screen without selecting anything, press the back button on your device.

Add a new sync profile

To create a sync profile, click the menu button on your device, then touch the Add menu item. You will see a blank Profile Settings screen:

Fill in each setting. When finished, touch the OK button at the bottom of the screen. You'll be returned to the Main Screen and your new profile should be listed.

If you decide not to add a new profile, click the back button on your device or touch the Cancel button.

Edit a sync profile

To edit a profile, touch and hold a profile on the Main Screen. Touch Edit on the popup menu.

The Profile Settings screen will be displayed. Change the profile as necessary, then touch the OK button to save your changes. Touch the Cancel button to leave the profile without changing it.

Sync a profile

To sync one profile, touch and hold it on the Main Screen. Touch Sync Now on the popup menu.

The Main Screen will be displayed and the profile's status will change to "Synchronizing". When the sync is complete, the profile status will change to indicate the result and the date and time will be updated. If there are only a few files to sync or the files are small, the profile status may change too quickly to update on the screen. The date and time will still be updated.

If there was a problem with the sync, you can get additional information about the issue by touching and holding on the profile, then selecting Last Sync Details.

Test a profile

To test a profile, touch and hold it on the Main Screen. Touch Dry Run on the popup menu.

The Main Screen will be displayed and the profile's status will change to "Looking for changes...". Synctified will compare the local and remote files and tally up what would be done for an actual sync. When the test is complete, the profile status will change to indicate the result and the date and time will be updated.

Touch and hold on the profile, then select Last Sync Details to get more information about the test. If there was an error, the details about the error will be displayed. If the test was successful, the number of files that would have been copied, directories that would have been created, and files/directories that would have been deleted is displayed.

Sync all profiles

To sync all profiles, touch the Sync All button. A confirmation will pop up; touch Yes to start synchronizing each profile in the order they are displayed.

Delete a sync profile

To delete a profile, touch and hold it on the Main Screen. Touch Delete on the popup menu. A confirmation will pop up; touch Yes to delete the profile.

Settings and Preferences

To access the customizable settings and preferences, click the menu button on your device, then touch Preferences.

Set File Timestamps

By default, Synctified copies the date and time a source file was last changed (the "modified timestamp") when it is copied. This helps Synctified efficiently determine which files to copy during sync. Unfortunately, there is a problem on Android 3.0 and newer with this feature and sync will fail. Disable this setting to get Synctified working on these versions of Android.

Remote computer setup

To sync, the remote computer must be sharing the folder that Synctified accesses. In Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, this is done by right-clicking the folder and selecting "Sharing" or "Share with..."

For detailed instructions on how to setup file sharing, see these web pages.

Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304040

Windows Vista

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/File-sharing-essentials

Windows 7

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Share-files-with-someone

Notice

Using Synctified binds you to the terms of the End User License Agreement (EULA). You can find the latest version of the EULA at http://www.synctified.com/eula.html.

Synctified collects some information about your device and transmits it to Jom Technology LC, for the purpose of collecting app usage statistics. This information consists of the version of Synctified you are running and an identifier unique to your device. This identifier is generated from the hardware in your specific device and cannot be used to identify you or your device.

You can register Synctified using your Google Checkout email address and invoice number. Synctified only transmits this information to Jom Technology LC after you enter them and select Register. Registration is required to obtain support. Registering provides Jom Technology LC a way to verify you have purchased a valid copy of Synctified in the event you need support. If Jom Technology LC cannot verify you have a valid copy of Synctified, we will not be able to support.

Synctified incorporates the following:

  • Icons from the Crystal Clear Icon Set by Everaldo Coelho. The Crystal Clear Icon Set is licensed under the LGPL
  • The The Java CIFS Client Library (JCIFS). JCIFS is licensed under the LGPL