Backups

Select the + button to make a local backup of all of your settings and data. Backups are shown in reverse date order, and the date and time they were made is included in their names …

manYYYYMMDD@HHMMSS.bak

By selecting a backup, you can export it by email, or restore it should the need arise.

If you enable Dropbox support in the settings, backups and CSV files in your Dropbox account will also be shown in the list of backups (in grey, meaning they are not local). Selecting such a file will quickly copy it from Dropbox onto your device. In addition, all new backups are automatically copied to Dropbox.

You can also use iTunes file sharing to copy files to/from your device. This is supported in iTunes version 9.1.1 or above, and on devices running iOS 4.0 or above. Simply run iTunes, connect your device to your computer then select it under Devices in the left hand pane. At the top of the screen you will see tabs for Summary, Info … etc – select the Apps tab, scroll down to the File Sharing section and select Site Impacts. You will then see a list of your backup files on your device, from which you can copy them to your computer, or upload new files.

The refresh button at the top left of the screen refreshes the backup list, e.g. if you have copied files outside the app using Dropbox or iTunes file sharing.


CSV Import

If you have existing readings you would like to import into the app, you can do this by creating a CSV file (comma-separated values). This should have one row per reading, with NO header frow. There should be exactly FOUR columns as follows:

  • site name – this must match the exact name of a site you have already created in the app
  • meter type – either Electicity or Water
  • date – this needs to be in the format dd/mm/yyyy hh:mm:ss. You can leave out the :ss, or simply use dd/mm/yyyy if you like, as long as all rows in the CSV file are the same
  • reading, e.g. 12345.6

A sample row might read …

10 Downing Street,Electricity,31/12/2010 12:34:56,12345.6

Once you have a CSV file in the right format, use Dropbox or iTunes file sharing to get this onto your device, refresh the backups screen, then select the file and choose Import CSV File.

Note that CSV import is only supported once you buy the Save Readings feature.