Export your collection for use with the Recollector App on your smartphone or tablet
Use the Recollector App, a free app available for iPhone/iPod/iPad and for Android phones and tablets, to view your collection on a portable device. The Recollector App is a companion to the Mac and PC versions of Recollector: You create, edit and update your collection on the Mac using Recollector, but you can carry your collection with you on your smartphone (or tablet), allowing you to view your collection even when you are unable to access your desktop or laptop computer.
Before using the Recollector App, you must install the app on your smartphone or tablet. Expand the following section for details on how to do this.
|Install the Recollector App on your smartphone or tablet ...|
There are two ways to move your collection data from your Mac to your smartphone or tablet: (1) Over the internet, using Dropbox, or (2) Over a USB cable connecting your smartphone or tablet to your Mac.
Moving your collection over the internet, with Dropbox
Dropbox is a popular, free, file-transfer utility program. Information about Dropbox can be found at www.dropbox.com. In order to use Dropbox to transfer your collection data, you must have a Dropbox account and you must have installed Dropbox on your Mac. You must also have registered your mobile device with Dropbox from the Recollector App running on your smartphone or tablet. (The Recollector App includes a Dropbox button that lets you easily perform this registration process.) Once you have your Dropbox account set up and have Dropbox installed on your Mac and registered on your mobile device, there are two steps to moving your collection onto your smartphone or tablet:
The following sections of the help describe these two steps.
|1. Export your collection to a file in a special sub-folder of the Dropbox folder on your computer ...|
|2. Run the Recollector App and open up the newly-transferred collection file ...|
Moving your collection over a USB cable
There are three steps to moving your collection onto your smartphone or tablet using a USB cable:
The following sections of the help describe these three steps. Note that details for some of these steps differ depending upon whether you are using an Apple device (iPhone, iPod touch or iPad) or an Android device (smartphone or tablet).
|1. Export your collection from Recollector to a file on your Mac ...|
|2. Transfer the exported file from the Mac to your smartphone or tablet ...|
|3. Run the Recollector App and open up the newly-transferred collection file ...|
Using the Recollector App to view your collection:
Both versions of the Recollector App (the Apple version for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and the Android version for smartphones and tablets) come with built-in Help. The Recollector App is easy and intuitive to use. It contains many of the features that you will be familiar with from Recollector on the Mac (a List view and an Item Details view, hyperlinks, sorting, searching, etc.), but these features are in a form that has been adapted to the smaller screen and primarily non-keyboard interface of smartphones and tablets.
Updating the Recollector App version of your collection:
You will periodically want to update the Recollector App version of your collection that you have on your smartphone or tablet. As you add new records to your collection on the Mac, or as you make updates to your existing collection data, you will find that you want to sync up the Recollector App version of your collection with the Mac version of your collection data.
To update your collection, simply go through steps, as outlined above, to re-export your collection data and transfer the export file to your mobile device (using either Dropbox or iTunes for the transer). During the export step, you will particularly want to take advantage of the choice to export just those images that are new or that have been changed since the last export, since there is no point in re-sending the same image data that you have already transferred. This update feature allows your export files to be small, quickly transferred and quickly updated on your mobile device.