PERFORM REGULAR BACKUPS of your LifeTopix data using the Email or Dropbox online backup features. Always backup before applying updates or before enabling iCloud sync.
- My Settings — to configure settings for LifeTopix
- Manage Categories — to create, edit, hide, or delete categories for topics
- iCloud Sync (Technology Preview) — to enable, disable, or reset iCloud device-to-device sync
- Email Backup — to email a self-contained file of your core LifeTopix data
- Restore from Inbox — to overwrite your core LifeTopix data with the data from a previous email backup
- Online Backup — to backup all your LifeTopix data to an online file service
- Full Online Restore — to overwrite all your LifeTopix data with the data from a previous full online backup
- About — to view information about LifeTopix
Tap My Settings in the Settings view. You can configure the following:
Email To contains the email address to which your LifeTopix backup is sent when you perform an Email Backup operation. If no value is set, you cannot perform a LifeTopix Email Backup. Note that the backup file is not encrypted, so consider security when choosing the target email address for the backup.
Online Folder contains the the cloud location to which your LifeTopix backup is sent when you perform a Online Backup operation. This location is a directory on an online file service such as Dropbox. If no value is set, you cannot perform a LifeTopix Online Backup. Note that the backup file is not encrypted, so consider security when choosing the target cloud location for the backup.
If enabled, passcode locking prevents unauthorized access to LifeTopix. Tap Passcode Lock to go to the Passcode Lock Settings view.
- If the passcode lock feature is not enabled, tap Turn Passscode On to go to the Set Passcode view, specify a passcode and at least one security question, then tap Save to enable the passcode lock feature. If the passcode lock feature is enabled, tap Turn Passcode Off to disable it.
- If the passcode lock feature is enabled, tap Change Passcode to modify your passcode.
- Tap Manage Security Questions to enter up to four question and answer pairs that will grant access to LifeTopix in case you forget your passcode. You can set these even if passcode locking is not enabled.
- Tap Set Timeout to specify how many minutes should elapse before LifeTopix requires the passcode to be entered for access. Note: The countdown for this timeout begins as soon as LifeTopix is placed in the background. Since iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2nd generation devices do not support background mode for apps, your passcode will be required immediately when you start LifeTopix on these devices no matter what value you have set for the Timeout.
If you plan to enter bank and credit card account number information in LifeTopix, you should make sure that you specify a PIN here. By default, the entire number for each financial account is not displayed. But on each view that contains that information, is displayed to allow you to reveal the private data. When you tap this icon, you are prompted to enter your PIN.
If you plan to run AirAccess on a Mac to connect to LifeTopix running on this device, you need to set this option to ON. You will also need to enable Wi-FI via your device’s Settings, and connect to a Wi-Fi network before you attempt to establish the connection from AirAccess to this device.
In some areas of LifeTopix, you can set repeat schedules. For example, when you define tasks, bill payments, events,or occasions, you can specify that the item should repeat. The repeat frequency you can select includes daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. In addition, you can specify the duration of the repeat schedule, which can be a maximum number of occurrences or a specified date. This setting allows you to limit the number of instances of any repeating item to safeguard the performance of LifeTopix on your device.
When you add bookmarks to an object, you may find it easier to use a search engine to find your desired URL rather than having to type in the URL yourself. If set, the Search URL specifies the starting page to load when you are using the browser to define a bookmark.
If your device Calendar has multiple calendars configured, LifeTopix can display information from them and make entries in them. This setting allows you to specify in which calendar entries should be added when you create date-oriented items in LifeTopix.
Default Reminder On Device
Device Calendar reminders make sense for certain objects within LifeTopix, and you may want more advance notice for some reminders than for others. For example, you may want to be reminded of your trips five days in advance, but only one hour in advance of each task.
You can configure these settings here. When you create date-relevant objects in LifeTopix, entries will be added to your device’s Calendar with reminders set according to the preferences you specify here. You can also specify that you want entries added to your device’s Calendar without reminders, or that you don’t want entries added to your device’s Calendar at all.
Refer to Getting Started for important information regarding this capability.
Tap Manage Categories to go to the Manage Categories view. Each object type with which categories are associated is listed. For example, the project categories for the Tasks + Projects topic reside under Projects, and the unit of measure categories for products in the Shopping topic reside under Shopping Item Units.
Tap a topic object in the Topic Objects view to go to the category view for that topic object. From there, you can add, change, or delete (user-defined) categories. Note that in this release of LifeTopix, the title of preset categories is fixed, and preset categories cannot be deleted. However, you can hide preset categories so that you will not see them (until you mark them not hidden).
You can also create a new category directly from the category picker in the details dialog for any instance. For example, suppose you are defining a new event and, after tapping Categories, you decide that the category you want to associate the event with is not listed. From that category picker, simply tap to display the new category details dialog. When you define a new category through a category picker, the Create Under field allows you to specify the parent category under which to create the category. If you leave this field empty, your new category is created at the highest level of that topic’s categories.
Syncing LifeTopix Data Across Devices Via iCloud
If you have an iCloud account and have enabled iCloud via Settings on your devices, then you can configure LifeTopix to use your iCloud account to keep the LifeTopix data on all your devices in sync. Tap iCloud Sync (Technology Preview) in the Settings view to go to the iCloud Sync view. Be sure to read the iCloud Sync online help document to understand all the requirements of this feature.
Backing Up And Restoring Data In LifeTopix
LifeTopix provides backup and restore capabilities to safeguard your LifeTopix information or to move it to another device. You can choose to perform a backup at any time, such as every day, every week, or after every time that you enter new data. No matter when you do it, it is always a good idea to make frequent backups of your LifeTopix data.
When you perform an Email Backup operation, all of your core LifeTopix data at that point in time are saved in a file and sent to an email address which you specify. “Core data” is defined as all LifeTopix data except audio clips, photos, videos, and local documents.
Before you can backup your data via email, you must specify an email address in the My Settings section of Settings. Then, simply tap Email Backup to initiate a backup operation. A pop-up dialog appears indicating that a new backup file (“lifetopix.backup.xml”) will be created and emailed. Cancel the operation, or tap OK to proceed. Tap Send to send the backup to the email as directed.
If your device has no network access when you perform an Email Backup operation, the outgoing message is placed in your Outbox. When access to a network is restored, this email is sent automatically.
Note: Restoring backups that were performed prior to an update of the application may not work. Therefore, any time you update the LifeTopix application from the App Store, you are strongly encouraged to perform a sync in iTunes and a LifeTopix Online Backup immediately.
Follow these steps to restore a backup:
- On your device, open the Mail application and access the account to which the LifeTopix backup was emailed.
- In the Mail application, open the email message containing the backup that you wish to restore.Note: By default, only one attachment is contained in an email, and it is named lifetopix.backup.xml. If you made modifications to the email message when you performed the backup operation, consider how those changes might affect these instructions.
- Tap-and-hold the attachment in the email message. The mail application will ask you if you want to “Quick Look”, “Open in ‘LifeTopix’”, or “Cancel”.
- Select “Open in ‘LifeTopix’”, which will invoke LifeTopix and take you to the LifeTopix home view. At this point, your device has placed the backup file in LifeTopix’s private location.
- Tap in the Quick Menu, and then tap Full Online Restore . You will see a message asking you to confirm that you want to remove all LifeTopix data and restore from the backup file.
- Tap OK to perform the restore operation. After a short delay, the message box will go away, indicating that the restore has completed successfully.
When you perform an Online Backup operation, all of your device’s LifeTopix data at that point in time — including your audio clips, photos, videos, and local documents — are transmitted to an online folder which you specify.
Before you can backup your data to the cloud, you must first define an online folder via the Online Folders section of Online Services, and then specify that online folder in the Backups section of the My Settings section of Settings. Then, simply tap Online Backup to initiate a backup operation to the cloud. A pop-up dialog appears indicating that a new backup will be performed, and that it may take several minutes depending on network speed. Cancel the operation, or tap OK to proceed. Note: This operation is only available when you have WiFi access.
Full Online Restore
When you perform a Full Online Restore operation, all of your device’s LifeTopix data — including your audio clips, photos, videos, and local documents — are replaced with the LifeTopix data from the online folder which you specify.
Before you can restore from the cloud, you must first ensure that the Backups section of the My Settings section of Settings is set to an online folder which contains the backup you wish to restore. Then, simply tap Full Online Restore to initiate a restore operation from the cloud. A pop-up dialog appears warning you that all LifeTopix data will be removed and replaced with the data from the cloud, and that it may take several minutes depending on network speed. Cancel the operation, or tap OK to proceed. Note: This operation is only available when you have WiFi access.
Copying LifeTopix Data From One Device To Another
You can use the online backup and restore features to accomplish a one-way copy of your LifeTopix data from one device to another via the cloud. First, perform an online backup to an online folder from your source device. Then, any device on which you perform an online restore from that online folder will have its LifeTopix data replaced with the data from the original device.
Tap About to display the version number of LifeTopix running on your device. If you report a product issue to LightArrow support, please include the version number in your correspondence.