Uploading to the iPhone

Applies to: Student iBase


Student iBase version 2.0.0 introduced the ability to upload a school database to an Apple iPhone or iTouch (herewith referred to as iPhone only).The iPhone requires the Student iBase for iPhone app which is available for purchase from the Apple app store.

Requirements

  • PC with WiFi connectivity
  • Student iBase version 2.0.0 or later
  • iTunes version 8.0.0 or later (optional but recommended)
  • iPhone or iTouch
  • Base for iPhone app

Procedure Summary

Data is uploaded via a wireless network connection. Once the process is started the two devices automatically find each other via the "Bonjour" protocol which is silently installed with the Apple iTunes software. For this reason it is recommend iTunes be installed on the Student iBase PC.

The upload (or synchronising) procedure is initiated in Student iBase by clicking the iPhone icon (labelled Mobile) on the toolbar to reveal the Upload Settings window. The iBase for iPhone app is then also launched and the synchronise button is tapped to reveal the connections window. A switch in this window puts the iPhone into 'listen' mode where it will search for Student iBase over the wireless network.

If the connection is successful the iPhone will be listed in the Upload Settings window along with its IP address and Port number. Uploading the database is then a matter of selecting the iPhone in the list of devices and clicking the Upload button.

If Bonjour is not available on the Student iBase computer or the two devices do not find each other, the iPhone will not be listed in the Upload Settings window. Instead the user may manually enter the iPhone's IP address and Port number.

The Upload Settings window also allows the user to set a password. This password will be needed when launching the iBase for iPhone app. Although optional, it is strongly recommended a password be set in order to protect sensitive data in the event the iPhone is lost or stolen.

Figure 1:The Student iBase Upload Settings window

Procedure - Step by Step

To synchronise a database proceed as follows:

  1. In Student iBase click the iPhone icon (labelled Mobile) to reveal the upload settings window
  2. On the iPhone launch the iBase for iPhone app and click the sync button to reveal the connection window
  3. Tap the Listen for connection switch to turn on 'listening
  4. The connection window on the iPhone will reveal the iPhone's name, port and IP address. The upload settings window in Student iBase will also display this information
  5. In Student iBase select the iPhone
  6. Optionally enter a password to protect the database. This password will be required when launching the iPhone app
  7. Click the Upload button to begin transferring the database from Student iBase to the iPhone

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