Adding files using iTunes File Sharing

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There are many different ways to add files to your forScore library, but if you’re starting out with forScore and you have an existing collection of PDF files on your computer, iTunes File Sharing is the easiest way to begin. Whether you have a Mac or a PC, as long as you have iTunes installed these instructions should help you get started. Keep in mind that iTunes is frequently updated and some of the instructions or screenshots you’ll find online may be slightly different than what you see at home. In most cases these subtle changes don’t affect the process as described below.

Note: iTunes’ File Sharing interface lets you copy or immediately and permanently delete any file within an app’s Documents directory. Before removing files, be sure you understand how that will affect the app you’re working with (in forScore, deleting a PDF file permanently removes that score from your forScore library).

  • Close forScore on your iOS device
  • Access the iTunes File Sharing panel
  • Click “Add…” in the documents panel to open a file browser
  • Choose one or more files from the file browser
  • OR, drag and drop items from a file browser window over the documents panel
  • The file transfer will start automatically, with a progress bar displaying at the top of the iTunes window
  • When finished, you may disconnect your device and launch forScore

Unlike syncing music or other data to your device, copying files to and from an app through the iTunes File Sharing panel happens immediately. As soon as the progress bar is completed your files have been transferred and there’s no need to sync your device before disconnecting it and using forScore to access your files.

About Folders

When the iPad and iTunes File Sharing were first introduced, they were designed to work with files only and not with folders. Although recent iTunes updates have eased these restrictions slightly, working with folders in iTunes is very limited and there’s no way to view a folder’s contents without copying it back to your computer first. Based on Apple’s original guidance, forScore was designed to work similarly and continues to work this way today—it recognizes files placed within its documents directory but ignores any subdirectories. If you have files organized into folders on your computer, you’ll need to copy each folder’s contents into forScore separately and handle any filename conflicts as they arise.

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