Every app on your device has a standard set of folders that it uses to store information. The Documents directory is commonly used to store user content, like documents you add to (or create within) an app. Other data like app settings, which are designed to be changed through the app’s interface and not edited directly, are stored in a number of private app directories instead.

Documents (Public)

PDF files, CSV indexes, recordings, tracks, 4SB files, and more

Library (Private)

Annotations, setlists, bookmarks, metadata, settings, and more

4SB Backups

With forScore’s Backups panel, you can create a forScore Backup (4SB file) that packages all of forScore’s private information into a single document that is saved alongside the rest of your files in forScore’s Documents directory. If you then copy all of the files in this directory—including the 4SB file—to a computer or cloud storage service, you’ll be able to restore forScore back to its current state without affecting any other apps on your device.

A backup file can not be used on its own. It only contains forScore’s information about your documents, not copies of your documents themselves. Backups are a good choice when copying all of your files to a computer using Apple’s File Sharing panel.

4SB ArchivesforScore 10.4.7

You can also use the Backups panel to create a forScore Archive which is similar to a backup (it also uses the 4SB file extension) but it includes a copy of every file in forScore’s Documents directory as well. This means that in order to create an archive you need to have significantly more free space available on your device, but it can be used to restore your library or migrate to a new device by copying the single archive file.

An archive file can be used on its own to recover or migrate your forScore library to a new device. Archives are a good choice when uploading your library to a cloud storage service for safe keeping.