Selective iCloud Sync

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09 Jul, 2013 09:04 AM

Hello Drew,

after resetting, reinstalling and restarting all mental case apps iCloud finally works :-)

But: the file size on my iPad is very large (2.9 GB). Is or will there be an option to select files in the app which should be synced via iCloud and files, which should be currently not synced as they include notes for future exams?


  1. 1 Posted by Jens on 09 Jul, 2013 04:35 PM

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    That's a very good question! I've got more than 6.600 flash cards - far too much for my iPad. I think behause of that MC 2 doesn't work properly on my iPad 2. Right now I've deinstalled it and work with MC 1 again.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by drewmccormack on 10 Jul, 2013 06:44 AM

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    Selecting files for syncing via the cloud is tricky. Very few apps offer this, and with good reason.

    It is unlikely that we will do that, but we are considering what other sync options we could offer, such as WiFi or USB, which may work better for large libraries.

    I expect cloud services to get better with time, so they should be able to handle more data in future.

    Glad you got it working in the end.
    Kind regards,

  3. 3 Posted by Randy on 11 Jul, 2013 10:30 PM

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    iCal does it. Everything still goes to the cloud but I can turn off what calendars I currently view. I have about 10 calendars many shared and only keep a few turned on the rest are there if I need to see someone's schedule briefly.

    Of could MC is a ton more data which makes it complicated.

  4. 4 Posted by zeppo on 12 Jul, 2013 12:37 AM

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    Aykut, I have 5500 two facet cards with only text, no sound or videos, and the amount it uploads when my ipod syncs to the icloud is just 101MB. It amazes me that you have 2.9GB. Is that because they have photos?

  5. 5 Posted by Randy Freeman on 12 Jul, 2013 02:07 AM

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    I also have the same problem. I'm a 3rd year medical student have over 8,000 cards. And yes most of them are made using screen shots. As my cards are usually over concepts not discrete facts. Have to archive 1/2 my collection to even make it feasible.

    The sync being in the foreground is really annoying and wastes my study time. I wish it could sync behind the scenes. Hopefully all this will work out but most likely ill stick with MC1 and selective wifi sync.

    Another missing feature on MC2 is ability to test more then one stack.

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by drewmccormack on 12 Jul, 2013 07:41 AM

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    iCal also does not use iCloud. It uses a caldav, a very mature, specialised calendar server.


  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by drewmccormack on 12 Jul, 2013 07:42 AM

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    You can test more than one stack using the custom slideshow option. Just pick a case and study that.


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  8. 8 Posted by jca488 on 04 Aug, 2013 09:59 PM

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    Agree with Randy Freeman. I am a medical student (year one) and I have a lot of anatomy to learn and pictures are necessary. selective sync is necessary for big libraries!
    (im going to try to back up and carry only the current exam cards... hoping that works)

  9. 9 Posted by zeppo on 04 Aug, 2013 11:30 PM

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    the recent entry to this thread reminded me of something that was brought up by Randy about the sync being in the foreground. I had this when I first started using the app initially-- the pop up saying it was syncing. Yet it went away after a week or so. Was this something you fixed? I don't remember installing any update. Or perhaps there was just a period of particular sluggishness with icloud at that time.

  10. Support Staff 10 Posted by drewmccormack on 05 Aug, 2013 12:34 AM

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    Just to clarify this, Mental Case already DOES do most of the syncing in the background while you do other things. Only the very last step shows a message. The reason for that is that it is not possible for us to save the sync changes into the main library and still have the app be responsive. So we show a message if there is a lot to save.

    If there are only a few changes, the save goes fast, and the message does not appear.

    If you are wondering why Mental Case has this issue, and other apps don’t, it is typically because other apps have much less and much simpler data. Take the case of iCal. You typically add a few events at a time, and each event is just a sentence of text, a date, and a few other small properties.

    Now take Mental Case: Even when you just study a slideshow, changes are made to the schedules of hundreds of notes. If you download 500 notes from Quizlet, those notes all have to be synced. So the quantities and complexities of the data are much greater than most apps.

    Kind regards,

  11. 11 Posted by zeppo on 05 Aug, 2013 03:20 AM

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    Oh, that's right. When I first started using the new app, I had been adding some new stacks as well from Flashcard Exchange. That would account for seeing the pop up. I haven't done this since as I have just been trying to figure out what it is in my use that is triggering issues with this app.

  12. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 01 Oct, 2013 06:48 AM.

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