Importing, Exporting, and Restoring Your Shows

Importing Shows

Tapping on the + button at the bottom of the Home Screen in Go Button will bring up a menu allowing you to create a new show or to select a show to import from an external source. Note that without a Pro license, you can only have one Show in Go Button at a time. Therefore, if you have Show in Go Button, and don't have Pro license, and you want to import a Show, you'll need to first delete the Show you already have.

Cloud Import - Browse... menu

The first item in the document menu is always New Show. On iOS 11 and later, the second option will be Browse..., which opens the in-app "Files" interface. Devices running iOS 10 will see a list of apps installed on your device that provide document services, along with the More item. You can tap on More to reveal a list of additional potential file sources from and toggle the visibility of those sources in the main menu.

Cloud Import - iOS 11

Go Button is compatible with many of the major cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and any other app on your device which has enabled document sharing.

In addition to .gobutton and .gobundle files, you can also import supported audio files from the document menu. Files imported in this way are saved to your Go Button Documents folder.

iPad Split View Drag and Drop

Go Button also supports iOS 11 Drag and Drop to import audio files and .gobutton files from the "Files" app when running in iPad Split View. You can import entire folders of content from any source available in Files, including iCloud Drive and other services like Dropbox and Google Drive, or from other apps on your device.

Exporting Shows

You can export your Shows from Go Button through a variety of services. This is useful for backup and archival of your Shows or to copy them to another device.

To export a Show, navigate to Go Button's Home Screen, and tap Edit in the upper right corner. Then, select the show you want to export and tap the Action button.

Export Show

  • Tap Send a Copy of Show... to export your Show without including the media files which it uses.
  • Tap Send a Show Bundle (with Audio)... to include the media files. Note: Apple prevents iTunes Media Library tracks from being exported by Go Button. Only media files which are in Go Button's Documents folder can be exported.

Once you've chosen to export a show file or a show bundle, the standard iOS share sheet will appear, allowing you to choose your preferred service. You can export via AirDrop, Messages, Mail, iCloud Drive, or any other service that's installed on your device, such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

You can also copy the .gobutton file for any Show to your Desktop by using iTunes File Sharing:

  1. Connect your device to your computer. (You can skip this step if you sync over Wi-Fi.)
  2. In iTunes, select your device and click the Apps tab.
  3. Scroll down to File Sharing, and select Go Button from the Apps list.
  4. Drag the "Autosaves" folder from the Go Button Documents window to a convenient temporary location on your Mac, such as your Desktop, or click Save To... and choose a location.
  5. Open the folder and find your show’s .gobutton file.

Note that Show Bundles cannot be exported through iTunes File Sharing; you must export your audio files separately. And of course, if your Show includes Music Library tracks, you'll need to manually copy those files from your iTunes library yourself.

Restoring a Deleted Show

Deleting a Show removes it from Go Button's internal database, and a copy of the show's .gobutton file is archived in Go Button's Documents folder inside a folder named "Deleted Shows".

To recover a deleted show using the iOS "Files" app:

  1. Open "Files" and make sure the "Browse" tab is selected at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select "On My iPad" (or "On My iPhone") from the list of Locations.
  3. Tap on "Go Button" to view the contents of the app's Documents folder.
  4. Tap on "Deleted Shows" to view the contents of that folder.
  5. Tap on a document to open it in Go Button. Your show will automatically be imported.
  6. Once the import is complete, you can edit the show settings and delete the timestamp from the show name, if you like.

To recover a deleted show using iTunes File Sharing:

  1. Connect your device to your computer. (You can skip this step if you sync over Wi-Fi.)
  2. In iTunes, select your device and then select "File Sharing" in the Sidebar.
  3. Select Go Button from the Apps list.
  4. Drag the Deleted Shows folder to a convenient temporary location on your Mac, such as your Desktop.
  5. Open the folder and find the archived .gobutton file for your show. You can delete the timestamp from the file name, if you like.
  6. Copy the .gobutton file back into Go Button Documents using iTunes File Sharing.
  7. Relaunch Go Button. Your show will automatically be imported.
  8. You can safely delete the Deleted Shows folder from your Mac once you have successfully restored your show.
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