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How to transfer legacy data files

Legacy data files are only an issue in SketchBook for Mobile.

With the change to subscription, the guts of the app changed, as well. This made it so users of SketchBook v.2.9, who changed to v.3.0 and above had two storage locations for their files. This meant, on one version, you couldn’t see your images from the other.

Depending on the OS of your device, if you are transferring files from SketchBook 2.9 or earlier to the current version, it can be a bit tricky. Android users have a pretty straightforward solution. For iOS users, due to the two different versions of iCloud, you’ll notice work in your 2.9 or earlier iCloud will not appear in a more current iCloud instance. Therefore, check out the sections below for instructions.

Transferring files for Android users

For anyone with sketches from SketchBook 2.9 or earlier, who wants to continue working on them in this version, you must tap Import legacy data icon in the mobile version of SketchBook Import legacy data, find the sketch, then tap Import. Now, you are ready to work in the current version of SketchBook. For another resource, see Transferring images from one device to another.

1. Connect your new Android device to a computer.

2. When the AutoPlay dialog appears, select Open device to view files.

3. Go to the Autodesk folder, then drag the SketchBookExpress folder (from your computer) onto the Autodesk folder. 

Go to the Autodesk folder, create a folder, and name it SketchBookExpress.

4. To load the images into the Gallery, launch SketchBook on the new Android device.

5. In the Gallery, pinch the screen to change the view to see all folders.

Switching to thumbnail mode in the mobile version of SketchBook

6. Choose Import legacy data.

Only .tiff image files will be seen by Import legacy data.

Finding Import legacy dataChoose Import legacy data.

7. Tap Select All, then Import to load the images into the SketchBook Gallery.

Transferring images: tap Select AllImport images into the SketchBook 3.x Gallery

Imported images in SketchBook Mobile

Transferring files for iOS users with legacy data

You can export files from v2.9.x as a PSD from iTunes or Dropbox and open them in the latest version of SketchBook.

Via Dropbox

1. In SketchBook v2.9, from the Gallery, select a sketch and Transfer files icon in the mobile version of SketchBook, select Dropbox, then Layered PSD.

Transferring files (layered PSDs) in the mobile version of SketchBook

2. Install the Dropbox app and launch Dropbox.

Installing the Dropbox app

3. Select the file and tap Open In.

Select the file and tap Open In

4. Select Open in SketchBook.

Select Open in SketchBook

5. The sketch should open in SketchBook.

Via iTunes

1. In SketchBook v2.9, from the Gallery, select a sketch and tap Transfer files icon in the mobile version of SketchBook, select iTunes, then Layered PSD.

Transferring files (layered PSDs) in the mobile version of SketchBook

2. Connect your device to iTunes.

a. Select your iPad/iPhone/iPod along the top, then Apps from the list along the left side.

Apps directory in iTunes
b. Scroll down to File Sharing, select SketchBook (2.9) and all the files listed under SketchBook Documents.

SketchBook 2.9 and associated files in iTunes
c. Tap Save to… to save the file from v2.9.x to your desktop (or any other file location).

Tap Save to... to save the file from v2.9.x to your desktop (or any other file location)

3. Add the saved file to your latest version of SketchBook.

a. Select SketchBook (the latest version).
b. Tap Add File…, then go to the location of your 2.9x files, select them, and tap Open.

Tap Add File..., then go to the location of your 2.9x files, select them, and tap Open (part 1)Tap Add File..., then go to the location of your 2.9x files, select them, and tap Open (part 2)

4. In the latest version of SketchBook, in the Gallery, tap Create icon, then select New from iTunes.

New from iTunes option in the mobile version of SketchBook

5. Select the file(s) you want, then tap Import.

Importing a PSD in the mobile version of SketchBook

Updated on October 5, 2017

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