Add Files

Created: Documentation

You may use GroundControl to add files directly into certain apps. This feature is available on request from GroundControl Support.

Only apps which support iTunes file sharing may receive files. You can check your apps by opening iTunes, selecting the device, then clicking on the “File Sharing” section.

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iTunes is also helpful so you can understand the file structure expected by an app. Apps will require a very specific file structure to function. If you have questions about file structure, please consult the app developer.

Step 1: Prepare your Documents

Zip your documents before uploading them to GroundControl. GroundControl will automatically unzip the documents when installing to the device. We have tested document sized in excess of 2 GB.

Step 2: Add the “Add Files” action to your workflow

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The “Add Files” action can be found in the Apps submenu.

screen-shot-2018-04-29-at-9-09-38-pmThe dialog will list any files you’ve already uploaded. If needed, use the “Upload” button to add a new zipped set of files to GroundControl.

You must also specify the App ID of the targeted app.

You may add multiple “Add Files” actions to a single workflow. This allows you to target several apps.

Step 3: Deploy to Your Devices

When deploying to devices, each Launchpad will download the files to a local asset cache. The local copy will be used for all devices, as long as the copy on the server is unchanged.

By default, the Launchpads will always copy the files to devices, even if they already exist.

Updating the Files

If you need to update your content, you may easily do that without modifying the workflow. Use GroundControl’s Cache tab to list all assets. Click on the file you wish to update. Then chose “Replace…” from the menu.

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The updated assets will be immediately available for Launchpads to download and re-cache with no additional steps.