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Special Stories - export options Android

Export Story

Tapping Export Story first presents you with a list of the stories you have created: tap the title of the one you would like to export. If you have more than one collection, you will be prompted to choose a collection, and then to choose from the stories in that collection. An alternative to exporting a single story is to export the whole collection: to do this, select All stories in collection at the top of the list of stories.

You are then presented with a choice ofUse email, Use Wi-Fi and Use Bluetooth. You get the same choice immediately if you tap Import story. There is also a choice Open In “Special Sentences, if Special Sentences has been installed on the device. When exporting a single story (not a whole collection), there is an extra choice Open In “Special Words, if Special Words has been installed on the device. If your device doesn't have Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi, the associated choices are not offered.

Exporting using Email

You can use this to send an individual story, or a whole collection, to yourself or somebody else, as an email attachment. When exporting a single story, the available formats are:

  • Email as Special Stories

    This sends the story in Special Stories format, including text, pictures and sounds. The recipient will only be able to read and edit it if they have installed Special Stories on their device. This is the only format that can be imported back into Special Stories.

  • Email as Special Sentences

    This choice is only offered if you also have Special Sentences installed on your device. This converts the story or stories into topics in Special Sentences format, with text, pictures and sound. The recipient will only be able to read and edit it if they have installed Special Sentences on their device.

  • Email as Special Words

    Suitable if the recipient has Special Words or Special Words Plus on their device.

  • Email as PDF

    This sends the story as a PDF file, with text and pictures but no sounds, as described above for Print Story. (At Android 4.4 and later, the PDF file will use the same font as set in the app's settings, and can include any characters. At earlier versions of Android, the PDF file always uses Helvetica font, and can only include Western European characters.)

To export, simply choose the desired option, add the recipient to the otherwise already completed email message, and send. When exporting a whole collection of stories, the PDF option is not available.

You may want to use this as a backup facility, if you've carefully added stories that you want to be sure you won't lose (e.g. if the device is damaged or lost). In this case, we recommend selecting Email as Special Stories, as this is the only option that allows for re-importing into Special Stories and updating subsequently.

Opening in Special Words

When you choose this option, your device switches to the Special Words app, where you should select Add new profile. Each page in the story is transferred as its own word, picture and sound card. If you have long lines of text in the story, you may need to edit them afterwards in Special Words to make them shorter.

It is also possible to transfer words, pictures and sounds in the opposite direction, from Special Words to Special Stories, as explained in the Special Words User Guide.

Opening in Special Sentences

When you choose this option, your device switches to the Special Sentences app, where you should select Add new collection (if you have exported a whole collection) and Add new topic. Each story is copied as a topic, and each page in a story as a sentence in the topic. If you have long lines of text in the story, you may need to edit them afterwards in Special Sentences to make them shorter.

It is also possible to transfer topics and sentences in the opposite direction, from Special Sentences to Special Stories, as explained in the Special Sentences User Guide.

Exporting and Importing using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi

You can use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to transfer a story of collection directly between two devices that both have Special Stories installed, without having to go via email. The devices must be physically close to each other, and either (a) have Wi-Fi enabled and be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, or (b) have Bluetooth enabled.

Please ensure you have already paired the devices using their Bluetooth settings. 

With the Sharing view visible on both devices, tap Export word list and choose Use Bluetooth  on the source device, and tap Import word listand choose Use Bluetooth on the destination device.

The source device will prompt you to allow Bluetooth to be turned on if not already on, and to allow the device to be discoverable. The destination device will prompt you to allow Bluetooth to be turned on if not already on. The destination device will then present a list of devices with which it has been paired: select the source device by tapping the > right arrow next to it.

Data transfer will then start. If the source device is not shown on the destination device, go back and pair the devices, then start again. Once the data has all been transferred, you will be asked to confirm importing it into the app on the destination device.

This option cannot be used to transfer data between Android and Apple (iOS) devices: use email or Wi-Fi instead.

Please Note

When using email or Wi-Fi, you can transfer to/from Android devices running Special Stories. This is not possible when using Bluetooth, because iOS and Android have incompatible Bluetooth implementations.

Special Stories - import options Android

Import Story

With Import Story the choices are Use Email Use Bluetooth, Use Wi-Fi and Download from Special iApps. You can found out more about Download from Special iApps in Chapter 11.

Importing using Email

To import a story or collection previously exported via email, you need to view the email in the Mail app on the importing device, and tap on the attachment in the email message. If the attachment is in Special Stories format, this will automatically open the Sharing view in Special Stories and ask you to confirm importing the data. You will be offered the choice of creating a new collection containing just that story, or adding the story (or replacing an existing story) in any of your existing collections. If the attachment is in PDF format, it cannot be opened in Special Stories, but if you have a PDF reader installed on your device you will be able to open it in that.

Tapping the Import Story button and choosing the Use Email option, will pop up a message reminding you to use an email app instead.

Using email export and import, it is also possible to transfer stories and collections between Special Stories running on Android and Special Stories running on an Apple mobile device, in either direction.

Importing from a Website or Cloud Service

An exported story or collection in Special Stories format can be hosted on a website, as a file with a .siast suffix. This can then be imported into Special Stories by visiting the website in a web browser such as Chrome, and tapping the link to the file. This will download the file: once complete, open your Downloads app, and tap the file. This will automatically open the Sharing view in Special Stories to import it, just like when importing from an email attachment.

In order for this to work, the website must identify files with a .siast suffix as having MIME type application/vnd.specialiapps.siast. Consult your website administrator about this.

Please Note

When you import a story (using email, website, AirDrop, cloud service, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi) if you have already created one or more stories, you will be offered the choice of replacing any of your existing stories or adding as a new story. Use the Add new story option if you don't want to overwrite any of your existing stories.

If you choose to replace, the story you select will be completely removed. You cannot undo this once you've done it. This option is intended primarily for where you have an updated version of an existing story, and you don't want to keep the old version.

If you choose to add, the imported story will be added as a new one, without overwriting any existing stories. One use for this is if you've updated the same story separately on both devices, and want to keep both sets of updates. You could then merge your updates by using the Copy button in the page editing view to transfer updates in one of the stories to the other, and then delete one of the stories: this is discussed in more detail in Chapter 5. Be careful, as keeping several stories with the same title can be confusing.

If you import a whole collection of stories, you similarly have the choice of adding as a new collection, or replacing one of your existing ones. If you choose to replace, any existing stories in the collection will be lost. You cannot undo this once you've done it. If you don't want to lose any of your existing material, use the Add new collection option.

When using email to transfer a story or collection, be aware that there are limits on attachment sizes. Sending the recipient a link to download from a cloud service will avoid these limits. Also, owing to limitations in how a number of email apps on Android send attachments with custom MIME types, you may find that you cannot import an email attachment on Android sent from an Android device, because the email app will say that there's no suitable app to handle the attachment. This is more likely if you are using a version of Special Stories earlier than 1.5.0. If you also have an iOS device with Special Stories, a workaround is to email from Android to iOS, import on iOS, and then export back to Android.

Another workaround for the MIME problem is to email the file to a Windows PC, save the attachment to disk there, and send on from there in a new email (not by forwarding the original email). However, before doing this, you must first register the MIME types for Special iApps attachments with your PC. To do this, download to your PC our Registration Entries File, and run it. If Windows prompts you whether to allow Registry Editor to make changes to the computer, click Yes, and if it asks Are you sure you want to continue?, click Yes again: this file will not harm your PC.

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