Many apps lock you into using their charts and many not give you options for export. OnSong is different in that we allow you to import content in a variety of ways and then export it too. We know that you need flexibility when it comes to your music and the repertoire that you've worked to build.
Many users depend on OnSong to keep them organized at home, on the road, and at the gig. An OnSong Backup file is a great way to keep your content safe and you can always restore your backup into another copy of OnSong. The backup file itself is actually just a ZIP file that’s been renamed so you can also extract and view your library from a computer. The structure of the library is pretty straightforward, but it is structured and may not be in the formats that you like. For instance, much of the song information is stored in a SQLite database file.
If you want just the files, you can also export them from OnSong itself. You would do this by tapping on the square with an up arrow to view the Share menu and then choose Export. You would then choose your file format and then tap on the “pages” icon in the lower left to pick songs. There you can select all your songs. So which file format should you use? Well that’s a good question. Adobe PDF is very portable but not easily editable… it’s more like a print out. If you have text-based chord charts, export using the “OnSong” file format. This will be the raw text content of the song. Unfortunately when you export these types of files you do lose some additional OnSong specific features like annotations or specific formatting if you’re exporting the text. If you're planning on using your files again in OnSong, export using the "OnSong Archive" file format.
OnSong lets you export to a lot of different storage locations. Use the location picker to choose where you want these files to be exported. You can even tap on the wrench icon to change the output options if you want to export as single files (one per song), export them into a single, compressed ZIP file, etc.