How to back up your KaleidoPaint drawings to a desktop computer

You may wish to save your KaleidoPaint drawings other than by emailing images of them or saving them to your Photos folder on your tablet. In this case, you need to save the actual dot TXT file, a file that gives written instructions to your tablet, on how to recreate your drawing. You may be in the process of cleaning out your iPad but you wish to keep them for later. Saving their editable forms that is. You may wish to gift your iPad to someone else. You might want to redo one of your drawings. Tweak the outline or the colours later on down the road. In some instances, I will copy the TXT file to my computer, open it in a text editor, and delete an underlying sketch, in order to keep the final outline – much faster than manually deleting every line. Whatever the reason, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Using your USB cable, connect to your iPad to your Mac or Windows computer.
  2. Open iTunes, if it hasn’t already.
  3. Click on the iPad icon in iTunes (see below)
  4. Click on the Apps icon in the left hand column.
  5. iPad-backup02
  6. Notice that there are 3 vertical scroll bars above. The last one on the right will allow you to scroll all the way down to the “File Sharing” Apps.
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  8. Scroll all the way down till you see the KaleidoPaint icon, see below.
  9. iPad-backup04
  10. Then using the second scroll bar, find the files you wish to transfer to your Mac or PC. In this case, Sam’s mascot and Sam n his Cat.
  11. Select the files. And click on the “Save to…” button, as below.
  12. iPad-backup05
  13. Notice that there is both the thumbnail image, the PNG file, and the code file, a TXT file. This TXT file gives instructions to the App on how to draw the vector splines and their fills and dots.
  14. And that is how you can either back up your drawings or share them between friends or different tablets, while still retaining the editability of the drawing.


3 thoughts on “How to back up your KaleidoPaint drawings to a desktop computer

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    • Nicholas,
      I have not been able to open them in Illustrator. And I have asked the programmer, Jeff Weeks about that. Your best bet is to tweak your drawing, export your tile, all in black lines over white. Then use the create outlines function in illustrator. You then have control over fills, etc.


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