Ah… trying imazing… they never say what the limitations of the free version are, guess a lot of developers do this, but I find the practice seriously off-putting. Got it, ran the app, interesting, to connected to my backups automatically! Said to hook up my device and refresh, but when I did that nothing happened. Visited prefs, don’t launch itunes was off BUT iTunes didn’t launch… ok. Quit and relaunched it, NOW it sees my plugged in device. EXCEPT it seems to insist on ONLY backup up my entire device, something I do not want or need. Somehow I get to having a list of the stuff on my iPad so I click on messages, and it launches into an operation to backup what appears to be everything. Yet I know that it LOOKED like I COULD pick one conversation when looking at the backup copy. BUT the whole wireless backup has been broken for years, I had "reconnected it a while back, got to do 1-2 backups wirelessly, but none since then. Plug it in, launch iTunes, NOW it sees it… except it’s telling me it has NEVER been backed up! WTF?
I am SO furious that I must abandon this until I calm down… 30+ years as a Mac user and I have never, ever found I had to fight their crap as much as it seems I have to now.
So I got out to do my mrketing, hoping to clear my head a bit and think (I’m at the age where things don’t instantly think themsleves through…). MAYBE this imazing somehow deleted my itunes backups because it wanted to take over? So I run it, and see my backup is still there. Back to itunes and NOW it is NOT claiming I have never backed up, so I do that. Back to imazing, they DO seem to know that I had just backed it up. The iPad has connected to THEM via WiFi (something itunes seems unable to do more than once before failing). Same thing, if I try and just extract one convo, it MUST back the whole thing up… so I go to the backup which SEEMS to have an option to do just that. I get all the way to it being about to dum mit to a text file when FINALLY, the restriction they NEVER talk about pops up… 25 items. I mean, I can ;t really object to them HAVING some restriction, but I have gone through hell to get to even find out about WHAT it is.
Fortunately, to their credit, ecamm provided a very straightforward way to send them a message asking about “free version” restrictions. My bet is it’s going to preclude what I am trying to do… and it just is NOT worth it for 30 or 40 bucks to do it.
So that should close out this saga… except thanks for listening to my rambling and you’re trying to help.
Dayum, it seems this story will just NOT go way… thought it was over because we had a common convo on both devices where we CAN talk to each other. So she was at the dentist this morning and we exchanged some words (and an image she sent me). She’s on her phone, I’m on my tablet. Boot my desktop, go to write her one more thought I had and guess what? NONE of the conversation we had this morning is showing on the desktop! I write her that thhoght and it DOES appear on the tabet.