How the heck do presets work?

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I bought a lifetime license to BTT and am running 3.373 on Catalina 10.15.4.

I'm trying to take a setup I've created (that works), create a backup (via export), then import that backup as a new preset without overwriting the setup that works.

The steps appear to be:

  1. make sure the preset/setup is selected as the master preset
  2. export the preset/setup and name it
  3. to import the exported backup preset/setup without overwriting the one that works, it looks like you have to create a new blank preset/setup in BTT
  4. make the new preset the master preset/setup so the backup gets imported into it
  5. choose import, select the desired backup, and choose to replace the current selected master preset with the exported "backup" preset/setup

Every time I do the above, the exported settings (of the setup that works) are lost. Fortunately I learned how to keep the setup that works by never deleting it or overwriting it. The problem I'm having is I can only "keep" the working setup in BTT because I haven't figured out how to export it and import it without overwriting the setup/preset that works!

Maybe this is so easy/intuitive that I haven't figured it out.
Any help appreciated.

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So basically you want to export a preset and import it again, basically you want to duplicate a preset? :thinking:
Export the setup that works. Make sure you export settings too when asked for it!
Rename your setup. Export it under a new name, including once again the settings.
Import the setup you wish to modify (the first one).

Duplicate presets are not possible in BTT though because that would result in duplicate UUIDs :slight_smile:

Even if you rename it you won’t be able to import the same one again without overriding it.

And deleting the other one. I forgot😂

Thanks guys - All I want to do is export a working setup to have as a backup in case settings ever vanish from the working setup.

From what you're saying, is this the way to make a backup and then restore from it?

  • export the current working setup/preset and name it -- this becomes the backup file
  • if I ever lose settings in the current working master setup/preset, I simply import the backup and overwrite the current master preset/setup.

Is that correct? If so, I'll test it by exporting/backing up, deleting some settings in the running master preset/setup, and overwriting the "damaged" master with the backup preset/setup.


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Just tested and that works. My hurdle was I didn't understand that the working master ("damaged" or not) has to be overwritten by it's backup.

Thanks! and feel free to add anything I don't know.
Sounds like there's capability to create, export, and import different presets/setups, you just have to back up the master and then over-write it with the different preset/setup.

Is there a how-to written on how to do that, how to create a backup and restore, and how to create, load and switch between different presets? Let me know, and thanks again.

A backup? BTT has one inside. If you want one extra, just export the Preset with Settings and put it in any folder you want in the Finder :wink:

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