Fetch files for your fondleslab
iOS App of the Week I use Dropbox to sync files between computers and mobile devices, but the problem with Dropbox is that you can only sync files and folders that you’ve already placed into the Dropbox folders on those devices.
I’m not that organised and when I’m using my iPhone or iPad I often find that I’d like to quickly browse my desktop machines in order to locate files that may be scattered all over their hard disks.
Browse your networked computers, the copy over files
I thought this would be a fairly simple task, but I’ve spent a surprising amount of time trying out various SMB and file-sharing apps before settling on Files Connect.
It’s straightforward to use – just launch the app and it immediately detects the computers that are connected to your network. Public files or folders on those machines are automatically made available, but you’ll need to know the administrator password for each machine if you want to access other files and folders.
Whole folders can be zapped over, and their contents open in apps
The app has a very Mac-like interface, and allows you to select individual files or entire folders, which can then be transferred to your iOS device, renamed, or bookmarked so that you can find them again quickly.
Documents on other machines can be previewed from within the app, and once a document has been copied across onto your iOS device you can use the ‘Open In’ command to open and edit the document within another app, such as Apple’s Pages word processor.
Connect to cloud services too
My only complaint is that Files Connect is a bit pricey given that it’s little more than a slick file browser. However, it’s more straightforward than some of the other apps I tested along the way, so I decided it was worth a fiver or so simply to solve my file-sharing problems and then move onto something more interesting. ®
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Waste of time
Unless this provides a full filesystem for iOS it's merely a bodge.
The inability of my iPad to edit then upload a document via a HTML form to website x has had me close to throwing it across the room.
Probably a good app but merely provides a partial work around for iOS's failings in the file system / file transfer area.
Come on you know something is stupidly wrong when Office HD has to include email functionality just to help you move docs between Apps.
Fail apple fail.
It shouldn't even be an app.
The ability to get shared files over a network should be inherent in IOS, like pretty much every other OS made with network support.
...£5.49 for a function that should be available in iOS by default. Please can someone explain to me why the iFanbois put up with this kind of shit?
Apple - Fisher Price level IT in a shiny box.
But the iPad isn't a smart phone and it doesn't include any file handling functionality. I've been playing with one recently and, while it's a bit of fun, for a £400 device it's shit -- you can't do simple tasks with it without shelling out for apps and there isn't an app for everything.
These Tablets are touted as replacing desktop and laptop PCs -- but they just don't. Lack of file handling and the fact you need a PC as well to do anything vaguely clever makes them just expensive, shiny toys.
£5.49 *is* pricey.
You're right, compared to cigarettes it's cheap. Compared to other useful applications in the app store (which is a fairer comparison, wouldn't you agree?) it's expensive.
As for the OS you're talking about; IOS. This has BSD sockets for networking and CIFS already works on it.
You're paying £5.49 for a pretty front end.
Of course I understand that getting gracefully mugged by apple is much less fun than actually bothering to look things up.