Air Sharing – Review

On September 22, 2008

App Type: Uncategorized

Air Sharing – Review

Our rating:

By: Avatron Software, Inc.

Version #: 1.0.1

Date Released: 2008-09-08


Price: 0.00

User Rating:

As I write this rumors of a bump in iPhone capacity to 32 GB are flying. I had long believed that when it comes to capacity bigger is better but lately there seems to be less and less of a case to be made. I mean, think about it- you can stream music thanks to a variety of apps, you can create Genius Playlists in iTunes and have a constantly revolving selection of music and podcasts require syncing to be updated anyway so you need to sync frequently. Add to that the fact that most apps take up far less space than many of us expected and the arguements for high capacity dwindle.

There is, though, a tremendously compelling argument for high capacity that can STILL be made thanks to Air Sharing.

Air Sharing is one of the "must have" applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Seriously a MUST HAVE.

It is by far the best, most convenient way to transfer files to your iPhone/Touch and view them that I have seen. It works Mac OS X, Windows XP and Vista, Linux and any web browser. It supports TONS of formats, including iWork and Office formats, PDFs and HTML. The list is huge!

You can even play mp3 or m4v files right in the application! (hmmm, doesn’t that duplicate a native Apple function??? Nobody tell Apple lest it meet the same fate as Podcaster and MailWrangler.)

It is super easy to set up and includes a clear step-by-step manual in the app itself. Once your iPhone/Touch is connected to a computer through Air Sharing adding a file is as simple as dragging a file into the folder on your computer.

Seriously, this is a superb piece of software that turns your iPhone/Touch into a wirelessly connected, drive and then lets you USE the files on that drive.

I added–

-a Pages document. No problem.

-a Word Document. No problem.

-a big PDF. No Problem (although it was slow to render and change pages)

-a JPEG. Perfect.

-an mp3. Yup.

-an m4v. Perfect.

And the list goes on and on.


Quick Take

Value:  Super High. (Still free as of review time but worth it after free period.)
Would I Buy Again: In a second
Learning Curve: Connecting the first time- medium. After that- easy
Who is it for: Anyone with an iPhone or Touch
What I like:  Does exactly what it says and does so perfectly
What I Don’t: Not a thing (seriously, not a thing)

Final Statement:  Great app! Is the reason for getting as large a capacity as is available. Glad I got the 32GB Touch!


Read the Developer's Notes:
Air Sharing is the easiest way to take your documents with you and view them on the go.
With Air Sharing, you can:- Mount your iPhone or iPod touch as a wireless drive on any Mac, Windows, or Linux computer.- Drag-drop files between your iPhone or iPod touch and your computers.- View documents in many common formats.
INTRODUCTORY PRICE Air Sharing's regular price is US$6.99. But don't miss this special introductory offer: for the first two weeks, Avatron Software will be giving Air Sharing away for FREE!
FEATURES Ease of use-- Familiar Finder-like file browser-- Prominent display of available space-- Use of Bonjour and WebDAV (like iDisk) for easy connection-- Extensive in-line Help with detailed, simple instructions-- Controls to prevent, or to delay, iPhone auto-lock-- Mac OS X applications displayed with their own icons in file browser-- Color-coded formatting of source code files
Fast scrolling-- Page Up and Down buttons that accelerate while held down-- A folder popup for going back to previously viewed folders-- Automatic jump to last viewed location when opening a long document
Security-- Optional password protection-- Public folder for guest access
Flexibility-- Unique pinch-to-zoom in the file browser to reveal more or less file information-- Full support for landscape orientation in every app feature
Compatibility-- Mac OS X (Tiger and Leopard)-- Windows (XP and Vista)-- Linux (GNOME and KDE)-- Any Web browser
VIEWABLE FORMATS-- iWork (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote), full resolution if saved with preview-- Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), with limited support for XML formats-- Web Archive (web-page downloads packaged by Safari)-- Web page-- PDF-- HTML-- RTF (Rich Text Format)-- RTFD (TextEdit documents with embedded images)-- Plain text (many different file extensions), with Unicode support-- Source code (C/C++, Objective C/C++, C#, Java, Javascript, XML, shell scripts, Perl, Ruby, Python, and more), with color-coded formatting-- Movie (standard iPhone formats: H.264, MPEG-4, 3GPP, etc.)-- Audio (standard iPhone formats: MP3 VBR, AAC, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, CAF, etc.)-- Image (standard iPhone formats: GIF, PNG, JPG, TIFF, etc.)Updated:-- Greatly improved Windows Vista connectivity -- Support for mapping a drive letter in Vista -- Fixed Bonjour when device name contains non-alphanumerics -- Viewing of RTF, RTFD, and TXT files with Unicode characters -- Better handling of network interruptions and aborted transfers -- More explicit connection details about different Wi-Fi issues -- Live-updating connection details when the network changes -- Support for viewing syntax-colored PHP scripts -- Fixed sleep prevention when Allow Sleep is off -- Fixed a crash when you press Done while a web or Help page is loading -- Fixed a rare crash on launch -- Sundry bug fixes, performance enhancements, and stability improvementsO U R   T A K E . . .

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