Sync and Share Your Files With These Apps

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apps to sync files on the iPhoneMany attempts have been made to turn the iPhone into a portable memory drive. Already, AppCraver has looked at the acceptably-performing Datacase, the highly-regarded Airsharing, and the less-than-stellar Files.

Enter three more file syncing apps into the fray. They each offer solutions of varying quality with the goal of being able to view and share your docs from your iPhone or other iOS device.

FileSync - Sync, View, and Play Files Anytime, Anywhere! (AppStore Link)
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FileSync - Sync, View, and Play Files Anytime, Anywhere!
Developer: Jeff-Net
Price: $4.99 Download on the App Store

FileSync offers the best solution out of this group of three. You do have to set up an FTP connection in order to send files back and forth to your iPhone. But, once that bit of technical knowledge is out of the way you can be off and running to file-sharing heaven. The best thing about this app is you do not have to pay for an external hosting service to automatically syncs your docs for you (such as Live Mesh or SugarSync). The downside though is making sure you remember to hit the sync button when necessary. The app is an extension of the services offered at Jeff-Net.com, which specializes in report creation.

Files : Document & PDF Reader (AppStore Link)
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Files : Document & PDF Reader
Developer: Olive Toast Software Ltd
Price: free Download on the App Store

Files Lite offers another solution that is very similar to FileSync. You must create a connection between your iPhone and computer for syncing files. This also means being on the same WiFi network when it's time to sync. Just as with FileSync much of the effort with Files Lite takes place on the front end — so it's important to ensure that you properly configure your computer to connect to your iPhone and the software.

This app is not currently available in the App Store.

Briefcase Lite is an app that is barely usable in it's current version. And if you have a Windows PC, good luck. You will have to use port forwarding in order to get your computer visible on a network for file transfer (a similar process must be done on a Mac, though it is less steps). Either way, this only works as a functional solution if you have a high amount of tech knowledge. And even if you do there are better options that will take up far less of your time.

The most seamless of these apps is still probably Airsharing. But there are several to choose from, and the App Store keeps cranking out new ways to keep your tabs of your documents. Whichever solution you undertake, make sure that you are ready to handle the technical details required. Once you do then you will be well on your way to having the contents of your documents folder in your pocket.

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  • Sammy Chen

    great review. thanks

  • Roxy22

    Wow, so many helpful hints in this article. Yes, thanks again AppCraver

  • ChelseeW

    I need to figure out how to set up the FTP.

    Can anyone help me???

    Chelsee