Developer: Magnetism Studios
Price: $4.99 Download on the App Store
FileMagnet from Magnetism Studios is a simple, yet elegant, iPhone app. Its primary function is to make it easy to shuttle files back and forth between your desktop and iPhone and it does that very well.
The first thing you do is ensure your iPhone and PC are on the same Wi-Fi network — it won't work otherwise. Next, install the FileMagnet app on your iPhone and the uploader client on your desktop — in Windows or Mac OS — which you get from Magentism Studios' Web site.
When I launched both apps, the client found the iPhone immediately (and I mean within a few seconds).
From there, it's as easy to drag files and folders from your desktop to your iPhone so you can take them with you to read later or transfer to another desktop on which you've also installed the client. From the iPhone, you can delete files (it does not delete files on the desktop, so no worries there) or upload them to your desktop.You can drop virtually any file onto your iPhone. However, you can only open and read file formats the iPhone supports: PDFs, Microsoft Office Docs, iWork, graphic files, movies, and audio files. That shouldn't come as a surprise.
You can choose to read your files in portrait and landscape mode. You also can scroll from one open file to the next.
FileMagnet has a tilt mode that I found gimmicky. It allows you to use the accelerometer to scroll pages from top and bottom. When you use this feature, it requires your tilting the iPhone toward or away from you at angles that make the text difficult to read. Happily, you can turn tilt mode off.
One drawback: You can view PDFs only one page at a time, which could be inconvenient with lengthy documents.
The desktop client crashed on me a couple of times on my laptop, which runs Vista. I'm inclined to blame the OS for that. It ran fine on my XP desktop.
FileMagnet is a great app. It comes with a complete set of instructions in PDF. Don't leave home without it.