Most of us are on the go, working off of laptops, notepads and smartphones. Most of the work we all do requires several sets of eyes to review, contribute and absorb. This necessitates the requirement of being able to share various types of documents, spreadsheets, videos, audio and graphics. While there are several cloud-based applications that allow you to create, store and share several types of documents, Files is a neat new app for iPhone and iPad that supports creation of several type of documents and lets you share it across several venues.
Files App Review
What are these venues, you ask? Take your pick and know that it’s supported. You can link your Files account to Dropbox, Google, and SkyDrive. You can also send locally created items via email and WiFi, with simple graphic-supported instructions on how to make it happen. Establish links from Files to any of the cloud app accounts you have to easily download, upload and manage docs.
Tightly integrated with iOS, it works well across Pages, Safari and Mail, so you can make powerful use of it on your devices. With automatic iCloud synchronization, know that you have the latest copy available for viewing and editing, whether you are on your iPhone or iPad.
The Files app is clean and simple and makes for a single location from which to gain access to any of your files, no matter what type they are, from a single device. You basically integrate accessibility from multiple cloud offerings, enhancing your online experience and productivity. You simply download the app and you ready to go. There is no account to create or registration involved. If you wish to sync to iCloud, the option is available for selection upon download, or later through Settings on your device. You have the option to enable and/or disable this feature as you work with Files.
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The online help was a bit confusing. Upon selecting it, Safari opens to savysoda.com, but shows information about their Documents app, not specifically for Files. It was not apparent to me if Files is a subset of Documents, and if, as a user, you need to sort through the topics to find what you are looking for. However, as a new user, I would have expected a more direct offering of help topics specific to this app. Using eMail as a transfer method was also not straightforward. The in-app help showed a series of screens portraying how a file embedded in Files could be sent as what looks like an attachment, but did not specify how to make it happen.
Overall, this app is pretty simple and useful. It is not superbly feature-rich, and editing of documents could be better. However, if simply used as a single gateway to all places where you keep your work or your entertainment, it makes for an easy way to get to all the different sources and share them, to enable easy collaboration, share a great video clip or piece of music.