Old fashioned? Yes. With a file manager for iPhone and iPad. Apple’s infinite wisdom dictates that iPhone and iPad users not worry about where their files are. Apple will take care of it all. Well, kinda sorta. My way is a better way.
Share & Manage Everything
Managing files on iPhone and iPad is uncomfortable for those of us who demand control. Or, at least, more control than Apple provides in iOS 7.
In the past couple of years I’ve tried every iOS file manager app under the sun, including the popular GoodReader, but I settled on WireShare.
For now. The state of applications for iPhone and iPad is in constant flux, so it pays to keep an open eye and attitude.
WireShare is more like a Swiss Army knife for files. Instead of simply using the Finder to browse through files and folders in the Documents folder, WireShare lets you organize files, use and sync up to online storage services, and even opens and reads most documents.
Think about that. It’s a single app which opens and displays dozens of different file formats– .doc, .txt, .epub, .pdf, .xls, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf and .rtfd, .html, .key, .numbers, .pages and many others.
WireShare opens and displays compressed files, audio files, video files, and photo files. As to PDF files, you add notes, highlight text, annotate, underline and strike through, or just draw with your finger.
How do you get files into WireShare?
That’s the easy part. WireShare shows up in the Open In… dialog box in iOS devices. Plus, it syncs up with Dropbox, Box, Sky Drive, Google Drive, and other storage services. Files can be shared easily between iOS devices using AirDrop and Bluetooth, but there’s an easier Wi-Fi connection with others on a local network.
WireShare’s layout is mostly intuitive, but totally unlike using the Documents folder in the Mac’s Finder. Still, you can create folders, move and copy and rename files and folders, zip and unzip files, and password protect the whole shebang.
The only two problems I’ve run into is getting the hang of the file management routine, and some epub documents don’t annotate and link correctly. Otherwise, there’s not a better file manager app for iPhone or iPad, and certainly none that does what WireShare does for the price tag, including the popular GoodReader.