That was then and this is now and today we don’t worry much about the world’s major platforms (OS X, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android OS) because most files we use work on most of the platforms– documents, photos, movies, music, etc. That means sharing of files is easy, right?
When. It. Works.
If anything, sharing files with others is a hit-or-miss proposition. When it works, it works absolutely great. When it does, troubleshooting becomes a huge time waster.
Apple’s AirDrop is a nice idea. Share files between devices via a simple drag and drop. But you need recently manufactured devices for it to work.
Mac users can choose from a number of third party utilities which overcome the hardware requirements imposed by Apple, including the popular Instashare for Mac (with iPhone, iPad, Windows, and Android versions available).
Instashare is flexible and simple to use. It works with or without an internet connection (all you needs Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to transfer files) and makes it drag-and-drop simple to send files from one device to another device (which must have the appropriate Instashare app).
Drag the file you want to send to another device, select the targeted device, and drop. Done. What’s not to like?
The problem with file sharing between devices isn’t so much the files themselves as it is hardware. Instashare can share almost any Mac file format– movies, music, documents, PDFs, photos. It also works well with older devices, including those that don’t work using OS X’s AirDrop utility.
What’s the problem?
Sharing just doesn’t work all the time, and not on all devices. When it works, it’s great. When it does not work, it’s the beginning of often fruitless troubleshooting. This isn’t an issue that is limited to Instashare, either. Many other iOS and OS X sharing utilities suffer from similar feast or famine incidents. Maybe that’s why the Mac’s version of Instashare carries such a low price and why the iOS versions are free (ad supported).