Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Apr 2014 19:09 UTC

I deeply, truly, desperately want Apple to add a Files app and DocumentPicker controller to the iPhone and iPad in iOS 8. I've wanted it going on 4 years, and every year more than the last. It is, in my very humble opinion, one of the biggest, most frustrating holes remaining on Apple's mobile operating system, and all the more so because it seems like a model for fixing it has been in successful use for years already. Right now we're saddled with the complexity and frustration of iOS documents locked in app and iCloud jails. We're driven to outdated filesystems like Dropbox because Apple hasn't yet provided a next generation alternative. It needs to happen and so I'm once again asking for it this year and for iOS 8.

iOS has many complexity-inducing frustrations born out of "keep it simple", but none as big as this one. File handling on iOS is so incredibly frustrating and needlessly complex that I have a hard time considering it a mature operating system at all. My line of work requires constant opening and closing of a quarter metric frickton of files, and that kind of stuff is simply impossible on iOS.

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I am a little confused:

1) Pipelining a single document through multiple applications

How is multiple programs opening a single file different than sending your file through a sequence of applications? Currently, the only part missing is programmers thinking in a cooperative way.

2) Grouping documents from different applications into a single project

When you group different type of files to form a meta document, it is more natural to treat the group as a single file. This is essentially the way most office suites adopted. Suppose you want to update a figure in an office document, theoretically, in iOS, you could send it to am image editor, and after editing, you would then send it back to your office suite. If the office suite app is well designed, it would then automatically replace the figure in your document.

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