Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 17:58 UTC
Apple As I was casually browsing around today, I came across this blog post. It's about the recently released VLC media player for the iPad, which you can use to play just about any video under the sun on your iPad. The blog post is a complaint about a bit of help text that's not properly rendered inside the application - annoying, but no dealbreaker. Until I actually read the text - this is how you're supposed to get content on your iPad?
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RE: iOS or Application
by werpu on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 11:38 UTC in reply to "iOS or Application"
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I agree using iTunes for file transfer sucks, but some of the blame has to go with the app developer.

iOS 4 has introduced shared files that any application that registers that they can open that type file can access it. Additionally, although it's not drag and drop in the finder (aka jailbreaks can enable this, so should apple), transferring files over wifi is easily done and can be done by any app.

A good example is drop box on iDevices. Files put into the shared directory, select the file, and any app that has registered to handle that file type can be used.

Actually wifi sharing for video files is a major pain because it takes way longer than a simple USB transfer. While it is viable for pdfs or mp3s it is definitely not for video files. Secondly even apple has not fully implemented the data API in their apps, have you ever tried an open with or a direct drop of epub files in iReader, guess what not possible because iReader does not register itself as being epub aware, they hacked themselves into the data exchange of iTunes instead, you cannot even drag and drop epubs from itunes into the device like you can do for mp3s you have to go over sync.

Third the usb restrictions go way beyound of what you think here. Even if some applications have opened gaps in the non usb storage mentality (goodreader for example) you still cannot simply connect to any computer having itunes, apple has imposed a 5 machines being able to register the device limit. And guess what you have to register first before being able to drop any files into the good reader or any other app data area in itunes.
The entire file exchange area in iOS is simply nothing Apple should be proud of, it definitely is iOSs weakest part it is even weaker than the missing copy paste in iOS 1.0 was.

Edited 2010-09-23 11:42 UTC

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