PC Networking - Windows access to Filesystem
PC Networking (Free or €4.99 for full filesystem access):
Cydia Description: Windows networking for iPhone, iPod and iPad, using Samba. This package adds native Windows networking support for your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Your device will appear in Windows' network locations, and you will be able to browse & transfer files from/to it seamlessly, as you would do with another Windows computer. On some devices, a reboot may be needed for the network service to start. The configuration is done in Settings [the app name in Settings is "Windows"]. NOTE: when the device goes into sleep mode, Wifi is disabled. PC Networking uses Wifi, so it needs your device to be awake in order to be accessible.
I am one who likes to go into my iPad "innards" - for various reasons, mostly because I can. While I like iFile, I find it somewhat limiting when it comes to moving around themes folders, documents, pictures, etc. So, I use OpenSSH (free on Cydia) and an open-source file transfer client for Windows (I use WinSCP, which is also free). I found this process a bit cumbersome, but workable. Then I found PC Networking on Cydia, which is new as of 27 June. Now, it's as if my iPad is another folder on my PC.
The free version of the tweak allows you to access a storage area on the iPad (created by the tweak) where you can move files back and forth. In addtion, you have access to the photos in the Photo app, making photo transfer very simple.
The paid version [€4.99 (about $7.30 USD)] opens up the file system so you can access the entire iPad. Should you choose to get access to the filesystem, you make a Paypal payment to the developer (instructions on the process are provided through the app in Settings).
One limitation for this tweak is the same as when using OpenSSH/FTP client software - the application names are not in plain English. However, you can still access the iPad while you're viewing it on your PC, so it's a simple matter of firing up iFile to see the name of each app.
I'd strongly recommend, as with OpenSSH, that you ensure your root passwords on the device have been changed from Apple's default. In addition, once you have finished working with PC Networking, I'd also recommend you turn off the "Enable Networking" option; this is a very simple process, as PC Networking comes with its own SBSettings toggle. Convenience at it's best!
Here's a screenshot of the Settings options for the app (ignore the left side as it's a cut 'n' paste job to get the full affect of the options available on the right hand side):
And, here's what shows in my Windows machine:
Yeah, it's $7.30 versus free. But, the convenience and ease of this tweak makes the cost of this tweak worth it … to me. Of course, and as always, YMMV.
P.S. I have to add this caution: Be VERY careful wandering around in your iPad's filesystem! I can attest that if you do something that alters the way the iPad works, in a bad way, you WILL have to restore your iPad. Guaranteed! Always remember two simple rules when it comes to mucking about with tweaks such as this one, OpenSSH and iFile: (1) Always do a backup before attempting anything and (2) Make copies of the iPad's/Apple's original files so that, if it's possible, you can just put the iPad back where you found it. Believe you me - I know a-l-l about restores - from experience! :D