Apo to instant sync files for offline viewing?

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  1. xGary

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    App to instant sync files for offline viewing?

    Is there any app that will automatically instant sync (for later offline viewing) files I drop into a folder on my computer? Ie if I download a file on my computer and drop it in the folder and leave my house 10 mins later (without pressing sync or manually downloading the file to my iPad), I want to be able to access the file offline without Internet.

    Does Dropbox do that?
     
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    Take a look at the app iFiles ($3.99, USD). You can wirelessly sync between your iPad and computer IF you've et it up where you've mapped a network drive. If you map a drive, the app shows up on your computer as a folder and you can drag and drop stuff into it (pictures, documents, movies, etc). Once the transfer is done, you can close the app and walk away.

    You need to be on the same wireless network, but once the transfer is done, the files are on your computer - Internet not required.

    Is that what you are looking for?

    Marilyn

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    Once I drop the files into the folder, do I have to press anything in the iFiles app to download the files? Or does the app automatically download the files for offline view.
     
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    Nope, it automatically downloads. The drag 'n' drop is the start of the transfer process. Now, I didn't say this before, but this is with a Windows machine. I don't know how it works on a Mac - cause I don't have one... :)

    If you map the iFiles app to your Windows computer, you get a network location. So, it's a folder on your PC that you can drag 'n' drop. The only caveat is that the iFiles app has to be open on the iPad when you are accessing the network drive/folder.

    Because I had to re-do it for the new iPad, here's the directions for making a new network folder for iFiles on your PC:

    1) Click Start

    2) Go to "Computer"

    3) Select "Map Network Drive"

    4) Click on "Connect to a Web Site you can use....etc" right at the bottom of the list (in blue)

    5) When the new Window appears click "Next"

    6) Click "Choose a Custom Network"

    7) Click "Next"

    8) Enter "http://[your iDevice address - found in iFiles settings] (NOTE: Must have/use "http://")

    9) Carry on and follow the prompts (you get a chance to set up a shortcut, so the iFiles folder will always show up if you go to Start - Computer on the PC)

    It really is very fast. I moved over a 2048 x 2048 picture to the iFiles app and it didn't take any time at all. In addition, the iFiles app has an "Open In..." function, so once you get a file TO the iPad, you can pretty much open it up with any app that supports that file type.

    Helps?

    Marilyn
     

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