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Discussion in 'iPad Help' started by nzlowie, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. nzlowie
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    Hi all
    I'm new to the ipad... is there an easy way to view video without having itunes as the defult player?
    Also can use move files around like windows file manager?

    Thanks
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    Quite a few Members use OPlayer as their video player; it handles a very wide variety of video formats so it's very flexible. You can't really move files around, as you can in Windows, because the iPad has an isolated file structure where each app has sole access to its own files and any other app cannot access them directly. Having said that, apps such as OPlayer can register their ability to handle various file types with the iPad's operating system, iOS. Then another app can 'offer' files that it has using the iOS 'Open in' capability. When an app offers a file in this way, iOS determines which apps, if any, have registered their ability to process the type or format of file being 'offered'. If there's a match, then the user is offered that app as a possible destination and a copy of the file is made by iOS to the destination app's filespace.

    So, if you emailed a video as an attachment and had OPlayer installed then, when you tapped on the video in the iPad's native Mail app, a pop-up box or menu would appear offering you the option to open the attachment in OPlayer. If you accepted, then iOS would transfer you to OPlayer, where you'd find the attachment in OPlayer's filespace ready to play.

    Tim

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