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Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by MapungMadura, Aug 21, 2011.
Need to know best free/pay file manager like windows explorer
And how to install it in iPad
The iPad doesn't have a file manager, like Windows Explorer, because each app on the iPad has its own private file space. Unlike Windows, where files are kept centrally and can be accessed by any program, on the iPad each app is completely isolated - in a little world of its own - with its own copy of whatever files it needs.
The iPad's operating system, iOS, doesn't allow one app to view another app's files, so a program like Windows Explorer would be impossible to write for the iPad. Only very limited interaction between apps is allowed and that is under the very strict control of the iPad's operating system, iOS.
If you jail break your iPad, then this restriction is removed but that's another story...
I use GoodReader as my workaround file management app. Easy to use, interacts with most other apps I have, syncs to cloud.
But it is definitely a 'workaround' - it can't see files held by other apps, only its own files. So, yes, you can store all sorts of files in GoodReader and then export them to other apps - and that's great - but you still can't see the files that other apps have.
Reason #6 I hate Apple
Not for most people. I'm a long long time Win user (since just about the beginning) but I love not having to deal with it. I do use Goodreader and Dropbox to keep organized for content but otherwise--its quite nice to just choose an app (and I do use lots of apps as sort of workarounds to do lots of work but I'm still happy with apps and not dealing with Windows like organization on the Ipad). I am still a Win7 person on my PC.
Yeah, I thought at first that this limitation would be an issue but it really isn't. I actually like that my iPad just does its thing and I don't have to concern myself with all that stuff. I'm completely used to it now and this is my first apple product owned. I've been a windows guy forever.
I like FileBrowser, not so much for accessing iPad files (which are walled off within each app) but for accessing files on my NAS (file server). It's great for viewing my 80 GB of photos and accessing text and PDF documents. You can generally use "Open In" to import documents into GoodReader (another favourite) etc.
As a general comment, I dislike the walled garden file system of iOS. I just don't see any benefits and it is quite restrictive at times. Many apps can open other app files anyway, so what's the point?
Can you use it to upload files to the web??
Sent from my Verizon Black 64GB iPad 2 With IOS 5.01 Update From NYC using iPF
I'm completely new to this, so please excuse if this is in the wrong place. Basically, I was wondering if anyone could tell me the best solution for accessing files on the iPad without needing an Internet connection (which I understand to be the case with DropBox and similar apps). Does GoodReaderUSB require an Internet connection to access and view files on the iPad once they have been dropped into the relevant folder? -- Apologies in advance if that's a stupid question!