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FileMagnet: send files to iPhone

Thanks to the iPod disc mode, the music player allows you to reserve part of the memory to host files of any type. This precious function, available on all MP3 players, is absent in the standard specifications of the iPhone and also iPod touch. The FileMagnet program overcomes this limit with Apple's most advanced paperbacks and adds an important series of functions, including wireless transfer to and from the Mac, and finally the possibility to view the most important file formats for documents.

Let's proceed with order: to use FileMagnet you need to buy the application for iPhone and touch on the App Store, directly in this link. Then from the developer's website we download the small free program FileMagnet Uploader: the latter is a client that allows you to transfer files between Mac and iPhone and vice versa. In sequence we launch FileMagnet Uploader on the Mac and only then we start FileMagnet on the pocket of the Apple. The two software enter into direct communication via the Wi-Fi network only if Mac and iPhone or touch are in the same network: this without any configuration and without any user intervention, thanks to the Apple Bonjour zero-configuration technology.

At this point, all you need to do is drag individual files or even entire folders onto the FileMagnet Uploader icon: you can store any format file on iPhone and iPod touch. When the documents are in the iPhone memory FileMagnet allows you to view the files supported for this purpose: PDF files, Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) of the Apple Office productivity applications (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) and then files HTML, TXT text files, images (JPEG, GIF, TIF, PNG) and also Safari's WebArchives archives. Remember that FileMagnet also allows you to view all the other files natively supported by the iPhone, including audio and video files.

While viewing the supported files, you can navigate, zoom, shrink and rotate the screen just like we usually do with iPhone and touch. During the tests performed by Macity we found the extreme ease of use of the program but we also detected some problems. When viewing photographs and bulky documents it often happens that FileMagnet returns an error message for insufficient memory: it is a known bug that the developer is working on to solve. We encountered the problem by enlarging a 633 KB JPG photo in 2048 × 1536 pixel format, finally trying to read Apple's iPhone User Guide, a 130 page PDF: scrolling through the first 10 or 20 you run into the fateful memory errors .

For all these reasons FileMagnet is a solution that we recommend to all people who need to always have documents and work and personal files in their pocket. At the same time, we advise you to proceed carefully if we want to use it above all as a pocket document viewer: it can perform this task for small files and attachments but it cannot be used to read a book or a long document in electronic format. Finally: while perfect the system of communication via Wi-Fi between Mac and FileMagnet on iPhone and touch, at the time of writing we cannot work with PC systems.