AirDisk Pro turns your iPad into a Wireless Flash Drive
I’ve written about AirDisk Pro before, but I find myself using it more and more so I thought it was worth revisiting. One of the complaints/wishes of the iPad or iPhone is the ability to use it like a flash drive. You have 32 or 64Gb just sitting and wouldn’t it be great if you could user that space to store files. Previously, you needed iTunes and a USB sync cable to pull off that little bit of magic, but apps like AirDisk make all that obsolete.
You connect to AirDisk using a browser, then drag and drop the files you want. There is no need to select the files one and at time and wait until they’re done. Grab a list and they will all be transferred over. This is perfect for grabbing PDF files or Doc files from work. It’s also hellishly convenient when you need to grab training materials or the latest update to one of the programs you need.
It’s also great for quickly getting music and movies onto your device. I used it to copy over movies without having to connect anything. Grab an entire season of NCIS or Dexter and wait for the files to copy. Do the same thing with Albums and take them with you. AirDisk will play all the standard iOS files like MP3, MP4 and will open TXT, Doc, Xls and PDF. While the player and reader aren’t bad you can easily use the Open In function to send the files somewhere else. You can open PDF files in GoodReader, .MOBI files in Kindle Reader, Doc files in Pages. AirDisk makes an incredibly convenient storage container.
Getting files off the iPad is just as easy. Again, use a browser, select the files and click Download. They will be zipped together and transferred over as an archive. You can also click individual files to have them open before transferring. This works very well for TXT and JPG files.
You can also use AirDisk to get data off the iPad from other places. It can import images from your Photo and Media Libraries. AirDisk also shows up in the Open In for other applications like Notebooks for iPad so you can easily take a document and transfer it straight over.
AirDisk can also be locked with a passcode so you documents can be opened by anyone who just happens to pick up your device. Not everyone needs to see your resume you know. It even comes with the ability to transfer files between devices without using other machines. Send a document from one device to another or send it to a friend.
All that being said, getting information into and out of the iPad is the main crux of AirDisk and it does so very well. It’s an effortless task to drag and drop files. At $0.99 this program is an absolute steal. I was skeptical when I first made a purchase, but I use this program multiple times a week to move files around. I also use it to capture pictures and transfer them to my desktop, to grab PDF files so I can convert them to MOBI and read them in Kindle Reader, to copy music so I have something to listen on my Touch without having to go through iTunes and to watch movies. Honestly, AirDisk should be built into the OS.