Wednesday, October 21, 2009

MobileMe – The iPhone

With MobileMe and the free iPhone files copied to an OS X or XP mounted iDisk (WebDav) share can also be viewed on your iPhone. I know there are other apps that do something similar, such as Air Sharing, but I think this will work for me.

Note that as the “Master” of my family MobileMe account I have 20GB of iDisk storage.

Here’s an illustrative example

  1. Work around XP SP2 bugs so you can mount an iDisk as a Windows (WebDav) file share.
  2. Drop a PDF into the share. It’s now accessible through all iDisk clients, including my server synchronized iDisk folder.
  3. Open iPhone and view PDF. The iPhone PDF viewer is quite impressive.
  4. From iPhone PDF viewer you can send an email. The email will contain a link that points to the shared file (doesn’t actually contain the file).

Slick. I assume the iDisk viewable file types are the same as those viewable as email attachments:

Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)

See also: Gordon's Tech- The MobileMe Massacre begins.

1 comment:

Curt Carmack said...

You should try DropBox's iPhone app or SugarSync's app -- they both work very well and have free options. I have a 60GB SugarSync account and a free DropBox (2GB) account and frequently use both for viewing almost any kind of file on my iPhone. The files can be stored locally, as well.