File sharing on the iPhone and iPad is nothing new: There have been heaps of applications created since the birth of the iDevice to correct various holes in Apple’s rather stringent file peddling policies. However, Filamente, by developer Aircreek, fills an altogether more subtle niche in the market, allowing its users to access Microsoft SharePoints from their iPhone or iPad: A feature not currently available in any mobile browsing experience. The price is hefty, but if this functionality is vital to you, Filamente is an absolute steal.
Concept and Functionality
As stated, Filamente serves as an intermediary between its users and their various Microsoft SharePoints. For the uninitiated, SharePoint Online is a software that makes for easy collaboration on projects between business professionals. In a manner similar to DropBox or BaseCamp, the site allows users to post files, comment on them, store them here or there, or share them with others quickly.
Filamente brings all of this same functionality to the iPhone, allowing purchasers to not only access their SharePoint files, but open them in mail for simple exporting, spread them out to other applications for quick editing, or upload them to DropBox like a digital safe. And, of course, users are free to edit their SharePoint data on-the-fly as they see fit, including registering multiple SharePoint locations and saving lists to their favorites for faster workflow.
All in all, it’s a brilliant package, and one we think any professional with a SharePoint habit could benefit from. Our only complaint is the current lack of any ability to edit files natively within the application. This isn’t so big a pain, as Filamente makes it easy to send files elsewhere, but it is the only thing preventing Filamente from being a total production powerhouse.
Design and Layout
In terms of design, Filamente is sporting nothing fancy, but this is entirely okay with us. The app makes extensive use of tabbed navigational browsing, allowing users to quickly swap between desired features. Likewise, saving documents, editing SharePoint data, and adding items to the favorites list could not be simpler. We very greatly appreciated the inclusion of DropBox, as we’re big fans of the service, and having the option to open the pod bay doors to our regular accounts within Filamente is a tremendous boon.
We are a bit disappointed with the price of Filamente, however: Clocking in at a whopping $13 in the App Store, the title is certainly catering to the business crowd. However, though the software is expensive, Filamente does provide the smoothest, quickest, and most secure way to get at your SharePoint Online accounts while on-the-go. It’s a steep bargain, but that kind of access is easily worth the price of entry, especially for the serious professional.
Filamente requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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