iExplorer HD: iPad Written App Review
Mobile document management has had a heck of a few years. Now it’s even easier to keep track of all your files in one easy place with an awesome new app called iExplorer HD. With this handy title from Zhigang Chen, you won’t have to access several different document apps to see all your goods. iExplorer HD puts it all in one place with an unassuming ease that’s really quite becoming.
As you’d expect, iExplorer HD connects you to files stored on a huge variety of cloud or FTP servers. From DropBox to SkyDrive, this app’s got you covered. Then there are the docs themselves. iExplorer HD supports an enormous amount of doc types, even eBook formats. I was particularly pleased with how the app integrated with editable Google Doc spreadsheets, but also allowed you to save Google Docs in different formats. Another one of my favorites: media streaming from remote servers. And don’t even get me started on the offline file access and options to delete, copy, sort, move and more.
Then there’s the iExplorer HD iPad app’s social side. With a simple touch you can print or tweet anything you’re viewing right from the app. One of the only features I found myself missing was an in-app browser, and the devs say that’s one of the next add ons to this fabulous document managing app. A bit of in-app editing support would be nice as well.
If you work with docs that are scattered throughout the cloud, this is the app you need to help make sense of it all in a single, logical place.
Layout & Design:
With so much functionality packed into one app, I expected iExplorer HD to be a bit unwieldy. However, much to my surprise and delight, I actually found the app to be straight forward, easy to use and logically organized. There aren’t any strange navigational quirks. You do not have to learn a series of strange gestures to make the most of the app. It’s as simple as tapping a button to set up a doc service, logging in, accessing your files, then doing whatever you want.
Sure, there aren’t any sparkles or flashy animation features here. But iExplorer HD is easy on the eyes and more than easy to use. So it gets top marks for being fool-proof.
I’ve seen plenty of expensive file management apps in my time, so I was really pleased with iExplorer HD’s modest price tag of $4.99. At that price, this app is poised to be a perfect solution for business users and casual users just looking to get more out of their documents on the go. Again, the app earns high marks.
iExplorer HD iPhone app requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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