6 ways to transfer files to and from iPad

Creativity | 2011.05.18 05:25 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

It’s true that you can use your iPad instead of your Mac to take care of many common computing tasks. But unless you’re ready to ditch Mac OS X entirely, you’ll still need to transfer files back and forth between your iPad and your Mac if you’re going to get work done.

Unfortunately, transferring and synchronising files between the Mac and the tablet isn’t easy. There are several different ways to do it, but none are perfect, and each has its deficiencies. Frankly, this is one area where Apple could vastly improve the iPad experience. Until that happens, here are your choices when it comes to transferring files between your various devices.

iTunes

Apple’s officially endorsed route for file-transfers between iPad and Mac is via iTunes file-sharing. Unfortunately, it’s an amazingly clunky process.

For one thing, it only works with apps that support it. All of Apple’s iPad creation tools—Pages, Keynote, Numbers, GarageBand and iMovie—use iTunes to move files back and forth. Some third-party apps—e-readers, text editors and media creation tools—do too.

But even then, different apps use iTunes in different ways: Apple’s apps, for example, require you to select Save to iTunes when saving a document; other apps make their files available to iTunes automatically.

Worse, though, is the constant manual effort required to keep files in sync. By now, you probably know the routine: Connect your iPad directly to your Mac and open iTunes. Select your iPad in the iTunes source list and click on the Apps tab. Scroll down past the list of installed apps and look for the File Sharing section. Tap the app you want to copy a file from, so its files appear in the Documents pane. Drag one or more of those files to the Desktop (while holding down Option key) to copy them there, or use the Save To button to open a traditional save dialog. If you update a file on your Mac and want to send it back to the iPad, you must then drag that changed file back into iTunes, onto the correct app’s document list again.

It’s hardly elegant.

I have yet to find any solution—an AppleScript, an Automator workflow, a third-party utility—that makes this process any easier. For that reason, I use iTunes file-sharing as an extra backup for lengthy Pages documents and GarageBand projects, but for little else. The workflow required to work on a single file from both your Mac and your iPad is simply too awkward for more frequent use.

Cloud Storage

When I think about file synchronisation, I immediately think of Dropbox (free for 2GB). The service is great at keeping files in sync between my computers. So how does it fare at syncing files between Macs and iPads?

The iPad Dropbox app gives you access to your synchronised files, but no way to save edits you make on your tablet.

Unfortunately, Dropbox on the iPad is merely adequate—but not through any fault of its own. The Dropbox app, like numerous other cloud storage services (including MobileMe iDisk), offers an easy way to access any files and folders you store with the service. Dropbox’s app makes it a cinch to view any data that’s in iOS-friendly formats, including Word and Pages documents, PDFs, text files, and images. Even better, Dropbox and others like it offer you the option of opening your synced files in their compatible iPad apps; you can, for example, use the Dropbox app to send a word-processing document to Pages.

The flaw in this process is that there’s no way to send the updated file back to Dropbox again from within Pages again. Because of limitations in how iOS currently operates, cloud-storage apps are a one-way street on the iPad. It’s simple to get files from Dropbox into an app, but you can’t send them back to Dropbox when you’re done.

There is one sort-of workaround. In apps that support WebDAV–such as Pages—you can use DropDAV (free for 2GB) to access your Dropbox folder. DropDAV lets you interact with your Dropbox files via a traditional WebDAV connection. Since Pages lets you open files from a remote WebDAV server, you can get your document and edit it on your tablet. Just remember that you’re working on a local copy. When you’re ready to save, you must manually publish your document back to the DropDAV-created WebDAV server. It’s definitely the easiest way to approximate the Dropbox Mac experience on your iPad, but it’s still far from seamless.

Cloud-Compatible Apps

There are some iPad apps that have built-in support for cloud storage (most commonly Dropbox). In fact, Dropbox’s Website lists more than 130 apps that integrate with the service in some way.

There’s a slew of Dropbox-compatible iPad text editors, for example, including Elements ($5.00), iA Writer ($1.19), and Textastic ($12.99). With those editors, syncing feels seamless; your changes save directly into Dropbox; changes you make on your Mac are picked up almost immediately on your iPad. There’s no need to connect your iPad to your Mac; the process feels effortless.

Some iPad text editors, such as iA Writer, will you let you save files directly to Dropbox.

Besides text editors, the list of Dropbox-compatible apps includes full-fledged word processors such as DocumentsToGo ($19.99), QuickOffice ($5.99), and Office2 ($7.99); file readers like ReaddleDocs ($5.99) and GoodReader ($5.99); audio note apps like DropVox ($1.19), Audio Memos ($1.19), Mobile Recorder ($1.19), and Smart Recorder ($3.99), and many more. When apps let you open and save documents directly from and to Dropbox, sane file management becomes painless.

Apple’s iPad apps don’t integrate with Dropbox, but they do work with MobileMe iDisk. Unfortunately, their integration with it isn’t nearly as smooth as you get with the best of the Dropbox apps. Publishing to iDisk is too much like iTunes File Sharing; you’re copying your file to the remote server, instead of maintaining a single, always-in-sync version.

But what Apple’s iWork suite lacks in syncing quality, it attempts to make up for in the number of ways you can sync: Besides iDisk, you can share iWork documents via iWork.com, send them to iTunes, or copy them via WebDAV. None of those options matches the simplicity of the Dropbox-enabled apps I’ve used. The DropDAV service mentioned earlier helps a bit, but lacks all the niceties that true Dropbox integration can offer.

Email

Unless and until Apple and other vendors build full two-way sync into their apps, the next best thing is email.

Email, of course, is no closer to true realtime synchronising than iTunes File Sharing; you’re still sending copies of your file back and forth, and you have to be careful that you’re always working on the latest version. But emailing offers a couple distinct advantages over the iTunes model.

First, you don’t have to connect your iPad to your Mac. Second, emails include date-stamps, so you don’t need to guess whether you’re working with the most recent version of a file; you can see precisely when you sent it to yourself.

If you plan to rely on email file transfers a lot, it may be worth creating special rules in your mail client of choice to handle these special messages. For example, in Gmail I created a filter that looks for messages that are both from me and to me, and that contain attachments. Those messages get a Files tag and are archived; this way, the Mail app on my iPad shows them neatly tucked into a folder with the same name.

FTP

Good old FTP is another option for transferring files to and from your iPad. There are plenty of iPad FTP clients in the App Store, including FTP On The Go Pro ($12.99), FTP Deluxe HD ($1.19), and FTP Write ($5.99). These apps let you connect to a remote FTP server, and then edit the files stored there.

If you set up your Mac to share via FTP, you can send files to and from your iPad using an FTP app.

If you have access to a remote FTP server (through your Web hosting company or other means), both your Mac and iPad can connect to it. But that means you’ll need to download files to your Mac whenever you want to work on them. You might instead choose to configure your Mac itself as an FTP server. To do so, go to the Sharing system preference and make sure that File Sharing is turned on. Then click the Options button and put a checkmark by Share Files and Folders Using FTP. System Preferences will then tell you the FTP address for your Mac. Note that, unless your home has a static IP address and your router is configured properly, it may be difficult (if not impossible) to connect to your Mac as an FTP server when your iPad isn’t on the same wireless network.

Using FTP from the iPad can work, because it insures that you can work on just one copy a given file at any given time. But if you can’t get to your files when you’re online but out of the house, that’s a serious problem.

iPad-as-thumbdrive

Numerous apps—including iFlashDrive ($2.49), and Briefcase ($5.99)—let you use your iPad as a pseudo-thumbdrive, so that you can transfer files to and from the iPad. These apps and others like them can often connect to your Mac (if you enable file-sharing) over your local Wi-Fi network; some can connect by Bluetooth as well. A few of them even support remote access—including the ability to connect to SFTP servers.

But this process still feels a lot like a wireless alternative to iTunes File Sharing: You can copy files back and forth, but must manage the process manually.

Source: http://www.macworld.com.au/



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A new kind of computer 'Chromebook'

Creativity | 2011.05.12 05:35 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

A little less than two years ago we set out to make computers much better. Today, we’re announcing the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer. These are not typical notebooks. With a Chromebook you won’t wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start. You’ll be reading your email in seconds. Thanks to automatic updates the software on your Chromebook will get faster over time. Your apps, games, photos, music, movies and documents will be accessible wherever you are and you won't need to worry about losing your computer or forgetting to back up files. Chromebooks will last a day of use on a single charge, so you don’t need to carry a power cord everywhere. And with optional 3G, just like your phone, you’ll have the web when you need it. Chromebooks have many layers of security built in so there is no anti-virus software to buy and maintain. Even more importantly, you won't spend hours fighting your computer to set it up and keep it up to date.
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At the core of each Chromebook is the Chrome web browser. The web has millions of applications and billions of users. Trying a new application or sharing it with friends is as easy as clicking a link. A world of information can be searched instantly and developers can embed and mash-up applications to create new products and services. The web is on just about every computing device made, from phones to TVs, and has the broadest reach of any platform. With HTML5 and other open standards, web applications will soon be able to do anything traditional applications can do, and more.
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Chromebooks will be available online June 15 in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain. More countries will follow in the coming months. In the U.S., Chromebooks will be available from Amazon and Best Buy and internationally from leading retailers.
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Even with dedicated IT departments, businesses and schools struggle with the same complex, costly and insecure computers as the rest of us. To address this, we’re also announcing Chromebooks for Business and Education. This service from Google includes Chromebooks and a cloud management console to remotely administer and manage users, devices, applications and policies. Also included is enterprise-level support, device warranties and replacements as well as regular hardware refreshes. Monthly subscriptions will start at $28/user for businesses and $20/user for schools.
There are over 160 million active users of Chrome today. Chromebooks bring you all of Chrome's speed, simplicity and security without the headaches of operating systems designed 20 to 30 years ago. We're very proud of what the Chrome team along with our partners have built, and with seamless updates, it will just keep getting better. For more details please visit www.google.com/chromebook.

Source: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/

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개인 클라우드 컴퓨팅 (PCC) 'Bdrive'

Creativity | 2011.04.12 09:34 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

요즘은 그리고 앞으로도 계속은 클라우드 컴퓨팅 (Cloud Computing)이 대세가 될 것이라고 많은 전문가들이 말을 했고 현재 보여지고 있는 클라우드 컴퓨팅 서비스를 보면 의심의 여지가 없을 것이다. 그렇다면 클라우드 컴퓨팅이란 무엇인가?

클라우드 컴퓨팅(cloud computing)은 인터넷 기반(cloud)의 컴퓨팅(computing) 기술을 의미한다. 인터넷 상의 유틸리티 데이터 서버에 프로그램을 두고 그때 그때 컴퓨터나 휴대폰 등에 불러와서 사용하는 웹에 기반한 소프트웨어 서비스이다. More information about Cloud Computing

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그런데 현재 서비스 되고 있는 클라우드 컴퓨팅의 형식은 대부분 대형 포털이 웹 상에서 제공하는 데이터 저장공간을 사용하는 서비스 방식이다. 이러한 기존의 클라우드 컴퓨팅 방식에 대한 고정관념을 깬 클라우드 컴퓨팅 서비스가 출시되어 소개하고자 한다.

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비드라이브는 PCC 시장을 겨냥한 서비스다. 지난해부터 PCC 시장은 뜨겁게 달아오르고 있다. KT의 유클라우드, NHN의 엔드라이브, 나우콤의 세컨드라이브에 이어 올해는 다음커뮤니케이션의 ‘다음 클라우드‘까지 다양하다. 통신사와 포털 서비스 사업자, 인터넷 업체간 경쟁이 치열하다.

이 서비스들은 나만의 웹 저장공간에 문서, 사진, 동영상 등 각종 파일을 저장해 두고 집, 회사, PC방 어디서나 손쉽게 접근할 수 있는 서비스다. 또한 PC, 넷북, 스마트폰 등 인터넷에 연결된 어떤 기기에서도 접근 가능하다.  그렇다면 비드라이브는 어떤 차이가 있을까? 앞선 업체들의 경우 저장 공간을 모두 서비스 업체가 제공한다.

통신사나 포털들의 PCC는 ‘쉽게 말해 ‘퍼블릭’ PCC 인 셈이다. 비드라이브는 프라이빗 PCC다. 내 PC에 있는 데이터들을 손쉽게 외부에서 활용할 수 있도록 했다. 굳이 저장 공간을 주지 않아도 된다.

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비드라이브는 PC(윈도우나 혹은 Mac)에 비드라이브 서버를 설치하고 공유할 폴더를 설정한 후, PC와 아이폰 클라이언트로 접속해서 이용할 수 있다. 비드라이브 서버는 PC를 중심의 퍼스널 클라우드인 비드라이브 서비스에 있어 핵심 역할을 담당한다.  비드라이브 서버, 비드라이브 클라이언트(PC용과 스마트폰용)를 제공한다.  김명진 비드라이브 기획팀 팀장은 “많은 사용자들은 자신들이 보유한 데이터들을 모두 클라우드에 올려놓으려고 하지 않는데 착안했습니다”라면서 “또 특정 서비스를 사용하지만 독립적으로 다양한 서비스와 연동시켜 활용하려는 욕구도 봤습니다”라고 밝혔다.  가정 내 저장소를 홈 서버 혹은 홈 NAS로 만들 수 있도록 한 것이다.

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비드라이브 서버는 폴더 공유, 파일전송, HTTP 스트리밍, 비디오 트랜스코딩과 스트리밍, 비드라이브 ID(BID) 공유 기능을 제공한다. 공유할 폴더를 선택하면, 알파벳 소문자 6자리의 BID가 할당된다. 이 BID를 이용해서 클라이언트에서 접속할 수 있다.  공유폴더는 비밀번호 설정, 읽기 위주와 읽기와 쓰기(Read Only/ReadWrite) 설정이 가능하다. 클라이언트에서 파일을 다운로드 또는 서버로 업로드(읽기 쓰기의 경우)할 수 있다. 

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아이폰 클라이언트에서 avi나 mkv 같은 비디오 파일을 스트리밍 요청하는 경우, 비드라이브 서버에서 실시간으로 변환(트랜스코딩)하면서 스트리밍으로 전송한다. BID의 경우 이메일과 페이스북, 트위터로 공유할 수 있다.  윈도우 클라이언트의 경우 BID를 이용해 연결한 공유폴더를 각각 드라이브로 할당해서, 윈도탐색기에서 이용할 수 있도록 해 준다. 원격이라는 점만 다를 뿐, 물리적으로 연결된 디스크와 이용 방식은 동일하다. 기본 할당되는 드라이브는 제품 이름과 마찬가지로 B:다.

아이폰용 클라이언트도 BID를 이용해 공유폴더에 연결한다. PC에 위치한 파일들(문서, 이미지, 음악, 비디오)을 열어볼 수 있고(Http streaming), 다운로드하거나 업로드(Bdrive 앱의 Downloaded 에 저장된 파일 혹은 아이폰의 사진파일)할 수도 있으며, 일부 파일에 대해 이메일과 페이스북, 트위터를 이용한 공유가 가능하다.

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Pogoplug_your personal cloud

Creativity | 2011.03.26 00:36 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

Pogoplug is your personal cloud and allows you to make you home computers as cloud computers.

So you no longer need to pay for your cloud services. Once you get pogoplug in your home, you can use it as personal cloud, uploading as many kinds of media as you want and sharing and streaming in real time.

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Pogoplug is much more than a standalone consumer electronics device. Each Pogoplug comes with a free online service for remotely accessing and sharing your files through any web browser or mobile device.

To use My.Pogoplug.com, simply type in your email address and password. You will immediately see all of the files stored on your Pogoplug enabled devices. You may then share, stream, upload or download to and from your Pogoplug connected hard drives from anywhere in the world - no technical expertise or advanced networking knowledge required.

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The My.Pogoplug.com service is compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux. A free desktop application for both Mac and PC enables you to view Pogoplug connected files as if they were on a local drive, and also actively copies content you designate from your computer to Pogoplug drives. Applications for Blackberry, iPad, iPhone and Android offer similar capabilities, freeing your mobile devices from the constraints of small flash drives.

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