USB Disk for iPad – Document Transfers Made Easy

Total Score:  28

I went shopping on iTunes for a simple document transfer app. There are a lot of good ones that make use of a cloud, but I wanted one that was between my iPad and me.  USB Disk for iPad and USB Disk Pro for iPad were just what I needed.   Using iTunes, you can easily transfer files from your drives to the app.  Once the files are in the app, you can create folders, move them from one folder to the next and view the files.  It is a handy way to store documents you use regularly.

This app (I use the pro version) gets a thumbs up for sustainability.  I’ve had it downloaded for two years and continue to find it valuable.

Price Rating = 5      Free or $2.99.  The $2.99 version offers more functionality, but the free version will certainly meet a lot of people’s needs.   I decided to upgrade in order to take advantage of some lock screen and encryption protection.

Ease of Use Rating = 5     It is easy to use.  The FAQ section walks you through the process step by step.  Before you know it, you’ll move through the app without giving the process a thought.

Readability Rating = 5     Reasonable size font.  You can expand your docs with normal iPad gestures.

Will You Use It Rating = 5     Yes.  It offers good, safe storage.

 Downsides Rating =  0     The free version has a medium size ad at the bottom of the file/doc list. That is pretty standard in free versions – advertising pays the bills.  No ads appear in the $2.99 version.

  Consumer Review Rating = 3    The current version of the free app has been reviewed by over 2,500 people and is rated as 3 stars.  The current version of the $2.99 pro version has been reviewed by over 140 people and has 3.5 stars.

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     I find myself using my iPad more than my computer and like having the option of having key files available while I am out or without booting up my computer.  If you use your iPad for any business reasons, you will need it.  I can think of a few personal uses as well that make this a must-have app.

How does it work? 

  1. From the iTunes app screen, you will see USB Disk as one of the apps that can file share.  You select it and then click on the add button to search your PC for documents to be moved to your iPad.
  2. You select a file and it is added to your USB Disk app file list.
  3. Once a file is in your local files list in the app, you can view it, leave it on your local files list or move it to a folder.
  4. To move a document to a folder you click the edit button at the top right of the local files box, and then click the cut button (second from the left after the red circle) and click on the folder you want to store it.  Then you click on the icon in the middle of that screen (it will have the number of documents to be moved in a circle) and the file is moved.
  5. If you want to download a photo from an email, you can click and hold down on the photo until a window comes up and allows you to copy the image.  You click copy and then open the USB Disk app and you will see the symbol at the bottom indicating you have something available to paste.  You click it and the image comes into your folder or list.
  6. If your attachment is not a photo, click on it and choose “open in…”Then choose USB Disk and you follow the same procedure as a photo – decide what folder to put it in and then click the symbol to paste it into your documents.
  7. The paid version brings in all of the photos and videos on your iPad for easy display.

Like any app, following some of these instructions takes a little practice, but it is relatively easy.   You can transfer over a PowerPoint presentation and be ready to present on demand.  I am sure I will find plenty of uses for this app.

Note:  There is an iPhone/iPod Touch version as well for both the free and paid versions.  I did not test it, but it appears it worked in a similar manner.

Devices:   This app is compatible with the iPad.  It requires iOS 4.0 or later.    It was developed by David Detry.

 

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