Announced in June and released just a few weeks ago remote access to your iDisk is now available from your iPhone or iPod Touch. The application allows you to access your iDisk and even view most file formats directly on your phone. I have been using the application over the last few weeks and have one or two occasions where it is saved me a fair few hours or work as I was able to access data directly in meetings and even during a phone call.
Firstly you should know it doesn’t actually sync your iDisk with your iPhone it accesses the area live so therefore you need to be connected to a data network for it to work. There is a slight delay as the file is downloaded before you can view it but we are talking seconds for smaller files such as spreadsheets etc.
iDisk Mobile also features MobileMe’s file sharing abilities. (Read how to share files directly from MobileMe) Files are listed with what could easily be mistaken for an RSS icon beside each filename. Click on this and mail loads with a link to the file, simply enter the user’s email address and the file will be shared for a set length of time. The default share duration is 1 month but this can be adjusted to 1 Day – 1 Year to never expire. For additional security a password can also be added to the share.
I love the concept of MobileMe especially if you work between two Macs or have an iPhone. I know we have harped on a little about how we would improve the service (server sided mail rules being the biggest wish). but the addition of easy remote file access and sharing makes MobileMe pretty hard to beat.
As you can see from our “Five Changes I’d Make to MobileMe” article last year a few of the improvements have already been implemented (we are not taking credit) this application for one and although you can’t yet sync notes to the cloud the ability to sync with Mail on the Mac is just as handy.
If we could just have server sided mail rules it would make MobileMe’s email service viable for the iPhone. The fact that spam that I am able to filter out on my desktop mail.app arrives on my Phone is particularly annoying. (Read an article on the concept). Lets hope it comes sometime soon, that said does the lack of mail rules put me off renewing my subscription every year ? Definitely not !
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