After all these Files apps were rushed to the market. Some better than others. Some better UI. Some unique features. I bought roughly 6 total. One stood out. One above the rest met my visual needs, features needs and has a structure unlike any other. That one is Files and Folders by Innovatology.
After the initial launch of the PlayBook many users began demanding access to some features. Dropbox was a big one. And while BlackBerry devices have apps like FileScout, BeamExplorer and File Manager Pro, PlayBook needed something similar.
Files and Folders FEATURES
• Powerful File Manager • Dropbox access • Google Docs connect • File Conversion • Cut, Copy, Paste Anywhere • Thumbnails, Slideshow • Built-in Help • Adapts to suit you • 30 Day FREE TRIAL available
The first thing that caught my attention with Files and Folders was the name. Straight to the point, it’s what many of us were looking to get our elbows into. Then the rainbow-electo icon which opens you up to clean user interface that the developer Innovatology seems to really have experience in. Sometimes for me the GUI can make or break an app. Clear line with 2 hues of grey that repeat throughout. At the very top a light strip of the rainbow-electo shines down on the structure. All the icons have a new silver look, giving the app a shiny new toy feel. Plus any image that’s able to preview will show in the top left hand side.
FILE MANAGER – This is really one of the nicest products I’ve seen on the PlayBook to date. The powerful file manager let’s you dig right in to open files, create folder, arrange files, delete, rename.. and of course cut, copy & paste. Preview any images and this goes for your Dropbox too.
DROPBOX ACCESS – Set-up exactly as the file manager. All your images and files can be cut, copied or pasted from here and back into the PlayBook file manager. A quick pull down from the top bezel pulls up all your access.
GOOGLE DOCS CONNECT – As of the latest update v2.0.1 Files and Folders now gives user quick access to their Google Docs accounts right from the application. Files will launch Docs in your browser online allowing you to quickly create new collections, cut, copy, paste, rename and convert your documents.
CONVERT YOUR DOCUMENTS – I love this feature. Convert to and/or from Office 2003/2007/2010 Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OpenOffice Writer and Calc, Adobe Acrobat PDF, Rich Text (RTF), HTML, Plain Text (ASCII), Comma-separated values (CSV), Tab-separated values, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP images, SVG and WMF drawings. Really useful for users who need to turn their Powerpoint into a PDF. Or change a GIF image to a JPEG.
CUT, COPY & PASTE ANYWHERE – The idea here is not just that you can cut, copy and paste from your PlayBook to your PlayBook. No! With Files you can cut, copy and paste from Google Docs to your Dropbox, or your Dropbox to your PlayBook, Dropbox to your Google Docs.. you get the picture.
THUMBNAILS & SLIDESHOW – With Files and Folders users have full control over your views. Quickly switch to thumbnails from the native lists view or choose slide show for where you can either control the how quickly the next image is revealed or let Files take you through a cool user defined slide show complete with intervals of 5, 10, 30 or 60 second pauses. Just pull down the top banner to adjust.
BUILT-IN HELP – How’s this sound? An application with 100% how-to do anything and everything built right into the application itself! No surprise Innovatology takes you there. If you aren’t real keen on accessing you files and/or folders or just have some how-to inquiry simply slide down your main banner and select the Help option near the left. It’s all there.
SETTINGS AND FREE TRIAL – The settings are self explanatory. They are broken into 4 categories, General, Startup, Dropbox and Google Docs. This is where you’ll set up and log into Dropbox and Google Docs accounts you may have as well as setting specific settings how you’d like them to show throughout the app. And for those of you who prefer a taste before buying the pie, Innovatology gives you all a 30 FREE TRIAL Period.
Bottom line, Buy This! Files and Folders for the BlackBerry PlayBook is priced at a very generous amount of $1.99 for keeps. A very low price for a product that has shown 3 major updates in just a few weeks in App World. But like we said if your not convinced yet, Try it for 30 days Free!