App Review: Briefcase by Hey Mac Software
I have been using Briefcase (full version) off and on now for about 2 weeks. Before I installed it, I was under the impression that this was another SSH client (silly me). But after discussing it with the developer, he set me straight on the fact that it was a file transfer and viewing app. Since there is no native support on the iPhone to move any files onto it (other than music and movies, obviously) and take them with you for later viewing or transfer, this is exactly what this app accomplishes, and does it well.
After some confusion during the setup process (Mac owners must enable remote login under preferences), I was downloading and uploading files from my MacBook all from my iPhone. I could browse my directories on my MacBook (the user directories from the user I logged in with) and was able to easily pull down various files onto my iPhone. If the file I downloaded was a picture, pdf, odf (openoffice), .doc or any of the other supported files, I could open and view them on my iPhone. Very nice. This worked pretty flawlessly and effortlessly.
While I question whether people will use this app to transfer files (after all, thumb drives are a dime a dozen these days and more convenient), if you have the need to carry and view files on your iPhone or iPod Touch then look no further. This app is an excellent app for mobile file viewing. In this area, it shines due to its amazing ease of use and excellent execution.
There was one disappointment I had with the app. You cannot upload photos taken with the camera on your phone to your PC. I believe this is one function that needs to be added and hopefully the developer will do so in an upcoming update (hint, hint). This aside, if you are looking for an app to view your pdf’s, word, excel or other files on the go then this is for you.
Briefcase is $4.99 in the iTunes App Store.