Costs of Cloud-Storages

29 10 2012

Using a Cloud-Storage increases productivity. Files can be accessed from anywhere, anytime with any platform. If you want to use a Cloud-Storage with an iOS-Device the provider should offer a powerful client, which allows

  • Sharing (e.g. send Link via E-Mail)
  • Open in (another app of your device) Pages, Keynote, Numbers, …
  • WebDAV-Support for access via Apple’s iWork Suite

If you use more than one provider you should have an app, which supports transfer of files between the storages (i.e. USB Disk Pro).

Here is a comparison of costs of different Cloud-Providers.

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A jazzed up checklist

26 10 2012

If you use Apple’s app ‘Numbers‘ (the easy but still powerful equivalent to Microsoft Excel) you can use a predefined template for a checklist. It’s very simple, maybe too simple.

Here you can see a jazzed up version.
You will get a warning, if the deadline falls within a period (entered in days).

Just download the checklist for free and use it.
The NUMBERS-Document contains a short documentation.

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Properties 2012/10/26 EN .NUMBERS iDrive
Alternative Download from Dropbox

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There are two tables.

  • Table 1 contains today’s date.
  • Table 2 contains your entries for deadlines, the number of days before deadline/warning and your tasks.

The document displays the number of days to deadline and a red point if today’s date and deadline are within the period.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me.

By the way…
The blogger is not liable if you use the checklist and miss your wedding anniversary.





Lacks of iWork

24 10 2012

There are some lacks in Apple’s iWork-Suite.
Consider the following situation.

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It is not possible to store the document directly on a USB-Stick attached to an Apple Airport-Router. That does not go together with Apple’s aspiration to ensure highly integrated connectivity.

A possible, but not convenient scenario is …

  • Select the document.
  • Select ‘Open in …’ from the menu.
  • Select an app, which can establish a connection to Airport attached storages.

These are for example …

App Developer
Files Connect Antecea
File Browser Stratospherix
GoodReader Goodiware

Another deficit of iWork is …
You cannot send more than one document via E-Mail.
Sorry, I have no simple way of doing it. Even the following scenario did not work:

  • Tap on ‘Send as E-Mail’.
  • Copy the attachment to clipboard.
  • Click on ‘Cancel’ and do not delete the draft.
  • Create a new E-Mail for another document.
  • Insert the first attachment from the clipboard.
  • This looks good, but unfortunately doesn’t work.

If somebody receives this E-Mail he won’t have access to the first attachment.

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I think all of you agree with me …
There is still some work for Apple to make iPad ready for business use.





May iPad kick off PC?

19 10 2012

Sales of PCs are decreasing, while tablets are gaining popularity.
Is Apple’s iPad a kinslayer? Definitely not … now.

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Here are the reasons:

  • If you need special software (customised for your job) you will not find it in Apple’s App Store.
  • If you work with documents which are linked to each other (e.g. a table within a text document) it will not be supported by Apple’s iOS-Filesystem.
  • If you visit the site iPad in Business one might get the impression as if the work could be done with these little apps. But look at the details e.g. in Apple’s spreadsheet app ‘Numbers‘: It is not possible to protect cells with formulas and the XLS-Export is in no way compatible with Microsoft Excel! You can find deficits in nearly every app. These are the disadvantages of a very recent and thus not fully developed technology.
  • Are you an attentive user with a high quality short-term memory buffer? If not, you will have problems when working with several cloud-storages and different apps to manage downloaded files. Every time, you use the ‘Open in…’ – Command, your file will be transferred into an app-specific data-directory. Files are expected to be redundant. Where is the latest version?
  • The onscreen keyboard reduces the outline of complex documents. An external keyboard may solve the problem when editing the document. But then iPad comes closer to its remote relative.
  • There are no interfaces except the USB-Connector for charging and connecting to iTunes
  • You cannot do all your work with a small machine as your eyes and fingers won’t shrink. Believe me, there is no built-in gesture which solves the problem.
  • There is no SEARCH-Functionality in iOS which takes all data-directories into account.
  • What else? Please comment on this blog.

And here are the benefits of Apple’s iPad:

  • The awesome resolution of the Retina-Display compensates much bigger screen sizes. So the 9.7″ display is no disadvantage as long as you need not use is for longer than 2 or 3 hours. Then have a break and call your wife, your children, your girlfriend or whomever with your iPhone.
  • Easily connect to cloud-storages where ever you are and whenever you want without heavy machinery.
  • Receive mails and feeds, read the newspaper or buy something online.
  • Check documents created by your employees or colleagues via Cloud- or VPN-Connections. Make comments and send them back.
  • Help customers or colleagues using Online-Support-Tools like Team Viewer.
  • Syncing of managed data of Apple’s preinstalled apps (Contacts, Calender, Reminders, Photos, Safari-Bookmarks, …), iWork-Documents and other data.

Summary

With Apple’s iPad you should …
control, look, learn, read, surf, blog, cultivate your social contacts and show SAMSUNG users how awesome your device is.





Which Cloud-Provider fits best?

15 10 2012

There is a rapidly increasing number of Cloud-Providers.
You have to decide who fits your requirements best.
Otherwise your data will be spread over the world and its hard to find out where they are.

I checked free accounts of 12 providers and their usability on Apple’s iOS-Devices as well as their PC-Client-Versions.

Summary of the main test criteria:

1 iOS-Client-Software available

  • to display popular file formats like PDF, TXT, XLSX, DOCX, iWork-Format
  • to manage files and folders
  • to get links for sharing files

2 PC-Client-Software available

  • to permanently sync local folders on Mac/PC with cloud folders

3 Encrypted transfer of data between local device and cloud storage

  • to prevent the necessity of special apps for encryption like BoxCryptor for Dropbox

4 Amount of free space

  • should not be less than 5 GB

5 WebDAV-Support

  • to set up an additional connection via administrative tools like
    USB Drive, GoodReader, ReaddleDocs, …
  • to assign shares to a drive letter on a PC and work with this ressources within any application

Best ratings for…

Cloud Free Req Prominent (Deficits)
SugarSync 7 GB fulfilled iOS-Client no WebDAV
Wuala 5 GB fulfilled Security share only for folders
iDrive 5 GB fulfilled Simplicity sync only for one folder
Dropbox 2 GB fulfilled Simplicity sync only for one folder

Except iDrive no provider supports WebDAV. That must be no disadvantage, because the PC-Clients support convenient syncing with local folders and most of the iOS-Tools (like USB Disk or …) support direct access to the storage of these well-known providers.

Best rating in the category ‘Free Space’ goes to German Telekom Mediacenter with 25 GB.
Best rating in the category ‘Backup’ goes to Apple’s iCloud.

Thanks for dropping by.








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