One thing that really sucks with the iPhone and iPod Touch is that neither of them can be used to store files. When you have that much storage space available to you, being able to store files would be really nice. There are a handful of programs in the App Store you can use to store some types of files on your iPhone, but the only downside is that most of these apps are $5 and above.
Luckily for you Avatron is offering their new Air Sharing app (iTunes link) for free for the first two weeks (release date was September 8th, 2008). With it you can wirelessly transfer these various types of files from a Windows, Mac, or Linux machine. Here’s a quick list of the different file formats that Air Sharing supports:
- iWork (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote), full resolution if saved with preview
- Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), with limited support for XML formats
- Web Archive (web-page downloads packaged by Safari)
- Web page
- RTF (Rich Text Format)
- RTFD (TextEdit documents with embedded images)
- Plain text (many different file extensions), with Unicode support
- Movie (standard iPhone formats: H.264, MPEG-4, 3GPP, etc.)
- Audio (standard iPhone formats: MP3 VBR, AAC, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, CAF, etc.)
- Image (standard iPhone formats: GIF, PNG, JPG, TIFF, etc.)
It’s a little disappointing that these programs can’t support other types of files, but on the plus side you can preview all of those documents right on your iPhone. The syntax-highlighting for code files is particularly cool.
Make sure you grab Air Sharing from the iTunes Store while it’s free. After the first two weeks it will be $6.99. Man, I wish more of the paid apps did this. ;)