IMaz­ing

Can this iTunes al­ter­na­tive re­ally re­place Ap­ple’s ubiq­ui­tous tool?

Mac Format - - RATED - $29.99 (about £19) De­vel­oper DigiDNA, imaz­ing.com OS OS X 10.7 or later iOS All ver­sions Sim­ple in­ter­face Clear and sim­ple back-up Drag files to and from your de­vice Mange mul­ti­ple de­vices

iMaz­ing is the new name for DiskAid (re­viewed in MF270). De­signed to give you con­trol of your iOS de­vice, iMaz­ing al­lows you to man­age file trans­fers, your mu­sic, mes­sages, con­tacts, voice­mails and more.

The new name might be the most ap­par­ent change to the soft­ware in this ver­sion, but iMaz­ing now of­fers the wel­come abil­ity to move mu­sic on and off your iOS de­vice with­out go­ing through iTunes.

Drag­ging and drop­ping mu­sic to and from a de­vice is as sim­ple a process as it sounds, and it worked flaw­lessly for us. The stand­out fea­ture of iMaz­ing, though, is how sim­ple and in­tu­itive it is. Where iTunes has been a mine­field of un­cer­tainty, this soft­ware brings or­der to man­ag­ing your de­vices. There are also other tiny fea­tures that make the app worth it – ex­port­ing your mes­sages to a PDF for ar­chiv­ing, for in­stance.

To make it work, plug your de­vice into your Mac – though Wi-Fi sync­ing is an op­tion, too. Once the first back-up is done, you have ac­cess to ev­ery­thing on that de­vice. The in­ter­face looks much like an OS X Finder win­dow, so it’s im­me­di­ately fa­mil­iar. Want to find those huge videos tak­ing up disk space? Then sort by size. You can also see all your doc­u­ments stored in iCloud, in­clud­ing iTunes pur­chases, though you can’t down­load th­ese with­out go­ing through iTunes.

As an al­ter­na­tive to iTunes, this is an ex­cel­lent tool. In many ways, it’s clearer and eas­ier to use than iTunes, with great one-click back­ups among other op­tions. If you like com­plete con­trol of your de­vices and find the Ap­ple way frus­trat­ing, then iMaz­ing could just be the app for you. Christo­pher Bren­nan

This is a great tool for con­trol­ling all as­pects of your iOS de­vices with ease – it’s well worth the in­vest­ment.

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