Trans­mit iOS

Panic’s file-trans­fer app comes to iPhone and iPad

Mac Format - - RATED - £6.99 De­vel­oper Panic Inc, panic.com/trans­mit-ios Works with iPhone, iPad or iPod touch Ver­sion 1.0.1 Age

The first thing that strikes you about Trans­mit iOS is how great it looks – and that’s a bit of a weird thing to say about a file-trans­fer app. But this isn’t a case of adding un­nec­es­sary bling to a tra­di­tion­ally work­man­like prod­uct – in­stead, it il­lus­trates how great de­sign can trans­form an app.

Trans­mit iOS of course still does the ba­sic things you’d ex­pect: you can ac­cess re­mote servers (FTP, SFTP, We­bDAV, Ama­zon S3, DreamOb­jects), trans­fer files be­tween lo­cal and re­mote sources, man­age file lo­ca­tions, and make ad­just­ments to per­mis­sions. There’s also ba­sic text edit­ing. But Trans­mit iOS takes things fur­ther than its iOS con­tem­po­raries, and even gives desk­top apps plenty to think about.

From a visual stand­point, Trans­mit iOS is gor­geous – all dark back­grounds, colour­ful doc­u­ment icons and stripped­back in­ter­face. But this isn’t just for show. Through­out, in­tel­li­gent use of colour and de­sign adds clar­ity and makes it easy to zero in on cer­tain file types.

From an in­ter­ac­tion per­spec­tive, Trans­mit makes use of drag-and­drop, so it’s sim­ple to or­gan­ise files into fold­ers (which can be com­pressed); on an iPad or iPhone 6 Plus in land­scape, there’s a tra­di­tional two-pane view, but you can drag be­tween sources on smaller dis­plays as well, thanks to clever drop­zones that pop up at the foot of the screen.

Com­pat­i­bil­ity with OS X Re­mote Lo­gin en­ables lo­cal Mac file ac­cess, Touch ID or a PIN se­cures ev­ery­thing, and support for iOS 8’s Doc­u­ment Picker en­ables you to grab files from pretty much any­where. This is best-of-breed by some mar­gin. Craig Gran­nell

In what could very well be the first of a new breed, Trans­mit iOS feels like an app that de­fines iOS 8 and its true po­ten­tial.

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