WALTR for Mac

By­pass­ing iTunes – the best way to sync me­dia to an iOS de­vice

Mac Format - - RATED - De­vel­oper Softorino, softorino.com OS X 10.9 or later iPhone, iPod touch, iPad iTunes-free sync­ing Sync from un­sup­ported for­mats

iTunes is in­fa­mous for rigid ad­her­ence to MP3/AAC and MP4 for­mats for au­dio and video, but a new Mac ap­pli­ca­tion called WALTR has man­aged to find a way to cir­cum­vent those re­stric­tions, al­low­ing un­sup­ported files to be eas­ily added to the na­tive Mu­sic or Videos apps with­out con­ver­sion, jail­break­ing, or other tom­fool­ery.

The soft­ware is a model of sim­plic­ity: launch WALTR with­out iTunes run­ning, plug in any cur­rently sup­ported iOS de­vice, then dra­gand-drop one or more files onto the un­ob­tru­sive win­dow. Af­ter roughly 30 sec­onds of pro­cess­ing, files will be copied to the de­vice (a 750MB AVI movie took about 45 sec­onds), ready for play­back along­side pre­vi­ously synced me­dia or iTunes in the Cloud me­dia.

Although WALTR works well for by­pass­ing the ar­chaic iTunes sync, the real magic is how the soft­ware deftly makes un­sup­ported for­mats – MKV, AVI, FLAC, APE, WMA and OGG among them – work with­out the need for con­ver­sion soft­ware.

Users will want to pay close at­ten­tion to file names and art­work re­stric­tions though – WALTR will use the first im­age found in­side a folder for a thumb­nail. The work­around is to tem­po­rar­ily cre­ate new fold­ers for each al­bum or video with only those me­dia file(s) and im­age. Softorino is work­ing on a more per­ma­nent so­lu­tion. JR Book­wal­ter

The most user­friendly method we’ve seen for sync­ing mu­sic and videos to iPhones and iPads.

Is that all there is? With WALTR, there’s no muss, no fuss, and no iTunes re­quired to get your me­dia across to an iOS de­vice.

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