Man­age files with Doc­u­ments

With no iOS equiv­a­lent of Finder, this use­ful free file manager fills the void

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With no iOS equiv­a­lent of Finder, this use­ful free file manager fills the void

As of iCloud Drive, Ap­ple has some­what opened up the file sys­tem on iOS, en­abling you to delve into app fold­ers and open and save doc­u­ments with­out end­ing up with loads of copies lurk­ing ‘in­side’ dif­fer­ent apps. But un­like on OS X, where you have Finder, iOS lacks any kind of app for sim­ply brows­ing on-de­vice files. Doc­u­ments 5 wears a num­ber of dif­fer­ent hats – it’s a PDF reader, me­dia player and down­load manager. Through fully sup­port­ing iCloud Drive and the iOS Doc­u­ment Picker, it’s an app that en­ables you to ex­plore and to some ex­tent man­age the files stored on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

There are re­stric­tions over and above what you find on the Mac. Any doc­u­ment sit­ting in­side an app folder in iCloud Drive can’t be moved, and un­less a file’s type is sup­ported by Doc­u­ments 5, it can’t be pre­viewed ei­ther. How­ever, for now this is the best you’ll get, and the lack of a price tag makes Doc­u­ments 5 a no-brainer.

Note that here we ex­plore the iPhone ver­sion, but this is a uni­ver­sal app. On iPad, it works in much the same way, but uses a per­ma­nently dis­played side­bar for ac­cess­ing lo­ca­tions and re­cent files. Craig Gran­nell

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