Doc­u­ments 6

One app for any file and any cloud

Mac|Life - - APPLE LIFE - Susie Ochs

Free From Read­dle, read­ Made for iPhone, iPad Needs iOS 9.0 or later

Doc­u­ments 6 is a great app with ter­ri­ble tim­ing. In iOS 11, Ap­ple will roll out Files, a reimag­in­ing of the iCloud Drive app that also sup­ports other cloud ser­vices. That’s the same as Doc­u­ments, but Read­dle’s app goes even fur­ther.

You can down­load files from the web via a speedy built-in browser, add them di­rectly to Doc­u­ments from iTunes, or choose “Copy to Doc­u­ments” from the share sheet through­out iOS. Then it’s easy to view files, move them, or even zip a folder into an archive to send. Read­dle even nailed drag-and-drop on the iPad before it’s added to iOS 11. You can drag a file be­tween Doc­u­ments on one half of an iPad screen and an­other Read­dle app (Spark, Scan­ner Pro, or PDF Ex­pert) on the other half. It works seam­lessly.

Even with iOS 11 around the cor­ner, Doc­u­ments is worth hav­ing for its flex­i­bil­ity. You can lis­ten to music stored in your iTunes li­brary or streamed from the cloud, plus watch video files that Ap­ple’s player doesn’t sup­port. You can con­nect to a We­bDAV, SFTP, or FTP server, not to men­tion Drop­box, Box, SharePoint, OneDrive, Google Drive, Win­dows SMB, and Yan­dex.Disk.

The app’s main draw­back is that some of its abil­i­ties de­pend on other Read­dle apps — if you try to mark up or sign a PDF, you’re prompted to in­stall the $10 PDF Ex­pert first. But you can al­ways send files to other apps (such as Notes, in the case of that PDF) to fin­ish a task.

The bot­tom line. Doc­u­ments 6 is key if you’ve got files in mul­ti­ple clouds.

Doc­u­ments 6 has a clean, in­tu­itive de­sign and pro­vides you with plenty of help.

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