Chances are that if you are storing documents across a variety of storage services, your iPad is jammed with a bunch of different apps to give access to those documents. Readdle, which specializes in producing apps for the iPad, thinks it can clean your iPad up with its Documents release, an app that will provide access from a single place.
However, it’s far more than just a document viewer, as the name might lead you to believe. Documents is in fact a file viewer that enables you to store, read, listen to, download and watch just about anything you want on your device.
The application is super useful. A child could use it, but it can do so much, that we have a 20-page guide to cover everything. With all this power, Documents is completely free (with no ads or in-app purchases),” Readdle says in a blog post.
While it works in conjunction with all the major cloud storage services like SkyDrive and Google Drive, it also works with some of the other file sharing services knocking about at the moment including Box, SugarSync, Dropbox, as well as private FTP servers.
Because it can open and read all the major file extensions, it effectively does away with the need to have a document viewer, media player, PDF reader, download manager, music player, not to mention a whole load of other accessibility apps that users currently need to negotiate their way around all the different content we now use in a business and private context.
Readdle Document Manager
Document Cloud Connection
It is the ability to connect to the different clouds that really sets it apart. Ultimately, there are numerous viewers and file readers on the market at the moment that offer users access to content, but few that can make the cloud connection.
Of course, the fact that it is free is also going to help it enormously and should attract a lot of attention from those that use their iPad as a primary way of accessing documents, something the comment stream on the Readdle blog will bear out.
While the marketing material around the release underlines the home user aspect of this app — “you can simply relax on the couch listening to music” — keeping in mind that a huge amount of business information is in audio and visual formats should also strike a chord with business users. This is especially true as it offers PDF annotation tools for basic editing of documents while mobile.
Key for any app that connects to a cloud service is the ability to sync, which Readdle says Documents does easily and smoothly with those services that it connects to. It supports automatic sync with Dropbox, iCloud, SkyDrive, GoogleDocs and can get documents from desktop computers, email inbox, the Web and other iPad applications.
Readdle has been around since 2007 and has created a number of other paid apps over the years like Scanner Pro and PDF Expert that have all been very moderately priced for even the poorest pockets.