File Magic for iPhone & iPod touch User Guide

 

Table of Contents

Introduction
Installation
Quick Start
Home
Transferring Files
Desktop <--> Handheld
Handheld <--> Handheld
As Email Attachments

Supported File Types
Viewing Files
Sending Email
Creating an Ad Hoc Network

iPhone


 

Introduction

File Magic is a file transfer utility that allows you to add put any type of file on your iPhone or iPod touch so you can take them with you - like a briefcase. Supported file types can be viewed on the handheld, but other files can be added as well as a means of transporting them to another computer; between work and home for example.

Installation

  • Mac OS -- Drag the File Magic application file into the Applications folder or the destination of your choice.
  • Windows -- Run the Installer and follow the on screen instructions. iTunes or Bonjour must be installed before you can synchronize with the handheld.
  • iPhone & iPod Touch -- The handheld application is sold separately and must be downloaded from the App Store on the handheld or in iTunes.

Quick Start

Following is a quick overview of how to get started with File Magic.

  1. Download and install File Magic on both the handheld and the desktop.
  2. Launch File Magic on the desktop and the handheld. The handheld application will ask you to allow the connection.
  3. Drag and drop any file into the File Magic desktop and it will be transferred over Wi-Fi to the device. You will see the progress of the transfer on both the desktop and handheld applications.
  4. Tap the folder, then the file you wish to view on the handheld.

That concludes the Quick Start. Read on to learn more about the individual features of File Magic.

Home

Home Screen  

When you first launch File Magic you are presented with the Home View. You can open a folder by tapping it, or tap the Connect button at the top left to connect to the File Magic desktop (which must be running).

Tap the Settings button at the top right to view the Quick Start guide, Set Password feature, and About dialog.

Tap a folder to view the contents. A counter will indicate how many files are contained in each folder.

Tap the connect button when it is green to disconnect. Tap it when it is red to connect.

Press the Home button if you wish to exit.

Transferring Files

As of version 2.0 File Magic, you now can transfer files between handheld (iPhone or iPod touch) and desktop (Mac OS or Windows) as well as between handheld and handheld.

Desktop <--> Handheld

Connecting  

Transferring files between your iPhone or iPod touch and desktop computer using File Magic is easy as pie. Just make sure the following are true:

  • You have installed and are running File Magic on both the desktop and the handheld.
  • If you set a password on either the File Magic desktop or handheld application, make sure the passwords match on both sides.

 

  • The handheld and desktop computers are on the same wireless (Wi-Fi) network. The desktop computer can be connected by Ethernet cable to the network, but it needs to be the same network from which the handheld is getting its wireless connection.
  • If you have any firewall, make sure that File Magic is added as an exception or allowed service.

Transferring files to and from the handheld:

  1. Launch File Magic on the desktop and the handheld. The handheld application will ask you to allow the connection.
  2. Drag and drop any file into the File Magic desktop and it will be transferred over Wi-Fi to the device. You will see the progress of the transfer on both the desktop and handheld applications.
  3. Download files to the desktop by clicking the down arrow button next to the file name in the File Magic desktop application.

File Magic Desktop

Handheld <--> Handheld

Share Files  

Transferring files between your iPhone or iPod touch and another handheld device using File Magic is a piece of cake. Just make sure the following are true:

  • You have installed and are running File Magic on both handheld devices.
  • The handheld devices are on the same wireless (Wi-Fi) network.
  • "Allow File Transfers" must be enabled on the receiving device. This setting is found in the Settings screen.

Then do the following:

  1. Open a category on the sending device (eg. Images) and tap the Share Files button in the top right.
  2. Select one or more files by checking the circles on the right.
  3. Tap Send Files in the top right, and select Wi-Fi.
  4. Select the receiving device from a list of devices running File Magic on the same Wi-Fi network.

As Email Attachments

Attachments  

You also have the option to send files from File Magic on your handheld device to any email recipient as an attachment. To do this:

  1. Open a category on the sending device (eg. Images) and tap the Share Files button in the top right.
  2. Select one or more files by checking the circles on the right.
  3. Tap Send Files in the top right, and select Email.
  4. Enter your Reply-To address, which File Magic will remember next time.
  5. Enter the To address for the person you want to receive the files.
  6. Enter a subject and any comments you want to send along.
  7. Tap Send.

Note: File Magic cannot send attachments larger than 2 MB.

Supported File Types

Documents

  • .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • .htm and .html (web pages)
  • .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat)
  • .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint)
  • .txt and .rtf (text & rich text)
  • .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)

Music

  • Non-DRM files only (no copy protection)
  • .mp3
  • .aac
  • .wav

Video

  • .m4v - Open a video in QuickTime (7.5 or later); Go to File > Export > Movie to iPhone. Then drag the resulting m4v file into File Magic.

Images

  • .jpg and .jpeg
  • .gif
  • .png
  • .tiff

Viewing Files

Connecting  

When you wish to view a supported file on the device, tap the folder that it is in, and you will see a list of files in that folder.

Tap the file you wish to view, and if it is a supported file type (see above), you will be able to view the content in the file without leaving File Magic.

Unsupported file types will be placed in the Others folder. You cannot view these files on the device, but you can transfer them back to a desktop computer when connected.

You can also add entire folders of files to File Magic, and browse them on the device or transfer to a connected desktop. These will be placed in the Folders category.

To delete a file from the handheld, tap the Edit button when you are inside a folder. Tap the minus button, then confirm by tapping the Delete button. Then tap Done.

 

Sending Email

One really unique feature in File Magic is the ability to create and send emails, starting from the desktop application. This affords you the ability to conveniently type your message using the desktop keyboard, but then send the email to the device to be sent from your iPhone's cellular data connection. This can be very valuable when you are in a remote location and do not have internet access for your personal computer, but you do have a data connection on your iPhone. Here's how to do it:

Email Desktop

  1. Click the email button in the lower right of the File Magic desktop.
  2. Enter the Recipient, Subject, and Body of the email; then click Send Email.
  3. In File Magic on the handheld, tap the Emails folder, then tap the email that was just added.
  4. A new email message will be created in your Mail application on the iPhone. If it is good to go, just tap Send.

Email List

A registration email is included for convenience of supplying us with your email to register your product for updates and such. As an incentive for registering, we'll give you a coupon for 50% off any SplashData desktop application.

Creating an Ad Hoc Network

If you have trouble connecting your handheld and desktop File Magic, or if you want to make your sync connection with the handheld more private, you can set up an Ad hoc network (aka Computer-to-Computer network), and then perform your sync with both devices on that network. Here's how:

Mac OS

  1. Click the Airport icon in the menu bar, and select Create Network.
  2. Select options for the network such as name and if you wish to password protect it.
  3. On the handheld, join the new network from the list in Settings > Wi-Fi.
  4. Now open File Magic on both the handheld and desktop and proceed with the Synchronization.

Windows Vista

  1. Open Connect to a Network by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Connect to
  2. Click Set up a connection or network.
  3. Click Set up an ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network, click Next, and then follow the steps in the wizard.
  4. On the handheld, join the new network from the list in Settings > Wi-Fi.
  5. Now open File Magic on both the handheld and desktop and proceed with the Synchronization.

This Vista setup information was gathered from this documentation Here you can find information on setting up an Ad hoc Network in Windows XP.