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The latest Air Sharing (version 3.1, in Apple’s review queue now) features a streamlined interface for copying and moving documents. Every time we can get rid of an extraneous gesture or decision point in our workflow, we’re happy, so we’re pretty excited about Air Sharing 3.1.
Here’s how it works. When you want to copy a file or folder (or multiple items) from a remote server to your local My Documents folder, you can simply (1) tap-hold to select it, and (2) tap the File Transfer button.
That pops up a menu that lets you choose whether you want to Copy to My Documents or Add to Pasteboard.
If you choose Copy to My Documents, that, well, downloads the file or folder to Air Sharing’s My Documents folder. If you add it to the pasteboard, then you can transfer the selection to any writeable location, local or remote.
When you select Add to Pasteboard, you’ll see the selected item(s) jump up into the pasteboard. You can then go to some other folder, tap the pasteboard icon, and choose what to do with the pasteboard contents.
Please note that in Air Sharing 3.1, you cannot Move an item from one server to another. If you want to do that, you can simply Copy it, and then go back and delete the original. We did make inter-server Move available at one point, but removed it until we can work out some stability kinks. We definitely don’t want anybody to lose any personal data due to bugs in one of the various remote file-access libraries or in our own code.