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128GB in the palm of my hand

Check out this little rascal. I got it as part of a flash sale from OfficeMax. A PNY 128GB flash drive for mere pennies per gig.

I remember one of the first flash drive I ever got was 128MB and I thought that was a staggering amount of space! The amount of documents you could store was out of this world. When the 512MB came out I was floored. When we hit 1GB that was more space than you could use up at the time. You could backup your computer to it.

Not too long ago we hit 16GB, then 32 and then 64. I have two 64GB drives and that’s enough to carry more movies and music than you can watch in a week. I could fit an entire season of Dexter, Breaking Bad and Criminal Minds on there with plenty of room left over. And now, 128GB. Once again, you could backup a computer to this thing. I know for sure it will hold and entire image of Windows 7 without even making a dent.

I honestly can’t wait for flash drives and SSD drives to move into the data capacity of modern hard drives. When we get 1TB in a flash drive and 3TB in an SSD, just thing of the long term archiving you can do? I could back up all my pictures and store that drive away knowing they won’t get corrupted and media won’t wear out. I think that’s exciting.

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AirDisk Pro turns your iPad into a Wireless Flash Drive

I’ve written about AirDisk Pro before, but I find myself using it more and more so I thought it was worth revisiting. One of the complaints/wishes of the iPad or iPhone is the ability to use it like a flash drive. You have 32 or 64Gb just sitting and wouldn’t it be great if you could user that space to store files. Previously, you needed iTunes and a USB sync cable to pull off that little bit of magic, but apps like AirDisk make all that obsolete.

You connect to AirDisk using a browser, then drag and drop the files you want. There is no need to select the files one and at time and wait until they’re done. Grab a list and they will all be transferred over. This is perfect for grabbing PDF files or Doc files from work. It’s also hellishly convenient when you need to grab training materials or the latest update to one of the programs you need.

It’s also great for quickly getting music and movies onto your device. I used it to copy over movies without having to connect anything. Grab an entire season of NCIS or Dexter and wait for the files to copy. Do the same thing with Albums and take them with you. AirDisk will play all the standard iOS files like MP3, MP4 and will open TXT, Doc, Xls and PDF. While the player and reader aren’t bad you can easily use the Open In function to send the files somewhere else. You can open PDF files in GoodReader, .MOBI files in Kindle Reader, Doc files in Pages. AirDisk makes an incredibly convenient storage container.

Getting files off the iPad is just as easy. Again, use a browser, select the files and click Download. They will be zipped together and transferred over as an archive. You can also click individual files to have them open before transferring. This works very well for TXT and JPG files.

You can also use AirDisk to get data off the iPad from other places. It can import images from your Photo and Media Libraries. AirDisk also shows up in the Open In for other applications like Notebooks for iPad so you can easily take a document and transfer it straight over.

AirDisk can also be locked with a passcode so you documents can be opened by anyone who just happens to pick up your device. Not everyone needs to see your resume you know. It even comes with the ability to transfer files between devices without using other machines. Send a document from one device to another or send it to a friend.

All that being said, getting information into and out of the iPad is the main crux of AirDisk and it does so very well. It’s an effortless task to drag and drop files. At $0.99 this program is an absolute steal. I was skeptical when I first made a purchase, but I use this program multiple times a week to move files around. I also use it to capture pictures and transfer them to my desktop, to grab PDF files so I can convert them to MOBI and read them in Kindle Reader, to copy music so I have something to listen on my Touch without having to go through iTunes and to watch movies. Honestly, AirDisk should be built into the OS.

AirDisk Pro – Wireless Flash Drive

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AirDisk Pro – Wireless Flash Drive – Free for Easter!

This is one of my favorite utilities right now, and not only did it get an update, they’ve dropped the price to FREE for Easter! Now that’s a heck of a gift! If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to transfer files to the iPad this is the way to go. This app is a fantastic buy at $0.99, so getting it for free is one hell of a thing! If you haven’t download a copy, you best get a move on.

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AirDisk Pro gets update and jumps to $1.99

I knew it would happen, the price of AirDisk Pro is already on the ride. I grabbed this app for $0.99 and think it’s fantastic for quickly getting docs and photos onto the iPad or iPhone. But, 99 cent apps don’t last forever and AirDisk Pro is going up in price. If you haven’t grabbed a copy you better get a move on. Like a lot of other great apps, GoodReader, these introductory prices don’t last forever and once the word gets out, the price goes up and stays there. I grabbed GoodReader when it was $0.99 and use that app all the time. I made several posts about it and then watched as the price crept up to $4.99; the same price it is today. And GoodReader has been a wonderful investment. Plus, AirDisk Pro and GoodReader beautifully together.

I’m sure you’ve got a few extra coins lying around in the couch. Round them up and grab this app. Even at $1.99 it’s still a hell of a deal and you’ll find yourself using it all the time. You always wanted to use the iPad as thumb drive right?

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AirDisk Pro and Notability – Now that works nicely

I had a great time transferring files over to AirDisk Pro last night. I sent over a couple Top Gear episodes and a bunch of PDF files.The Top Gear episodes played fine and copying them over that easily was pretty cool.

But once I had the PDF files in AirDisk Pro I opened them up in Notability, which is a new note taking and PDF reading/annotating app I just bought. Notability lets you write notes using the keyboard as well as through handwriting. You can jot down ideas and sketch out pictures. That part alone is pretty sweet. But you can also load up PDF files. You can highlight text, write in the margins, add your own text using the keyboard and mark it up as you see fit. I loaded up a 500+ page PDF and found reading and highlighting to be very easy. You can hide away the menus and there is a great palm rest feature that keeps your hands from being interpreted as a touch point so you can write freely on other parts of the screen. We need more apps that support this.

Although I haven’t used it very much you can use Notability to take notes by hand as well as with the keyboard. I scratched out some text with the stylus and then used the keyboard to explain what those cryptic symbols meant. You can pretty much place text anywhere which is a very cool feature. I didn’t get too into the text editor, but from what I can see it’s a full featured word processor. That makes a pretty impressive all-in-one editor.

Finally, you can use Notability with Dropbox, iDisk or WebDAV. Pretty impressive, no?

Overall it’s a pretty sweet app. And for $0.99 you need to grab a copy as quickly as possible. When you combine this with AirDisk Pro you get a pretty impressive suite of tool to transfer, read and play just about anything you can play on the iPad and you can do it all for $2.

Notability – Take Notes & Annotate PDFs with Dropbox Sync
Ginger Labs web site

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