Double App review: VLC and FileApp Pro

VLC

Publisher: Applidium
Price: Free
Availability: Still available. Apparently Apple aren’t to pleased though. Pulled

The ‘Videos’ app and most other media apps can only play MP4 videos. The VLC program for computers can pretty much handle any format, and the app isn’t too different. While having a very minimalist interface, it does the job. Most of the time.Most .avi videos I’ve made it play have played seamlessly. You know, videos like Diggnation. Some other videos I try don’t play so well. The frame rate drops massively and is unbearable. It doesn’t seem to be able to play audio alone either.The user interface is okay, but still rather awkward. I’m guessing this is because the videos aren’t mp4, so Apple’s video GUI doesn’t work. This is a pain, as you are therefore stuck with a massive scrubbing circle (with only one speed). However, one handy feature is that it remembers for far you are through the video after you press done.

FileApp Pro

Publisher: DigiDNA
 Price: £2.99
Availablity: Available, free version also available.

Now, FileApp Pro isn’t just for videos. Nor is it just for audio. It’s for all kinds of stuff! Images, MP4 videos, PDFs, zips, Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Unfortunately it can only read those file types, but you can create and edit .txt documents. For 59p you’re hardly going to get an office suite, are you? And of course, videos play with Apple’s standard controls, but doesn’t save your progress through the video.Of course, if you want to transfer files from your computer, you can use WiFi (normally slow and not very reliable), iTunes (seriously slow on normal computers), or, for just $10 and a ridiculously mad-but-cool-in-a-way registration system, you can use DiskAid (free 14 day trial before you pay – if you want to keep using it). USB file transfer has never been easier. And it doesn’t only manage file transfer for FileApp! No, it does it for VLC and several download managers! With using FileApp, I haven’t had to load iTunes for the last sixth months.

VLC Publisher: Applidium
Price: Free
Availability: Still available. Apparently Apple aren’t to pleased though.
The ‘Videos’ app and most other media apps can only play MP4 videos. The VLC program for computers can pretty much handle any format, and the app isn’t too different. While having a very minimalist interface, it does the job. Most of the time. Most .avi videos I’ve made it play have played seamlessly. You know, TV shows, Diggnation (all legally obtained, of course). Some other videos I try don’t play so well. The frame rate drops massively and is unbearable. It doesn’t seem to be able to play audio alone either. The user interface is okay, but still rather awkward. I’m guessing this is because the videos aren’t mp4, so Apple’s video GUI doesn’t work. This is a pain, as you are therefore stuck with a massive scrubbing circle (with only one speed). However, one handy feature is that it remembers for far you are through the video after you press done.   FileApp Pro Publisher: DigiDNA Price: £0.59 Availablity: Available, free version also available. Now, FileApp Pro isn’t just for videos. Nor is it just for audio. It’s for all kinds of stuff! Images, MP4 videos, PDFs, zips, Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Unfortunately it can only read those file types, but you can create and edit .txt documents. For 59p you’re hardly going to get an office suite, are you? And of course, videos play with Apple’s standard controls, but doesn’t save your progress through the video. Of course, if you want to transfer files from your computer, you can use WiFi (normally slow and not very reliable), iTunes (seriously slow on normal computers), or, for just $10 and a ridiculously mad-but-cool-in-a-way registration system, you can use DiskAid (free 14 day trial before you pay – if you want to keep using it). USB file transfer has never been easier. And it doesn’t only manage file transfer for FileApp! No, it does it for VLC and several download managers! With using FileApp, I haven’t had to load iTunes for the last three months.
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