It's been a big week in the iOS world. The major news comes from FileMaker Go and the three iWork apps (Numbers, Pages, and Keynote). What's most important is the common thread: the ability to integrate iPad even more closely with other platforms using tools such as email and cloud computing as implemented both by MobileMe's iDisk and by any WebDAV server to which you have access. Together with iOS 4.2 with its support for printing (coming in November), a number of the to-do items for iPad and iPhone have been knocked off the list.
FileMaker Go version 1.1 (a free upgrade to the apps for iPhone and iPad) supports new features including:
With version 1.2 of the iWork apps, there are a number of new features in each one and some across-the-board changes. The biggest is the ability to share files without tethering the device to a computer running iTunes. In July, release 1.1 of the iWorks apps implemented that file transfer mechanism (see this article). Now, although the tethering is still available through iTunes, you can connect wirelessly to a MobileMe iDisk or a webDAV server.
As before, this is done from the list of your presentations, documents, or spreadsheets (not from within one of the documents). In 1.1, these commands were:
In all three cases you have a choice of a native iWorks document, PDF, or the comparable Microsoft Office document type (Word, Excel or PowerPoint).
Now, the commands have been added to and the wording is standardized:
The last two options require no cables: the connection is wireless. The basic functionality is the same, but it's now much simpler.
There's now a matching import button with three options:
This replaces the import button at the top right of the documents library which implemented only the Copy from iTunes functionality.