05-19-2011 11:47 AM
I have the File Manager app and it works well. It allows you to create and delete directories and you can copy and paste files from one directory into another. It has shift and ctrl functions so you can select multiple files to copy and will also show you the details of an individual file or directory.
The last I heard from RIM support was that there were no plans to support directories on the Playbook, so the File Manager app is probably your best bet for directory support right now.
The File Browser app is less expensive, but doesn't have all of the features that File Manager has yet. If those features are added to the File Browser app and the price stays the same, then File Browser would be the way to go.
05-19-2011 01:38 PM
The new File Manager app (by Acaras, I believe) works just fine and is well worth 5 dollars. Great to see that holes in the Playbook experience are gradually being filled.
This takes care of a huge issue for the Playbook being able to justify a claim to being a business tablet. Now we can organize many documents (word, excel, powerpoint, pdf) into folders or categories, browse by those categories and open them accordingly. Once a document is in a folder, when you work on it and save it, it remains in that folder. I tried opening a new document, however, and there is no apparent way to control where it saves into.
I mentioned a related issue some weeks ago, that there didn't seem to be a way to synchronize documents between Playbook and the computer. DataViz invented this type of function in the days of Palm, so a mystery why it wasn't developed for Playbook. However, I have found that I can synchronize using an application on the computer, I have used GoodSync to synch between laptop and desktop for several years. So this application detects whatever changes you have made to a document on Playbook and updates the same document on your computer.You can set up a wifi link (discussed in other posts on the forum) and this is a very simple operation.
The only problem I can see here is that you can't easily list a number of documents in different folders on your computer to synch to your Playbook (the way Documents to Go would do on my Palm), or if you really wanted to do that with GoodSync it seems quite cumbersom. Instead, I have to set up a few folders (eg. Working Folder, Current Reading) where I place current documents that I know I may be using on the Playbook. I tried using a shortcut instead of the original document to place in that folder, but it doesn't work. Anyway, this solution is still pretty helpful. The main documents you're working on currently go into this working folder, and then when you want to save them into their respective folder (eg,. for a given project or topic) you just go and transfer it manually to that folder.
05-21-2011 09:23 PM
Try out the new 'AIR Browser' file manager in appworld, its free. It can copy, cut and paste files. It also creates, rename and delete folders etc. I think it can cut and paste folders too but i haven't tried that yet.