How to use the iOS Archives app 11 - NewCydiaTweaks


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Monday, October 2, 2017

How to use the iOS Archives app 11

Files is the new application for iOS 11 , and is already about a million times better than the basic file chooser that replaces: iCloud Drive. Files is a central place from which to access all the files of your device, and in iCloud.
You can find, organize, open and delete all the files in it, in iCloud and in third party storage services like Dropbox. And because it is iOS 11, Files supports all new multitasking functions like drag and drop .

Main screen of files

I call it the main screen, but it's actually the only application screen. Below the left is a list of fonts, and on the right are folders and files. You can also drag any folder to the Favorites section and there is another section for the tags. These tags are the same ones that you can already use in the Mac Finder and, like everything in iCloud, sync between Mac and iOS. We can also access Dropbox, Mega, Box and other file storage services.

How to get around

Tap a font in the sidebar to open that font. Then you can tap any folder to open it. There is a search bar at the top of this view and, although you still do not search within the files, you will find files inside the subfolders . This allows you to quickly find a file if you know its name.
Pulling down on the screen in this view reveals more options. You can create a new folder , sort by name, date, size or tags and toggle between icon view and list view. At any point you can drag a file and place it in another folder, or drag it to a label to apply that tag.
You can also press the start button and drag the files to another application (or to an application open in Split View). You can also drag multiple documents at the same time, using the multitouch . To do this, start dragging a file , then tap any other file to add it.
This works in multiple locations, so you can keep dragging while you play to visit many folders and tags, playing files as you go, until you have everything you want.
However there is no way out of an operation once you have started it . You may drag files and realize that they are the wrong ones, or you have simply changed your mind. The solution is to keep a label just for it and drag it towards it. Nothing will move, it will only be tagged.
Or you can tap the start button and place the files in an open space on the home screen. Fortunately, the files are copied , not moved, so you can safely delete the copied files erroneously and leave the originals untouched.

What can you do with your files?

File support is a bit inconsistent at the moment. Some files can be viewed and even edited within Files. Others will open in your main application. Because there is no way to know if you will see a preview , or if you play, you will launch another application, it is all at the moment a little frustrating.
You can have more information about a file by pressing it to pop-over similar to the ones that appear when you select text in iOS. Here the options are Copy, Rename, Move, Share, Tags, Information and Delete .

Here's a quick list of what I've discovered about different file types

- Images can be previewed and tagged using standard iOS 11 tagging tools .
- Text files can be previewed, but only if your primary application is not installed .
- You can preview the movies. I almost saw an AVI and MOV file successfully, although both were not going well .
-The GarageBand files open in that same application.
-The contents of the ZIP file can be previewed, as if you were in a folder. Can not be compressed or decompressed.


There is a mysterious Sharing feature, which allows you to share a file and edit it with other people . Right now it seems like you can invite people to share, but you can not actually edit the document. Even so, the option of managing collaborations from Archives is interesting.
Files has greatly improved since the early beta. The search is instant, and never crashes. It still lacks some basic features, but despite that it's pretty good . With nothing else, iOS Files is an easy and reliable way to access files in the Desktop and Documents folders on your Mac.

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