We’ve all been there.
You take a photo on your iPhone or iPad, and if you haven’t previously turned on “Photo Stream,” or you’re out of range from a network connection, you then have to e-mail or message it to yourself in order to access or view it on your Mac.
In a similar fashion, if you create a document with a third-party app that doesn’t have iCloud support, you will usually have to find a way to transfer this document to your Mac by some other means, (unless the document type is supported by iTunes File Sharing).
DeskConnect wants to fill this gaping ‘rift’ sitting in the way of you being able to share data across all your devices, by becoming the bridge between transferring, (or “pushing”), this data to either your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac.
In short, the app wants to allow for the pushing of any document type (Text, Images, Video, Web pages, Documents, Driving directions, Clipboard, Audio), to your Mac (and vice versa) — in just a few taps.
“DeskConnect is the missing link between all of your devices. You will never again have to email yourself pictures and documents just so you can open them on a different screen.”
Let’s say you’re reading an article in Safari, for example. Now imagine being able to transfer the article to your Mac, so thats it’s waiting for when you return home. Or, how about pulling up driving directions on your computer, and sending them to the Maps app on your iPhone with one click? – DeskConnect allows for all of this, (and more).
“You no longer have to imagine with DeskConnect. And that’s just the beginning: You can even use DeskConnect to start phone calls from your Mac,” the company explains.
Although some will argue that the combination of Apple’s upcoming support for ‘AirDrop’ in iOS 7, alongside its tight integration with iCloud throughout the mobile OS, and its introduction of “iCloud Tabs” in OS X Mountain Lion for web browsing, largely already covers the feature-set DeskConnect wants to provide to its users — it’s also clear that DeskConnect is ultimately aiming to offer all of this device-to-device sharing functionality under one roof, while adding support for things like the sharing of mapping directions, the ability to initiate phone calls, and the pushing of clipboard content.
As good as DeskConnect initially sounds as becoming a potential solution to sharing your files between your devices, though, many of who already downloaded the app are beginning to question the need for the creation of an account with the company, given the fact that the content being shared device-to-device is suggested to be done on a ‘local’ basis.
The other caveat is that the device you are sharing the content with, is also required to have DeskConnect installed.
“DeskConnect has no usage limits, is free to use, and doesn’t require a direct Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection,” the company says, while adding that your devices “can be twenty feet or twenty miles apart,” if you want.
You’ll find DeskConnect on the App Store as a FREE download. The app has been designed for use with Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch.
Ben from DeskConnect just got in touch with me to clarify some points regarding the need to create an account before using the app, explaining that the content you share between your devices is done so “over the Internet, with the content encrypted on its way to and from [DeskConnect's] server.”
“I do want to make clear the reason why users need to create an account. DeskConnect does not transfer content locally using Bluetooth or a direct Wi-Fi connection as you suggest. We transfer content over the Internet, with the content encrypted on its way to and from our server. We decided to do this for usability (Bluetooth connections are not always easy to work with and aren’t always reliable) and so that we didn’t have any proximity limits (doesn’t matter if your devices are twenty feet or twenty miles away). Therefore, we need an account in order to link your devices together.”