updated 02:30 pm EDT, Fri August 30, 2013
DeskConnect content syncing
Earlier this week, DeskConnect -- a new tool for sharing content between Mac-based computers and iOS devices -- made its way into the App Store. Dubbed as the "missing link between all of your devices," DeskConnect includes support for transferring an array of content such as text, videos, documents, and even driving directions.
Setup couldn't get much easier. After downloading the Mac and iOS apps, users are prompted to either create a new account or log in with an existing one. Once an account is registered on multiple devices, everything is ready to go and content can be shared with only a few taps. The one exception to the ease of the sharing setup is website sharing; that requires users to setup a bookmarklet for every device.
For a first release, DeskConnect works surprisingly well. After the initial setup, we were able to quickly move a group of photos, some text, and web links between a MacBook, iPhone, and iPad. DeskConnect is even smart enough to open the Maps app when recieving a Google Maps link. Furthermore, within the preferences users can choose if they want to default to Apple's Maps app or the Google Maps iOS app. Most impressive is DeskConnect's price tag: the service is totally free, has no usage limits, and doesn't require a direct Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection to work. Each device can be on its own network and content can be transferred just as seamlessly.
Our only real gripe with the software is where received files are stored on a Mac. The files are buried in an Application Support folder that isn't easily accessible, unless you know exactly where to look. Searching for the files in Spotlight also won't help, as the Library's contents are not displayed in Spotlight searches. The iOS app also currently lacks an iPad-optimized interface, but we have a feeling that an update in the near future will resolve these relatively small issues.