Originally Posted by paxman
Were IOS to become the main OS there would have to be a gui for the filesystem. For powerusers it is an essential part of file management. But there would be an app for that, of course. (The Finder as we now know it is an App, no?) For most people this would perhaps not be needed. I suspect that most people use the finder very little - they just open the app they want to use and find their files there.
-- A GUI for the file system -- File Management for iOS...
1) Apple's biggest "heavy-lifting" apps are the Pro Apps -- e.g. Final Cut.
These generate lots of links to files -- lots of versions of lots of really big files.
Final Cut's file management Sucks
Last month, at NAB, Apple previewed the new Final Cut to good reviews -- but missing was any discussion of file management.
FCP X will be released in July.
2) Apples next tier of power apps are the ProSumer Apps e.g. iMovie
These, also, generate links to lots of big files.
iMovie does a better job (though not perfect) of managing large files than the Pro Apps.
Rumors suggest a new iMovie in the 2nd half 2011,
3) iOS apps have no visible file system
There is no [Apple provided] sharing of files among apps except Copy/Paste and email
There is a kludgey sharing of files between a Mac and an iDevice
iOS file management sucks -- but only if/when you need it.
4) Mac OS X Lion is in the hands Mac developers
It doesn't address any of the above problems -- and still the same old, same old FFFinder
So Apple is going to have this WWDC on June 6 -- D-Day, on the Beaches of Mosconi -- and introduce a new Mac OS X, may be a new iOS version...
What if they could resolve the above file management problems across apps and OSes.
How would they do that?
1) keep the FFFinder
so current users could still do things the way they are currently doing them
2) introduce a new GUI (and programmable/scriptable) File Manager
3) Update all the Apple Mac and iOS apps to use the new File Manager by default
4) Mac apps could override the default and revert to the FFFinder
The new File Manager would be responsible for:
1) storing a single master copy of a file
2) managing expendable work copies of files
3) versioning files
4) file interchange and sync among devices
5) backup and recovery
6) staging to and from secondary cloud storage
It's 10 o'clock -- do you know where your files are?
Yes, Virginia... there is [could be] an App for that!