You know how it is. There are a bunch of apps out there that allow you to open and edit different types of files on your iOS device. Look, we get it. You just want to view the file, right? No need to edit or collaborate or whatever. Just, you know, look at it. Sadly, while iOS is fairly magical, it only has a few file types it can view natively. Which is where today’s tip comes in.
PDF Word Excel File Viewer is an app that costs a measly $0.99, and allows you to view a huge array of different file types like PDF, DOC, XLS, PPT, PPS, TXT, RTF, HTM, XML, CSV, DOCX, PPTX, XLSX, JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF, GIF, MP3, and WAV. That’s a lot, right? Why have a file editor for each type of file, when you can view all of these for just under a buck? No reason, that’s why.
Download this Universal app to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and then launch it on your iOS device of choice. Once launched, you’ll see a screen with many different ways to get those files you want to view onto your iOS device. Choose Launch Wi-Fi Sync if you want to upload files via a web browser. Then hop on your PC or Mac and type in the address the app shows you on the resulting screen. You’ll be able to upload files one at a time via the web form.
You can also get files to your device directly from the web. Simply choose Web from the first screen in PDF Word Excel File Viewer and it will launch a web browser. Type in any web address and you can grab files from it.
For a dollar, this seems like a comprehensive solution for viewing a wide range of file types. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
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