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iPhoneDrive renamed MegaPhone, adds notes support

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2008
News Categories: Mac Software


Ecamm Network has announced the release of MegaPhone 1.5. Formerly called iPhoneDrive, the Mac application allows iPhone and iPod touch users access to iTunes media, photos, notes, and other data stored on the device, as well as the ability to copy files and folders to the device for data storage and file transfer. Version 1.5 adds the ability to add and edit notes, including the ability to add text, PDF, and other files to the Notes application for reading and editing on the go. “We can now finally use the iPhone notepad to store important information,” explains Ken Aspeslagh, Ecamm Network’s iPhone specialist. “With MegaPhone, moving notes back and forth between the Mac and the iPhone is as simple as dragging in and out of the MegaPhone window.” MegaPhone 1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later, and sells for $20.

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“With MegaPhone, moving notes back and forth between the Mac and the iPhone is as simple as dragging in and out of the MegaPhone window.”

The only problem is that editing notes isn’t quite that simple…  Each note added, edited, or removed requires a reboot of the iPhone.  Basically, it appears to be doing a “Restore” operation to the iPhone (as if you were restoring a backup from iTunes) in order to write to the Notes database.

To make matters worse, this isn’t done as a batch process….  Instead, it happens each and every time you add, edit, or delete a note.

Right now this feature is impractical at best.  If the note updates were at least saved and written to the iPhone at the end of the session that might be acceptable, but each time you save a note you have to wait about 30 seconds while the iPhone is rebooted.

To make matters even worse, at least a couple of times the iPhone came back with a “Restore Failed” status and a message indicating the “There was a problem during restore. Please restart your iPhone and try restoring again.”

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on February 20, 2008 at 11:34 AM (PDT)

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