Indispensable Mac App: DiskAid

iOS and related hardware (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) together make a great, fun-to-use system. When Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone at Macworld in January 2007, it truly was revolutionary. It has very literally changed the way we see and use cell phones. Whether good or bad, however, there are limitations to iOS, even today. There are parts of the system that are locked down, or at the very lest, difficult to access. According to Apple, this is done to ensure a pleasant and positive overall user experience. A valid argument for most users (especially casual users).

This has frustrated some of the more advanced or technical users, to the point that some have switched to other devices (Android, Windows Phone, etc). For many, the switch was the result of not being able to do some relatively basic tasks like the ability to export a text message thread or save a voicemail message via a traditional file system. If it weren't for these limitations, they would still be happy iPhone customers today. Enter "DiskAid".

Admittedly, DiskAid (developed by DigiDNA) is not an app that I use every day, but when I need it (at least once a week, for one reason or another), it's critical that I have it. Why? DiskAid is essentially a file browser for your iOS device. It allows you to see and manipulate just about anything on your device.

Using DiskAid, I can export text message threads as text files, save voicemail messages as audio files, export call logs, copy photos or videos bi-directionally, etc. Not only that, but I can also see vital information about the device itself that under normal circumstance would be difficult or impossible to see using the Settings menu.

On top of this awesome level of access to your device, there's another feature which makes DiskAid really stand out. Not only can you access your device using a sync cable, but you can also access the device via WiFi.

While I still prefer to use iTunes to sync content to and from my iPhone and iPad, DiskAid is a great app to have for some of the more technical tasks. For this reason, I highly recommend DiskAid.

DiskAid is about $30 for a single license, $50 for a family pack (up to 5 users), or $90 for enterprise users (up to 10 users). Click here for more information and to download a trial version.

Posted on April 9, 2014 and filed under iOS, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Opinion.