iMediaMan for iOS FAQ
- Q: Where is the FAQ for Windows Phone 7?
- Q: Why do I need MediaMan for Windows?
A: Simply put, because MediaMan for Windows is the best way to build out a collection. A PC has a keyboard, mouse, USB ports [that support hand-held scanners], and a big display. It's got processing power. It usually has a solid Internet connection. These all assist in building out a large collection of items. It felt silly to expect someone to do that on a mobile, phone-sized device.
- Q: Can I add new items using iMediaMan on a device?
A: No. iMediaMan was designed to only support the viewing and searching of items in an existing collection.
- Q: Fine, I get it! How do I get my collection onto my device?
A: MediaMan makes it very easy to move your entire collection by keeping all of its content in one file. Each library you have on your PC gets stored out into its own MMC file. This MMC file is what you'll want to get onto your iOS device. To do this, you have two options: you can sync MMC files within iTunes, while your iOS device is connected to your PC or you can put your MMC file onto a web server and download it to your device.
- Q: How do I download the MMC file to my device?
A: When you start iMediaMan you'll see a blank list and a button in the upper right hand corner that has a + on it. Click the + button and you can enter a URL to download a file from.
- Q: Can I download my file over 3G, 4G or LTE?
A: This is up to you. MMC files can get large - my personal collection is over 60MB. If you chose to download a large file over 3G you may be charged for the data transfer. WiFi is strongly recommended, when downloading MMC files.
- Q: Can I have more than one library on a device?
A: Yes! You can add as many as you like.
- Q: So I sync a new MMC file using iTunes and I don't see it in the list of files - why?
A: You'll need to manually refresh the list with the "refresh" button that's in the upper left hand corner.
- Q: How do I remove a library from my device?
A: When you are looking at the list of MMC files, swipe an item from right to left - as you would an email in Mail.app - and you'll see a delete button appear.
- Q: What if I don't have access to a web server?
A: Use iTunes to sync MMC files over to your device.
- Q: What if I sync to iCloud and not iTunes?
A: Use Dropbox or OneDrive and pull the MMC down from a shared folder on your PC or Mac. After you download a copy locally, you'll find iMediaMan in the list of apps that can open an MMC file.
- Q: Can I use a URL shortening link for downloading?
A: Nope. At least not in the v1 release. iMediaMan uses the last bit of the download URL to be the MMC name and services like bit.ly mask the filename from the URL.
- Q: How are you searching on the device?
A: This depends on the media that you are viewing, but all searches take both text lines for each item in a visible list. For music this would be Title and Artist. For books, Title and Author. Everything else gets Title and Media. In all cases it's a partial text match so the more exact your search terms the more precise your list will be.
- Q: Do you support landscape mode?
A: Yes, the app can be turned left or right at any time.
- Q: Why does the index list have letters no longer spread out on my device?
A: The index list is programmed to only show letters that have a matching item in the list. If you have nothing in the list that begins with Z then you won't have a Z in the index. That said, with iOS 7, the index doesn't spread out; it now gathers all of the letters to the vertical center of the screen.
- Q: I was running 1.0 and there were images on in the list of items but they are gone in recent releases - why?
A: For a cleaner and faster design, I decided to move the product images to the details page of an item. This way you get a full sized image when you want it and it gives the item lists a cleaner look.
- Q: Are you going to support other mobile devices?
A: Likely, over time.
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