[APP] WebSharing 2.0: view/transfer files/media via browser/WiFi
WebSharing is an app that lets you view/transfer files and media between your Android device and a computer using a Web browser over a Wi-Fi network. The 1.x version line has been out for an age (since '09), this thread is about 2.0 and future development.
The 2.0 beta is currently available, I'd greatly appreciate any help testing it. See next post for info on obtaining it via Google Play Store beta channel and/or direct download.
The most significant improvements in 2.0 (vs 1.x) are:
- Drag-and-drop file/folder uploading (included in the free version, without any limitations).
- Holo UI in the Android app, and in the web browser.
- Flash is no longer required for advanced features (they're all implemented in HTML5 with Flash fallback).
- Still no ads.
To start using WebSharing, make sure you're connected to Wi-Fi, then open the app and tap the "Start" button. You'll see a screen like the one below:
Follow the directions on the screen, pointing your computer's Web browser at the address shown. You'll then see a WebSharing welcome screen that looks like this:
Enter the random generated password and click "Continue". (You can set a permanent custom password in the settings, if you prefer.)
Once you're logged in, you can browse around the filesystem. Double-click to open or download items. Single click to select them. Ctrl+Click to select multiple items. Use the pulldown menu in the upper left corner perform file operations, or just right-click on files.
WebSharing 2 has an all-new HTML5-based file upload system:
- Files can be uploaded by dragging them into the browser window.
- You can drag multiple files in at once.
- If you use Google Chrome, you can upload entire folder hierarchies by dragging them into the browser.
- You can drag in more files while files are uploading, they'll be added to the queue.
- You can navigate to other folders while files are uploading, and then drag files into those locations. They'll be added to the queue as well.
- You can also use the "File" menu to upload files if you'd prefer not to use drag-and-drop.
- Older browsers can still use legacy file upload controls.
- You can click anywhere in the upload progress area to see a detailed view of upload progress.
- In 2.0, the multiple file upload system is now a free feature (in 1.x, only the paid version allowed multiple file upload via a Flash-based control).
- All of this is provided in the free version, without any limitations.
When files are dragged in (or uploaded using the File menu), the progress bar will appear at the bottom of the screen:
All the features shown up to this point are completely free. Like FX File Explorer and WebSharing 1.x, the paid version of WebSharing adds media support, i.e., direct access to music, photos, and videos.
In the full version, you can click the music tab to browse/play music. Double-click on a track to start streaming music from the phone to the web browser. You can listen to streamed music while performing other tasks.
You can browse music by track, artist, album, or playlist. The screenshot below shows the by-album view. Music can be directly uploaded by dragging files into the music view. Files uploaded here will be placed in a folder that you configure in the app's settings (the default is the "Music" folder on your device's primary storage/SD Card).
Clicking the photos tab allows you to browse all images stored on the device. The new "Thumbnail Size" slider can be used to zoom in/out.
WebSharing uses my usual free/paid model:
* Free version is free, paid version is cheaper than dirt.
* No ads in either version.
* Free version is not a watered down trial with a bunch of limitations. It's very usable and many users will only need it.
* The paid version adds more stuff.
* Neither version phones home, collects personal information, or does any other "doubleplusungood" things.