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    How do you manage files with the Prime?

    Please excuse if this is too elementary, but I'm trying to gain an understanding of file management on the prime as compared to the ipad. If I understand the ipad, it has a somewhat closed sysyem in which you need to use something like Dropbox to transfer files, and itunes to transfer music and apps, but how do you manage files with the Prime?

    For example:

    1. How do you transfer office, pictures, and music files onto/off?

    2. Can you set up individual folders?

    3. What music program does the Primes use; i.e., Media player for Windows, itunes for apple? Do you have to do any type of conversion from wma files?

    4. How does the micro-sd come into play with the prime? Can you utilize it to play music and edit document files directly on the micro-sd, or must you transfer them to the prime?

    Thank you

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    any help for this post? i would like some elementary help too. fairly new android user and brand new TFP owner. thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc515 View Post
    Please excuse if this is too elementary, but I'm trying to gain an understanding of file management on the prime as compared to the ipad. If I understand the ipad, it has a somewhat closed sysyem in which you need to use something like Dropbox to transfer files, and itunes to transfer music and apps, but how do you manage files with the Prime?

    For example:

    1. How do you transfer office, pictures, and music files onto/off?
    There are 2 ways you can do this. Either with a micro SD card, or using the mysync app (which you would then need to download to your laptop/dekstop whatever) which will show the contents of that folder on any computer you have linked to the account.

    2. Can you set up individual folders?
    Yes you can, in the file manager. I think maybe someone else will have a better explanation of this though because I am still trying to figure out a better way to organize the folders/files in my prime.

    3. What music program does the Primes use; i.e., Media player for Windows, itunes for apple? Do you have to do any type of conversion from wma files?
    There are a lot of options here. I would suggest doing a forum search, and also looking through the app store to find something that fits your specific needs best.


    4. How does the micro-sd come into play with the prime? Can you utilize it to play music and edit document files directly on the micro-sd, or must you transfer them to the prime?
    I think you understand it here. You can think of it sort of as a second hard drive for your tablet that is easy to remove, but a little slower. I have not heard many complaints about streaming media from the sd slot, but the higher class card you have the faster it will be. Some large high def movies might not play smoothly from the sd card, but I would assume whatever document editing and music playing you want to you will be just fine straight from sd.

    Hope that helps!
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    There are many apps for file organization. I actually use two othe than the stock one that is pre installed. Astro has far more functionality but the UI isnt that great and File manager HD has a great UI where thumbs are generated for media files. Both let you view hidden files and create them. Like if you have media that you dont want to be viewable in the gallery you can use astro to create a file with a . before the name and it wont display it. You can create any file strcture you want onboard or SD. For file transfer I use wireless file transfer pro. You just launch the app and it gives you an IP and port to enter into a browser connected to the same network and you open the browser and you are looking at all the files, a bit like an FTP server and saves you from having to connect to a PC. For media Im using MX Video Player Pro. It has played everything I have thrown at it from wma, mp4, FLV, Divx etc without a hitch (My freaking high dollar Sony BR player wont even play those!).

    I have an NAS (30TB 10x3TB drives) on my network that I have ripped pretty much every movie, music video, and other media I own and stored there for streaming to anything on the network. The Prime streams full HD movies just fine. If Im in a wifi weak spot in the house (there is only one) there is a second or two of buffering but then it plays without a hitch.
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    You might also take a look at ES File Explorer in the market. It's very nice for moving files over your network, from the SD to the tablet and visa versa. It will also access a dropbox and plays SOME video files and MP3s. It's a very flexable file management app. Been using it on an old backflip since I got the thing and it works great!
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    I'm poking around trying to see what programs can be pointed to a specific folder for music and/or movies. I want my 5 year old to be able to bring up some of the shows I have for him, but keep my Family Guy episodes and adult (not porn ya dirty monkeys) somewhere else. He uses one program, I use another. So far... not so good.

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    I recently bought a TP and have the same questions as the OP. I connect my TP via stock usb cable to XPhome desktop for the first time and it auto installs drivers, no biggie. Open up explorer window on TP and it shows pre-loaded folders, so i cut+paste my music folder over without problems. Disconnect TP and test music library, looks/sounds good. Re-connect TP to XP via usb, but now my music folder shows up empty? What if i want to archive my music back to my desktop?

    Also TP gave grief over transferring unrecognized file formats from MTP, zip + mp4. I thought the whole point to usb connect was plain simple file transfer? Sync-ing software is suppose to be optional, but this feels like it's complicating the issue. Is that what the drivers on the asus website are for? Because surely one should only need the usb cable to transfer without installing more drivers or apps? Of course, I could be missing a middle step.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc515 View Post
    Please excuse if this is too elementary, but I'm trying to gain an understanding of file management on the prime as compared to the ipad. If I understand the ipad, it has a somewhat closed sysyem in which you need to use something like Dropbox to transfer files, and itunes to transfer music and apps, but how do you manage files with the Prime?

    For example:

    1. How do you transfer office, pictures, and music files onto/off?

    2. Can you set up individual folders?

    3. What music program does the Primes use; i.e., Media player for Windows, itunes for apple? Do you have to do any type of conversion from wma files?

    4. How does the micro-sd come into play with the prime? Can you utilize it to play music and edit document files directly on the micro-sd, or must you transfer them to the prime?

    Thank you
    Number 1 & 4 , you can use the microsd to transfer files, and you can view, edit, play, files on the card. Dropbox is still a good option on Android
    Number 2, Yes you can create new folders and sub folders with the default file manager, or ES file explorer like, flhthemi recommended, it's the one I use also
    Number 3, the built in Google Music plays MP3's for sure, not sure about wma. There dozens of music players in the Market.
    I installed all my music from my PC onto the microsd card
    I have always used Amazon to purchase my music and it installs purchases onto my TF101, and saves a copy in their cloud program
    Last edited by kgragert; 02-20-2012 at 04:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urby View Post
    I recently bought a TP and have the same questions as the OP. I connect my TP via stock usb cable to XPhome desktop for the first time and it auto installs drivers, no biggie. Open up explorer window on TP and it shows pre-loaded folders, so i cut+paste my music folder over without problems. Disconnect TP and test music library, looks/sounds good. Re-connect TP to XP via usb, but now my music folder shows up empty? What if i want to archive my music back to my desktop?

    Also TP gave grief over transferring unrecognized file formats from MTP, zip + mp4. I thought the whole point to usb connect was plain simple file transfer? Sync-ing software is suppose to be optional, but this feels like it's complicating the issue. Is that what the drivers on the asus website are for? Because surely one should only need the usb cable to transfer without installing more drivers or apps? Of course, I could be missing a middle step.
    Don't cut and paste
    Use Copy and paste

    Just reverse the operation to copy the files back to your PC

    On previous android OS's the phone/tablet just showed up as a USB drive, worked perfect.
    Starting with Honeycomb the tablet shows up as a media device, you can still transfer files but you get that damn error message.

    I don't use the USB cable at all to move things around, it's quicker and easier to move large files, movies, etc, via the microsd card or Dropbox for smaller stuff

    Remember
    Copy
    Paste
    Last edited by kgragert; 02-20-2012 at 04:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cramp11 View Post
    I'm poking around trying to see what programs can be pointed to a specific folder for music and/or movies. I want my 5 year old to be able to bring up some of the shows I have for him, but keep my Family Guy episodes and adult (not porn ya dirty monkeys) somewhere else. He uses one program, I use another. So far... not so good.
    Use ES file explorer to create a folder, copy your sons files to that folder, long press on the folder and select great Shortcut.

 

 
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