Here’s How to Merge PDFs on iOS Using Files

· Andrew Orr · How-To

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On macOS you can merge PDFs together using the built-in Preview tool. You can merge PDFs on iOS as well, using the built-in Files app.

Gmail for iOS Integrates With Files App

· Andrew Orr · News

Google shared a blog post today in which it announced that Gmail for iOS will now support adding files from the Files app.

File Speeds Using iOS Files are Terrible Compared to Finder

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Redditor u/j1ggl did a test to compare Finder and Files using a folder of 2048 texture files. The folder was only 1MB, but iOS Files still handled different tasks way worse than Finder. For example, using the app’s built-in zip function, zipping the folder took 3 seconds with Finder and 38 seconds with Files. Unzipping took 7 seconds versus 42 seconds, respectively.

Conclusion: The Files app for iPhone/iPad is badly optimized and not ready to handle a larger amount of files, even though they take up just 1MB in total. It is also worth noting that the iPad required several reboots to even achieve the zipping and unzipping of the folder.

The 2020 iPhone Should Include a USB-C Port

· Andrew Orr · Link

Dieter Bohn writes that the 2020 iPhone should have a USB-C port, instead of a port coming to the 2019 iPhone.

I think it’s easier to get people to accept port changes when they go along with some other kind of dramatic change to a product line. And not to put too fine a point on it: if the rumors are correct, this year’s iPhone 11 doesn’t look like a very dramatic change.

The main reason I want a USB-C iPhone is flash drives. I’d love a USB-C flash drive that I could plug into both my iPad Pro and my iPhone. I have a wireless one that works with both, but it requires a separate app to use. One that “just works” natively with the Files app is ideal to me.

Yoink 3.5 Adds macOS Mojave Quick Action, Handoff Support

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Yoink is a handy Mac tool for grouping together files you want to copy or move, and the just released version 3.5 update adds in new macOS Mojave support. The new update adds Handoff support between the Mac, iPhone, and iPad versions, adds Finder Quick Actions support, and is Dark Mode compliant, too. Yoink is priced at US$7.99, and the update is free for current users.

Yoink 3.5 Adds macOS Mojave Quick Action, Handoff Support

macOS: How to See Where a Download Came From

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

So you’ve downloaded files to your Mac. What’s an easy way to see where they came from if you forget? Or how can you tell where your dad got that pirated copy of Microsoft Office? In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll tell you how to see that info…and maybe help you call out your dad’s terrible computing habits.

How to Use "Insert Pattern" in TextEdit to Clean Up Text

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

The Mac’s built-in TextEdit program has a little-known feature that’ll let you find tabs, paragraph breaks, and the like and replace them in text—or find patterns of them, even. It’s a very powerful way to clean up extraneous characters, so come read this Quick Tip!

iOS 11: How to Share Documents from the Files App

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

iOS 11 Files app sharing documents

The Files app in iOS 11 does more than let you see and organize documents with your iPhone or iPad. It lets you share files, too, although not all sharing is created equal.

Google Drive gets Full iOS 11 Files Support

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Google Drive in iOS 11 Files app

Google Drive already worked Files in iOS 11, but thanks to a fresh update it now fully supports the app’s interface.