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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

File Ho! -- File Management with Resco Explorer 2007

Posted by Don Tolson in "SOFTWARE" @ 08:00 AM


Accessing Network Drives
If you have a network card attached to your Pocket PC, you can map access to your network drives, just like you do from the desktop. Then, the drive(s) becomes just another storage device on your unit and can be browsed and managed using the full functionality of the File Manager. Unfortunately, my Eten X500 is not so equipped so I couldn't check this out directly.

FTP Explorer
Similar to the File Explorer module, FTP Explorer creates an entry under the My Device root for you to browse the content of an FTP server, just as if it were part of your Pocket PC device. This is an optional add-in, available from Menu/File/Option/Add-Ins to either download or activate.

To connect to the FTP server, you create a session under My FTP locations and tap Connect. Once you provide the session parameters and tap Connect, the FTP server becomes an extension of your PPC and all the features of the File Explorer are available.

Desktop Extensions
Resco Explorer 2007 comes with two extensions for the File Explorer on your desktop PC. Both hide unobtrusively within Windows File Explorer and provide greater compatibility with the Pocket PC / Windows Mobile device. The first is the 'Send To' function, which allows files to be transferred from the Desktop to the PPC without using Activesync. It can be found on the list of options when you right click on a file name in Windows File Explorer, or can be selected from the Send To option on the File menu.


Figure 19: Accessing the Send To function on the Desktop PC.


Figure 20: Sending the file to the mobile device.

Once you tell it to send the file to “My Device”, a pop up window is displayed which asks you to define the destination folder on the Mobile Device. After this is selected, transfer occurs fairly quickly, taking only a couple of seconds for a medium-sized Word document. Unlike Activesync, no messages or prompts are provided for conversion of the file to Windows Mobile formats. I wasn't able to absolutely confirm this, but it appears the files are transferred simply 'as is'. The WM6 versions of Mobile Word and Excel had no problems with any of the documents or spreadsheets I transferred this way.

Too bad there isn't a similar 'Send To' function available from the PPC to the desktop. (Although, if you have established the Desktop as a Bluetooth or IR recipient, I suppose you could accomplish it that way.)

The encryption extension 'Resco Crypting' seems to be available only from right-clicking the file. Depending upon whether the file is already encrypted or not, you get options to either encrypt or decrypt the file. You also get the option to delete the original file, if desired.


Figure 21: Encrypting a file on the PC.


Figure 22: Adding the password (encryption key?)...

As noted above, the same encryption routine is used on both the desktop and the PPC to facilitate transfer between the two systems.

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