The idea that our iPhone could intervene in almost every technological function that we use in our daily lives has been persistent since the touch screen first came on the market. Instead of having all encompassing iPhone applications that focus on bringing together all of the technology that you use in your personal and professional lives the iTunes’ App Store has focused mainly on games and single function iPhone applications that do a single useful item at most. Most of the iPhone applications that have come in an attempted to create full integration and heighten the possible uses of your pocket computer have been either expensive or overly complicated, and often times both.
It is in this environment where Clip Printer and Transfer has been released in an effort to give you a direct link from your iPhone to your computer. The idea behind Clip Printer and Transfer is a reasonable one, and it may have been successful if it was not much more work than is reasonable in most situations.
The basic premise of Clip Printer and Transfer for your iPhone is to take clips and images, among a whole host of other items, from your iPhone and then print them out from your computer. As is even listed on the iTunes’ App Store page for Clip Printer there is a whole host of different things that you could do with it in this context. You can print maps directly from a map based application on your phone, do the same with pictures and text items, and create a back and forth situation between your iPhone and computer. This sounds like a nice system if it did not require a complicated process of installing WePrint on your computer and setting up wireless connections between the two. This process would not be unreasonable if the result was something groundbreaking, but it fails to be that remarkable.
The design of Clip Printer and Transfer appears in perfect organization, in a lot of ways modeling itself after other file management systems. This is fine in theory, except that it takes a learning curve to even get moderate use out of Clip Printer and Transfer and this is simply not worth the trouble for what most people will end up getting out of the application. The “Copy” function that comes in Clip Printer and Transfer is pretty standard on the iPhone already, except in that it now allows you to copy onto a third party machine. The real question is whether or not this is of any real use. For example, you have the ability to copy and print text messages from your phone onto your computer’s printer. You copy the text message into Clip Printer and Transfer, make the connection to your computer, and set up a print. Even this process alone is complicated for new users in the interface, and in the end you have simply made a successful print job of a text message. This is not the kind of result that should require this kind of effort.
There are a lot of ins and outs to Clip Printer and Transfer, which is not to say they are all useless. The ability to unzip files, communicate with your base computer, and customize almost every aspect of it right in the application are all nice. The only problem relevant with Clip Printer and Transfer is if all the trouble and complexities are going to be justifiable to the uses that most iPhone owners will actually have. Clip Printer and Transfer is $4.99 at the iTunes’ App Store and is worth the money if you will find common use in it. If not then the time it takes to orient yourself with the interface and prepare your system for is going to be more of an issue that the cost.