document list view

The document list view shows files on your device.

interface layout

The document list view has several components:

navigation bar

Immediately below the status bar is the navigation bar.

On the navigation bar's left is the Up button with the up icon if it is possible in the current view to navigate up one level in the file list hierarchy. An example of such a scenario is if you are viewing a list of files in a subfolder. The Up button will be available on the navigation bar for you to move up to see the list of files in the subfolder's parent folder. If it is not possible to navigate any further up the list hierarchy, then the Up button will be hidden.

On the navigation bar's right is the More button with the more icon . Tap the More button to access the menus for additional commands.


location bar

Immediately below the navigation bar is the location bar, which shows the folder path leading to the currently listed contents.

document list/file list

The document list or file list occupies most of the space of the document list view and lists the files and folders within the current folder. Folders always appear before files.

Each item on the list has the four areas of information described here:

You can optionally hide the date and/or size columns through the Document List Options dialog to increase the number of names displayable simultaneously on the screen.

To open a file, tap the file's name. To enter a folder, tap the folder's name. To get the context menu for a file or folder, tap it's icon. For more about the context menu, see file operations and folder operations.


view icons

Along the bottom, is the tab bar with the view icons, one icon for each of the views. The current view shows visually as the highlighted icon. Tap an icon to go to the corresponding view.

views

The document list view provides five different views of documents you have installed on your device.
In the document list view, along the bottom is the view tab bar. To access a given view, tap the icon corresponding to the view you want.

Recent

The Recent view lists the documents you have opened recently, ordered from most recently opened at the top to least recently opened at the bottom. By default, the list shows only the ten most recently opened documents. To change the number of documents listed, go to the Settings page of the Options dialog.

Updated

The Updated view lists documents you have previously opened that have been updated since the last time you opened them.

Categorized

The Categorized view lists documents you have placed into one or more categories. iSilo™ initially creates two top-level categories named Business and Personal.

In addition to being able to select a specific category, you can also select the [All] listing or the [Uncategorized] listing. With [All], you get a listing of all categorized documents located anywhere and all uncategorized documents located immediately within any of the favorite folders. With [Uncategorized], you get a listing of all uncategorized documents located immediately within any of the favorite folders.


Favorites

The Favorites view provides an easy way to quickly jump to a list of documents in any folder to which you have assigned an alias. iSilo™ initially creates the following favorite folders: Note that even though all the initial favorite folders have aliases with the same names as the aliased subfolders, an alias does not have to be named the same as the subfolder which it aliases.

To add a favorite folder to the list, use the Favorite Folder Alias command in the folder context menu.

To determine the path of the folder associated with each alias, or to rename and delete favorite folders aliases, use the Edit Favorite Folders menu command.

Favorite folder aliases are always sorted lexicographically.


Device

The Device view provides a way to browse through all files of all folders within iSilo™'s Documents folder on your device.

file operations

To open a file, tap the file's name. To get a context menu, also known as the file action menu, with a number of additional file operations, tap the file's icon. The context menu provides the following operations for files:


Open

The Open command in the context menu opens the file just as tapping the file's name in the document list does.

Categories

The Categories command in the context menu presents the Categories dialog, which you can use to categorize the file into one or more categories. You use the Categories dialog to also create, rename, and delete categories.

Tap Back to accept changes you have made to the categorization of the file and any changes made to the category list, such as creation, renaming, and deletion of categories.

categorizing

To place the file in a category, check the box to the left of the category. You can place a file into any number of categories. In the Categorized view, the file shows in the list only when you go to a category to which the file belongs.

To remove the file from a given category, uncheck the box to the left of the category.

creating a new category

To create a top-level category, first select any top-level category, then tap New. In the New Category dialog, enter into the text field the name of the new category, then tap Save.

To create a sub-category, first select the category into which you want the sub-category created, then tap New. In the New Category dialog, enter into the text field the name of the new category, switch Sub-Category ON, then tap Save.

To create a category at the same level as another category, select an existing category at the same level, then tap New. In the New Category dialog, enter into the text field the name of the new category, switch Sub-Category OFF, then tap Save.

Following are some additional notes about categories:

renaming a category

To rename a category, tap the detail button to the right of the category to rename. In the Edit Category dialog, change the name in the text field to the new name for the category, then tap Categories to save the change and return to the categories list.

You can not rename a category to that of an existing category at the same level. If you attempt to do so, you get a message informing you that the category already exists.

deleting a category

To delete a category, tap the detail button to the right of the category to delete. In the Edit Category dialog, tap Delete. You get a message asking you to confirm that you want to delete the selected category and any sub-categories it contains. Tap Yes to proceed with deleting the category. Tap No to cancel deletion.

If the category has sub-categories, all the sub-categories are also deleted. Any files in the deleted categories are removed from the deleted categories.

Note that deleting a category does not delete the files belonging to those categories.


Delete

Use the Delete command in the context menu to delete the file. iSilo™ asks for confirmation before deleting the file.

Rename

Use the Rename command in the context menu to rename the file. When you do so, iSilo™ presents the Rename File dialog so that you can enter a new name for the file.

Information

Use the Information command in the context menu to view information about the file in the Information dialog that iSilo™ presents. The dialog shows the file name and folder location at the top. Below those fields are the last modification date and time of the file. Next come the Size and Type fields which show the file size and type, respectively.

Copy

Use the Copy command in the context menu to copy or move the file to the top of iSilo™'s Documents folder or to any favorite folder.

In the Copy File dialog, switch Copy Settings ON to also copy the document settings and categorizations. Switch Delete Original ON if you want to perform the equivalent of moving the file to the new location.


folder operations

To enter a folder, tap the folder's name.

For the Favorites view and the Device view, you can get a context menu by tapping the folder's icon. The context menu provides the following operations for folders:


Enter Folder

The Enter Folder command in the context menu enters the folder just as tapping the folder's name in the document list does.

Favorite Folder Alias

Use the Favorite Folder Alias command in the context menu to add an alias for the folder to the Favorites list. If the folder already has an alias, use the command to edit the alias.

Invoking the command shows the Favorite Folder Alias dialog. The Folder Path field shows the path of the folder. You can not edit the path shown. It is only present to show you the path for the alias. In the Alias field, modify the alias to your liking, then tap Done to add the alias. In the Favorites view, the alias appears as one of the top-level folders in the list.


Rename Folder

Use the Rename Folder command in the context menu to rename the folder. When you do so, iSilo™ presents the Rename Folder dialog so that you can enter a new name for the folder.

Delete Folder

The Delete Folder command in the context menu deletes the folder and all its contents. iSilo™ asks for confirmation before deleting the folder.

menus

On the navigation bar's right is the More button with the more icon . Tap the button to access a menu of additional commands divided into the following sections:

File

Download

Use Download in the File section to activate the Download dialog to navigate to go to the iSilo™ library, a web server, or to connect to a Dropbox account to download document files:

In the Save Target To dialog, the possible choices for where to save the downloaded file are the following:

New Folder

Use New Folder in the File section to activate the New Folder dialog to create a new subfolder in the current folder. This command is only available in the
Favorites view and the Device view.

Server

Use Server in the File section to activate the File Server View dialog to manage the application's WebDAV file server for transferring files to and from the device. See
the file server for additional details about using the file server and the associated security implications.

The following describes the basics of the options and available settings:


Edit

Edit Favorite Folders

Use Edit Favorite Folders in the Edit section to activate the Edit Favorite Folders dialog to rename and delete favorite folder aliases. The dialog has a list with two columns. The left column shows the aliases and the right column shows the associated folders.

To rename a favorite folder alias, select the alias to get the Favorite Folder dialog. The Folder Path field shows the path of the folder associated with the alias. You can not edit the path shown. It is only present to show you the path for the alias. In the Alias field, modify the alias to your liking, then tap Back to rename the alias.

To delete a favorite folder alias, select the alias in the list to get the Favorite Folder dialog, then tap Delete. Note that iSilo™ deletes the alias immediately without asking for confirmation.

Options

Use Options in the Edit section to activate the Options dialog to set options for the following:
List
Select List in the Options dialog to specify settings that affect the document list view display. Here, you can set the following options:
Icons
Select Icons in the Options dialog to set options for the icon that appears to the left of entries.

You can also select the mini-icons you want the document list to show. The following list describes the mini-icons:

Settings
Select Settings in the Options dialog to specify settings that affect the saving of a document's local settings and the
Recent view.

A document's local settings include the following items:

iSilo™ creates an individual file in its Settings folder for each document's local settings for which it saves. By default, iSilo™ automatically saves the local settings for a document when you close the document. Each local settings file takes up storage space. Over time, if you have viewed many documents, the cumulative space occupied by the local settings files can add up. So by default, when the amount of space used reaches 1,000 KB, iSilo™ deletes the oldest settings files (e.g., based on when the local settings were last written) until the space used goes down to about 90% of the limit. You can increase or decrease this limit by changing the Space to Use Limit field.

If you tend to keep a lot of documents around, you may want to increase the limit. If you are tight on space and do not care so much about the local settings of documents you have not viewed recently, then you may want to decrease the limit. The actual size of a local settings file currently depends mostly on how many local bookmarks you have created for the document. However, a rough estimate of the size of a typical local settings file might be anywhere from half a kilobyte to one kilobyte. Using this rough estimate, a limit of 1,000 KB should allow for at least the saving of the local settings for the last 1,000 documents you have viewed.

For the Recent File List field, specify how many files you want the Recent view to show.

Restrictions
Select Restrictions in the Options dialog to disable selected features of the application. If you set the Enable option to ON, then you will need to set a four digit passcode to allow future changes to the settings for restrictions. Make sure that you commit the passcode to memory or write it down in a safe location because if you enable restrictions and forget the passcode, you will not be able to edit the restriction settings.

Delete All

Use Delete All in the Edit section to delete all files listed in the current folder of the current view. The deletion does not enter subfolders.

Delete Special

Use Delete Special in the Edit section to access the following commands:

List

Sort By

Select Sort By in the List section to sort the current list by any of name, date, or size in either ascending or descending order. The initial sort order is by name in ascending order. Select one of Name, Date, or Size in the list to change the sort order to the corresponding selection. To reverse the sort order from ascending to descending or from descending to ascending, select the same sort option again.

The Sort By menu command is disabled for the Recently Opened view.

Regardless of whether the sort order is ascending or descending, folders in the list always appear before files.

Show

Select Show in the List section to filter the list based on the extension of the file names:

Refresh

Select Refresh in the List section to force the document list to rescan for files and update the document list. By default, the document list automatically updates itself when it detects new or deleted files and folders. However, there are situations where this may not happen.

Tools

System Information

Use System Information in the Tools section to activate the System Information dialog so that you can determine the user ID you need to provide in order to obtain a registration code for a document that requires a registration code. The user ID is provided in the User ID field.

About iSilo

Use About iSilo in the Tools section to see the iSilo™ About dialog.

document types

iSilo™ provides direct support for a set of standard document types and a catchall for textually viewing the content of any other document type, useful for viewing plain text files.

In addition to direct support for the standard document types and text files just described, iSilo™ also provides the ability to view many additional file types supported directly by the iPhone OS's built-in capabilities. To find out more about these additional file viewing capabilities, please see additional file type support.

standard document types

catchall document type

You can use iSilo™ to open any other type of file for viewing in text mode. This is generally only useful for files in a plain text format as iSilo presents the content as is. If the format of the content is binary or a mix of text and binary, then you may see gibberish.
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