Developer: Transcast Media, Inc.
Price: Free (Limited Time; Normally $2.99)
Version: 1.0.2
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

iPad Integration Rating: ★★★★½
User Interface Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Move over Dropbox and iCloud because this new media sharing service doesn’t require any fancy storage. Quik.io is a new way to access media files and documents instantly, and users don’t have to jump through hoops in order to take advantage of all that it has to offer.

In order to get started, users must download the software to their PC or Mac computer. It literally only takes a few minutes to set up, but it can take a little longer if there’s a lot of media to scan. There are three ways to sign up: Facebook, Google or Email. Once an account is established, users simply select the folders that they wish to access and the app automatically scans, indexes and converts it all to play on the iPad.

Users then log into their account on the iPad app, and connect to their PC either through Wi-Fi or mobile internet. The interface makes browsing through media a breeze. Everything is accessed via the toolbar on the left side of the screen.

Music files are organized into Artists and Albums with their artwork attached. The setup looks similar to iTunes. When a song is played, it is controlled by a bar at the bottom that can be hidden out of sight if desired. Tapping on a video file opens it up in a QuickTime player. Users may experience some buffering, but this can be fixed by lowering the video resolution. Pictures can be browsed with the flick of a finger, and documents can be accessed in a matter of seconds.

One of the neatest features about Quik.io is the ability to download files to view offline. Not only can users save their media files to the iPad, but they can also send them to friends and family via “QuikSend.” The QuikSend feature doesn’t require the computer software to work, which is great for those who just want to share with ease.

Surprisingly, there’s little to complain about in the initial release. As stated before, buffering is to be expected at times. This is either due to the resolution size or it can happen if users don’t meet the minimum OS requirements. Also, while it’s not the fault of the developer, users can’t access DRM content. Since the app is so new, users will most likely see updates and new features soon. I’m looking forward to seeing what else is in store for this app.

Quik.io is perfect for users who are constantly on the go. The ability to access and download files through media streaming makes this app a definite keeper. It’s even more convenient that it converts original files before sending them as stream packets, and the company even streams data through their safe and secure servers for the fastest media access possible. Since it’s completely free right now, adding this one to the app library is highly recommended.

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