About six weeks later, Mark/Space has responded by not only updating Fliq to version 2.0, but also releasing a new free iPhone application called Fliq Docs (click opens iTunes). Fliq Docs requires Fliq 2.0 for Mac or Windows (US$19.95, free upgrade for registered users of Fliq 1.0, or US$9.95 to owners of any Mark/Space Missing Sync application), and is a full-featured document viewing and transfer application for iPhone. Click the Read More link to find out more about Fliq Docs.
Like the previous Mark/Space apps, Fliq, Fliq Tasks, and Fliq Notes, Fliq Docs is free. However, in order to move information between your Mac or Windows PC and your iPhone, you need to purchase the desktop software. To transfer information between iPhones, all you need to do is download the free apps.
Fliq Docs works over a Wi-Fi network. To send documents to an iPhone from a Mac or Windows PC, the Fliq application must be running on the desktop or laptop machine, and Fliq Docs must be running on the iPhone. Fliq will show the name of any iPhone or other machine currently running Fliq or Fliq Docs:
Thoughts about Fliq Docs
Fliq Docs was just released last week, so there are very few reviews of the app in the iTunes App Store. Almost all of the few commenters have given Fliq Docs a low rating, which I find highly unfair after reading the comments. They are upset with the $20 cost of the desktop application, not the performance or capability of Fliq Docs. Many of the comments we've seen in earlier reviews of other members of the Fliq family have been shocked at the cost of the desktop application as well. In this respect, Mark/Space might want to consider dropping the price of the desktop application to US$9.99 or so to stem the tide of negative comments.
On the other hand, if you're planning on using Fliq Docs or any of the other Fliq apps simply to send information back and forth to other iPhones, the applications are free of charge. Mark/Space software is high quality, updated often, and unlike many other iPhone developers, Mark/Space actually has a trained support staff. As a result, they may be justified in charging US$19.99 for the desktop software.
As for the functionality of Fliq Docs, I found it to be a well-written and easy-to-use iPhone app that makes file transfer and viewing a pleasure. Reiterating my earlier comment, I'd personally like to see all of the functionality of Fliq, Fliq Notes, Fliq Tasks, and Fliq Docs rolled into one app. Since similar iPhone apps of this type such as AirSharing, File Magnet, and Briefcase commonly sell for US$4.99, perhaps charging for an all-in-one Fliq app could offset the cost of giving away the Mac and Windows desktop application.
If you've had a chance to try out the free Fliq Docs app, leave a comment below to let other TUAW readers know how you like the app.