WHY did you TAKE AWAY USB transfers in v2.1?????

WHY, in Heaven's name, did you TAKE AWAY USB transfers in Stanza v2.1?????

I gues I'll never upgrade to 2.1 from 2.0 as this is how I get all my ePub books onto my iPhone.

Don't understand it, actually!

Would someone explain why they use USB or wi-fi transfer of ebooks? I played around with it, but it's so much easier to wirelessly fetch ebooks from the net without involving the desktop at all! That's the magic and liberating feature and quality of the i-devices.

I suppose a reason is to have the ebooks on one's desktop, too... but unless you're reading them on there, I'm not sure I understand the point. (Backup? Well, iTunes does it or you can re download the ebooks!)

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Why Wi-Fi?

A few reason I Wi-Fi transfer my books to my iTouch:
1) Initially, because I had a number of books downloaded to my computer and didn't want to fool with trying to find the original sources of these books. Once I got the function working it was easier just to transfer them using Wi-Fi.
2) There are still a number of downloads that I can't find a good way to download directly into my Stanza (like the majority of books I want to get off of Project Gutenberg and most PDF files, it seems). If it is not on the mobile Gutenberg it just seems easier to download it to my desktop and transfer it than try to figure out how to download using Safari on the iPhone and then load it into Stanza.
3) Sometimes I discover things I want to download while on the Net for other reasons and don't feel like getting out my iTouch right then.

I guess it comes down to 1) habit and 2) my iTouch is still secondary to my computer for reading (and tertiary to dead-trees for reading books, as opposed to articles)

It shouldn't affect you too badly.

This change doesn't affect your ability to move files from PC or Mac to Stanza on the iPhone via the WiFi connection. If you weren't using the USB option, it shouldn't affect you at all.

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I was using USB to transfer

I was using USB to transfer book from the desktop Stanza app to the iTouch. I'll have to look more carefully where the WiFi option is.

PS: where on earth is the Search button for these forums???

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So what does this mean for me?

Does this mean the books I convert using Stanza, can no longer be upload to my iTouch? Or is WiFi a legit option?
I know they removed USB from FileApp but it didn't worry me as you can use WiFi. But I don't recall seeing an option to share over WiFi in the Stanza app.

Then agian, it's probably just this sort of dodgey operation they are trying to stop...

Sharing over WiFi has always

Sharing over WiFi has always been the recommended way of transfering books. You can also do it via 3G with a suitable setup.

Apple is coming out with USB syncing (March - 3.2 Update)

Cult of Mac is reporting the following: http://tinyurl.com/ydvhlka

"The current iPhone OS SDK contains no official API support for USB syncing apps, but that hasn’t stopped persistent developers from getting around the issue by dropping their files into the iPhone’s DCIM folder and using private APIs to allow desktop apps to access your iPhone’s contents.

It was a hack, and developers knew Apple wouldn’t tolerate it forever, which makes it no surprise that several developers (including the makers of the popular e-reading app, Stanza, are now reporting that Apple is asking them to remove USB syncing capabilities from their apps.

This is a temporary inconvenience, but not really a bad thing. The beta SDK for iPhone OS 3.2 has official APIs for accessing an on-device shared storage folder, which will allows an iPhone to be mounted as a readable and writable disk when plugged into a computer through USB.

End result? Official, less buggy USB app syncing support come the end of March. Just don’t upgrade any apps that currently use the DCIM method of USB syncing until iPhone OS 3.2 hits iTunes."

DigiDNA found a way to get USB back

This happened to DigiDNA and their FileApp product. See http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/usb_feature_returns_to_fileapp/ for an article on what happened. Perhaps Lexcycle can talk to them and find out how they did it, and then allow existing Stanza users to get USB back.

Question for Lexcycle: How does 2.1 differ from 2.0? If a file gets put (by any means) in the /var/mobile/Media/DCIM/Stanza folder, will 2.1 be able to see it?

USB taken away because Apple said so.

You can still transfer your books through a Ad-Hoc WiFi Network connection. That is, if your computer has built in WiFi. If it does, then follow the below instructions:

How do I set up an ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network?


• Open the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
• Click Network.
• Click AirPort.
• Under Network Name, select Create Network.
• Give your network a name (this is what you will connect to later on your iPhone), and a password if you wish. You can leave the channel option alone.
• Click OK.

Windows Vista:

• Open the Start menu, then click Control Panel.
• Click Network and Internet.
• Click Network and Sharing Center.
• Click "Set up a connection or network" from the Tasks toolbar on the left.
• Choose "Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network."
• Click Next.
• Click Next.
• Give your network a name (this is what you will connect to later on your iPhone).
• Set up a password for your network if you wish.
• Click Next.
• Click Close.

Windows XP:

• Open the Start menu, and click My Network Places.
• Click "View network connections" from the Network Tasks toolbar on the left.
• Find your wireless network connection, right click on it, and select Properties.
• Click the Wireless Networks tab.
• Click Advanced.
• Select "Computer-to-computer (ad hoc) networks only" then click Close.
• Click Add.
• Give your network a name (this is what you will connect to later on your iPhone).
• Set up a password for your network if you wish. Uncheck the box next to "The key is provided for me automatically" if you want to enter a password. Select Disabled in the Data encryption drop down menu if you do not wish to have a password.
• Click OK.
• Click OK.

Now on your iPhone, go to the main settings, and connect to the network you just set up as your Wi-Fi connection.

If you can't get connected to your iPhone, try disabling the ethernet port on your computer, so only your Wi-Fi connection is active.

I hope this is helpful.

Apple really is the empire of

Apple really is the empire of evil!!!!! This is probably in anticipation of ipad and their total control of the damn book market now, too.

Just wait, they'll probably make stanza, kindle and B&N apps illegal on ipod/ipad too!

Jerks.... there is ABOLUTELY NO REASON they shoud make you take the USB out.

A lot of people were using

A lot of people were using GoodReaderUSB to go through the "back door" using the camera function. Apple said that this was "out of bounds", so they told them to take this function away.

ATTENTION. USB File Transfer was removed due to Apple's demand, to avoid a violation of Apple's rules. New users will not be able to use this feature.

That is just the way it is.

They must have misunderstood

Sounds like they misunderstood what you were trying to do. Send them an email explaining everything better and make it clear that the app wasn't doing anything malicious.

In all fairness you should have done that instead of foisting this bullshit update on us. At worst it would have meant the app would have needed to be re-evaluated by Apple and would have been temporarily unavailable until it was re-approved once they'd seen that it wasn't actually doing anything bad.

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