NOTE: This tutorial has been made with Mac users in mind, as I usually present Mac specific information first, I decided to mix it up a bit and have already provided Windows specific instructions in an earlier post, so some of the material may be similar, but I have managed to cut a few steps, and I am using a different RAR software application in this tutorial version.
One of the most frustrating experiences in the world of tablet and mobile computing are the brick walls erected by cell carriers imposing “ad-hoc” limitations on the maximum file sizes permitted for download. This tutorial will not only show you how to bypass these limitations regardless of file size, but also on how to get around restrictions on maximum file sizes imposed by cloud storage providers.
As with every large tutorial on Glasskeys, there are a few prerequisite steps that needed taken before you “dive right in”:
- An account with a cloud storage provider such as Dropbox or SugarSync will be needed.
- Install either the Dropbox application, or the SugarSync Manager. Both are free and useful front-end clients for these services.
- For your iPad or iPhone you must have the GoodReader app installed.
- The cloud service selected above must be “visible” to GoodReader, so if needed you may wish to check out the Dropbox instructions, or the SugarSync instructions on how to do this.
- Download and install the free SimplyRAR application for Mac OS X.
Change the following options to match these values and set Compression Method to Store, Split volumes into to 15MB files, and ensure to tick the Split archive box ON.
These settings instruct SimplyRAR to create RAR files of 15MB in size, with no compression (AKA Store) because attempting to compress binary files such as video usually result in larger file sizes and would be a rather silly thing to do.
Therefore, we are guaranteed that each RAR file created will be smaller than the maximum file size limit imposed by a mobile data carrier, cloud storage provider, or both.
This collection of smaller, legal, and “download friendly” sized files can then be placed on “cloud-based” file storage, then downloaded at your leisure one at a time to your iPad or iPhone. At the point when all of the files have been downloaded to your iOS device, they can be recombined and restored back to the original full-sized file — completely bypassing the arbitrary size limit imposed by your mobile carrier, the same one that is too cheap & greedy to pay for proper mobile data infrastructure in the first place.
Drag only the RAR files from rarspot to our new rarfiles folder. At this point you may be asking yourself why the RAR files were not directly saved to the Dropbox folder during their creation in SimplyRAR. The answer is corrupted and unusable RAR files:
Depending on your bandwidth speed and other factors, Dropbox will need some time to copy all of the RAR files to their new home. So in other words, do not paste the files into the Dropbox rarfiles folder, immediately shut down your Mac, and expect the files to all be found on Dropbox. The quickest way to ensure that they have all been transferred is to click the Dropbox system tray icon and look for the All files up to date caption. If you see the Uploading files caption, you need to wait a bit:
Because .AVI files are video, I chose the Azul video player:
I am now watching the full sized video, split with SimplyRAR, downloaded from Dropbox via a 3G data connection, and recombined back into the original video file with GoodReader on the iPad. The final two screen shots illustrate how to download each RAR file individually. Please enjoy and take advantage of all of the flexibility that RAR files provide!