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Appcelerator Titanium Smartphone App Development Cookbook - Second Edition by Jason Kneen

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Transferring binary data between apps using a URL scheme

One of the limitations of iOS has always been the isolation of apps and the ability to share data between them. Typically, this has been achieved by developing native extensions or using app groups, but the latter work only between your own apps.

So far, we have sent text data between apps, so let's look at how we can use the same techniques to transfer binary data: images, documents, or any file.

How to do it…

In order to transfer a file via a URL, you have to turn it into text. To do this, you need to base64 encode the binary data into a string:

var fileAsText = Ti.Utils.base64encode(binaryData);

The binaryData in this case could be a blob, the result of a .toImage()method of a view, or a ...

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