iPad question - transfer docs from desktop to iPad

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Posted 12/3/2012 by Loydene in NSBR Board


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Posted: 12/3/2012 9:48:23 PM
Is there a way to transfer a document from my desktop to my iPad?

I have a Mac desktop and I'd like to transfer some documents I created in Word (I can put them into pdf format) -- I'm taking the iPad on vacation and I could have my itinerary and all my research.

I know I can email them to myself -- but I don't think that will actually get them on the iPad. Only in the email ... and I won't have web access for a lot of the time.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 9:50:19 PM
I use Dropbox. I can share docs between my phone, iPad and PC.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 9:51:27 PM
Dropbox is certainly the simplest solution.

If you email them to yourself as attachments you can click on the attachment and download it to your iPad, provided you have Apple's Pages or another word processor on there.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 9:59:56 PM
Another vote for Dropbox.



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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:08:39 PM
Dropbox is an easy solution if you have Internet access.

DocsToGo is another, if you want them actually on the ipad. Install that, email as an attachment, and open in DocsToGo, then save them there. There are other apps too which will do the same.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 1:14:19 AM
You can just load PDFs into iTunes - they go into iBooks and you can open them from there.
Under "collections" in iBooks - select either the PDF or Books.
I also have Dropbox, but figure why use that when iTunes is the easiest way.
I've turned some of my recipes into PDFs and keep them in iBooks, so I can open them on the iPad while I am in the kitchen.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 6:13:02 AM
Definitely Dropbox.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 6:36:01 AM
Okay ---
Thank you everyone.
I just downloaded DropBox to my desktop ... it was there on my iPad.

I just tried to transfer my "Travel" folder .... some documents won't "read" in DropBox ....

Do they need to be in pdf format? That is what it looks like


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Posted: 12/4/2012 3:36:58 PM
Next problems.

On my desktop, I tried to access the folder I was interested in, and that I had "copied" (I thought) to DropBox ... the folder wasn't there. I had to go into DropBox and drag it back to my desktop.

Later, from my iPad, I opened DropBox and was going to view the files I'd earlier transferred --- they wouldn't open due to no internet connection.

So --
Is there a program that let's me transfer a WORD document and/or a pdf file to my iPad ... and let me, at least, read it on my iPad WITHOUT an internet connection?

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Posted: 12/4/2012 3:42:41 PM
I use Dropbox and prefer it to any other solution I've tried. It keeps things in sync across devices and is accessible from anywhere.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 4:25:05 PM
I hate Dropbox. I have had nothing but issues. So I use Evernote instead. If you go Premium you can access them offline and its only $5 a month or you can pay for the year but really the free version is awesome on its own.

Go to the Website and check it out from there. The app has a lt of features but there is more (including organizing your notes) on the website.

I Evernote. Nothing works like it and nothing is as awesome.

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