Accessing Textedit Docs on Ipad

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  1. trackbikes macrumors regular

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    First off ML install went without a hitch.. smooth as you could ask for...

    This is probably a very stupid question...

    I save a textedit doc in iCloud... how can i access and open it on my iPad or iPhone?

    Obviously my keynote and pages documents open in the relevant ios apps but what about text edit docs ?
     
  2. Puonti macrumors 6502a

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    The way I've understood iCloud, all documents in it are limited in visibility to the applications that can create them; Keynote on iPad and Mac can see Keynote presentations, Pages on iPad and Mac can see Pages documents and so forth.

    Since there's currently no TextEdit for iPad, those files can't be accessed with it. The use case for iCloud with TextEdit would be that you have multiple Macs.
     
  3. macklos macrumors member

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    open the textedit doc with pages. save to iCloud. open in pages on iOS. welcome to sandboxed apps!
     
  4. trackbikes thread starter macrumors regular

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    lol thanks... looks like I've found a use for notes
     
  5. macklos macrumors member

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    Yay notes!:rolleyes:
     
  6. chrisherbert macrumors member

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    Right now I think Dropbox is probably the best solution for this sort of thing.
     
  7. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

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    The problem with Dropbox is that "round-tripping" a document is very clumsy. You have to open the doc in another app, makes the changes, save the doc (or email it to yourself) and then upload via the Dropbox app. Hardly ideal.

    iCloud fixes this. I just wish there weren't such half-assed solutions like what OP is suggesting. Fine, Apple, I'll use TextEdit with iCloud. But then give me a way to access TextEdit docs on my iOS devices. And, no, I don't want to pay $20 for Pages on my Mac and $10 on my iPad.
     
  8. tarryweather macrumors member

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    Have you used Dropbox? Uploading it isn't a step you have to take, it all happens completely automatically (exactly like iCloud) and very fast. You just work on the doc in whatever app you want. Open up the Dropbox app (or any other app that supports Dropbox) on iOS, and there's your updated document.
     
  9. trackbikes thread starter macrumors regular

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    But with dropbox I would still have the problem of not being able to work on the document on my ipad.

    iCloud is supposed to make things seemless, however if like me you use textedit for all sorts of things it's not.

    For example I am a professional blogger and I use text edit to create blog posts and then I'll post them to my blog. I am heading to Barcelona for a few days and will be blogging from there. Here on my iMac I have the draft outlines of 3 posts that I''l just need to add a bit to and post.

    Ideally I should be able to open my ipad make the necessary additions proof read them and then submit them but I can't. I am going to have to transfer them to pages, buy pages for my ipad then I'll be good to go.
     
  10. tarryweather macrumors member

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    You can work on Dropbox documents on iOS, just not in the Dropbox app. But the app will allow you to open them in any app that can edit that file type. Many editing apps have Dropbox support built right in so you don't even need to go through the Dropbox app.
     
  11. mnsportsgeek macrumors 65816

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    Obviously we'll be seeing a textedit and preview app coming to iOS in the fall.
     
  12. dcorban macrumors 6502a

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    Possibly.

    Note that you can put documents in iBooks via iTunes. That's how I have been reading PDFs and such all along.
     
  13. mnsportsgeek macrumors 65816

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    Yes, but the cloud feature in textedit and preview would not be there if an ios weren't coming. As they are now, the feature is useless.
     
  14. tarryweather macrumors member

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    …or they're intended for people who use more than one Mac.
     
  15. illegalprelude macrumors 68000

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    Yes but the problem as the person stated is that you can from the DropBox app open a document to Pages on iOS. But from Pages, you can't say save to DropBox. Thus, the link is broken and you have to deal with emailing etc. etc.
     
  16. Jensen G macrumors member

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    So you're saying that if I save a TextEdit document to iCloud in ML, there is no way to open it in iOS at all, even though that document now exists in iCloud?

    So, I need to purchase Pages for both iOS and Mac ($30 in total) to sync my iCloud TextEdit/RTF documents?

    And that doesn't even count the inconvenience of switching from TextEdit to Pages, which is not something I want to do (I love the lightweight nature of TextEdit).

    Am I missing something here?
     
  17. GerritV macrumors 65816

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    I think you got it covered.
     
  18. gage006 macrumors regular

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    Dropbox is just a folder on your hard drive on Mac. I store all my Documents in a folder on my Dropbox. There's no extra uploading or emailing, when I save, Dropbox automatically uploads it to their servers and I can access it from any of my devices. There's also a number of apps that support Dropbox for editing documents on iOS (like PlaineText) so you don't even need the Dropbox app on iOS if you don't want it. It works just like iCloud.

    Otherwise, pony up the money for Pages.
     
  19. igizmo macrumors newbie

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    until IOS6 is out, I use goodreader... works fine with me in iCloud

    try it
     
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  21. Jensen G macrumors member

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    I may just use Evernote for my random jottings since I already have that setup on my Mac/iOS devices and it's free. The only issue with that is that once you start putting rich text (bolding, bulleted lists, etc) in there, aggravating stuff starts happening to the text formatting, but it's a free and otherwise robust system.
     
  22. tarryweather macrumors member

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    But wasn't he talking about TextEdit, not Pages?
     
  23. Mustard Seed macrumors newbie

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    Sorry how do you do this? I have a textedit document saved as .rtf to iCloud, but I don't see it in Pages on my iPad?

     
  24. GekkePrutser macrumors 6502a

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    He means save it in Pages for Mac first. Only works if you've bought that, of course.
     
  25. Mustard Seed macrumors newbie

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    I do have Pages, but that's not really a solution. This seems a rather half-baked implementation on Apple's part. Isn't iCloud support supposed to enable your content on all your devices?

    It really does suggest that Textedit is either coming to iOS, or Pages will soon be able to open Textedit docs in iCloud.

     

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