can you open files in dropbox with pages app?

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  1. macgrl macrumors 65816

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    and then edit them and save them back into drop box or do you have to use icloud?
     
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    Yes, you can save and work on Pages docs in Dropbox, Dropbox does not care what type of document that you save. Dropbox syncs automatically, even on a Mac. iCloud only saves iWork docs and does not sync automatically across all devices.
     
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    How do you use the iOS version of Pages to read and write documents in DropBox without a 3rd party option?
     
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    Dropbox has free apps for both the iPhone & iPad.
     
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    Yes, I understand that. Editing a Pages document via DropBox is easy. But how do you send the changed document back to DropBox? As far as I can tell, it is impossible to do it without a 3rd party WebDav service.
     
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    Point taken, for iWork docs there is not a good nor elegant way go. You can send the Pages doc in Dropbox to Pages on your iPhone and then send it to iTunes after you have edited. I plan on using iCloud for iWork docs and manually syncing them back to my Mac.

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  7. macgrl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you very much for your replies. Having re-read my initial posting I don't think that I worked it very well. Sorry

    So if I have a document in dropbox that is say a pages or word document I can open that on any computer by accessing drop box. I can then edit it with what ever program is on that computer and then save it back into drop box

    Do I need a third party app to be able to open a document in dropbox on my ipad and edit it with pages app or any other word processing app and save it back to dropbox?
     
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    You can open you pages doc from your iPhone/iPad with the Dropbox app. Click on the box with the pointer coming out of it in the lower right corner, that will give you the option to open the doc in Pages. In iOs pages you can edit the doc as normal. The problem is getting it back into Dropbox. Currently without using WebDAV you need to send it to iTunes and then return it to Dropbox. Maybe I am missing something, if so someone else can speak up.

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    I was wondering if I was missing anything and I found this thread on the Dropbox forum. Dropbox Thread.
     
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    For $5/month DropDAV will let you do what you want. It used to be free.
     
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    Yes, but it should be an integral part of Dropbox and not an additional cost third party, albeit inexpensive, add-on. I plan on using a combination of Dropbox and iCloud (for iWork docs) until one of the two improves. I use Adobe products and I am hoping that Adobe is one of the third party vendors that Apple suggested will be able to work with iCloud in the future.
     
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    I wonder if some of the apps like "Drop Manager", "Save to Dropbox"; or, "Awesome Files" address or attempt to address this issue? I doubt they do but if anyone has input before I download a bunch of apps. ;) Sadly, I can't see Apple adding an easy fix that always updates to Dropbox which is a direct competitor to iCloud ............
     
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