Editing a .rtf inside of Dropbox?

kat.hayes

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i have some .rtf files inside Dropbox that I would like to make some simple text edits to. I do not see any options for doing this when viewing the files in Dropbox. How can I do this?

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Capt T

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There are a few apps that will link to your Dropbox and you can edit within. Word is one of them.
 

tgara

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There are a few apps that will link to your Dropbox and you can edit within. Word is one of them.
Except that Word for iPad does not support .rtf files.

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Read-only-and-compatible-files-4eca0d98-2014-4d94-b601-5e082002d061?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

To open the .rtf files within Dropbox, the OP needs an app that works with Dropbox to do that. I don't use .rtf files, so hopefully someone will chime in and offer some advice here.
 

Capt T

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I don't use rtf either...it is a matter of finding an app to edit rtf, that has integration with Dropbox
 

richpjr

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Except that Word for iPad does not support .rtf files.

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Read-only-and-compatible-files-4eca0d98-2014-4d94-b601-5e082002d061?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

To open the .rtf files within Dropbox, the OP needs an app that works with Dropbox to do that. I don't use .rtf files, so hopefully someone will chime in and offer some advice here.
Word was the first thing I thought of when I saw this post and I looked and as you say, I was surprised it doesn't support rtf files.
 

tgara

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Word was the first thing I thought of when I saw this post and I looked and as you say, I was surprised it doesn't support rtf files.
Yes, and what surprised me even more is that Word for iPad doesn't support a whole lot of file types.

Basically all you can do is open and edit .docx documents or .dotx templates. Fortunately, for me at least, those are the vast majority of document types I encounter. That said, IRM/DRM documents, macro-enabled documents, and Rich Text documents, are not compatible. Hopefully MS will address some of these deficiencies in future updates
 

richpjr

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Yes, and what surprised me even more is that Word for iPad doesn't support a whole lot of file types.

Basically all you can do is open and edit .docx documents or .dotx templates. Fortunately, for me at least, those are the vast majority of document types I encounter. That said, IRM/DRM documents, macro-enabled documents, and Rich Text documents, are not compatible. Hopefully MS will address some of these deficiencies in future updates
I was surprised as well - I would have guessed they supported more file types. But having said that, I haven't tried to open any other formats other than .docx files in the past 2 years on my iPads so I have never run into the lack of support before.
 

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I was surprised as well - I would have guessed they supported more file types. But having said that, I haven't tried to open any other formats other than .docx files in the past 2 years on my iPads so I have never run into the lack of support before.
I just checked and Apple's Pages doesn't support .rtf files at all -- neither on the Mac or on iOS.

Microsoft has been killing it with it's recent iOS apps, so much so that I deleted Apple's iWork suite (Pages, Keynote, Numbers). The MS apps are so much better now.
 

richpjr

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I just checked and Apple's Pages doesn't support .rtf files at all -- neither on the Mac or on iOS.

Microsoft has been killing it with it's recent iOS apps, so much so that I deleted Apple's iWork suite (Pages, Keynote, Numbers). The MS apps are so much better now.
Agreed, that they are killing it lately. Office is still the standard, and OneDrive works way better for me than iCloud. What a refreshing change from MS.
 

tgara

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Agreed, that they are killing it lately. Office is still the standard, and OneDrive works way better for me than iCloud. What a refreshing change from MS.
Good to know. My office will be upgrading to Office 365 in the next couple months, and everyone will be able to benefit from the MS Home Use program to get the full Office suite on their home computers and mobile devices for zero or low cost. That means unlocking additional Office features on iOS devices, such as track changes in Word, which is important in my work. I'm going to also be using OneDrive as a cloud service for work-related stuff, and reserve Dropbox for personal stuff.

This will be a game-changer for me with the 9.7 iPad Pro. Can't wait.
 

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For rtf files - I searched the App Store for "rich text editor" and a number of apps popped up. I tried a freebie called TextEditor and was able to edit an rtf file I created on a PC and saved it off to Dropbox.

edit: Should note that with this app I couldn't edit within Dropbox - I had to download it from Dropbox to the app to be able to edit it.
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Good to know. My office will be upgrading to Office 365 in the next couple months, and everyone will be able to benefit from the MS Home Use program to get the full Office suite on their home computers and mobile devices for zero or low cost. That means unlocking additional Office features on iOS devices, such as track changes in Word, which is important in my work. I'm going to also be using OneDrive as a cloud service for work-related stuff, and reserve Dropbox for personal stuff.

This will be a game-changer for me with the 9.7 iPad Pro. Can't wait.
That's a good deal. I got one year for $77 from Amazon and now have the latest Office 365 on my Air 2, Android tablet, Samsung phone, and 3 PCs. A major reason I went for it is the included 1TB of OneDrive for both myself and my wife.
 
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