How to read Word docs on the iPod Touch

Discussion in 'iPod touch Hacks' started by caubeck, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. caubeck macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2007
    1) Install the Books application from installer

    2) Open a Word doc on your PC, save as a Webpage

    3) Insert the newly created html doc into a folder you create at /private/var/root/Media/EBooks/ on your iPod

    4) Open using the Books application

    5) Live long and prosper
  2. mquetel macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2007
    Another way:

    - Sign up for a free google account
    - Upload your docs or spreadsheets to google docs
    - Use google's new iPhone friendly portal to view your docs in Safari
  3. caubeck thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2007

    Not as handy if you're on the move or without wifi, but quite true.
  4. rolodge macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2007
    Books application


    I just wanna know if that books application (while running in ipod touch) also has a special "search" function where I can be allowed to search for a key word (OR search for KEY WORDS) in that "newly created html doc" file on the ipod touch device just like when you search inside an ordinary html file in an ordinary MAC or IBM compatible PC browser application?

    I also wanna know if I can theoretically fill the ipod touch hard disk space with these html docs? Does the folder you create at /private/var/root/Media/EBooks/
    have a limit let's say 1GB for Ebook doc files and the rest of the space should be the intended sound or picture files.

    How does it handle large (let us say 20GB html files with embedded pictures)? does it slow down like a snail with files as large as those? I am currently an isilo for palm user and I am planning to shift to the ipod touch if handling is at par or better. Forgive me for the newbie question.

    ... and if i may take that question further... can that books application handle pdf files as well?... and can you also search within that opened pdf file?

    Thanks a lot.
  5. caubeck thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2007
    No search is possible yet, but I was wondering about the same thing.

    As for the rest of your questions, I have no idea, you'll have to try it out. I can read plain text Word docs converted into html. A separate viewer exists for pdfs.

    Obviously Word doesn't open as Word but as an html webpage, with the usual limitations that implies on fonts and format. I have been reading 24 plain text chapters of a book, making notes on where I will eventually have to edit the manuscript on the PC. I downloaded a word-to-html batch converter to prepare the documents, and only had to tweak 3 of the 24 in order to view them correctly (a problem with the margins).

    When I used to do this on my iPaq using Microsoft Reader or other software I could make notes directly on the screen. The iTouch is no replacement but it meets my current needs.

    I sense your requirements probably go beyond the capabilities of this partial solution, but try it out anyway and let us know.
  6. speakerwizard macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2006
  7. alyss macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    actually i found a really good way to do this. if you have a yahoo account, make a new email and attach the documents you want on you itouch,
    then send the email to yourself.
    open your email on your itouch,
    hit select all
    paste it into notes
    and save!
    It works!
  8. johnnyham macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2010
    You could get Quickoffice off the App Store also. I snagged an earlier version on one of those lovely free for one day only promotions, and it's a great program. I think it's $4.99 in the App Store now. You can edit and view Word, Excel, and regular text files as well as view PDF and photos. If I hadn't gotten lucky, I wouldn't mind paying for it. Excellent app in my opinion.

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