How to view Word Documents and PDF Files on your iPod Touch

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by ThunderBull4, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. ThunderBull4 macrumors 6502

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    This is more of an information thread then a question/problem.

    I know a few of you are business people and some of you wonder how you can view your pdf files on your ipod touch. Well here's an easy way that I use all the time. If you don't have a gmail account, you can easily create one for free.

    On your pc/mac, simply send yourself (the gmail account) an email with the word document, or the PDF file as an ATTACHMENT. Then go to your ipod and use the mail.app (comes with the ipod) and sign onto your gmail account. Go to the sent mail, and open up the attachment. I've only tried this with word documents and pdf files, so I know those work... there could be other formats compatible as well.
     
  2. TAna963 macrumors newbie

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    Is there a way that you can download it so you can view it without the internet?
     
  3. quick5pnt0 macrumors regular

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    Not without jailbreaking.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    It handles a number of formats...

    Source.

    (Applies to the newest version of firmware 2.x Mail on any generation iPod touch or iPhone)
     
  5. sandman42 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you can. Use the Air Sharing app. When your iPhone/Touch is connected to your network with the app running, it is available to any computer on the network as a network drive. You can put any file on the device, and create folders, etc. When your iPhone/Touch is off your network, the files are still loaded on the device (no network/internet connection required), and the viewable file types (e.g. Word, Excel, PPT, iWork, JPG, PDF, RTF, MP4, etc, etc) are viewable through the app. Works great.
     
  6. quick5pnt0 macrumors regular

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    Well I as assuming that if he didn't have internet he also didn't have a network. You're right though, with a network its possible.
     
  7. sandman42 macrumors 6502a

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    I think you get this, but a lot of people don't when it comes to this app: you only need the network to load the docs/files onto the device, then you can view them whenever/wherever, without having to be connected to any network or internet. A lot of people can't seem to understand that no data connection is required to view the files on the handheld device. You'd be surprised how many people can't seem to get that, and think that you're somehow viewing the files over the network.

    Come to think of it, even if you don't have a wireless network already, you could even use your computer itself to create the network, then use that to load the files onto the device, where the computer and the iPhone/Touch are the only devices on the network. No internet required.
     
  8. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    I either email files as attachments or bust out air sharing. I got it for free during the the early stages.
     

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