iPad and iDisk

Discussion in 'iPad' started by CyberBob859, May 20, 2010.

  1. CyberBob859 macrumors 6502

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    How does the iPad handle iDisk from MobileMe? Is there native support built-in, or do you need the iDisk app from the iPhone?

    What I was wondering if I could prepare iWork documents on my Mac, save them to iDisk, and then just have an iPad access them "in the cloud" through iDisk.
     
  2. docal97 macrumors 6502a

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    The idisk app can be downloaded to your ipad, but it is not a native ipad app. But it does work fine.

    I am very surprised that Apple did not have a native Ipad Idisk and Gallary app ready for the Ipad on launch day.
     
  3. CyberBob859 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Do you know if Pages on the iPad will see the iDisk app, and if documents can be brought in that way? Or do you always require a sync through iTunes to import documents?
     
  4. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Not only was I surprised, I am actually pretty stunned that they still don't have a native app for that. After all, we're dealing with access issues between an Apple device and an Apple service. How come this is not in place?! If Dropbox could do it, why not Apple? This is frustrating.
     
  5. Peter Harrison macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not stunned at all. The lack of a native app and the lack of iDisk functionality in the iWork make me think that the iPad's OS 4 will have some iDisk functionality built in, and iWork will be updated to work with it.
     
  6. MacAddiction macrumors member

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    @ CyberBob859

    Just got out my iPad to try this. I've been trying to survive on the iPad without my Macbook Pro to see what I can and cannot do.

    You are able to read the documents on the iDisk (via the app), then you can "share" it to your email, then download the attachment, where it gives you an option to open in Pages. You can edit then email it back to yourself or share it via the beta version of iWork.com. Then you have to remember to update it your iDisk when you're back at your computer. Its a pain.

    I'd love to hear of an easier way!
     
  7. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

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    I just use my iWork account as a central store for any documents I'm working on.

    Instead of saving, I just "Share via iWork", leaving the e-mail address blank. From my MacBook or iPad, I can open any of the documents and edit them.

    I can also access them via other computers by going to iWork.com in a browser and viewing (or downloading) the document.

    It's an extra step or two over just saving things locally -- it would be nice if your iwork.com documents just appeared in a tab or something.

    I use iDisk mostly as an archive for old documents now. Active documents are in iWork.com.

    - Don
     
  8. Jason Bourne macrumors member

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    Goodreader is cheap, iPad native and can pull files easily from your iDisk. I use it for this all the time. But it's more for reading than editing and syncing.
     
  9. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    I also started using GoodReader and it is really a great app for accessing my iDisk documents.
     
  10. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    +1 on the GoodReader recommendation.

    With it, you can download a file from your iDisk and open it in another app (i.e., Pages, Keynote...).

    Getting the edited file back out of Pages or Keynote and back to your iDisk is more of a trick, since Apple doesn't (yet) provide a direct way, but here's what I do - I email the file from Pages/Keynote/etc. back to myself. Save the attachment with GoodReader, then upload it back to my iDisk thru GoodReader.

    Kind of a kludge, but at least it works.

    My iPad would be seriously less usefull without GoodReader, I must say. It's a must have for anyone who does any kind of file manipulation, storage or editing.

    Don't bother with Apple's iDisk app from the App Store. It's an iPhone app at the moment and not too useful on the iPad. Spend the 99 cents on GoodReader.
     
  11. northernbaldy macrumors 6502a

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    RUBBISH!
    come on apple, pull your finger out FFS
     
  12. Scott56R Guest

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    And whilst you're at it Apple update the MobileMe Gallery app
     
  13. cupalup macrumors newbie

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    I simply cannot believe that Apple themselves aren't fully supporting the iPad!

    The iDisk app looks awful on the iPad. Even worse when they want me to pay a subsciption for MobileMe.

    Plus - fancy adjusting some of the settings of MobileMe from your iPad? Not possible. www.me.com redirects to an iPad-'friendly' site. RUBBISH!
     
  14. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    There is little doubt that someone at Apple is working on the iDisk app for iPad. It is a shame that it isn't already out though.
     
  15. Hammie macrumors 65816

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    I've been using Goodreader and Office2 HD to access my iDisk files.

    I would think the integration would have been there from day one for the MobileMe apps. I also think the Contacts app is lacking in what you can (I mean can't) do via the iPad.

    Apple is really slacking here and they need to step up.
     
  16. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    And what about the Notes app? That thing is as barebones as it could be. Pretty pathetic, really.
     
  17. 3Pedals6Speeds macrumors member

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    I suspect there is a major revision of iDisk about to be announced at the WWDC that will give us a file management structure on iDisk for the iPad that will motivate non-iDisk users to sign up for the service. It means extra money for Apple, it gives iPad the file management structure people are clamoring for, and it allows them to integrate OS4 and all the platforms that use it (iPhone, iPad, and supposedly the new iTV) into a seamless 'community'
     
  18. bluespark macrumors 65816

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    Is there any party to which MobileMe hasn't been late? Fashionably late, maybe, but always late.
     
  19. docal97 macrumors 6502a

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    This would seem to
    make sense.
     
  20. KENTW macrumors member

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    Anyone tries the Readdle docs app, just interested in a comparison against goodreader?
     
  21. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Well, but then again, there have been rumors that MobileMe may be become a free service.
     
  22. scgf macrumors member

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    What you need is Office2HD and DropBox. DropBox gives you 2GB of free storage online. Office2HD can access your Word or Excel files directly from DropBox and can save the changed file back to DropBox. You can mount your DropBox folder on a Mac or Windows computer and easily add to it or access files created on your iPad.

    If you follow this link you will get extra storage space for free, and so will I. If you'd rather not, just go straight to www.dropbox.com.
     
  23. scgf macrumors member

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    Only fair to point out that Office2HD does support iDisk though I ditched MobileMe when I realised I could do all the same things for free!
     

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