iPad file structure

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Morrius, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. Morrius macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2007
    Since the iPad's OS doesn't use windows, how can I keep track of documents? Let's say I use Pages to write a document, and I save it. Where is it on the iPad? How can I access it again? Do I have to go through Pages to find it?

    And as long as I'm on the subject, how will you transfer documents to and from the iPad?
  2. markosb macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2010
    As far as I know it has no file system, but you can use software or a web browser to import files.

    I use software called iPhoneBrowser that lets me use my computer to browse the folders on the iPod and probably the iPad. It takes some doing but you can find those files and copy them or back them up to your computer, its a pain and is easier to sync.
  3. Maximillian macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
    All apps have their own storage. As you can see if you watch the videos on Apple.com, when you fire up the iWork apps, you can either select a saved doc or make a new one.

    I assume all documents will sync via iTunes when you plug in. I'm also guessing you can email docs so that's a wireless way to get 'em off your iPad.
  4. Avenger macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2007
    From reading some notes from a developer, it has some kind of basic USB file copying. I don't know if it gets fancy with a directory structure but the basics are supposedly there where you can drop documents on the ipad.
  5. tdream macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2009
    Its unix/linux like the mac. You probably will save it to a designated area but you won't be able to browse around the filesystem like windows.
  6. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    The way I understand it, each application will make aware the the iPad OS that it can view a certain type of file. Those files will show up when going to open a file with that app, and files it can't open will not.

    But without folders, I can see this getting really unorganized and messy. I don't want all my work stuff showing up with my school stuff and my home stuff. Yuck!

    I'm sure Apple has worked this out. I mean right?

    It would also be nice to be able to attach a document from the email app instead of firing up Pages, loading the file, selecting to email it from there.

    My guess is that 3.2 will have some method that gets by with what it does and isn't the best solution, while 4.0 will have a better implementation that might even completely overhaul how we think about organizing files with an easy touch-based interface to boot. Well I can dream...
  7. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    There's a file sharing feature I thought I saw in the settings.
  8. anthonymoody macrumors 68020


    Aug 8, 2002

    This is more or less what I believe as well. 3.2 sort of an interim solution with 4.0 a more full featured situation with some way to divvy stuff up. If not in nested folders, then some other method.

    The coverflow style file browser they show in the videos is fine for a handful of documents, but I have "zillions" so that won't work for me long term :)

    I do think it's possible that iDisk will be better integrated into the filesystem situation, and perhaps even become the file system itself. Iow, mobileme and OS4 get tied more tightly together.

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