Pages and MobileMe - no integration at all?

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  1. RealEvil macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I just bought Pages for the iPad. I assumed (though I should have checked) that it would let me open files from my iDisk and ideally save them back there but it does not . Surely that would have made sense?

    Is there any way of getting iDisk files to Pages?
     
  2. iCheddar macrumors 6502a

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    Oh yes, of course there is.

    And you'd be shocked by how intuitive it is.

    All you need to do is get on a computer. Really any machine will do, Mac, PC, whatever, something with file management of some kind. Access your iDisk from the mobileme website, then download the file, then email it to yourself.

    From there all you need to do is open the email on your iPad and open it in Pages. Makes perfect sense right?

    Then when you want to get the file back off your iPad, all you need to do is find a computer again (this can get repetitive). But before you dock, you need to export the file in Pages, because it would make perfect sense that the way Pages deals with files is completely different from how desktop Pages does. So after you export your document so that every other computer in the world can read it, you simply dock you iPad, and under file sharing for Pages in iTunes, you will see your file, then you just copy the file to your iDisk, which you should have mounted on your machine.

    Makes perfect sense right? I think its the most innovative way to do a mundane task I've ever seen.

    Bitter? Me? Never.
     
  3. jaykk macrumors 6502a

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    +1


    Edit: good reader will let you open a variety of online storage including mobile me. Not a perfect solution your looking for.
     
  4. iCheddar macrumors 6502a

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    This is true, Good reader, and AirShareHD (if you feel like spending the $8) can access files on iDisk. It'll save you half the steps in the circle of getting files on and off iPad.

    Either way, the inability to easily access and write to cloud storage is a HUGE oversight on Apple's part.

    My hope is that they'll realize that there are a significant amount of iPad users who actually want to get things done with iPad.
     
  5. emotion macrumors 68040

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    I'm very surprised by that. I have a sneaking suspicion that a big update to MobileMe is coming. There's lots they could do. I'd even speculate that they could move iPad from a representation of your main Mac to a representation of MobileMe. ie. iPad is more or less standalone and syncs over the air.

    Maybe when they launch the LaLa based iTunes?

    (I know, this doesn't help you right now - sorry).
     
  6. oftheheavens macrumors 68000

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    im still waiting to get mine due to being stationed in japan and having to wait for an APO company to ship mine (should arrive tomorrow).

    but um....is all this true? you can't just save on your ipad and have it sync to mobile me?

    so let me see if i understand. I am at class and i start a paper on my ipad......i get home and want to continue typing on my imac, so i have to go into pages on my ipad, click export, sync ipad, go into itunes, ?sync files?, and then i can continue?

    but what if god forbid i am in a rush in the morning and forgot to save/export on my imac and don't sync before i go back to class? am i SOL?

    hope that rant made sense..
     
  7. RealEvil thread starter macrumors 6502

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    There REALLY need to be a substantial update to Mobile Me and it needs to be soon!
    There is so much potential there it's redic!
     
  9. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Disappointed

    that Apple did not take the time to make Mobile Me work with the iPad at launch it seems.

    Still on the fence here as to whether I will get an iPad anytime soon...
     
  10. lionheartednyhc macrumors 65816

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    Here is an excerpt from daring fireball that goes over the syncing issue...

    Source: http://daringfireball.net/2010/04/the_ipad
     
  11. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

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    I was hoping iWork on the iPad would use iWork.com (Apple's Google Doc work-alike) to store/sync with the cloud.

    Maybe it will some day soon.
     
  12. RealEvil thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What about Air Sharing HD? It *looks* like it will let you open from your iDisk and pass the file to Pages. Not sure it will help saving back to iDisk though.
     
  13. czachorski macrumors 6502a

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    Not that the process is any easier, but you don't have to email it to yourself and then open it in Pages on the iPad. iTunes is the sync conduit for both to and from the iPad.

    I'm also surprised that no one mentioned iWork.com beta, which appears to be a step towards the functionality that I would expect from Apple.
     
  14. RRKPL macrumors member

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    It Works Fine! Has anyone else tried this?

    I just took a Keynote presentation I made on the iPad with two movies imbedded and used the "Share via iWork.com" option > then opened iWork with my web browser on my Mac after the file uploaded and downloaded the Keynote file to my desktop. > Then opened the file on my desktop with Keynote made a change in the file, saved it as rev 1 and uploaded it from Keynote on the Mac to iWork.com. > Then opened Safari on my iPad went to iWork.com signed in found the file, hit download, after download a button on the top right asked me if I wanted to open the file in Keynote, said yes and iPad Keynote opened with the revised file.

    Seems simple enough to me :)
     
  15. mrrish macrumors regular

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    Bought an ipad launch day.... returning it tomorrow... will repurchase when it resembles more of a personal computer
     
  16. sassenach74 macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

    Might have a long wait.
     
  17. Scottological macrumors member

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    It's hardly a substitute for Pages, but EverNote can function as a rudimentary word processor, and it syncs beautifully with your real computer and iphone.

    I'm a writer and have found the iPad a great tool for taking notes during interviews and while in the library doing research, but a replacement for a laptop when it comes to real word processing it is not.
     
  18. bpd115 macrumors 6502a

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    Get Air Sharing HD

    I had goodreader at first and for .99 I couldn't complain, however after seeing a video review of Air Sharing I bit the bullet.

    It's a fantastic App and solves nearly every file system complaint. For instance, I had to run into work today and since we're out of ink at home my wife had a PDF I needed to print.

    I fired up Air Sharing, typed my iPad IP in her browser and dropped the PDF in.

    Got to work and printed my document as I walked in the door.

    I also dropped a bunch of documents from my iDisk into Air Sharing. This lets me open them in other apps, like Pages and Numbers.

    The only non elegant part was what I just tested. I created a pages document, emailed it to myself, chose open in Air Sharing HD once I got the message in Mail, then in Air Sharing uploaded it back to my iDisk.

    It's a bit steep at 9.99 but well worth it.
     
  19. colourtheatre macrumors regular

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    do you know if pages offers password protection of documents? also, cant you upload the documents directly to iWork.com? its not mobileme or iDisk but.. its something.. i suppose :S
     
  20. iCheddar macrumors 6502a

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    I dunno if it counts as syncing if if isn't automatic. Its more like a convoluted file access point. ;)
     
  21. slffl macrumors 65816

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    Found this out the hard way too, with both Pages and Numbers. A waste of $20.
     
  22. RealEvil thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Actually you can write a document then upload it to iWork.com (with a optional password) and invite people to work on it. I then swapped roles (i.e. I pretended I was an invitee) but was unable to click on the email link and edit that document in the iPad but maybe that was just me
     
  23. RealEvil thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So I cannot access iDisk within the app on the iPad itself? I still need a PC?
     
  24. colourtheatre macrumors regular

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    ohok. the optional password works only when you attempt to upload the file? so you cant actually password protect the document from within Pages itself? (like the latest iWork or MS OFFICE)?
     
  25. bpd115 macrumors 6502a

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    Nope, you can access iDisk fine from within the app along with a multitude of server types. You can even put IMAP mail servers in to access the attachments.
     

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