Preview iOS app

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by majurg, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. majurg macrumors newbie


    Sep 11, 2014
    Do you all think there will ever be a iOS version of Preview, with cloud drive access and the like?

    That is the one app I wish iOS had. TextEdit too though I want Preview way more
  2. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Maybe, at some point down the line. Or maybe not.
  3. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    A real file manager may be the headliner for iOS sometime between version 10 and 15.
  4. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011

    What's wrong with using a pdf viewer like pdf expert or good reader? A dedicated pdf viewer seems a tad redundant on iOS now that iBooks is preloaded on every iOS device.
  5. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    There are already apps for file managing, what do you mean by real?
  6. Photography macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    Knowing how unacceptably and pathetically slow Apple is to develop things that work well, it'll probably take them 5 years to build a preview app and an iCloud drive app.
  7. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013
    I think iBook is the 'preview' of iOS. For iPhones, it wouldn't make too much sense to have a PDF editor but maybe for iPad users they might have a Preview app.
  8. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    I'm not sure if you're asking specifically for an Apple made stock app (perhaps you prefer first party things?), but apps like this already exist. Try Documents 5 (Readdle) which can open files (PDF, office, videos, images etc.) from cloud/local storage providers including iCloud Drive.
  9. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    But do they function like real file managers (e.g. "open with"), or do I have to send my file to a different app, thus copying it, and most often unable to send the modified version back to the file manager? Do I have to email myself the modified versions every time I want to change app, and then delete it from the previous app?
  10. Jessica Lares, Feb 1, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2015

    Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    GoodReader can open iCloud Drive documents without you having to import them. I'm not sure how hard that would be to do in other apps, but it's getting close to be possible. I'm sure they could make that work locally if there was a Finder app.
  11. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    Yeah, like you say, what Fzang wants is all theoretically possible but his/her specific apps and workflows may not make it possible right now.

    Fzang, just a clarification, it's not so much an 'open with' that's now possible without file duplication, but an 'open from'. So in theory, apps that offer local storage, or apps linked to cloud storage, can declare that they do this. Then an app you use for editing can, in theory, 'open from' one of these storage provider apps, and then save back to it.
  12. iliasp macrumors member


    Jan 23, 2013
    In the iPad Pro era yes, now its not needed, things that are well executed natively don't need an app, never did in iOS
  13. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    The only issue is that iBooks lacks cloud sync for PDFs. So they have preview which is icloud compatible for all pdfs, but no iOS app; and iBooks which is on most devices, but lacks pdf cloud sync. I'm very disappointed that they didn't add this support to iCloud Drive.

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