Reading Microsoft Word files off my iDisk with the iPad: Possible?

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  1. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    It would be excellent to study my class notes with the iPad. But they all are in word format and on my iDisk. Is it possible to read word files off my iDisk with the iPad? Will GoodReader do it?
     
  2. PCClone macrumors 6502a

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    nope, you better send me your iPad as you now have no use for it.
     
  3. AFRet macrumors newbie

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    Certainly should work. I can view Powerpoint files off of my iDisk, using my iPad, with no special software (just did it!)
     
  4. Entopia7 macrumors regular

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    Yes, GoodReader will do that. It can connect directly to your iDisk and download just about any file to your iPad. Once downloaded, your files can be viewed and organized in folders within the app.
     
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    +1
     
  6. wgary macrumors member

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    Goodreader yes.
    Also Air Sharing HD.
    Also iDisk but that is lo-res iPhone app and doesn't look so fabulous.
    All of these let you view within the app or email a link where you can download and then open in Pages if you need to edit.
     
  7. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    Excellent. So which is better; Air Sharing or GoodReader?

    I know about the iDisk iPhone app, and it does indeed look like crap. I'm willing to pay for an app to do what I need until apple gets off their asses and make native MobileMe iPad apps.
     
  8. wgary macrumors member

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    Goodreader is 0.99. It is basic but works.

    Air share is 9.99 but has a lot more features. Better scrolling. It prints to a printer shared on Mac. Better file management. But it is 10x as much...
     
  9. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

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    Goodreader works great but the Pages app is very limited so it may filter ir mangle many common features of a word doc on import.

    You might print them to PDF files and then use iannotate for studying. Then you get to see all the features of the doc and can highlight, markup etc. Iannotate also knows how to use iDisk.
     
  10. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    Wait, if I don't have pages I can't view docs with goodreader?
     
  11. wgary macrumors member

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    As far as i know, Goodreader doesn't need Pages in any way. They are two different apps.
     
  12. wgary macrumors member

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    Wow. Iannotate looks promising. I am thinking the method would be
    1. Print doc to PDF on your desktop/laptop
    2. Upload to iDisk
    3. Open in iannotate
    4. Get to work

    Is this correct? What are the export options when done, is this still a PDF?
     
  13. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    I just gave up and went to the computer and emailed myself all the files, now i can read them all on the pad. Works fine for now.
     
  14. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Well, emailing works also. I am going to give the Air Sharing a try.
     
  15. elleana macrumors regular

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    Any of these apps work the other way round? I.e. save something in Pages or wherever on the iPad, and upload to iDisk or a shared folder someplace?
     
  16. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

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    Close. Iannotate let's you install a client on your laptop that give you shared access to any selected parts of your laptop including your iDisk image. You have to be on the same LAN though.

    Ince you run the client on your laptop you have access to any of the directories you've shared via the client. Then you can load whatever files you want onto the iPad for local access.
     
  17. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

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    Goodreader and air share and many others allow you to VIEW many document formats including word docs. But you won't be able to edit them without something like Pages. Or in the case of PDFs something like iannotate.
     
  18. kultschar macrumors 6502a

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    Office2HD lets you use you idisk and edit the docs and re-upload!!!
     

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