Workflow when working on a Word document from Dropbox?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by stanw, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. stanw macrumors 6502a

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    Using a 9.7 IPP I have Word documents in a folder in Dropbox and I opened one of the documents and it downloaded it into Word. I made changes to the document in Word and closed it. When I go back to Dropbox the edited document is not updated there, and it appear that the updated document is now stored locally on the iPad?

    Is there a different workflow for doing this? Do I now need to re-upload the document from Word to Dropbox? I do not have the IPP with me so I'm also out of luck with being able to get my work done since all of my changes appear to be on the IPP?

    Thanks.
     
  2. spriter macrumors 65816

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    I use OneDrive / office 366 which let's me open things straight from the OneDrive location. When it autosaves it also auto uploads so no sync issues manifest.

    There is a local cache and I can 'pin' or mark them to stay accessible offline but I've never had them disconnect and become localised on one device.

    OneDrive wasn't the best to begin with but it's come a long way. And as a heavy office user it's fairly seam between my iPP and laptop.
     
  3. ahostmadsen macrumors 6502a

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    What you need to do is open the document inside Word: you can add DropBox as a location that Word has access to, in addition to OneDrive. Then Word auto saves to Dropbox whenever you make a change. I think, if you open the document from the Dropbox app, it's not saved back to Dropbox.
     
  4. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

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    Microsoft Office and Dropbox are actually natively integrated on iOS.

    You can directly open Microsoft Office apps from a Dropbox document without making a copy. It will save automatically back to Dropbox.

    And, you can directly access Dropbox exactly like OneDrive from a Microsoft Office app.

    Make sure both Dropbox and Microsoft Office apps have been updated to recent versions.

    I only wish it was this nice with Google Drive, iCloud and Synology DS Cloud/DS File.
     
  5. ahostmadsen macrumors 6502a

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    Probably, before this works, you also have to have enabled Dropbox as a location from inside Word?
     
  6. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

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    From Word, yes.

    From Dropbox, I am not sure.
     
  7. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    It opens up Dropbox from Word to verify it is okay and then it works like OneDrive. Really dumb that iCloud doesn't support this.
     
  8. ahostmadsen macrumors 6502a

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    This is an MS decision. Ideally I think they would have liked everybody to use OneDrive, but since Dropbox is so popular, they had to make a deal with Dropbox. The Dropbox integration in office is very good, but not quite as good as OneDrive.
     
  9. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    Is it a MS or an Apple decision for iCloud to work the way it does? Kind of odd since they seem to be partners now and Apple even pushes office when you buy an iPad.
     

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