When it comes to getting documents on your iPad, there are a number of apps that can do this. But there are few that do it well and do it for a very low cost. In my last post, I talked about how you can transfer documents to and from your iPad using iTunes (wired).
In this post I am going to talk about how to do this wirelessly and for free!
When it comes to apps, call me cheap, but I love apps that are free, but yet still offer a lot of things. Dropbox is one of them. With Dropbox, I can wirelessly get my documents to and from the iPad for no money at all. And for a little more money, I can actually edit them on the iPad and then transfer them wirelessly back to the Mac when I want to. Let me show you how this works.
The first you need to do is to head over to Dropbox and sign up for a free account. They currently give you 2GB of free space for your documents and media. For people who are not power users when it comes to documents, 2GB is a lot of space and you should be fine.
Once you sign up for an account you can download Dropbox to your Mac. Now you can start adding files to your Dropbox. Dropbox will now sync your files to their server so you can access your files on the go, either from another computer with Dropbox or the Dropbox website. But this is not the reason why we started talking about this. You want to see your files on your iPad.
So when you are done with getting your files into your Dropbox, head on over to the App Store and go and download Dropbox for free!
Once you do this you can now log into your Dropbox account and you will be able to see your files on your iPad.
Now, say you want to take this a step further and you actually want to edit your document on your iPad as well and then have them sync back to Dropbox so you can access the document on your Mac. Great, you can do this. All you need to do is download the appropriate application to edit your document. For example, if you are wanting to edit a Word document, you need to download the Pages app from the App Store. The app costs $10 (US App Store). In order to open a document from Dropbox into Pages, all you need to do is open a document, then click on the arrow in the top, right hand corner. You will be asked to open the document with the appropriate app on your iPad.
If you have no app that will open the document on your iPad, you will not see a selection to do this. Once you click on the app you want to open and edit the document on, the app will launch with the document. Here you can now edit the document and save it. Once it is saved it will save back into Dropbox and then now you can get the document from Dropbox any time you need to.
And there you have it, transferring your documents to and from your iPad wirelessly. I personally prefer this method over the wired method.
There are a variety of apps that do the same thing that Dropbox does. For example, SugarSync is an app that is very similar to Dropbox that virtually does the same thing. And they just increased their free space from 2 GB to 5GB, so they could be a better deal.
Another app, that I personally love using that you can actually edit documents from within the app itself is QuickOffice. The only downside to QuickOffice is that it cost $20. But on the flip side you can sync documents from Dropbox Google Docs and other services as well as edit on the iPad without having to buy apps like Pages or Numbers to edit the document. So, it could be worth the money.
As you may find there are many other apps out there that do very similar things as the ones I just mentioned. Use whatever works for you and whatever fits you. I love my iPad and I love that I can transfer documents onto the iPad. It is one of the best qualities of the iPad, in my opinion.