Making the iPad 2 my primary computer
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Making the iPad 2 my primary computer
I am trying to see how far I can go in using my iPad 2 as a primary computer. The vast majority of my hundreds of documents are in Microsoft Office formats. I have downloaded test files of Excel and Word documents to Dropbox and have installed iWork apps (Numbers and Pages) on my iPad 2. I am able to open docs from Dropbox into the Pages an/or Numbers apps and then work on them. However, I am not then able to re-export/save them to Dropbox. I understand that a major drawback of using the iWork apps is that the documents cannot be saved anywhere except into iCloud. I thought of trying to use iCloud instead of Dropbox to store my files, but iCloud does not permit directories; thus putting my hundreds of documents into iCloud would be incredibly chaotic and would make it almost impossible to find specific docs due to the lack of a directory hierarchy. So far the best work around I have come up with is to store my docs on Dropbox and preserve the directory structure (and thus order) and open/import them and work on them within the iWork apps on my iPad2; after which the modified docs would then automatically be saved in iCloud. I could then email them to myself and upon returning to my office I could open them on my office computer (from the email) and then save them to Dropbox. Has anyone found a more effective way to use an iPad 2 as a primary computer when most of their docs are in Microsoft Office formats (xls, dod, ppt)?
10-30-2011 11:51 PM
There is a pages app for ipad...have you tried that?
Primary computer, but it just can't do everything I need
Eversince I started unsung my iPad 2, I could see it being my primary computer. It's number one feature is it's convenience! Unfortunately, without a regular keyboard, my typing isn't as fast on it compared to when I use my iMac or iPhone. Also, as you pointed out, there are software limitations.
I love my iPad 2, best thing ever, but for me there's no end in sight for a full computer; iMac or new MacBook pro
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Originally Posted by manerd
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With respect to your post...Dropbox is a very good option. I've been using it for a couple of years at least and it works very, very well with any number of office apps available for the iPad. Although the name sounds as if it's designed for storage iCloud is primarily designed to sync files between devices. Although it has a 30 day photo storage and backup capability it's not intended as a file repository. More here:
iCloud: Backup and restore overview
Apple - iCloud - Learn how to set up iCloud on all your devices.
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Hope that helps.
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Im trieing to achieve this too. Im a university student, so sometimes i need pages to create docs. For file managing there shoupd kbe some app which allows us to store files in folders like with pc. Or it not necessarily has to be folders, it could be an app like ibooks, with the name idocs. Thats simple and fits to the ipad well. Hope it will be possible soon.
I decided to use the Quickoffice app on my iPad along with Dropbox; QO connects both ways with Dropbox as well as preserving my folder structure. QO also works directly with .docx files whereas Pages does not export .docx (goes to .doc). Further, QO will work in landscape orientation whereas Pages only in Portrait. So far so good.
Originally Posted by manerd
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As long as I only need to drive to the market, go out with my wife for the evening, and take a Sunday drive, all I need is my Mazda RX-8. When I need to haul stuff to the dump or make a trip to Costco, I need a pickup. Apply this metaphor to using the iPad as a primary computer. If you never need to go to the dump or to the "big box" store, it works fine. Otherwise, you have a problem.
It would, of course, be delightful to have folder-based file management features on the iPad. But that is a long step toward a common file system (like a PC). And that is something that Apple is very unlikely to allow for "philosophical" reasons. The best one can hope for, I suspect, is that hierarchical folder management will be enabled within an app (like Pages.) And that would still mean that word processing, spreadsheet, presentation documents could not be maintained in the same file structure.
As the poster above notes, one can use a Microsoft Office emulator such as QuickOffice or DocumentsToGo to overcome some of the limitations imposed by iOS. And as long as the documents are not too complicated or too large, they work well. Otherwise, it's best to get a pickup.
Last edited by jsh1120; 10-31-2011 at 09:09 AM.
If a directory structure is important to you (and it is to me), I suggest skipping the iPad and going with a Mac or PC. I have found the workarounds (apps) to be less than satisfying in duplicating the files and directory structure of a real computer. If I had to make a choice of a single computer, it would be a laptop (PC or Mac).
iPads are nice devices, but are supplementary. If you can afford both, great! If you can afford an RX-8 AND a pickup, even better!
The directory/file managment, or lack thereof is probably the single biggest "snag" when trying to use the iPad as your only system. The other one would be working with a lot of very large files that would eat up your storage too quickly. Other than that, its probably doable to have your ipad as your only system. Of course, using DropBox or some other app like it is required to move files around but it does serve its purpose. We have laptops in the house and since I got the ipad, weve used them less and less. That right there says that the iPad DOES replace many of the functions we used to do with the laptops!
Originally Posted by oberkc
As for the car thing? I have a Lotus Turbo Esprit...and a Nissan Sentra. Perfect combo
I find the same thing...I use the laptop less than I used to. Yes, I can much on the iPad. It is a wonderful surfer of the web, for me, for example.
We have laptops in the house and since I got the ipad, weve used them less and less. That right there says that the iPad DOES replace many of the functions we used to do with the laptops!
However, there is nothing that I can do on the iPad that I cannot do on the laptop, but, there are some (important) things that I can do on the laptop that I cannot do on the iPad. For most, I still say: get the laptop if you can afford only one such device.
As far as cars go, one must have a picup to be a perfect combo. Mine is honda insight (the original "real" one) and toyota tacoma.
Last edited by oberkc; 10-31-2011 at 01:19 PM.
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