Copy / transfer files from iPad to SD Card

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  1. Kevlarr

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    Is there a way that I can copy or transfer a file FROM the iPad to an SD card using the camera connection kit?


    There are times when I have to go to remote places (where I would not have my laptop with me and there are no wireless network around) to take photographs with my Nikon camera, and I would transfer the photos to my iPad to do some editing (cropping, adjusting white balance etc). I can save the edited photos using the photo editing app in my iPad, but how do I transfer the edited photos back to the SD card? I need to a way to transfer / pass the edited files to other people (and other people's devices) who are there with me at these remote places.


    I've been searching the web and this forum, and so far have not found a clear solution. I think somebody must've asked this question before, and maybe it's just my (poor) searching skill that has not found the thread with the solution yet.


    From what I've read, I know the standard iPad would not be able to do this, but could a jailbroken iPad transfer files from iPad to SD card? I am willing to jailbreak my iPad if it can solve this problem. If jailbreaking can solve this problem, how exactly should I do it, and what software/app do I need?
     
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    OK, well the good news is the jailbreaking should certainly solve your particular issue.

    Jailbreaking provides you with unrestricted access to the IOS filesystem and will also allow you to use the Camera Connection Kit SD Card adapter to it's full potential.

    The first step will be to jailbreak. This is currently a very simple process. As a precaution you should always take an iTunes or iCloud backup before you start. You will want to be on IOS 5.1.1 and then use redsn0w to jailbreak the device. The current jailbreak using redsn0w is almost a "one click" affair. Connect the iPad, start redsn0w, press "jailbreak" and wait until it is done...

    After that you will want to get yourself a copy of iFile from Cydia (installed by the jailbreak). It is a paid app, but probably the best investment you will ever make! iFile is a file explorer tool and will let you move files about on the iPad and to other devices. A connected CCD with SD Card is a prime example.

    Once you have it installed, it's plain sailing. I've attached a screenshot of iFile. This shows the "Images" shortcut from the left hand panel selected. The folder on the screen is where all the images from your iPad Camera Roll as stored. So any images you have edited in whatever app you used to edit them should be stored in there once you save them (that's the standard place all apps put their image output).
    If you have an SD Card connected, you should be able to see it in the "Disk" section at the top. You can simply copy and paste files between the two locations using iFiles "Edit" and clipboard features. It probably couldn't be easier. Then just give the SD card to your colleagues and they can copy the files on their devices.

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    If that's the only thing you ever use your jailbreak for, it will probably have been worth it! :D

    Hope that helps.
     
    #2 f4780y, Aug 23, 2012
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  3. irregularjoe

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    Is the JailBreak procedure you described tethered, or untethered? Thx.
     
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    It's an untethered jailbreak.

    And, I've transferred photos to (an from) an SD card as f4780y describes. Works like a charm! :)

    Marilyn
     
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    Ah! That's good news. I couldn't handle plugging into a computer everytime I turned on my ipad. Thanks for your reply!
     
  6. Kevlarr

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    @f4780y: That's fantastic, thank you for the solution! :thumbs:

    I have never really considered jailbreaking my ipad, because there was no need for it....until now that is. And yes, this is the only thing I will be use my jailbreak for. I guess I will need to start reading all the jailbreak FAQs and how to's in detail before I get started.

    @Mickey330: Thanks for the confirmation.

     
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    I have to say, I never intended to JB mine when I first got it. Once I finally did the JB on my iPhone, it was a no brainer. I now have 2 absolutely wonderful devices that I CONTROL! I can't think of much more I could ask them to do now that I've freed them...
     
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    I have one final hesitation before I jailbreak my iPad. Once I jailbreak my iPad, would it be safe to use it for Internet banking? Let's say I jailbreak my iPad and only install iFile for the purpose above. If I do not install other "unauthorized" apps and install apps only from iTunes, would it still be safe to do online banking stuff?

    I've read that the iPad and iOS is very secure, much more secure than a PC. But would a jailbroken iPad reduces the security so that it now has the same level of security as a PC, or worst than that?
     
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    A jail broken iPad won't be any less secure than a stock iPad. The only time a jail broke iPad becomes insecure (other than operator error) is if you install a tweak called Open SSH (to wirelessly access your iPad file system) and don't change the default passwords. The only recorded "hacking" of an iPad (well, they were actually iPhones) was because users did not change that password. But, since you aren't going to install Open SSH - you're cool.

    For online banking - or any type of secure browsing - you just want to practice "safe Internetting." As in, don't fall for phishing e-mails, ensure you are on secure sites when entering in personal/password data (i.e. the URL should start with httpS), don't use public WiFi when going to secure sites (too many opportunities for others to steal your data), use VPN service if you must use public WiFi, etc. I'm sure you know the drill...

    In the "for what it's worth" department, I sues my jail broken iPad for banking, credit card payments, purchases, etc. essentially, all my online stuff is done via the iPad. I don't worry that it's any less secure than a stock iPad.

    I know this is from an anonymous person on a forum on the Internet, but I hope it reassures somewhat. :)

    Marilyn
     
  10. Kevlarr

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    @Marilyn: Thanks, that's good to know.

    Been reading about this Open SSH thing, and some articles recommended that jailbroken iPad should install this Open SSH just to change the password. The reason being is that if you install certain apps, some app will automatically install Open SSH which it needed to run (and leaves the password to default which is a security risk). Not sure how true this is. Anyway, have some questions:

    1. These apps that would automatically install Open SSH without the owner's knowledge (if there are such apps) would only come from outside of iTunes, right? I assume apps from iTunes would never install Open SSH without owner's knowledge?
    2. So, if I jailbreak my iPad and install only iFile as the only app outside of iTunes, theoretically I don't have to install Open SSH just to change the password, as the scenario that I am concerned about (Open SSH being installed without my knowledge) will not happen. Right?
    3. How to check if my iPad has Open SSH installed without my knowledge? Does Open SSH has its own Icon when installed?

    Sorry for these off-topic questions. I do internet banking on my Ipad. While I would love to have the ability to transfer files from the Ipad to SD card, I hope that by jailbreaking my device, I would not gain this ability at the expense of another.
     

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