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    Hi Forum,

    I am a total newbie to this forum and my shiny new ipad. I use dropbox and although I can open and work on dropbox files on my ipad, it will not let me save them in dropbox. The only save option is to the ipad, which defeats the object of dropbox. Any advice on how to get around this. I have done a quick search on the forum and cannot see that this issue has been dealt with anywhere. Thanks. Corvid
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    Isn't dropbox used more as a syncing tool? Meaning, you specify certain files or folders on the device that sync with dropbox and then it happens automatically as long as you have an Internet connection? This is how it works on my laptop but that's windows based.
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    Hi, corvid! Welcome to iPF!

    If you use the app, you should have the possibility to save files to Dropbox.

    Open a file, tap "Open in"


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    If you don't get Dropbox as option at first, slide to the left. Perhaps it looks like this then:


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    Tap "Dropbox". The app will open and give you the possibility to save the document to Dropbox (upper right corner).


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    Yes, Dropbox mostly is used as a syncing tool. I store files there, so that I can open them with another device as well. That's how I use it with my iPads, my mobile phone (rarely) and the pc.
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    And, just to add: when you open a Dropbox-stored file in another app, you are actually creating another version of that file. This is due to Apple's "sandboxing" security methods.

    So, if you don't sync the document back to Dropbox (kind of like saving it), you will end up with multiple versions of the file (the one on Dropbox and the one(s) in whichever app(s) you open that file).

    Just so's you know...

    Marilyn
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    Some apps, like Quickoffice Pro HD have Dropbox integration, so you can open a file from Dropbox and have it save back to Dropbox.
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    The same does CloudOn.
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    Hi J.A.,

    nice explication.

    (off-topic now: especially your document)

    Knut
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    Thanks. (Learning material)
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    Thanks - but which app are you referring to?
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    Hi, that is what I am trying to do. How do I find this Dropbox integration of which you speak? Opening from Dropbox is not a problem, but when I try to save, it will only save in Quickoffice Pro. Although the file was opened from Dropbox, I cannot find a way to save that same file back in Dropbox.

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    You don't open DropBox. You open Quickoffice Pro. Under the export/share options there should be a save to or open in app option. DropBox will (probably) be one of the available apps. Choose it. DropBox will open with the file. You will be prompted to choose a folder and upload.

    QuickOffice Pro probably has the ability to connect directly to DropBox. Most of the better Office compatible apps do. Check through your account settings in the QuickOffice app and see if you can add your DropBox account. Once you do so, you will be able to access DropBox directly in the app without using the DropBox app.

    Since Google bought QuickOffice, you can probably choose to use Google Drive instead, if that turns out to be more convenient. You should be able to add that account in your QuickOffice settings as well.
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    I just tested it (again). I opened a Word file from Dropbox within the Quickoffice app. Notice how Dropbox is set-up on the left as a cloud drive. I do not open from the Dropbox app. You must open it this way for it to work.

    I make changes to the doc per usual, and hit Close then select Save (not Save As). Quickoffice will say "uploading" rather than "saving".

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    Wow! Evernote support as well. I expected in app DropBox and Google Drive support, but not Evernote.
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    Yep, here is the full list of cloud storage options.

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    Box too. Nice. That covers all my favorites.

    QuickOffice will stay at the top of my list, just in case the iWorks apps don't do what I need (which isn't much).
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    I tested QuickOffice, too. And I feel the same - for me it is the best alternative to the iWorks apps which I still prefer.

    Knut
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