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  1. Moray

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    I write documents on my iPad using Pages. I want to send them to Dropbox so that I can access them on my iMac using Snow Leopard. I can manage the other way round - if I put a document file into Dropbox on the iMac I can get it on the iPad. But I cannot see how to upload a Pages document from the iPad to Dropbox.

    Any suggestions?

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  2. Mno

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    Normal! Page does not integrate any dropbox connection.
     
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    I probably don't know all the steps, but I think it's just like adding photos from the iPad to Dropbox. You have to open dropbox and then hit the plus (+) sign and click upload. Then find the file you want to upload etc.

    I found that with photos it doesn't remove the photo from the iPad, so if you don't need it in two places delete the one on the iPad. Hope this helps and gives you an idea how to proceed.
     
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    I just posted this in another discussion. If you have GoodReader installed, email the document to yourself, open in GoodReader and upload to DropBox.
     
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    You can also do this with the DropBox app itself.

    @OP:

    SMEStorage is a cloud service aggregator. It allows you to combine several cloud file services in one place. You're not duplicating the files, just adding another layer of organization to access them all in one place.

    SMEStorage's free account allows you to add two accounts. DropBox is one of the supported accounts types. This is important because SMEStorage also has a WebDAV service they call Cloud. Using the WebDAV features in Pages you can upload/download files to DropBox through SMEStorage.

    While it is possible to create an SMEStorage account and add Cloud to it for free, I recommend purchasing the $4.99 iSMEStorage app. One, it sets it all up for your. Two, it allows you to manage your account on the iPad. This is useful, as I'll point out in the caveats to follow.

    It is not a perfect solution. The file structure is much more complicated, even the simplified view, so you'll spend more time navigating to your DropBox folder. Also, files added to DropBox directly (not using the iSMEStorage app or website) are not automatically updated on the SMEStorage site. You'll need to open the iSMEStorage app (or visit the website) and refresh folders before opening Pages, to be sure that you see the most up to date file lists.

    The marjory of the time I find it simpler to use a free Box.com account for cloud storage and sharing my iWorks files. It does not have the nice sync app on the computer side (you have to use their web site), but they have WebDAV, and it works smoothly with the iWorks apps. The Box app on the iPad is similar in function to the DropBox app; and Box is almost as well supported by the top document apps as DropBox.
     
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    Assuming you are registered with iCloud, your pages documents should upload automatically. So from your iMac if you go to iCloud.com you can download them.

    I know this isn't a solution to "how to get them to Dropbox" but it's an alternative to getting the document from your iPad to a computer.
     
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    Emailing a file and opening right in DropBox sure saves some steps. I just tried it and it let's you select the folder you want to store it in. Nice.
     
  8. Moray

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    Thanks to everybody. I will try some of these and see which os easiest and most flexible.
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  9. Moray

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    I successfully passed the Pages document to GoodReader and then to Dropbox, but it loses all formatting, such as footnotes and embedded jpgs. If anyone has any further ideas I will try them.

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    If you are saving it as a .pages file it should not be loosing formatting, no matter how many times you copy or mail it. Don't be fooled by the QuickLook feature in DropBox (used in DropBox to view files). As the name implies, it's just a way to quickly look over a file. It often does not display advanced features, and may not even preserve all the basic formatting . You would need to use Open In... to copy it back to Pages to see everything.

    If you are looking for a view only version copy of the document to stash somewhere, use the PDF export feature instead. I haven't tested it with footers, but it should show everything exactly the way a printed version of the document would.
     
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