How to Transfer Files to Your iPad (for Beginners)

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  1. richsadams

    richsadams iPad Super Guru

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    The same question is asked post after post here..."How do I transfer files to/from my iPad to my computer?". This Lifehacker article has a nice tutorial including a video...

    How to Transfer Files to Your iPhone or iPad (for Beginners)

    It isn't the be-all, end-all as there are other methods, apps, etc., but it should answer this age old question for folks getting started. If you have a great way to transfer files or can recommend a good app or two, feel free to chime in!

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM4qrY-r9iI[/ame]

    How to Transfer Files to Your iPhone or iPad (for Beginners)

    For me two apps really stand out in this respect, particularly for those wanting to be able to sync and/or share files between their iPad, iPhone, etc. and their computer and the best part is that both are free for a basic account:

    DropBox

    Evernote

    Of course the Apple standby MobileMe (free 60 day trial) is another option (and when it morphs into "iCloud" should be even better).

    Hope that helps and I'll look forward to hearing from others!
     
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    I also find that Dropbox (for larger files)and Evernote (for short notes) make transfers easy without having to physically wire up to the computer.
     
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    Along the lines of this discussion - how has Dropbox worked for everyone? I've read quite a few recent reviews that were less than favorable about the latest update. Any problems? I'm not looking for huge storage, just a place to back-up some writing...
     
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    I have had no problems with Dropbox.
     
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    Use Dropbox all the time for huge files in work To upload for others to access and download and save to before leaving a job site. It's a Godsend in my work and have had no problems at all.
     
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    Excellent. Off to set up Dropbox account. Thanks for the feedback! (and honestly, by the reviews in the apps store you'd think there was an evil little Dropbox conspiracy...)
     
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    I use Dropbox all of the time and it has been flawless.
     
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    Ditto. But will iCloud do the same thing as Dropbox?
     
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    It appears that iCloud will offer all the same capabilities as Dropbox plus a simple API for integration into your favorite App. I expect to see apps like Goodreader support it before it's live...
     
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    It's not good news for Dropbox.
     
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    Agreed. I really like DropBox, but 5GB of storage for a fully integrated program...for free (not including music and photos) will be very hard to pass up.

    OTOH I have never upgraded to the pay version of DropBox, so they may not miss a freeloader like me. :eek:
     
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    Dropbox will still be needed for those who have a non-Apple smartphone or pc.
     
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    I confess to not having paid up as well but I was just about to. :)
     
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    Yes, good point. I had forgotten all about those (lol).
     

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