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In iWork for the iPad, there are options to transfer documents by email, sharing on iWork.com, copy to iDisk, copy to WebDAV, or send via iTunes to a USB connected computer.

An option which is not available, but often very useful, is to get the document into Dropbox for sharing. There is not an easy way to do this if you don't have a computer handy to connect with.

There is a somewhat complicated way, documented in the Dropbox help forums, made by user Krissi B.

Here is a summary of the process. You'll need an iWork.com account, a Dropbox account, GoodReader for iPad, and of course one or more of the iWork apps for iPad. We use Pages for the example here.

1. In Pages: Home/All Docs View, send/email your chosen file to iWork.com. You shouldn't have to worry about changing the 'Pages' format, because GoodReader should allow the 'format download' option.

2. Open GoodReader app and tap on 'Web Downloads' and 'Browse the Web'.

3. Enter 'www.iwork.com', so you aren't messing with running searches.

4. If prompted, enter your account info for iWork. Remember, you may get a pop-up from Goodreader, asking if you want to download the current page, or continue. Make sure you press 'Continue'.

5. Once inside your account, you should see your list of docs.

6. Tap on the link/doc name, next to the picture of the document in iWork. A pop-up message should appear asking if you want to 'Follow the Link', 'Download Linked File' or 'Cancel'.

7. Select: 'FOLLOW THE LINK'. I realize it may be tempting to 'Download Linked File', but downloading the linked file, will only result in a useless html copy appearing in GoodReader.

8. A new page will load, hopefully showing your document and its corresponding info.

9. Tap the 'download' arrow at the top of the web browser screen, not necessarily at the top of GoodReaders' app screen. (It's the little arrow in a circle; one of four, top-screen buttons). You will/should get a pop-up, asking what format you'd like to download it in. I choose Word, because I want to view the doc on my non-Apple devices, through Dropbox.

10. Another pop-up will appear informing you of the reformatting that may occur if you download in any format other than Apple's. Ignore this. Just tap 'Continue' and move on.

Now the document should appear, in larger form, by itself (IE: free of any buttons, info, etc).

11. Now, tap at the bottom of the GoodReader app screen, on the round, download arrow button and you should get yet another pop-up, saying: Download has started. Check 'Web Downloads' section...' Tap on 'OK' and then the arrow in the top left corner to go back to 'My Documents.'

If all has gone as planned, you should see your download in My Documents and also in Recent Downloads.

12. Next tap on Connect to Servers (still in GoodReader) and then Dropbox.

Dropbox should open and you should see your list of folders/documents in Dropbox. You can either upload directly to your main Dropbox account or select a specific folder/file to upload to, by 'tapping' on it.

13. Once you're where you want to upload, click on the 'upload' button at the bottom right side of the Dropbox pop-up window. You will be given a another pop-up list of files to choose from, and if you don't see your file, tap on a specific folder to locate your desired selection.

14. Once you've tapped on a file/folder, you should see a green dot appear next to it. Now you can tap the 'Upload' button at the bottom right of this pop-up. It may take a second or two, depending on file size, but you should see the file appear inside the Dropbox pop-up and now you have access to this file, in Dropbox, or through other apps that have Dropbox integration.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. This is a complicated process that could easily be dispensed with if either Apple added Dropbox support or Dropbox added WebDAV support. GoodReader is the glue that makes this all work, and one shouldn't have to resort to another third-party app to make this work. It is a pretty ingenious solution to the problem here, though.]
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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: TheCheapGeek on Nov 18, '10 08:13:20AM
I wrote a good article on enabling webdav on your mac to do essentially the same things but without any third party apps on the iPad.

http://www.thecheapgeek.org/webdav-dropbox-and-an-ipad-walk-into-a-bar

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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: earthsaver on Nov 18, '10 08:36:21AM

Why would I go through this insane process? In Pages, I can copy a file to my iDisk. In GoodReader, I can download a file from my iDisk and then upload it to my Dropbox. Three steps.

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- Ben Rosenthal
MacBook Pro 2.8GHz - Snow Leopard



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To paraphrase an oldy but a goody
Authored by: gabester on Nov 18, '10 09:04:45AM

I don't have an iDisk!

But while I am aware that one must pay to use iDisk regularly (sure you can set up a temporary 60 day account) then I am similarly clueless as to whether one needs to pay to use iWork... I mean I know one needs to pay to use iWork apps on iOS and Mac, but does one need to play for iWork.com as well? Since this is Apple I would assume so; so this hint is really a workaround if you're paying for iWork but not MobileMe. g=

Edited on Nov 18, '10 09:06:27AM by gabester



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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: engineer on Nov 18, '10 10:01:07AM

Phew!

I got tired just reading the steps and I can't imagine performing them.
Me? Oh, I just email the document to my Dropbox. There's a service called Habilis that will give you an address that is connected to your Dropbox. Easy peasy!



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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: mr_kitty on Nov 18, '10 10:26:45AM

Why wouldn't you just email the file to yourself, "Open In" GoodReader and upload to Dropbox?



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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: crarko on Nov 18, '10 12:07:15PM

That sounds like a winner to me.



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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: jackh on Nov 18, '10 10:57:24AM

Habilis (<a href="http://www.gethabilis.com/">http://www.gethabilis.com/</a>) provides an email gateway to Dropbox, which allows one to email Apple apps directly to his or her Dropbox account. Though this appears to be a workable solution, it strikes me as much more work than one needs to do.

Habilis is listed at dropbox (<a href="https://www.dropbox.com/apps/410/habilis">https://www.dropbox.com/apps/410/habilis</a>) and has been reviewed at a number of sites, including lifehacker (<a href="http://lifehacker.com/5575500/habilis-adds-files-to-dropbox-via-email">http://lifehacker.com/5575500/habilis-adds-files-to-dropbox-via-email</a>).



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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: crarko on Nov 18, '10 11:59:53AM

"Habilis isn't accepting new users right now."

Capacity problems?



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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: jackh on Nov 18, '10 12:57:31PM

My apologies, I missed that they'd closed open user enrollment. The service works very well and is worth watching on twitter (or wherever) for the next period in which they accept new users.



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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: robogobo on Nov 18, '10 01:26:14PM

"crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. This is a complicated process that could easily be dispensed with if either Apple added Dropbox support or Dropbox added WebDAV support."

Or if they would just create a user documents folder accessible to all apps. Why do we need to wait for specific site/service support to be added to every app? It's getting to be a bit ridiculous.



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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: Mac Berry on Nov 19, '10 08:33:30AM

If you do have a MobileMe account AND sync your iDisk, you can just put the Dropbox folder on your iDisk instead of in it's default location, and then upload stuff from iWork on the iPad directly to it. Files placed in it from the iPad won't appear for others who share your Dropbox folders until iDisk syncs down to a desktop, but at least there's no additional manual steps or other apps needed.

Of course that does beg the question; why use iDisk AND Dropbox (I have good reason, but not everyone will do), but the point is you CAN upload directly to your Dropbox folder from iWork if you do.

I guess the same applies to any webDAV server so long as your Dropbox folder can reside on a local copy of it.

A cloud based file storage solution makes more sense than a local documents folder to me, on the iPad, because I'll never have enough room on my iPad for everything I want access to. That said, to have both would be great, as would access to all file types on an SD card or external drive (not just pictures), using the camera connection kit.

Mark



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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: wallybear on Nov 19, '10 10:24:57AM

Why not use a free WebDAV online service?

As an example, www.box.net offers a free 5Gb account with webdav access.
And mydisk.se offers a 2Gb account for 5$/year.



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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: asmeurer on Nov 19, '10 04:14:48PM

I wonder if this process can be made any simpler if you have jailbroken (you can jailbreak iPads, right?).



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Printopia is another option
Authored by: sarwargs on Nov 22, '10 10:17:14PM

If you install "printopia" on your mac, you will get the option of sending a document to dropbox. Printopia also gives you option to print from ios devices to printers connected to network. But the app cost $10.



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Printopia is another option
Authored by: Mac Berry on Nov 23, '10 09:50:23AM

Oops sorry, didn't see your post before posting the same thing. It's important to remember though that Printopia won't send the actual document to Dropbox, only a PDF copy of it. It also won't work when you're away from your network, which is arguably when you most need Dropbox of course.



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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: Mac Berry on Nov 23, '10 04:03:00AM

Another (limited) option is to use Printopia. That uses Airprint to put a pdf of your file in a Dropbox folder.

Limitations are obviously that it's pdf only, and you need a Mac with Printopia and Dropbox on it available on the same network, but hey, it does work.

http://ecamm.com/mac/printopia/



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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: zcs on Dec 03, '10 09:49:29AM

The best solution I've found, and the only one that offers direct Dropbox syncing in the iWork apps, is a new service called DropDAV. I've been testing it for a few weeks and it's been really fast, secure and reliable. I think there's still a 14-day free trial offer, but check it out at https://dropdav.com



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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: stonewareslord on Dec 30, '10 07:28:13AM

Could you email it to yourself and open it with the dropbox app?



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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: KayPeeBee on Jan 04, '11 07:58:57AM

Why not just Purchase the DocsToGo iPad App? You can then Open any E-Mail attachment into DocsToGo and save straight into DropBox...with the added bonus that you can read and edit most documents along the way!

(Oh yes...and you can Open them again from DocsToGo)



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iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox
Authored by: ralphdc on Jun 09, '11 10:43:23AM

Here is a work-around to transfer your iWork documents to GoodReader, Dropbox or another app on your iPad if you are not in a wifi environment and do not want to use external devices (which often happens to me).

(1) choose to e-mail the Pages, Numbers or Keynote document to yourself (or to whatever non-existing e-mail address);
(2) the e-mail app will now try to e-mail the document, which is of course not possible due to the absence of wifi;
(3) however, the e-mail will remain in your Outbox, so go to your e-mail and from there you can tap on it and open it in 3rd-party apps, such as GoodReader and Dropbox. You can also open it in PrintCentral and print it on your wifi printer (otherwise iWork only prints to AirPrint-enabled printers). Then you can delete the e-mail from your Outbox so it will never be sent.

I am very disappointed that last week's iWork update still does not connect to 3rd-party apps, such as GoodReader, PrintCentral, Dropbox, etc, but for now this will do.



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