iPad: Indirectly save a file from iWork to Dropbox

Nov 18, '10 07:30:00AM

Contributed by: Anonymous

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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