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Export PDF to Dropbox directly from iOS device Apps
My workflow often involves taking Word Documents and manipulating them with handwritten annotations on my iPad. With this method, I can immediately take a downloaded .docx (or presumably any other MS Office file), convert it to a PDF, get it into my Dropbox, and finally my annotation app; all without leaving the iPad. While it may seem clumsy at first, it only takes four easy steps.

You will need the Pages app, the Dropbox app, a Dropbox account, and a a send to dropbox account.
1. Import your document into the Pages app.
2. Tap the wrench and select "Share and print."
3. Email a PDF to your @sendtodropbox address.
4. Check out the "Attachments" folder in Dropbox (or your desired Dropbox-linked 3rd party app).

[kirkmc adds: I haven't tested this.]
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Export PDF to Dropbox directly from iOS device
Authored by: kiltbear on Mar 27, '12 09:01:58AM

Thanks for sussing this out. Apple should really give you an option to create a print/pdf which can be "Open(ed) in..." iBooks or GoodReader, etc...



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Export PDF to Dropbox directly from iOS device
Authored by: Mac Berry on Mar 27, '12 09:04:00AM

This is a good hint, but another way that gives a bit more flexibility is to use CloudDav (http://smestorage.com/?p=static&page=CloudDav). This effectively takes Dropbox (or any other cloud service), and gives you WebDav access to it.

The beauty of this is that you can browse Dropbox from within Pages etc to open files, and even better, can upload directly to the folder of your choice, avoiding emails and the use of an "attachments" folder. It basically gives you a "Save As" option in Pages, directly to Dropbox.



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Export PDF to Dropbox directly from iOS device
Authored by: UpTown on Mar 27, '12 12:47:47PM

If you have a Mac, you can also do this by going through the Mac via Printopia, a Mac app that lets you set up virtual AirPrint printers, including one that is a Dropbox folder. On the iPad, print to this printer, then continue on by using the Dropbox app to open the PDF. This avoids the need for a Dropbox email address.



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Export PDF to Dropbox directly from iOS device
Authored by: chsnyder on Mar 28, '12 05:12:18AM

I'm not a big fan of giving 3rd parties access to my Dropbox.

I wish this was a service that Dropbox themselves would implement, rather than something that looks like it is being run by a single developer in his spare time. Amazon built a similar service to send files to your Kindle and it is fantastic.



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Export PDF to Dropbox directly from iOS device
Authored by: benwiggy on Mar 29, '12 05:29:31AM

Going the other way, from Mac to iPad:

You can create a menu item for the PDF button in the print menu by adding an alias of an app or a folder to /Library/PDF Services. (or ~/Library/PDF Services)

The OS will save a PDF to any folder alias in PDF Services, and pass a PDF to any app alias when you select it from the menu. You can also run AppleScripts and shell scripts.

Give the alias a name like "Send to DropBox", and you're done.

Edited on Mar 29, '12 05:31:23AM by benwiggy



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