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How to Integrate Dropbox with Pages, Keynote, and Numbers on iPad

The iWork apps are some of the best apps on the iPad, and each show just how powerful a touchscreen device can be with the most basic of computing functions. In fact, there’s not much to dislike about the iWork apps, except for one thing: importing and exporting files.

You can open documents from email attachments, download them from websites, or import them from other apps like Dropbox. Once you’ve opened your file in Pages, Keynote, or Numbers on iPad, though, you can only send it via email, upload it to a WebDAV server or Apple’s iDisk service, or wait to sync it with iTunes on your computer. Most other iOS office apps don’t offer nearly as many features as the iWork apps, but they do offer deep integration with Dropbox which makes it easy to view and edit your documents no matter where you are. Dropbox is the most popular file sync and sharing solution, and makes it absolutely painless to share folders with anyone around the world and keep your computers in sync. That is, computers and applications that integrate with Dropbox.

However, you don’t need to give up on using Dropbox with iWork apps on iPad. Today we’re going to look at how you can enable WebDAV compatibility on your Dropbox account to let Pages integrate nearly the whole way with Dropbox. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s much better than the default setup. So let’s get started!

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Integrate Dropbox with Pages, Keynote, and Numbers on iPad [Techinch]


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  • Published 02/3/11

Comments (1)

  1. Mark Wyatt

    There is an alternative to this that I found. This was a little expensive for me as because of my DropBox account I would end up tied into a subscription purely for getting WebDav access.

    I found another offering from a company called SMEStorage that does the same type of thing except the fee is a one off $5. There are also some side benefits to me as it also WebDav enables my Google Docs and Amazon S3 files so that I can edit these as well from iWork.

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