9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2013 7:23 AM by Jay Miller3
Jay Miller3 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

How is the "easiest" way to send pdf documents from a MacBook Pro to an iPad. The iPad 2 is using IOS 6.0.1. The pdfs were downloaded from a secured site and saved to a document folder. Thank you.

 

Jay


MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.7.5), 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
  • 1. Re: how to send pdf from computer to iPad
    Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,850 points)

    The easiest way is to use some web storage like box.net, dropbox, 4shared, etc - upload the pdfs to your storage space with whichever free service you pick, then download them to whichever app your plan to read/edit the pdfs with on your iPad.

     

    Note that there is no general shared file space on the iPad, so you will need to load them directly into the app you use with those files (Adobe reader, GoodReader, GoodNotes or whichever app you use for your pdf files).

     

    If you sync with iTunes on your computer, many of those apps will also allow you to simply drag and drop the files into them when your iPad is connected to iTunes, then click on sync, and they will be transferred over.

  • 2. Re: how to send pdf from computer to iPad
    Jay Miller3 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Hi Michael,

     

    I've been trying to use iTunes to do it.

     

    I found an article, iOS: About file Sharing," http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4094

     

    But, when I get to the part about "click the add......button," that's where reality and the article part ways. It states, "The selected files will be copied to the app on your iOS device immediately," but, nothing, in fact, is transferred to the connected iPad. Am I missing some part?

     

    Thank you,

     

    Jay

  • 3. Re: how to send pdf from computer to iPad
    Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,850 points)

    Sharing only works if you have an App on the iPad that supports it.  What app are you trying to share the files with?  Does it support pdf's and file sharing? (note if the app you want to use does not support file sharing, it should not even show up in the list to add files to).

  • 4. Re: how to send pdf from computer to iPad
    ejpre Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)

    Apple file sharing is very limited.  If this is important to you, the third party apps are much better.  I'm a big fan of Dropbox, which has a built-in PDF viewer and talks to most other major third part apps.

  • 5. Re: how to send pdf from computer to iPad
    Jay Miller3 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I'm using Pages, which is on both machines. The issue is not that it does not appears; it does appear and I can "add" files to it. The transfer just does not take place.

  • 6. Re: how to send pdf from computer to iPad
    Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,850 points)

    What about if you then sync?  In other words, if the transfer does not take place immediately, does it happen with a sync?

     

    If not, I would disconnect the device from iTunes, perform a reset (press and hold the power and home buttons until the apple logo appears, then release and let it restart).  Then try it again.

  • 7. Re: how to send pdf from computer to iPad
    Jay Miller3 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Thanks for the suggestion, but I do not want to add yet another program to my life. Besides, that issue, I've read on ZD NEt and elsewhere of significant Dropbox security lapses and an admission by that company of their guilt.

  • 8. Re: how to send pdf from computer to iPad
    Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,850 points)

    Drag and drop file sharing should work just fine.  I've not done it with Pages as I do not use Pages, but it has worked just fine for me for numerous other apps (GoodReader, QuickOffice, other notes/notebooks apps).

     

    Try an iPad reset (or just power off / power on first if you prefer).

  • 9. Re: how to send pdf from computer to iPad
    Jay Miller3 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Not, it does not happen with a sync, nor even when I disconnect and reset the iPad.