10 Replies Latest reply: Nov 17, 2013 6:45 PM by Meg St._Clair
karvin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Having worked out how to save a PDF file into iBooks I now want to upload the saved PDF file on my iPad to another Website.

Is this possible? If so how do I do it?

Note the document I upload to the website MUST be in PDF format and NOT as a Jpeg or picture as per discussion on another thread on this site. ThankQ.

  • 1. Re: Uploading saved PDF files from iPad to another website?
    snozdop Level 5 Level 5 (5,800 points)

    You can't upload from iBooks, but there are apps that allow uploading of files via FTP, WebDAV such as iFiles, FTPOnTheGo, if you get the PDF into those apps first.

     

    WIthout knowing what this upload mechanism for this other website using, it's not possible to advise further.

  • 2. Re: Uploading saved PDF files from iPad to another website?
    karvin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for suggestions however I am not an IT professional and what I need to do is submit an application online to a UK Government website who require files in PDF format.

    I am a mobile worker and it would be really helpful if I can use the iPad to logon to UK website, fill out my application and be able to Upload to their website my saved PDF files.

    Can I do this with a free and easy to use App (if that is what is required)?

    Thankq again :-)

  • 3. Re: Uploading saved PDF files from iPad to another website?
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,425 points)

    As snozdop indicated, without knowing more about how the particular website works, it's hard to give specific advice. Did you looke at either of the apps snozdop mentioned? You might also want to take a look at an alternate browser such as iCab Mobile or Dolphin.

  • 4. Re: Uploading saved PDF files from iPad to another website?
    karvin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I fail to understand what difference it makes to the website you are visiting? Any website that has a form and the opportunity to upload a document from either your PC Mac or iPad or any other mobile device. The only difference I am discovering is that other makers that are simular to iPad do not have a problem uploading documents.

    I thought I would choose Apple even though it is more expensive...but it seems to me that I would be wasting my money if I am unable to demonstrate a simple thing like upload to a website a file I have saved on mobile device.

    Perhaps I am not explaining myself I don't know but unfortunatley to me it looks far to complicated and not even the experts at Apple are forth coming. :-(

  • 5. Re: Uploading saved PDF files from iPad to another website?
    snozdop Level 5 Level 5 (5,800 points)

    I fail to understand what difference it makes to the website you are visiting?

     

    Well, you obviously have no idea what it takes to upload files to websites then! If it wasn't important, we wouldn't bother asking. When you readily admit to not being an "IT professional" why dismiss what others (who you've asked for help from) ask you in order to help you?

     

    Different websites use different methods for uploading files. Here's some of them:

     

    a) FTP (usually used by the site owner to upload data to the site)

     

    b) A Java applet (not supported on mobile devices)

     

    c) A small Flash movie (not supported on mobile devices)

     

    d) A HTML5 File Reader API (supported on iOS 6 onwards)

     

    e) The old HTML4 File Input (supported on iOS 6 onwards, but only for Camera Roll images in Safari)

     

    f) A dedicated app, available from the AppStore.

     

    Also, different operating systems and different web browsers (especially on mobile devices) have varying amounts of support for all these methods. It is not as simple as you seem to think. Plus, not all websites are programmed with the limitations of mobile devices in mind. A mobile OS does not have all the features of a desktop OS. It's only recently that websites have started to cater for uploading files from mobile devices, and I doubt a UK Government site is likely to be at the cutting edge of web development for mobile devices.

     

    For security reasons, the iPad does not have an fully open file system like a computer, or a partially open one like Android (that's why Android devices suffer from malware/viruses and iOS devices don't). Each app is sandboxed, meaning it can only access its own files, or areas of the file system that are explicitly allowed (such as the Camera Roll for photos). That's why in Safari on iPad you can only upload photos to websites which support one of the HTML methods for uploading files.

     

    Other third-party iOS web browsers (such as iCab) do allow uploading of other file types through HTML Upload buttons. However, due to the sandboxed nature of iOS apps, the document has to be stored "inside" the specific app you are uploading from. Different apps have different methods for getting files into them.

     

    You need to do a little research before spending your money, and understand that mobile devices run different OSs and cannot do everything that desktop/laptop computers can do.

     

    not even the experts at Apple are forth coming

     

    This is a user-to-user forum only, so you won't get any replies from Apple themselves.

  • 6. Re: Uploading saved PDF files from iPad to another website?
    1EleanorRigby Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I think that it ought to be possible that when on your iPad with a PDF file, a person ought to be able to go to their Safari website, click on Upload file and not only have available your assortment of personal photos and fun creations made using apps with your afore mentioned photos, but there should ALSO be available your stored PDF files in a nice little stash in just the exact same way all of your personal photos are stored. Perhaps entitled, instead of say Camera Roll, but like PDF or PDF File.

     

    I am not, nor does it appear as tho the previous person are talking about movies and flash etc. we are talking about clicking Upload folder/attachment. Just the barest of essentials. We do not require Java, or uploading anything except a PDF.

     

    We would like to do so by clicking Upload file. But no matter what fun and promising PDF App we have added to the iPad which claims it can add your emailed PDF file to it for uploading these never show our PDF document. The iPad will only show us photos.

     

    I find quite funny the app which claims you simply have to slide your PDF from your email into the app and the app is supposed to enable you to upload to websites. So hilarious, because when you open your email you cannot see your app.

     

    PDF Export App does appear to allow you to email. But I can simply forward my PDF from my email in the first place.

  • 7. Re: Uploading saved PDF files from iPad to another website?
    Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6 (13,290 points)

    Safari on iOS devices does not allow uploading files for the many reasons described in the previous posts. You'll have to use a computer or one of the other methods described. Simple as that.

  • 8. Re: Uploading saved PDF files from iPad to another website?
    Engineer Fatma Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    iCab browser worked in my case and finally I could upload a PDF file to a website. And it's not expensive also.

  • 9. Re: Uploading saved PDF files from iPad to another website?
    tille76 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just chiming in on this. Does anyone know if Apple has any plans to develop ability to upload PDFs to Safari? Why can iCabMobile do it, but not Safari? And I'm assuming no one here can comment on any other potential workarounds to this? OR coding that can go into the website to enable PDF uploads?

     

    Has anyone discovered anything new since this post?

     

    Thanks.

  • 10. Re: Uploading saved PDF files from iPad to another website?
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,425 points)

    tille76 wrote:

     

    Just chiming in on this. Does anyone know if Apple has any plans to develop ability to upload PDFs to Safari?

    No one here would know Apple's future plans for Safari.