10 Replies Latest reply: May 6, 2012 8:27 AM by gillianfromfl
b.ryan Level 1 (0 points)
I can't upload documents to my iPad with pages. I hook up my iPad and go to apps, select the document that I want to upload, it's a pages document. I select the document and press okay and it doesn't show up on the list.

Now I have a MacBook pro and it works fine when it's synced with my MacBook but I want to sync only with my iMac. I don't know what's going on.

I then used appzapper on iTunes and reinstalled and still not working. Anyone know what I'm supposed to do?

The iMac is the new 27in.

iMac, Macbook Pro, iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • whatheck Level 5 (4,085 points)
    Did you recently install the iPhone SDK? You might be seeing the issue others mentioned here: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=11416537#11416537
  • Kevin Wolfe3 Level 3 (760 points)
    Is it a Pages 09 doc? Any earlier version of Pages docs won't load.
  • TracyVision Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same problem. Did you ever get it to sync?
  • TracyVision Level 1 (0 points)
    Syncing is not intuitive. From your iPad, in Pages (or Numbers, or Keynote I imagine) in order to get your document to sync you need to Export it from your iPad. Go to My Documents (or My Spreadsheets), flick to the doc you want to sync but don't open it, just have it centered as you do when you select to open it. Below the title of the doc hit the first icon, looks like a square with an arrow. That's the export icon. Select to export. Now it will appear when you sync.
  • Oakey Mertz Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem, things aren't appearing in iTunes and docs I move to the file sharing box don't go to iPad. But I just tried emailing a pages doc created on iPad to my Mac and m Mac says I can't open it without the latest version of Pages. So, before I buy it, is that what's going on here? That synch only works with the newer versions of Pages and Numbers -- 09?
  • Oakey Mertz Level 1 (0 points)
    I'll reply to my own post. I figured it out. The instructions for file sharing a pages (or numbers or keynote) doc between iPad and Mac omitted three key details. 1.) For the iPad doc to appear on the iTunes file sharing screen, it has to be first flagged for export on iPad. 2.) Going the other way, after you add a doc from Mac to the shared file list in iTunes, it doesn't just appear on iPad like the instructions say, you have to click on the little file folder icon in the appropriate iPad app and it will be there, then open it, and only then will it appear on iPad. 3.) You do need iWork '09 versions of apps on Mac, iWork '08 docs are incompatible with the corresponding iPad apps.

    I hope this helps someone else. I spent all last evening and several hours this morning to figure it out and I was about to put my iPad up for sale on eBay.
  • Bleihoff Level 1 (0 points)
    Brilliant! Thanks for posting this. Was going batty.
  • Ross Youngblood Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Oakey,

      I had shared successfully before, but once you share documents, you expect them to show up automagicly when you export new docs from the iMac in itunes to the iPad.  I agree document management between the iMac and the Ipad (or between iTunes) and iPad, leaves a lot to be desired.  This single item could drive users back to Windoze (Ugh!... lets hope not).

    But I do expect iOS to grow up in a rev or two, where drag and drop finder like capabilities exist between my base PC and the iPad...if not... I may revert to cave man ways and try another vendors tablet.


  • ivan54 Level 3 (860 points)

    It seems the instructions in HT4094 are a little out of date.


    The Help within iWork apps on the iPad has more complete instructions.


    For Pages, the instructions are found at:

    Within a Pages Document > Wrench icon (Tools) > Help > Share documents > Share files through iTunes


    Similarly, for Numbers, the instructions are at:

    Within a Spreadsheet  > Wrench icon (Tools) > ? Help > Share spreadsheets > Share files through iTunes


    As an example, here are the Pages instructions:


    Export a document to your computer:

    1. Open the document you want to export, and then tap  in the toolbar.
    2. Tap “Share and Print,” and then tap “Copy to iTunes.”
    3. Tap the document format you want to export to: Pages, PDF, or Microsoft Word.
    4. Connect your mobile device to your computer and open iTunes on your computer. After a moment, your mobile device appears in the left side of the iTunes window (under Devices).
    5. In iTunes, select your mobile device, and then click Apps.
    6. Scroll to the bottom of the Apps window, and then select Pages (in the Apps list under File Sharing).
    7. Select the name of the document you want to transfer to your computer and click “Save to.”
    8. In the window that appears, navigate to the location where you want to store the document, and then click Choose.


    Import a document from your computer:

    1. Connect your mobile device to your computer and open iTunes on your computer. After a moment, your mobile device appears in the left side of the iTunes window (under Devices).
    2. In iTunes, select your mobile device, and then click Apps.
    3. Scroll to the bottom of the Apps window and select Pages in the Apps list (under File Sharing).
    4. Click Add, and then locate the document you want to import in the “Choose a File: iTunes” window that appears.
    5. Select the file, and then click Choose.
    6. Open Pages on your mobile device.
    7. In Documents view, tap + , and then tap iTunes.
    8. Tap the name of the document you want to import.
    9. The document downloads to your mobile device and appears in Documents view.
    10. When you import a Pages document that contains footnotes or endnotes, you can edit their content, but you can’t create new ones. Imported tables of contents are displayed but can’t be updated on your mobile device. After you export your document back to your Mac, you can update its table of contents.


    It goes quicker than it looks,  in a nutshell, from iPad to iTunes it's:

    Within a document > Wrench icon (Tools) > Share and Print > Send to iTunes > Select output format type (Pages, PDF, Word).  Within iTunes, select the document, "Save to"



  • gillianfromfl Level 1 (0 points)

    I shall try this now. Thanks for clear instructions!