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murrayE Calculating status...
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May 13, 2012 1:32 PM

What Mac OS X apps, free or fee, allow copying any files whatsoever from iPad to Mac?

 

In particular, is m-ipad-to-mac-transfer such an app that's safe (free of malware)? I ask about this one because the author is unclear and I haven't found it on standard third-party Mac download sites or reviewed on known-reputable sites.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 3.4GHz Corei7, 16GB, SSD + 2T HD
  • PogoPossum Level 4 Level 4 (2,505 points)
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    May 13, 2012 5:37 PM (in response to murrayE)

    There are many apps that will copy and store files, even if they can't be read on the iPad (Dropbox, Box.net, Sugarsync) or Goodreader (a document reader).

     

    Short of jailbreaking, there is no way to install an app besides purchasing it from the App Store and either downloading directly to the iPad or syncing through iTunes. Even if you transferred a "safe" app with one of the above methods, none of them can open and execute an app.

     

    If you have jailbroken your iPad, you'll have to see elsewhere for support - discussion of jailbroken iPads is not allowed on this forum.

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6 (12,440 points)
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    May 13, 2012 6:08 PM (in response to murrayE)

    Many apps have built in file sharing. With those apps you use iTunes on your computer to transfer files from the iPad to the computer.

  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,430 points)
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    May 13, 2012 6:27 PM (in response to murrayE)

    The only officially supported way is through iTunes.

    Buying a third party application to do so means you are on your own or have to rely on support from the developer.

    If it is not a program from a trusted source, I would not risk it.

  • Diavonex Level 9 Level 9 (58,565 points)
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    May 13, 2012 6:35 PM (in response to murrayE)

    Most Apps have File Sharing capabilities

     

    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee374/Diavonex/2036f2d5.jpg

  • pjl123 Level 5 Level 5 (5,430 points)
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    May 13, 2012 6:40 PM (in response to murrayE)

    Take a look at the app called file browser.  It copies a real wide range of files, and has the look and feel of a windows file management approach, but works within the iOS approach.

  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,430 points)
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    May 13, 2012 9:06 PM (in response to murrayE)

    Googling the question shows several options, some from developers I have heard of such as:

    http://www.xilisoft.com/ipad-to-mac-transfer.html

  • PogoPossum Level 4 Level 4 (2,505 points)
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    May 14, 2012 9:14 AM (in response to murrayE)


    murrayE wrote:

     

    PogoPossum wrote:

     

    There are many apps that will copy and store files, even if they can't be read on the iPad (Dropbox, Box.net, Sugarsync) or Goodreader (a document reader).

     

    Short of jailbreaking, there is no way to install an app besides purchasing it from the App Store and either downloading directly to the iPad or syncing through iTunes. Even if you transferred a "safe" app with one of the above methods, none of them can open and execute an app.

    I do not want an app on the iPad end - rather, on the Mac end!

     

    And I do not want a reader or some internet-based cloud-storage app (like Dropbox, etc.)

     

    Rather, I want an app on my Mac under OS X that, when I connect the iPad via the usual cable, will give me Finder-like access to all the files on the iPad - so that I can download whatever ones I want from iPad to Mac.

     

    That was not clear from your post.

     

    There is no universal app that will bring content from your iPad to your Mac. Nor is there any Mac app that will give you Finder access to the iPad. The very nature of the iOS operating system is that there is no all encompassing folder structure to access like there is in Windows or Mac OS. Each individual app can have ways to export/share content, some of which are cloud-based and some of which can work with iTunes. Many apps also have the ability to save to a cloud storage app (such as Dropbox), export to Evernote, etc.

  • renjister Calculating status...
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    May 15, 2012 8:49 PM (in response to murrayE)

    Well then you should try Diskaid, it's pretty much exactly what you are asking for - and the file transfer does not need registration, it's fee.

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