10 Replies Latest reply: May 19, 2012 9:15 AM by Neil Dewey
kchalky Level 1 Level 1

is there any way of getting word documents onto the ipad 2 without having to buy the app as i will only use it occassionally??

iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iOS 5.1.1
  • Menneisyys Level 4 Level 4

    Get at least GoodReader for iPad if you don't want to shell out $10 for Apple's own Pages. It's by far the best document reader (also DOC) and doens't cost much.

  • Daniel Ebeck Level 4 Level 4
    • Email it to yourself
    • Use a Cloud service like Dropbox
    • Use a file system app like FileApp

    How much you can do with it once it's there, depends on what else you have.

  • Diavonex Level 9 Level 9

    I use Quickoffice and File Sharing to transfer files




  • grahamlaws Level 1 Level 1

    Not sure what you mean by the question?


    Word docs will open natively in iPad Mail.


    Or do you mean you want to edit them?


    There is always Google docs.


    Or a simple word processor like 'iA writer' - great, simple fast, but not a word replacement (no formatting, tables, images etc.) Its basic text only.


    There's also this (but I've never tried it) - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/documents-2-free-spreadsheet/id314894105?mt=8

  • Coppertiger Level 2 Level 2

    USB Disk - just tested it - its free - only gives top level folder for filing on free version - but will do what you want - has an interesting array of 'paid' extensions to help tailor it to your needs. file share is via cable connected to pC - if you want to share over the Internet (assuming your pc will except remote connections for hosting) you need something like Downloader Lite

    regards, Ct

  • Neil Dewey Level 1 Level 1

    Interesting point in your last sentence "(assuming your pc will except remote connections for hosting)".  I use Office2HD app to write and edit Word and Wordx docs on my iPad and share them with my pc via iTunes.  Works very well but this does mean using usb cable.  Have tried to use much more convenient method of making iPad part of my home network using same very good wifi connection with BTHomeHub.  However when iPad's http:// address is typed into pc's Add Network Place Wizard this is rejected as not valid.  OK, so I can also email docs to myself but all this seems very clunky compared to the network solution where I should be able to drag and drop files.  Any thoughts please?

  • Coppertiger Level 2 Level 2

    Wifi drag and drop, or data transfer over cellular.  FileApp is very easy to set up for home wifi, using ftp (I use it myself). Cellular requires a little bit more, either from an expense view or a bit of tinkering with the iPhone Configurator which can be found here:  http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1466  download to your windows installation; or

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1465  if on a Mac

    and help here:  http://help.apple.com/iosdeployment-ipcu/

    The following link is a little easier to follow

    http://www.fatofthelan.com/technical/using-the-apple-ipadiphone-configuration-ut ility-for-vpn/


    Best wishes, Nick

  • Neil Dewey Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks, this helped me understand a little more but still couldn't find away to get my pc to recognize my iPad's IP address.


    Searched problem from other end - looking at pc support websites and forums and came across the suggestion that Stratospherix's FileBrowser app might help.  Their support webpage clarified many of my questions before purchase.  So far it's the best £2.99 or 3.99 I've spent in a long time.


    Armed with the correct names and IP addresses of my PC and Western Digital MyBookLive configuration almost instant, and once I'd figured out Windows XP file sharing I can access my PC files as if in Explorer, instantly read contents of most file types, and open them in Office2HD for editing.  Haven't been able to reverse process yet, though!  A Word file opened from FileBrowser into Office2HD, revised, saved as, then using Office2HD's option to "open in" FileBrowser, then paste it into the file structure only gave me a failed to copy 'Access denied' error.


    Any thoughts anybody that's got this far, please?


    And thanks, Nick



  • Coppertiger Level 2 Level 2

    To work it the other way you will need an App such as  FileApp, which when coupled with DiskAid (both from DigiDNA) will give you access to the ipads folder system - which DiskAid gives you as an explorer type viewing interface.  File App runs on your pad, and DiskAid runs the interface on your PC.  There are many features, so a bit of reading first. If you go for the PRo version of FileApp it opens up the FileApp application to its full potential. Personally I love it.

    When you say ''then paste it into the file structure only gave me a failed to copy 'Access denied' error'' - I take it you mean pasting into the windowsXp file structure?  or the file structure set up by FileBrowser (which is not the same as the iPad structure - need DiskAid etc for that).

    Remember that unless the App gives you access direct to the ipad's structure - paste operations go the the App's file structure- some will allow it via import operations from within the App itself, - or via the file-sharing part of the 'App' page when your device is connected to iTunes.  Very few Apps will allow paste from outside applications direct to their file system, or the  iPad's file system because the App's file structure is accessible through the App's permissions only - they are stand alone, which means if you delete the App, you delete all the saved data in the Apps file structure too.

    This is why I like FileApp and DiskAid - it gives me access to the iPad's filing system direct (though not the system root folder) which requires either a jailbreak or an SDK platform module.

    There is obviously lots to research here, and a little investment of time and a few pounds may be required to get exactly what you want set up to your liking, but it will be worth the trouble in the end.

    Best wishes, Nick

  • Neil Dewey Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for your comment.  Think I'm getting the hang of the essential difference between a tablet's apps and a pc's software.


    Coppertiger wrote:


    When you say ''then paste it into the file structure only gave me a failed to copy 'Access denied' error'' - I take it you mean pasting into the windowsXp file structure?  or the file structure set up by FileBrowser (which is not the same as the iPad structure - need DiskAid etc for that).


    For your info, Office2HD appeared to let me paste the edited Word document into FileBrowser and therefore its file structure (and then hopefully syncing it with my pc).  The first part of the operation took me to FileBrowser followed by a message for me to browse and paste.  On doing so the error message appeared.


    I will have a look at your suggestion.


    Best wishes,