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Ins and Outs

Ins and Outs
by Gary Woods

When I was looking at getting an iPad one of my big concerns was how to get stuff on and off of it. There are no ports for USB drives on the Pad so how was I going to deal with this beast? To get my experiment started I got Apple's Pages word processor, QuickOfficeHD and DocsToGo.

All three of these Word Processors can deal with Microsoft Word Docs and Text Files but how do you get them from out there to in here? To start with I've been using DropBox for quite a while. This free service allows you to store 2 GBs of stuff in the cloud. This means I could drag and drop my Word Docs into Dropbox on my computer desktop. Then, with a little poking around in the App Store I found the free Dropbox app for the iPad. When I accessed my files online a little box came up asking if I wanted them to open in Pages, QuickOfficeHD or DocsToGo. Ok, the first part of the question was answered.

The second part of the question, how do I get them out was now on the floor. All 3 word processors allow you to email the attachment but each of them gives you other options. Pages let you export to the free site from which you can download the data to your desktop. QuickOfficeHD saves your work right back to Dropbox so whatever changes you made while you were out are waiting for you on your desktop and DocsToGo has a wireless desktop app which resides on your computer and transfer data wirelessly via Bluetooth.

So there you are, getting stuff on and off the iPad is a snap.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc