Word Processing on iPad2
Its about time to get my oldest something better to go her school reports and research on. She is currently using an 8 year old Toshiba running Linux, but it is getting way slow (only has 258 meg of RAM). She takes her reports and projects back and forth on a thumbdrive and uses a PC at school.
Is there a way that I can use an iPad for that as a MacBook of any kind is out of the question? Is there a way to directly connect an SD card or Thumbdrive using the camera kit? Or would would Drop Box (or similar) be the best route? My goal is to minimize her use of the family computer.
I ask because I will be slowly converting to Apple over the next several years, starting with iPhone 5 (or 4s?) when it comes out in the fall.
On another note....can an iPad replace a home computer if the home computer only really gets used for the Internet, email, FB and photo and music storage? I realize that a computer is still currently needed for iTunes and network control.
- 07-26-2011, 12:51 PM #2
IMVHO, I would use DropBox or GoogleDocs. That is what I use for work with my iPad. I always lose SD cards and TDrives. Not sure if the "Camera" connector will allow you to odrop docs on to an SD card. Someone smarter wil have to answer that.
As far as a Home Compuer replacement, per what you described, I would say yes. Pictures storage will be your only problem. Pictures can eat up a TON of memory! I have an 80 Gig external HD on my iMac just for pictures. I personally will not buy another Laptop. The iPad has become my laptop. Because I takema lot of pictures I will always have some kind of desktop though.
For everything else you described you should be fine. I would just get as much memory as I could to be safe.
- 07-26-2011, 03:00 PM #3
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- 07-29-2011, 01:13 AM #5iPhone Intermediate
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As Brickman said, use Dropbox or SugarSync and then open the files from those backup apps in DocsToGo.
That's what I have been using and it works for me.
Check out the Dropbox vs. SugarSync chart to make sure you get the right fit the first time. While both have free trials, wasting time is no fun.
How well does GoogleDocs work with iOS and Apple in general? Also...would AirSync (when it gets released) possibly solve this problem by automatically pushing the documents to a connected laptop PC so I could just transfer the docs to a thumbdrive that way? BTW thanks for the responses!
- 07-29-2011, 11:05 AM #8
I don't think that MS Office (Word) can open Pages documents saved as Pages documents (Pages can safe files in MS Word format... . and Open Office has the same limitation - it AFAIK, it cannot open Pages documents unless they are saved in the MS Word format... and I am not aware of a version of Open Office that runs on iOS...