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    Its this that bothers me. This is a simple common task that any $89 Android device can do, same as a PC, a laptop, a windows phone, etc... It's pretty much an industry standard in the computing world, for literally billions of people.

    And yet the high end flagship Apple device, can't do it.

    Of course it can, but Apple doesn't allow it, because they know better than the whole world...

    They intentionally castrate their products because they want to sell you an app later, to do the simple things that a $550 tablet should be able to do out of the box.

    iOS and Android are both derived from Linux. There is no reason whatsoever that Apple can't do these basic tasks, other than choosing not to... Grrrrr....
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    I loathe Google. I deleted all my gmail accounts months ago and never regretted it.
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    So I have to buy an app to be able to save local documents?
    No. You can use a free version of Phone Drive or any of the other free storage apps available in the App Store. Remember, "there's an app for that"!

    Ugh.... I think that I will just use this thing to browse and read and use it as a glorified eReader at this point, because the more I dig, the more I see how iDevices have not improved a lot in the past 5-6 years... Bigger, faster maybe, but still the same 2008 limitations...
    Yeah, to some people, it is a glorified eReader with frustrating limitations, but it should come as no surprise that Apple products and services are not for "everyone".

    I just want to copy over some stupid docs and have physical copies that I can easily just pull up when I want them. Is that really too much to expect in 2015, on a $550 tablet?
    No, it's not too much to ask and I've already explained how you can do it without spending any extra money. Finally, if you took the time to gripe about this, surely you can spare the time to install the app so that you can do what you're seeking in this regard...
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    Figured it out. Using a PDF file as an example, I opened the Dropbox app on the iPad and selected/opened the PDF within that app. A menu option at the top (box with arrow pointing up out of) has an "Open in ..." option that allows selection of an app to open the PDF with. I chose Acrobat and the PDF was extracted/downloaded into Acrobat and is available offline. Same would work for any other file type that would have an app associated with it.
    Google Drive has a "Save a copy on device" button, but it only lets you open it in Google Drive.

    I just don't get how people don't get pissed about this stuff. This isn't easy or intuitive. It's actually less intuitive than Android. Android asks you nicely, which of these apps would you like to use on this type of file, and would you like it always, or just this time?

    Simple, a caveman can do it. LOL Answer it once, set it and forget it.

    I am now opening docs in the default app, and then telling it to reopen it in Acrobat, so that from there it will show up in "My Files" in Acrobat... but that is only good for PDF...

    I just want a folder with "My Files" and when I click on a file, have it open automatically with the proper app.

    This isn't rocket science, you know?

    I am not even bashing Apple here, I am just trying to essentially downgrade everything I know about computing in general, and use a system that despite how lovely it looks... operates like something from 1998... It's horribly antiquated, the usability for anyone doing a lot of these tasks, is horrendous... I should just be able to copy and open files by clicking on them... not buying apps and messing around each time I need to open a stupid document... It's maddening how far behind this OS is...
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    I think this answers an earlier question I had:

    https://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/icloud-drive/

    It says while talking about iCloud --

    "Your apps can now share files, which means you can access and work on the same file across multiple apps. For example, you can create a drawing in a sketching app, then open it in a painting app to color it in. Or create a chart in one app and place it in a slideshow using a presentation app. No more making copies or importing documents from one app to another. It’s a whole new level of collaboration among apps."

    This seems to mean then that if I have a file resident on the iPad and I want to be able to open it with two different apps (e.g., open the same PDF in iBooks or Acrobat) that there must be two copies of the file, one for iBooks and one for Acrobat. To have just one copy used by either, the file would have to be resident in the cloud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SquireSCA View Post
    Google Drive has a "Save a copy on device" button, but it only lets you open it in Google Drive.

    I just don't get how people don't get pissed about this stuff. This isn't easy or intuitive. It's actually less intuitive than Android. Android asks you nicely, which of these apps would you like to use on this type of file, and would you like it always, or just this time?

    Simple, a caveman can do it. LOL Answer it once, set it and forget it.

    I am now opening docs in the default app, and then telling it to reopen it in Acrobat, so that from there it will show up in "My Files" in Acrobat... but that is only good for PDF...

    I just want a folder with "My Files" and when I click on a file, have it open automatically with the proper app.

    This isn't rocket science, you know?

    I am not even bashing Apple here, I am just trying to essentially downgrade everything I know about computing in general, and use a system that despite how lovely it looks... operates like something from 1998... It's horribly antiquated, the usability for anyone doing a lot of these tasks, is horrendous... I should just be able to copy and open files by clicking on them... not buying apps and messing around each time I need to open a stupid document... It's maddening how far behind this OS is...
    You're acting as if you "have to use" iOS and that you don't have a choice. If it's so horrible, so antiquated, so incomprehensible in 2015, use something else that can provide you with the user experience you desire. Seriously, that's using common sense. I shouldn't have to turn the knob on my front door to open it, but I do. Having said that, common sense dictates that I can either deal with it or purchase a door that opens automatically for me. I'm not going to waste my time telling the people in my neighborhood that, in 2015, I shouldn't have to turn the knob to open my front door, especially when I know that at least one of my neighbors will state the obvious - go buy a door that opens automatically for you. Furthermore, I could send feedback to the makers of my front door to improve my door opening capabilities. That would be more beneficial than getting on my neighbors' nerves complaining about a situation that I myself can easily solve. Know what I mean?...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Me_D View Post
    You're acting as if you "have to use" iOS and that you don't have a choice. If it's so horrible, so antiquated, so incomprehensible in 2015, use something else that can provide you with the user experience you desire. Seriously, that's using common sense. I shouldn't have to turn the knob on my front door to open it, but I do. Having said that, common sense dictates that I can either deal with it or purchase a door that open automatically for me. I'm not going to waste my time telling the people in my neighborhood that, in 2015, I shouldn't have to turn the knob to open my front door, especially when I know that at least one of my neighbors will state the obvious - go buy a door that opens automatically for you. Furthermore, I could send feedback to the makers of my front door to improve my door opening capabilities. That would be more beneficial than getting on my neighbors' nerves complaining about a situation that I myself can easily solve. Know what I mean?...
    It makes for an interesting paradigm shift if you are coming from other ecosystems. As a professional S/W engineer myself (OK, a retired one now) I would be interested in discussing the philosophies at play with the developers to really understand it. I remember when Object Oriented Design was first introduced and the difficulty we developers had in grasping how to actually use it. Back to my foraging in the upper branches of the trees ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparksd View Post
    I think this answers an earlier question I had:

    https://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/icloud-drive/

    It says while talking about iCloud --

    "Your apps can now share files, which means you can access and work on the same file across multiple apps. For example, you can create a drawing in a sketching app, then open it in a painting app to color it in. Or create a chart in one app and place it in a slideshow using a presentation app. No more making copies or importing documents from one app to another. It’s a whole new level of collaboration among apps."

    This seems to mean then that if I have a file resident on the iPad and I want to be able to open it with two different apps (e.g., open the same PDF in iBooks or Acrobat) that there must be two copies of the file, one for iBooks and one for Acrobat. To have just one copy used by either, the file would have to be resident in the cloud.
    I am frustrated right now... gonna take a break and head over to the local bike night with the Triumph group... I have 11 days left to return or exchange this, so I am gonna think on it... In the end, I shouldn't have to wrestle with this thing to get it to do basic, simple and industry standard tasks... Maybe I should have researched more, and I would have found that the newest Apple devices are little different than the ones I left behind in 2009...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SquireSCA View Post
    I am frustrated right now... gonna take a break and head over to the local bike night with the Triumph group... I have 11 days left to return or exchange this, so I am gonna think on it... In the end, I shouldn't have to wrestle with this thing to get it to do basic, simple and industry standard tasks... Maybe I should have researched more, and I would have found that the newest Apple devices are little different than the ones I left behind in 2009...
    Have a good one. If you're in Waco, steer clear of the Twin Peaks ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparksd View Post
    It makes for an interesting paradigm shift if you are coming from other ecosystems. As a professional S/W engineer myself (OK, a retired one now) I would be interested in discussing the philosophies at play with the developers to really understand it. I remember when Object Oriented Design was first introduced and the difficulty we developers had in grasping how to actually use it. Back to my foraging in the upper branches of the trees ...
    True. When I initially switched over from my beloved Blackberry devices, I didn't like the UI even though the device was gorgeous and simple to use. I was just so hardwired to Blackberry to where I didn't allow myself to appreciate the iPhone (3G, at the time) for what it was. Then I went over to Android and was blown away by the plentiful settings and available custom ROMS. Those things turned out to be a reason why I got tired or Android devices. I was never satisfied with the interface, the look, etcetera. I was always seeking perfection. When I returned to the iPhone (4S, at the time), I told myself that I would enjoy it as-is and make it work for me. That was the best decision I had made in a long time. With all of its shortcomings, the iPhone is the perfect device for "me", and I'm the type who can use any smartphone, regardless of the brand or operating system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SquireSCA View Post
    I am frustrated right now... gonna take a break and head over to the local bike night with the Triumph group... I have 11 days left to return or exchange this, so I am gonna think on it... In the end, I shouldn't have to wrestle with this thing to get it to do basic, simple and industry standard tasks... Maybe I should have researched more, and I would have found that the newest Apple devices are little different than the ones I left behind in 2009...
    Be safe out there, and enjoy the rest of your evening...
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    Had some time to think... I am gonna play with this thing some more and try to decide what to do. If I limit myself to just email, web browsing, a news reader, Netflix and really basic stuff, I think it is excellent.

    If I want to get some serious work done on it, or tinker, or just be able to carry and work on basic documents without having to use apps and workarounds, I can think of better solutions for $550...

    I am annoyed that Apple puts such excellent work into the hardware and design, and then intentionally cripples it with software limitations and by foregoing common and industry standard features. They do it so that you either have to buy additional apps and accessories, or they do it because the hardware on the iPad is almost capable of replacing your Mac Book, so if they didn't hold it back in certain ways, people might stop buying expensive Mac Books and instead just get cheaper iPads... They have to differentiate between the two platforms so that you buy both, not one or the other.

    That may be the biggest difference between Apple and Android or even Windows... Android tablets do a lot more, and do everything an Android phone does and everything a netbook does and almost everything that an actual PC does, and it does it in a similar, familiar fashion, so the learning curve is shallow.

    The Windows tablets(not RC) are windows PC's in a tablet form factor. USB 3.0 ports, runs full native Windows software with 100% compatibility, no emulation.

    The iPad does what the iPhone does, but it doesn't do what a Mac does, or a PC, or Linux or Android.

    It could, but they decided to make it just do a few things, and it does them very well, but anything else is a hack and just not the same...

    So I have to either accept that this thing will only be a high end eReader, or I need to suck it up and return it for something else.

    I really want to like this thing, I do. I like having something different for a change... but I am getting the feeling that there is a good reason why Android owns the global market in phones, and has also passed iOS in tablets as well.

    Decisions decision... I really hate this, having to decide, I just wanted a tablet that does what I want! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by SquireSCA View Post
    Had some time to think... I am gonna play with this thing some more and try to decide what to do. If I limit myself to just email, web browsing, a news reader, Netflix and really basic stuff, I think it is excellent.

    If I want to get some serious work done on it, or tinker, or just be able to carry and work on basic documents without having to use apps and workarounds, I can think of better solutions for $550...

    I am annoyed that Apple puts such excellent work into the hardware and design, and then intentionally cripples it with software limitations and by foregoing common and industry standard features. They do it so that you either have to buy additional apps and accessories, or they do it because the hardware on the iPad is almost capable of replacing your Mac Book, so if they didn't hold it back in certain ways, people might stop buying expensive Mac Books and instead just get cheaper iPads... They have to differentiate between the two platforms so that you buy both, not one or the other.

    That may be the biggest difference between Apple and Android or even Windows... Android tablets do a lot more, and do everything an Android phone does and everything a netbook does and almost everything that an actual PC does, and it does it in a similar, familiar fashion, so the learning curve is shallow.

    The Windows tablets(not RC) are windows PC's in a tablet form factor. USB 3.0 ports, runs full native Windows software with 100% compatibility, no emulation.

    The iPad does what the iPhone does, but it doesn't do what a Mac does, or a PC, or Linux or Android.

    It could, but they decided to make it just do a few things, and it does them very well, but anything else is a hack and just not the same...

    So I have to either accept that this thing will only be a high end eReader, or I need to suck it up and return it for something else.

    I really want to like this thing, I do. I like having something different for a change... but I am getting the feeling that there is a good reason why Android owns the global market in phones, and has also passed iOS in tablets as well.

    Decisions decision... I really hate this, having to decide, I just wanted a tablet that does what I want! LOL
    Let me help you out. The iPad is not for you. Your specific needs are more than what the iPad can offer natively. You can save a good deal of money while also finding a device suitable for your needs. No matter how bad you "really want to like this thing", we all know that it's not going to happen and so do you. Having said that, return the iPad, get your money back, and get a device that's capable of satisfying your tablet needs. It's utterly foolish to keep frustrating yourself and us by posting basically the same complaints repeatedly. The decision is quite simple and you know it. If you want "a tablet that does what you want", return the iPad, get your money back and move on to a device that "does what you want".
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    Let me help you out. The iPad is not for you. Your specific needs are more than what the iPad can offer natively. You can save a good deal of money while also finding a device suitable for your needs. No matter how bad you "really want to like this thing", we all know that it's not going to happen and so do you. Having said that, return the iPad, get your money back, and get a device that's capable of satisfying your tablet needs. It's utterly foolish to keep frustrating yourself and us by posting basically the same complaints repeatedly. The decision is quite simple and you know it. If you want "a tablet that does what you want", return the iPad, get your money back and move on to a device that "does what you want".
    You are probably right. I either need to swap it out for something else, or just resign myself to just using it for the handful of things it was intended for, rather than beat my head against the wall trying to bend it to my will. LOL I will use it for a couple more days and see what direction I need to go in...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SquireSCA View Post
    You are probably right. I either need to swap it out for something else, or just resign myself to just using it for the handful of things it was intended for, rather than beat my head against the wall trying to bend it to my will. LOL I will use it for a couple more days and see what direction I need to go in...
    Alright man. Have a goodnight.
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    You are probably right.
    I am
    I either need to swap it out for something else,
    That's exactly what you need to do
    or just resign myself to just using it for the handful of things it was intended for, rather than beat my head against the wall trying to bend it to my will. LOL I will use it for a couple more days and see what direction I need to go in...
    It, like any other tablet, is designed to do numerous things for a specific customer base. The operating system and supported apps go a long way in determining use, regardless of the brand. You've made it crystal clear that the iPad does not do what you need it to do and yet, you're trying to convince us that you need a few more days to decide what direction you need to go in. I can no longer take you seriously.
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    I am That's exactly what you need to do It, like any other tablet, is designed to do numerous things for a specific customer base. The operating system and supported apps go a long way in determining use, regardless of the brand. You've made it crystal clear that the iPad does not do what you need it to do and yet, you're trying to convince us that you need a few more days to decide what direction you need to go in. I can no longer take you seriously.
    You mean, because I am open minded enough to actually evaluate something and decide if I am being impulsive versus being realistic or whether I need to adjust my expectations, that I am not to be taken seriously?

    Wow.
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    Have you looked at the Note Pro?
    The only reason I gave it up was that it got smashed and destroyed and it was going to take $$$ and too long to fix, so I went back to iPad, but the Note Pro is a good tablet.

    I used it for work, drawing plans for job estimates (construction business), keeping track of jobs, hours, expenses and income, I used it for school, took notes, wrote papers, took tests, I used it for my other job (environmental studies) and again took notes, pictures, created documents, though the best part was being able to have 4 screens to work with at once.

    I did experience a little lag at times, I don't know if that's been addressed.
    Also because of TouchWiz, there's a possibility that the Lollipop update completely wrecked it, Samsung is known for that.
    But with the OS it shipped out with, it was a solid tablet.

    It certainly sounds like iPad is not the tablet for you.
    Personally I won't go back to Android, I've found what works for me in Apple, but you might want to try the Note Pro.
    You sound more like an Android kinda guy.
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    Healthy discussion (in my view) about one of the limitations on iOS (iPhone and iPad) that are frustrating and make little sense to me. I know that iOS has a user level file system. That fact and that it's obfuscated while not on other mobile OSs is irritating.

    But as Just_Me_D said, you have to make some compromises and tradeoffs. This would be true for Android, as there are some behaviors or features that also equally irritate and frustrate me. Knowing that, for what I need though, iOS works quite well and is enjoyable to use for almost every other use case that I can think of.

    I used an iPad for years for iTunes, web, and a few apps; but have since handed it down to one of the kids (replaced a failing/aging original iPad). In its place, I went with a MacBook Air. Provides file system access, and much more given OS X. That choice may not be the right one or feasible for others, but is the path I chose when deciding to whether or not to get another iPad. If I was in the same spot now, I'd consider the Surface or a MacBook Air.
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    Have you looked at the Note Pro?
    The only reason I gave it up was that it got smashed and destroyed and it was going to take $$$ and too long to fix, so I went back to iPad, but the Note Pro is a good tablet.

    I used it for work, drawing plans for job estimates (construction business), keeping track of jobs, hours, expenses and income, I used it for school, took notes, wrote papers, took tests, I used it for my other job (environmental studies) and again took notes, pictures, created documents, though the best part was being able to have 4 screens to work with at once.

    I did experience a little lag at times, I don't know if that's been addressed.
    Also because of TouchWiz, there's a possibility that the Lollipop update completely wrecked it, Samsung is known for that.
    But with the OS it shipped out with, it was a solid tablet.

    It certainly sounds like iPad is not the tablet for you.
    Personally I won't go back to Android, I've found what works for me in Apple, but you might want to try the Note Pro.
    You sound more like an Android kinda guy.
    I am looking at that and the newer Tab S 10.5 with the Octacore processor.

    I guess I can look at it this way... It's not the ability to have root and custom ROMs and unlimited customization, alternate launchers, etc... I can dabble and tinker with that stuff with my phone if I want. I can use this as a generic media consumption device, and just keep things simple.

    If I need something portable for getting more robust tasks done, I have a solid Linux laptop, and I still have my Dell Venue 11 Pro Windows tablet and keyboard doc, that is getting a free update to Windows 10... That tablet, while over a year old, is still a solid tablet and runs full Windows, integrates perfectly with my network and media server, etc...

    Problem solved, I will stop trying to get the iPad to do everything, and the few times I need something else, I have devices for those tasks...
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    I think this answers an earlier question I had:

    https://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/icloud-drive/

    It says while talking about iCloud --

    "Your apps can now share files, which means you can access and work on the same file across multiple apps. For example, you can create a drawing in a sketching app, then open it in a painting app to color it in. Or create a chart in one app and place it in a slideshow using a presentation app. No more making copies or importing documents from one app to another. It’s a whole new level of collaboration among apps."

    This seems to mean then that if I have a file resident on the iPad and I want to be able to open it with two different apps (e.g., open the same PDF in iBooks or Acrobat) that there must be two copies of the file, one for iBooks and one for Acrobat. To have just one copy used by either, the file would have to be resident in the cloud.
    Another twist to this - not all apps are set up to use iCloud. In this particular case, iBooks apparently cannot access iCloud and Acrobat is set up to use Adobe's own cloud implementation. In short, it does not look like PDF files can be iCloud-based. I was able to import a PDF file from iCloud using FileBrowser and from there select both Acrobat and iBooks to open it with. The PDF file then shows up in the libraries of both iBooks and Acrobat. But the question still remains - how many physical copies of this file now reside on the iPad? 3, one for each app that it now shows up in?
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    Another twist to this - not all apps are set up to use iCloud. In this particular case, iBooks apparently cannot access iCloud and Acrobat is set up to use Adobe's own cloud implementation. In short, it does not look like PDF files can be iCloud-based. I was able to import a PDF file from iCloud using FileBrowser and from there select both Acrobat and iBooks to open it with. The PDF file then shows up in the libraries of both iBooks and Acrobat. But the question still remains - how many physical copies of this file now reside on the iPad? 3, one for each app that it now shows up in?
    It really does get confusing... I wonder why Apple does it this way? I mean, you assume that there is some benefit and reason why, but sometimes I wonder...

    On hardware, I can sorta see why they do what they do, even if I would do it differently... SD Slots... maybe they feel that would be a security risk... removable batteries, would take away from the super slim profile, and they would have to use a plastic back rather than metal.

    So just examples of why they do what they do, that do have some logic and reasoning behind them that does make sense.

    But these usability issues, they confound me. How people use tablets is evolving. Phones did too, and Apple's strict adherence to the status quo under the tyrant Jobs, cost them the smartphone market. Early on, they set the tone of how they felt you should USE the device... Copy and paste between apps, who needs that? You want to text someone a pic via MMS? No, you should use email... All sorts of little things that don't threaten the ecosystem, don't alter the design philosophy... but would take a great product and make it truly remarkable, while still keeping things "in the Apple sand box"...

    They don't need the "Anything goes" system of Android, despite that obviously resonating with consumers the world over... They can keep things fairly tight... but why are we spending two days trying to figure out how to load a bunch of PDF files on a premium device and open them easily with the app that we want? LOL

    This isn't a ***** fest, I would really love an Apple Dev to explain why things are this way. Not that "It's just how they have always done it"... We are painfully aware of that reality.

    There must be a reason, and I would love to understand it. It isn't to make it simpler to use, because as you can see, what is a single, one-time drag and drop affair on other platforms, involves multiple apps and steps that have to be repeated each time here. That's not noob friendly... If my building and tinkering with PC's and devices for 30 years has me scratching my head and researching some task this simple, there is no way my mom is gonna figure this out on her own, you know?

    I shouldn't have to sign up for a class at the local Apple store to learn how to load and access standard documents. Although I will say that it is cool that Apple offers that... but at the same time, the fact that they HAVE to offer their customers these courses, says that something is off in the usability department...

    This is all academic at this point, I will keep the iPad and the Windows tablet... But I would love to know how they arrived at where they are, and why they fight changes that would benefit that customers and most likely regain some of their lost marketshare... They don't have to stop being Apple, we are talking about relatively simple changes to the OS that would have a significant impact to the end users...

    Thoughts?
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    Quick question... Which is the best app to just create a generic folder or central storage place, that I can just push whatever docs I want to the iPad from my PC, wireless if possible rather than iTunes...

    My goal is to just have one app to use to go to "My Files"... if I have to tell it each time what app to use to actually open it, I can live with that.

    What I don't want is to have apps scattered about, and I have to know ahead of time which app I have to open to even find the thing...

    Does that make sense?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SquireSCA View Post
    Quick question... Which is the best app to just create a generic folder or central storage place, that I can just push whatever docs I want to the iPad from my PC, wireless if possible rather than iTunes...

    My goal is to just have one app to use to go to "My Files"... if I have to tell it each time what app to use to actually open it, I can live with that.

    What I don't want is to have apps scattered about, and I have to know ahead of time which app I have to open to even find the thing...

    Does that make sense?
    Here's the rub - you can do that with an app like FileBrowser but when you select a file and open it in another app like iBooks, it appears that the file is exported to that app, thus creating another copy of it. At least that seems what is occurring and what I'm trying to determine. There may not really be a "central storage" concept within iOS. I think I need to get a developer's book on it to really figure it out but I really want to get a working understanding of how this fundamentally works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparksd View Post
    Here's the rub - you can do that with an app like FileBrowser but when you select a file and open it in another app like iBooks, it appears that the file is exported to that app, thus creating another copy of it. At least that seems what is occurring and what I'm trying to determine. There may not really be a "central storage" concept within iOS. I think I need to get a developer's book on it to really figure it out but I really want to get a working understanding of how this fundamentally works.
    Here is an idea... Now that you are retired, research and create an app to do exactly what we are talking about, and I bet that people would buy it.

    What we are looking to do isn't revolutionary... A couple billion people do it on other platforms every day. People would pay $5-$10 for a nice single app to do what we are talking about, in a simple and intuitive manner.

    The only fly in the ointment is whether or not Apple and iTunes will let you. I said before, I think that they intentionally keep the iPad in the tablet arena through software restrictions(I say restrictions rather than limitations, because this is an intentional decision to keep certain functions out of the OS), instead of the "computer in a tablet form factor" arena, for the main purpose of preventing it from cannibalizing MacBook sales...

    Thoughts?
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