Sharing files from iPad to iPad

29 Jan 2010 - 11:30am
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Neil Cadsawan
2008

Does anyone know how you'd share a file created from the new iWork
from one iPad to another person on their iPad? Or from any other app
on one iPad to another person's iPad?

Or, when using iWork, what happens when you save that file and open
it later. Or how you'd grab a chart off of Numbers and drop it in
Keynote. Does that just use the standard copy and paste?

Any out there get their hands on one to play with it yet? I'm
really curious how this works.

Thanks,

-Neil

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29 Jan 2010 - 12:20pm
John Keane2
2008

re: your first question - I don't know, but I'd assume email. This is pretty much the pattern they've established with the iPhone.

re: file management - I don't think I've seen anything concerning this...

29 Jan 2010 - 12:51pm
Patricia Colley
2010

Hey Neil, How's it going? From what I've read, iPad does support standard copy-paste. File sharing is a great question since there is oddly no USB. There is a file sharing directory that syncs with your computer, through a wire or dock or possibly Bluetooth. You can connect to an external monitor (or projector) but you have to use the dock to do so. One more thing to pack. 

Personally I'm not that excited about the iPad. Sure, you can use iWork and iPhone apps (in large scale!), but it doesn't run my design apps and doesn't multitask. :(  As an artist, I wish it had a stylus (and ideally, pressure sensitivity) for fine-tuned drawing & illustration. As a UX person, I wonder, how am I supposed to sketch out my concepts, flows and wireframes on this thing? Apparently, I'm not.  

Apple has produced an attractive option for the consumer market and coolhunting road warriors, but it's no Modbook killer. 
Yes, I know I have high ideals, but it irks me that we're a decade into the 21st century and I still don't have my magic drawing paper. Or my personal jet pack. Or my robot butler. Get with the program, Steve! 

Patricia in Seattle

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From: Neil Cadsawan <neil at cadsawan.net>
Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Sharing files from iPad to iPad
To: discuss at ixda.org
Date: Friday, January 29, 2010, 12:30 AM

Does anyone know how you'd share a file created from the new iWork
from one iPad to another person on their iPad?  Or from any other app
on one iPad to another person's iPad?

Or, when using iWork, what happens when you save that file and open
it later.  Or how you'd grab a chart off of Numbers and drop it in
Keynote.  Does that just use the standard copy and paste?

Any out there get their hands on one to play with it yet?  I'm
really curious how this works.

Thanks,

-Neil

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29 Jan 2010 - 10:59pm
Scott McDaniel
2007

There's supposed to be heavy dependence on MobileMe, iTunes, iDisk and
with assorted third party apps (Dropbox, AirShare),
but that doesn't seem to directly answer the question for now, does it?

An article with some ideas:
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/01/29/apple_to_target_ipad_at_business_users_through_new_features_sources.html

The demos seem to imply a little more cohesive and coherent use of
media with Mail, but
I've been known to misinterpret things in the past.

Scott

On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 3:30 AM, Neil Cadsawan <neil at cadsawan.net> wrote:
> Does anyone know how you'd share a file created from the new iWork
> from one iPad to another person on their iPad?  Or from any other app
> on one iPad to another person's iPad?
>
> Or, when using iWork, what happens when you save that file and open
> it later.  Or how you'd grab a chart off of Numbers and drop it in
> Keynote.  Does that just use the standard copy and paste?
>
> Any out there get their hands on one to play with it yet?  I'm
> really curious how this works.
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> -Neil
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30 Jan 2010 - 12:42am
Neil Cadsawan
2008

Thanks for that link. It answers some questions on the direction
Apple's going to take. I guess the iPad to iPad connection simply
won't exist. It seems like a missed opportunity to use Bonjour to
see people around you and have your own mesh network. Maybe
that'll come later. I can hope.

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30 Jan 2010 - 10:13am
Gilles DEMARTY
2005

Actually, AppleInsider wrote an article about app file sharing, and they
suggest files will be available wirelessly via a shared directory.
It still does not explain how one iPad will access another one, but Apple
provide the framework to do that.

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/01/29/apple_reinventing_file_access_wireless_sharing_for_ipad.html

<http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/01/29/apple_reinventing_file_access_wireless_sharing_for_ipad.html>
Gilles

On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 10:42 PM, Neil Cadsawan <neil at cadsawan.net> wrote:

> Thanks for that link. It answers some questions on the direction
> Apple's going to take. I guess the iPad to iPad connection simply
> won't exist. It seems like a missed opportunity to use Bonjour to
> see people around you and have your own mesh network. Maybe
> that'll come later. I can hope.
>
>
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30 Jan 2010 - 11:20am
Neil Cadsawan
2008

Thanks for that link Gilles. This opens up another issue though. The
article states that files are stored with their applications. Delete
an app and its files are deleted as well. Also, this seems to limit
the ability to open a file from any other app than the one with which
it's associated.

Omnigraffle announced that they're porting their apps to the iPad.
That's awesome news. But in their desktop versions, I can open an
Omnioutliner file in Omnigraffle. With this new model, if files are
associated with applications, if I created a file in Omnioutliner on
my iPad, how would Omnigraffle access it? Or if you create a simple
text document with one app, but then install another text editing
app, would you be able to access the document from the first app?
Seems like you'd have to push it to a shared folder on the network
first.

These are just unknowns to me. There may very well be a simple answer
out there. But app to app sharing and iPad to iPad sharing are
concepts that I think people will look for. I can only hope Apple
considers this as well.

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1 Feb 2010 - 1:18am
Neil Cadsawan
2008

I'm glad others are thinking about these issues as well:

http://stevenf.tumblr.com/post/359224392/i-need-to-talk-to-you-about-computers-ive-been

This is a great representation of my thoughts so far.

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1 Feb 2010 - 3:43am
cfmdesigns
2004

On Jan 30, 2010, at 7:13 AM, Gilles Demarty wrote:

> Actually, AppleInsider wrote an article about app file sharing, and
> they
> suggest files will be available wirelessly via a shared directory.
> It still does not explain how one iPad will access another one, but
> Apple
> provide the framework to do that.
>
> http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/01/29/apple_reinventing_file_access_wireless_sharing_for_ipad.html

I'm puzzled by this concern.

My expectation is that the iPad will be like the iPhone and iPod, an
accessory to you main system. You'll periodically synch the iPad via
iTunes, and the files from iWork will then be accessible from some
location on the main system (like
User>Documents>iWork>Numbers>Synched>My iPad). To put an existing
file up to the iPad, you put it in a folder and synch via iTunes. To
share, you copy it from iPad #1's folder into iPad #2's folder, and
synch.

Okay, as I think about it, that's not the Apple way, because it relies
too much on knowing where stuff is on the system. More likely might
be commands in Numbers on the Mac for Retrieve from iPad and Push to
iPad, allowing you to select the one that is connected. Retrieve from
one, attach other, push to other.

Anyway, since iWork on the iPad is useless if you can get existing
files one and off the device, I have no concern that I'll be able to
do it. Beyond that, the details matter little. (And I have faith
that it will be cool and clever and work well.)

-- Jim

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