If you have an iPad and don’t have DropBox, please stop reading, go to www.DropBox.com and get your free account before reading this post, yes your life will be that good after.
DropBox gives you 2GB of free online storage, that come to be incredible useful to interact with the iPad. You can get more space if you need it (and I encourage to do it, if you can) but in the worst case scenario, you can get your free 2GB and get even more out of the iPad, and that will change the way you interact with the iPad forever.
I am a fiction writer, so most of what I do require text. I write in text files, using a software called Nebulous Notes. (You can try the free version of their software here. The reason I use this one over one of the multiple options is that is one of the best softwares for the use of full screen in the iPad, that is really important for me, and also it doesn’t save the files in my DropBox until I tell them to, so I avoid delete files by autosave. Also, and this for me is really important, save the file in the directory I ask in DropBox and not in a fix folder as other text editors for the iPad do, and that is for me key, because, this later on, interact with my favorite piece of software in the Mac, Scrivener, but that’s another story.
I also use DropBox to interact with another piece of software called GoodReader that is one of the most useful app you can get in your iPad. Also if you don’t have it, stop reading and pick it up. GoodReader allow you to get files from your DropBox into your iPad, wireless and well as by USB, allow you to sync folders, allow you to read and annotate PDFs, that is one of the apps that make the iPad a super tool.
If you use Pages, Apple’s word processor, you can additionally subscribe to a service called Dropwab, that will allow you to access the files in your DropBox from Pages directly, since allow you to use your DropBox account as a WebDAV server, that is the only way that Apple has allow you so f to interact with Pages. I don’t use this service, since I don’t use Pages in the iPad, as I said before my text entry, is in text files, but this is another way to access the important files between your Mac or Pc and the iPad if you work with Pages/word documents.
Do you remember, when the first pen drives begin to show up?, yes, do you remember how precious they were?, DropBox is the next pen drive, but you will not have to carry the physical thing, you just interact with it, you put your files, and can be access from any machine, but in the case of the iPad really makes the case for an indispensable tool for productivity.
When people ask me how is that I can do all that I do in the iPad, when it’s not. Laptop, I smile and without a doubt think on my little secret. DropBox.
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