iPad file management blows

Hoisted from the “comments”:http://theludwigs.com/2010/04/the-ipad-and-pdfs-conclusions-for-now/comment-page-1/#comment-1064:

For all the great things on the iPad, file management is currently a disaster. I’ve got two different apps that can connect to my ftp server and my iDisk, but neither one can get the downloaded documents to Pages or iAnnotate. I have to use iwork.com to get files into Pages, and the desktop app for iAnnotate. If we can’t have a complete Finder on the iPad, we at least need a set of common folders that can be shared between applications.

Boy is this dead right. I can use Safari/Web Of Science or Papers on the iPad to find journal papers, but I can’t download them to the iPad and then use them with iAnnotate — I have to go to my desktop, download them, and sync them. I can comment on papers with iAnnotate, but I can’t important the comments into a Pages doc — I have to sync the annotated PDF back to the desktop, copy comments over to a doc, and then sync that back with iTunes to edit on the iPad with Pages. Geez even MS-DOS 1.0 had shared file storage.

This is way more important to me than multitasking. And in fact, I’m not even sure I care about multitasking without this.

6 Replies to “iPad file management blows”

  1. How dare you criticize Apple on “their” platform. Apple went to great lengths to ensure that iPod and iPhone users have to install and use iTunes to interact with their devices. Why should we expect the iPad to be any different?
    In the meantime, I am loving my Android smartphone… plug in the usb cable, mount the phone as a drive and I can navigate the entire directory structure. Copying pdfs, music, videos, etc is a simple drag and drop operation. Later this year I expect to have my choice of several reasonably priced Android tablets… all sans iAnything.

  2. Yeah, that’s all well and good if you want to wait until “later this year” to get something. I want something like this for school ASAP, and “later this year” is a bit too vague to do it for me.

    For those of us stuck with one option, it’s a hell of a problem.

  3. New development – new update for AirSharing HD can send files from an iDisk or FTP server to Pages, Keynote and iAnnotate.

  4. Sorry – Just feeling that the iPad and Apple in general are getting over-hyped these days. The reality is that the iPad, or any other tablet device for that matter is not going to reduce the number of gadgets that I regularly travel with. Over the years I have been able to pare down my travel gadgets to my Lenovo ThinkPad laptop and my Motorola Droid smartphone. These two devices pretty much do it all for me. Corporate connectivity to inflight entertainment. I am not an e-reader user. I generally pick up the local newspaper to tide me over during that awkward 0-10,000 feet no electronics period. Tablets are certainly the sexy alternative at the moment but they have a long way to go to replace the laptop in corporate America. Until SAP and Siebel and SFDC and … come up with usable implementations on a tablet the form factor will just be more size and weight to stuff into the carry-on.

  5. I wouldn’t/couldn’t write a whole grant on the thing, but I can do a lot of my work with only the iPad. Email, reading papers (pdfs), reading the news, IM. This morning I gave a seminar using Keynote on the iPad – no one knew the difference. I initially built my slides on my Mac Pro but performed a lot of editing on the iPad. Surprisingly powerful. If you’re presenting scientific data, the iPad can handle it.

    Pages is still a bit weak, in my opinion. Closer to TextEdit than it is to Word. Opened, edited and returned a Word document just fine, but the limited number of fonts (only about 40) necessitated re-formating by the original author.

    11 hours of battery life means I can take it for the day without recharging. So not only is the iPad much smaller than a MacBook Pro, you don’t have to lug around the power adapter or an extra battery. After 90 minutes of displaying images on an external projector this morning, the battery was still at 91%. The TSA recently declared that tablets and netbooks do NOT have to be removed from your bag during screening. Another plus for traveling with the iPad!

    The iPad may not be ideal today, but I can definitely see where they are headed and what it will become. The end result may not work for everyone but for me it’s a great fit.

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