Sharing files with the Cloud on the iPad

When we refer to the Cloud, we're pointing to online services that store your images in servers that are available from just about any Internet-connected device. For instance, you can upload your pictures from your bulky  desktop PC to online storage and then show those images to a friend at a restaurant via your smartphone. With an iPad, you can use the Cloud - Dropbox, Windows Skydrive, Box and Google Drive to manage the storage and movement of documents, files, photos and videos.

Cloud services routinely back up their data, so you should never permanently lose any of your data even if you lose your iPad or your computer explodes into flames.

This video provides 10 ways you can use the Cloud on your iPad.

1. Transfer a document from a computer to Dropbox.
2. Import a pdf from Dropbox to Notability to annotate it.
3. Download a pdf from Dropbox and open in another app - Adobe Reader
4. Upload documents from an app to Dropbox.
5. Upload documents from Dropbox to Google Drive and create a folder to store them.
6. Create a folder in windows Skydrive, upload photos to it and share them.
7. Create a document in Google Drive, share it for collaboration.
8. Save a web page as a pdf to Google Drive using Chrome using Google CloudPrint.
9. Use Goodreader to connect to cloud services.
10. Using Goodreader, Download folders from Google Drive and zip the folder


Sharing files

hy share a file? Instead of emailing your photos to someone, why not share a link to the photos from one of your Cloud accounts.  

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With all cloud services, you are able to obtain a link to a file or folder,  and send the link to someone. The link  will direct them to the actual document, photo, folder where they can download it, view or edit it- depending on the options you set.

Here's how to do it using Skydrive

  1. Login to your Skydrive account:  skydrive.live.com
  2. Locate the file or folder you want to share.

Sharing a file from Windows Skydrive (using a computer)

Sharing a file from Windows Skydrive (using a computer)

You can share either a file or folder from Skydrive

Sharing a folder

Sharing a folder

Select a folder by clicking on it.
1. Selecting Folder Actions provides some options.
2. You can also share the folder.

Select a file to share

Select a file  to share

Click a photo to select it. Selecting a photo will bring up the various options for that file.

Sharing the image file

Sharing the image file

Clicking the image provides the sharing options.
1. You can email the person a link to the picture. They can then click that link in their email and will be able to see the picture and download it.
You can allow the person to edit the photo and / or require them to sign into Skydrive to access the picture. Personally, I don't check that one because what happens if the person does not have a Skydrive account? They will need to sign up for one before they can access your picture. Kind of defeats the purpose!

2. Post the picture to Facebook or Twitter.

3. Get a link to the picture (See the next step).

Getting a link to the picture

Getting a link to the picture

You have 3 options.
1. Create a link and anyone with this link can see the picture, and download the picture - not edit it. You then send the link in an email to the person.

2. Create a link and anyone with this link can see the picture, edit and download the picture. You then send the link in an email to the person.

3. Create a public link and anyone with this link can search for, see the picture, download the picture and edit it.

Create a "View Only" link to the picture

Create a "View Only" link to the picture

You can shorten the link. Copy the link and send it in an email to the person you want to share with. Click Done.
To delete the link, click: Remove Permissions.

Emailing the link

Emailing the link

This is the link that the recipient will receive.

Accessing the file from the link

Accessing the file from the link

On clicking the link, I am taken to the Skydrive location of that file only. (Note: I have logged out of my Skydrive account )
What can I do with this image? Remember that the link I clicked was a View Only link.
1. I can play the pictures as a slide show - in full screen.
2. I can download the image to my hard drive. I could edit the file in an application that was installed on my computer, BUT I can't edit the picture online - from Skydrive.
3. I can view the original image.
4. I cannot share the image as I don't have the permissions - the original owner does.
5. I can only view the Public folder.

Sharing a file using Google Drive

Sharing files and folders using Google Drive

Select the file to share

Select the file to share

Select the files you want to share and right-click. Select Share.

NOTE: if you want to share multiple files with the same sharing link, you will need to put the files into a folder.

Sharing Settings

Sharing Settings

1. The link provided to share the file.

2. Select a method to share. Eg, Do you want to use Gmail to share the link?

3. If you want to share the link privately, enter their email addresses.