DropBox

Dropbox is software that links all of your computers and mobile devices together via a single folder. It’s the easiest way to back up and sync files between computers and mobile devices.
  • The Dropbox Desktop Application is software that watches a folder on your PC/Mac and syncs any changes to the web and to your other computers.
  • The Dropbox Website allows you to access your files on any computer from a web browser. You can also use the Dropbox website to share your files or folders with others.
  • The program can display a number of file types, including images, music and video files; Microsoft Office files; PDFs; iWork files; and HTML and text files.
  • The Dropbox mobile website and Dropbox for mobile devices allow you to connect to your Dropbox from your iPad.

Set-up a DropBox account

  1. Download DropBox and sign-up (free) to your PC/Mac from: http://www.dropbox.com/
  2. After installation a Dropbox folder will be created inside your home folder.
  3. Move your files into your Dropbox by dragging and dropping them into your Dropbox folder.

Note: Files in your Dropbox stay on your computer's hard drive, as well as syncing and saving to the cloud, so you can always access your files even if you are offline. Dropbox works in the background and will automatically sync any new changes the next time you are online.

  1. Download the DropBox App from iTunes on your iPad, and sign in once downloaded. Available from: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/dropbox/id327630330?mt=8

Move files from your PC/Mac to your iPad 

  1. Add files or folders into your PC/Mac Dropbox folder. You will then see them added to your Dropbox app on your iPad.
  2. Tap the file to open it in Dropbox.
  3. Tap the Send icon in the toolbar to choose an application that can open the file, e.g. select ‘open in Pages’ to open a Word file. Dropbox will transfer and convert the file to Pages.
  4. Further information can be found at: http://www.dropbox.com/help

Move files from your iPad to your PC/Mac 

  1. Save/upload/’Open in’ the document to DropBox via the selected DropBox friendly App, e.g. PDF expert
  2. Open your DropBox account on your PC/Mac and you will find the document has synced between your PC/Mac and your iPad.
  3. Further information can be found at: http://www.dropbox.com/help

Add files using the website

1.     Log in to the Dropbox website. http://www.dropbox.com/ (Top right)

2.     Using the interactive file browser, click the Upload button. A window will appear.

3.     Click the Choose Files button and then select the files on your computer that you'd like to add to your Dropbox.

4.     Choose as many files as you like, and then click the Start Upload button.

The window will disappear, your files will start uploading, and you'll be shown a progress indicator.

Downloading files using the website

  1. Log in to the Dropbox website. http://www.dropbox.com/ (Top right)
  2. Click through the folders until you reach the document you want to download.
  3. Click on the file, which will then download the file onto your PC/Mac

Printing

  1. From your iPad, save/upload/”open in’ the document to DropBox via the selected DropBox friendly App, e.g. PDF expert.
  2. Open your DropBox account on your PC/Mac
  3. Find the document on your PC/Mac that you added to the iPad DropBox app.
  4. Open the document and select print from within the PC/Mac program that was used to open the document.
  5. Further information can be found at: http://www.dropbox.com/help