Downloading Files to iPad via Wireless Internet Connection
Using the Safari app on your iPad, load a web page that contains a link to a file you wish to download. Touch the link for the file to download it (detailed instructions for each file type are provided below). You can't download a file to iPad unless you have an app installed that can handle the file type. If you try to download a file without a supporting app installed, Safari will display this message:
Listed below are some apps that can handle various file types:
.pdf (Adobe PDF) - iBooks, GoodReader
.doc & .docx (MS Word) - Pages, GoodReader
.epub (eBook) - iBooks
.ppt & .pptx (MS PowerPoint) - Keynote, GoodReader
.mp3 (audio) -we have not discovered a method to download MP3 audio using the Safari web browser app. However, it is possible to download MP3 audio using the browser incorporated into the GoodReader app.
.m4v (video) -GoodReader (the built-in Video app also plays .m4v video, but you can't download via wireless using this as the associated app, you must use iTunes on your computer to copy .m4v files to the iPad if you want to use the Video app for playback)
Downloading PDF files directly to the iPad - Blackboard example
1. Open a PDF document in the iPad using a link in your JCU Blackboard course.
2. Touch and hold the link that appears.
3. The image below depicts a PDF file loaded in a new tab. Note the two buttons near the upper right: 'Open in "iBooks" ' and 'Open in...' If the buttons are not visible on your screen, then tap the screen in the middle and they should appear for a few seconds. In our example we want to "Open" (i.e. download) the PDF with GoodReader, not iBooks. Therefore, touch the button labeled "Open in..."
4. In the dialog, touch GoodReader. Now the PDF document will open in the GoodReader app. In addition, the file is also automatically saved to the iPad, associated with the GoodReader app.
Downloading PDF files directly to the iPad - web page other than Blackboard
1. Touch a link for a PDF file on the links web page
2. The PDF file will load into the Safari browser as illustrated below
3. If you have GoodReader and iBooks apps installed, you should have two buttons for downloading the document: Open in GoodReader and Open in... If the Open in Good Reader button is not displayed, then touch the center of the iPad screen and it should display for a few seconds.
4. If you select the Open in.. button, the iPad will display a menu of all apps that can display the PDF document. If you select iBooks in the menu, the PDF file will download and install to the bookshelf of iBooks. We recommend that you do not save PDF files using iBooks because there is no way to back up PDF files associated with iBooks. It is better to "open" PDFs with GoodReader.
Downloading .doc (Word) files directly to the iPad
1. Touch a link for a Word file on the links web page
2. The Word file will load into the Safari browser as illustrated below
3. Your options for saving to the iPad will depend on the apps you have installed. The illustration below is from an iPad that has Pages and GoodReader installed. Touch the Open in Pages button to download the Word file associated with Pages. If the Open in Pages button is not displayed, then touch the center of the iPad screen and it should display for a few seconds.
4. If you have GoodReader and Pages apps installed, you will have two buttons for downloading the document: Open in Pages and Open in... - you could download to GoodReader using the Open in.. button, but we recommend downloading associated with Pages, which allows you to edit the document if you wish.
Downloading .epub eBook files directly to the iPad
1. Touch the desired .epub file link on the links web page
2. If the dialog illustrated below appears - touch Open in New Tab
3. One of the dialogs illustrated below should appear if you have iBooks installed on the iPad - touch Open in "iBooks"
4. eBook will now download and open in iBooks - a copy of the eBook is saved to the bookshelf of iBooks and you may read it later, even when offline
Please note, if you try to use GoodReader to open an .epub file, using the Open in.. button, the file will download to the iPad, associated with GoodReader. However, GoodReader can't open .epub files. Therefore, use the Open in "iBooks" button.
Downloading video files directly to the iPad
1. Touch the link for a video on the links web page
2. If you have the GoodReader app installed, the dialog illustrated below will appear. Touch the Open in "GoodReader" button to download the video to the iPad and use GoodReader to play the video (there may also be an Open in... button in the dialog, don't select it).
Please note that the built-in Video app for iPad does not support direct download of videos to the iPad via wireless connection to the Internet. If you want the video to be associated with the Video app on the iPad, you must first download the video to your computer, add it to the iTunes Library, and then use iTunes to copy the video to the iPad.
Downloading PowerPoint files directly to the iPad
1. Touch a link for a PowerPoint file on the links web page
2. The PowerPoint file will load into the Safari browser as illustrated below
3. Touch the Open in Keynote button (see illustration below) - file will download to the iPad and can be opened offline later using Keynote. If the Open in Keynote button is not displayed, then touch the center of the iPad screen and it should display for a few seconds.
Please note, if you also have GoodReader installed, you can use the Open in... button to download PowerPoint files. However, you can't edit these files using GoodReader. One useful feature of Keynote is that you can edit the slides by adding presenter notes. Use presenter notes to add class notes directly to the files. We recommend that you download PowerPoint files using the Open in Keynote button IF you have the Keynote app installed (depending on your course, the iPad issued to you by JCU may or may not have Keynote installed).