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iPad access to server share

Tore Jacobsen
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Have an domain with a fileserver.
External users working on iPads need access, to upload pictures and edit excel docs.
Thouhgt of using DattoDrive (like dropbox), to seet up sync. works great on pc's and android phones, for booth needs.

But on iPads, they can upload pictures, but when opening excel docs, it only previews, and don't open in excel.

Tried using Onedrive for Business, which works for doc's but no upload of pictures..

It needs to be simple, take pic and click upload, choose forlder - save.
Open excel doc, edit and click save.

Any suggestion?
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Hi Tore,

FileBrowser-Computers+Cloud is an app I used with great success when I worked at a large private school. In short, the teachers and faculty loved the ability to sync up their DropBox, OneDrive, and other cloud storage accounts, and then move their documents onto the NAS (using just the iPad).

Lastly, the only thing that FileBrowser isn't going to do is edit the documents within the app. However, you can download MS Office for iPad: Excel, Word, or PowerPoint, or Apple's iWork (MS Office equivalent) apps: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to edit the documents and then save them to cloud services. By doing this, your users will be able to peruse any of the files on your file server(s) with FileBrowser, open and edit the documents with MS Office or iWork, then save the edited documents to your NAS or their cloud storage services.

I hope this helps. Take care.
Tore JacobsenSystem adminstrator


Hi and thanx for the suggestion.
On of the main goal is that they work on one shared forlder. Not individual ones.

it's how iOS is designed. If you choose Apple, you have to adhere to their rules. In this case, no app has interactions with each other, so one app is for the cloud synching, and one is to access file server, and one for editing. For each function, find the best app you like. But don't expect one app to do it all for you. If you want full freedom, go for Android.
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010


If you want to share Excel document, you need to use OneDrive.

If you want to share photos, you need to use iCloud.

If you want a all in one solution, you need to install a third party cloud manager app like the one below.

But, in doing so, you need to turn on two step authentication of your OneDrive and iCloud accounts and create app specific passwords for your accounts.

Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

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