How to view PDF files on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with DropBox

Drop­box really is an amaz­ing com­put­ing and file shar­ing applic­a­tion. I was ini­tially intro­duced to it when I needed to eas­ily share files with vari­ous com­puters across the inter­net — and email was not an option.

Recently my wife asked me for anoth­er solu­tion to view­ing PDF files on her iPod Touch. She’d been using this pro­cess where you load the image into Stanza on a Desktop, then share it with the Touch. It works, but takes too many steps. Is klunky, she said.

Drop­box basics

On your desktop com­puter, when you install Drop­box, it cre­ates a watched and shared Drop­box dir­ect­ory.  Any­thing put into this dir­ect­ory is shared with your online Drop­box account.

Any oth­er com­puter you install Drop­box on will imme­di­ately have access to your online Drop­box account, and have access to those files  you saved on the oth­er com­puter.

Drop­box has an app for that

For the iPhone and iPod Touch to access those files, you’ll need to install the free Drop­box app. Once you’ve set it up with your login cre­den­tials, viola! You have access to those same files you dropped into the shared dir­ect­ory on your desktop com­puter. Includ­ing media and doc­u­ment files.

Published by Brad Grier geek.hack