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austino
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iOS Mellel and Dropbox?

Post by austino » Mon May 01, 2017 5:22 pm

Hello,

Has anyone gotten the iOS version of Mellel to work with dropbox? I have the dropbox app installed on my IPad, but when I open Mellel and click on the "new document" icon, I don't have any option to download from Dropbox, even though the manual seems to imply that I should. Instead, I just have options fro "new document" and "icloud drive."

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Re: iOS Mellel and Dropbox?

Post by kjmatthews » Thu May 18, 2017 4:11 pm

No, Mellel for iOS doesn't integrate with Dropbox. Precisely why was explained to me a while back during the beta period, thus:
For some unfathomed reason Dropbox (and apparently google drive) do not provide a full storage provider service to other apps. (The same odd behaviour is exhibited with Pages and other apps too). […] I was able to make it work with Box. I'm guessing both google drive and DropBox will provide this eventually.
I don't know why Dropbox is an option for nearly every other similar 3rd-party app, but not Mellel. But there you go.

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Re: iOS Mellel and Dropbox?

Post by macsailor » Sun May 21, 2017 1:58 pm

As far as I can tell, Mellel for iOS should work with Dropbox. I do not have an iPad so I can not try to see if this is the case or not. According to the information at the iTunes website, you should be able to both save and open your documents to and from Dropbox:

iCloud: Turn on iCloud to make your documents automatically available on your Mac:
• Save your documents to iCloud Drive, DropBox, Box, etc. from your iPad or your Mac...
• ... And easily open them from iCloud Drive, DropBox, Box, etc. on your Mac or your iPad
• Save files as PDF from Mellel for iPad
• Send your documents via eMail anywhere
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Re: iOS Mellel and Dropbox?

Post by vinesy » Tue May 23, 2017 11:59 pm

AFAIK Dropbox has not implemented the iOS "Document Provider" API, so you can't open, edit, save in apps direct from dropbox in iOS apps (eg. iOS Pages is in the same situation). This is discussed in Dropbox forum: https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/API-sup ... /m-p/86761 . This means you can only "round trip" e.g. export from dropbox, edit in Mellel and then export a copy back to dropbox .

There is a separate Dropbox API that apps can implement to get direct editing functionality (I think MS Word iOS does this).

So, I think this means Mellel has to include code which deals with the Dropbox API for easy open-edit-save from Dropbox.

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Re: iOS Mellel and Dropbox?

Post by kjmatthews » Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:14 pm

vinesy wrote:There is a separate Dropbox API that apps can implement to get direct editing functionality (I think MS Word iOS does this).

So, I think this means Mellel has to include code which deals with the Dropbox API for easy open-edit-save from Dropbox.
Given how many text-editing apps apparently include this code, I'm certain that the Redlers are up to the task!

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Re: iOS Mellel and Dropbox?

Post by pepe » Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:44 pm

This is really a major problem for people who did not buy Mellel through the apple store. The cloud saving does not work with the desktop app, and there is no integration with Dropbox, so you have to use clunky workarounds to work with your docs and sync them. This should be improved or makes things much less useful.

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Re: iOS Mellel and Dropbox?

Post by macsailor » Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:49 pm

pepe wrote:This is really a major problem for people who did not buy Mellel through the apple store. The cloud saving does not work with the desktop app, and there is no integration with Dropbox, so you have to use clunky workarounds to work with your docs and sync them. This should be improved or makes things much less useful.

Please...
You could save your documents manually »Save As…» and chose the iCloud as the place where you want the document to be saved. After that every time you save this specific document, it will be saved to the iCloud folder.
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Re: iOS Mellel and Dropbox?

Post by pepe » Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:13 pm

yes, but when you have hundreds of documents, it is a pain.

Actually you can manually move your documents from the hard drive to a Mellel iCloud folder, and that seems to work. Nor sure yet about the syncing.

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