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Documents 5 is a multifunctional application. It's a file viewer, media player and download manager, all wrapped up as a free iPad and iPhone application.

This second of a two part series explores some of the more advanced features of Documents 5.

With support for a wide range of file types such as PDF, iWork and Office files, Documents 5 is a central hub to manage and review your files, and so much more.

Full support is provided to allow you to access all of the most popular cloud services including iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box and more. You can set up two way sync and sync your most used folders and files to your iPad or iPhone. Or connect to your local Mac or PC and transfer files over Wifi.

In this final part, I take a look at using the built in browser to download files directly to Documents 5, the video and audio media player, annotating PDFs as well as using Documents 5 to transfer files to and from your PC and Mac.

The full tutorial covers:

  • Using The Browser
  • PDF Annotation
  • Transferring Files From/To Your Mac
  • Two Way Sync

Video Tutorial Comments

(4 comments posted)

Peter J Paul

My iMac running 10.9.3 does NOT show up automatically as an Available Device under the networks tab. I tried to add it a as a Windows SMB server but ran into a bug (I'm awaiting a response from Readdle). Any thoughts?

Ryan Scott

Hi Peter, as far as I know, as long as you have file sharing switched on, it should appear.

Mark Evans

Don mentioned that he would cover how he added his Macbook Pro as an Available Device in Part 1 of the Documents 5tutorial but he did not do this. How is this accomplished?


Hey Mark, There's not special action required. If on Mavericks and File Sharing is switched on it should just appear. Mavericks uses SMB2 for file sharing by default. If on earlier than Mavericks, you may need to switch on SMB sharing.

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