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I'm preparing to go on a week long business trip where I will need access to dozens of PDF files which I have on my work PC. I want to take them on my iPad so that I can read and review them during my trip but I have the following constraints:

  1. All my PDF files are on my work PC
  2. I cannot install iTunes on my work PC so I need a way to transfer them to my iPad using just the standard USB-to-iPad cable
  3. I don't mind paying for an app on my iPad
  4. I don't mind it if I have to read all the PDFs on an app on my iPad

I have tried searching for solutions but am not able to find one that checks all the above boxes.

The only solution I can think of are to email all the PDFs to myself and open them once so I can see them later (is this the only feasible solution?). I have lots of PDFs so this is a sub-optimal workaround at the moment...

Any pointers would be gratefully received.

Thank you very much!

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Why can't you use Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, or any number of services? All of the above support browser uploading. If this is a work iPad, and this is a business trip, talk to your company about getting the files on your iPad for you. –  Ramhound Oct 17 '13 at 20:09
Can you e-mail it to your iPad? Or use google Drive? –  Portland Runner Oct 17 '13 at 20:12

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1) If there's a Windows file server involved (often the case when it's business-related) you could put the files on the server & connect to it with the ipad via FTP, if currently running. Also, your ISP may provide you with FTP capability that you're not using.

2) You could use DropDAV, a Dropbox-access service that works better with the ipad. https://www.dropdav.com/

3) iCloud seems designed for the kind of file access you want, with files shared between PC and ipad. http://www.apple.com/support/icloud/getstarted/

4) Apps like FileExplorer Free seem intended to do just what you want, access files on a range of non-apple systems. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fileexplorer-free/id510282524?mt=8 or iExplorer - http://appshopper.com/productivity/iexplorer-hd

There are also apps specifically for accessing SMB shares, which would work for Windows servers & many others: Oplayer, Cloud Connect Pro, FileBrowser,Files Connect, NetPortal, etc.

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