iPad tip: Browser uploads with iCab Mobile

Getting files on and off an iPad is easy these days. Getting files from the iPad and onto a particular website on the other hand can be quite tricky. Perhaps you’re a student who has to hand in an assignment using the school’s website, perhaps you have to attach a file to a contact form, or perhaps you’re using a social website that still doesn’t have its own app. Many people think that you simply can’t do any of these things from an iPad, but as Apple so happily points out whenever they can, there really is an app for everything.

iCab Mobile is a $2 web browser that has a lot of extra features under the hood, ranging from FireFox Sync support to tie-ins with other apps and services. It also has a download function that works both for downloading files off of websites and acting as a file storage for any files you open in the app using iOS’ “open in…” feature. It can also grab files from basically anywhere if you use it with Dropbox. Once a file is “downloaded” in iCab Mobile, you can go to a website that has that traditional “Choose…” button to upload files and you will be able to choose from your downloads or your photo library and upload those files. It won’t work on all sites as many of them use fancy (read: annoying) Flash/Java/etc uploaders these days, so your mileage might vary. It works perfectly with the Classfronter system my school uses, which means that I can now hand in assignments using iCab Mobile.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.