Since the iPad is not meant to do all the things we do with computers, I find myself now, when I encounter a task I cannot do on my iPad, wondering how I can make the iPad do it.
A good example : once a week I receive an e-mail with a document attached. I'd like that document to be in the GoodReader application on my iPad so it is available always, even if I am somewhere I do not have internet connectivity.
GoodReader brings in documents from Dropbox, so I wondered if Dropbox supported a way of e-mailing in a document. After all, Evernote allows you to e-mail it content so it is a reasonable feature to expect.
Alas, Dropbox does not have that feature.
In my course of my research, I came across a little PC application, MailDrop from Michael Warren.
MailDrop watches your Gmail account and watches any e-mails belonging to a Gmail Label "Dropbox". MailDrop then saves any attachments to your Dropbox account.
MailDrop is an app that runs on your PC. To use it you have to :
1. Add a folder called Dropbox to your Gmail
2. Install MailDrop to your PC, and give it your Gmail login name and password
3. Create a filter in Gmail so appropriate incoming e-mail end up with the Dropbox label
The filter I wrote simply takes any e-mails sent FROM my e-mail address, and TO my e-mail address and that has an attachment, and applies the Dropbox label.
When I receive the document in my Gmail, I just forward it to myself and it ends up in Gmail so I can then bring it into GoodReader. These last two steps that I do each week, I can do entirely on my iPad. The portion done on my PC is entirely automatic. I have MailDrop installed on a PC that never gets shut off.
That Gmail filter works with any e-mail I forward, not just the one I get each week. I could, now that I think of it, have a filter to automatically label that expected weekly e-mail.
MailDrop was written long before the iPad came out, but it can be applied to solve an iPad shortcoming nicely.