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Capture content using CaptureToCloud for the iPad

Will Kelly takes a look at the CaptureToCloud iOS app, which lets you capture web content directly from your iPad.

I do a lot of web research, and a lot of it takes place on my iPad. However, I hadn't found a solid solution for using my iPad until I was introduced to CaptureToCloud. This free cloud service allows you to browse, share, and capture your entire CaptureToCloud library from any smartphone or tablet. They also offer paid subscription options.

The free CloudToCapure iOS app includes the following features:

  • Capture web pages while browsing the web from your iPad. Any content you capture from a mobile device is accessible using a PC or other device.
  • Use a CleanView option on-demand to save a clean version of the web page.
  • Create topical categories by content, which is especially useful for setting up research files by project.
  • Share content from your iPad or other mobile device whether you are online or offline with anyone (they don't have to be a CaptureToCloud user).
  • Full access to all of your CaptureToCloud content from your iOS device.

While the CaptureToCloud app runs on the iPhone, it's much easier to use on an iPad.

Get started

I suggest familiarizing yourself with CaptureToCloud and its features before using the iOS app.

To get started:

  1. Setup a free CaptureToCloud account
  2. Download the free CaptureToCloud app from the App Store
  3. CaptureToCloud gives you the option to login using your Google account or set up a new CaptureToCloud account
  4. After you tap Accept to accept the Terms of Service, the CaptureToCloud main screen will appear (Figure A)
Figure A

The CaptureToCloud main screen.

Capture a web page

Using CaptureToCloud on the iPad means opening the CaptureToCloud app instead of mobile Safari when you're reading web pages.

To capture content:

  1. Type the URL of the web page you want to capture into the browser field (Figure B shows a web page open in CaptureToCloud)
  2. Tap the Action button on the right side of the screen
  3. From the next menu, tap Capture Web Page, and the captured web page will appear in the Inbox
Figure B

A web page open in CaptureToCloud.

Any links in the page you capture are live when you access the content in the CaptureToCloud app.

View in Safari

You can also switch over to the Safari browser to view the content you want to capture.

To view a page in Safari:

  1. Tap the Action button
  2. When you tap View in Safari, the web page you're viewing in the CaptureToCloud app opens in Safari.

Upload a photo

If you capture photos, such as white board drawings or equipment racks, you can also capture photos using CaptureToCloud.

To upload a photo:

  1. Tap the Action button
  2. Tap Upload a Photo
  3. Tap Continue to confirm the dialog box
  4. Tap OK to let CaptureToCloud access your photos (your photos will now be accessible to CaptureToCloud)
  5. Tap your camera roll or other photo album to open it in the Choose a Photo dialog box (Figure C)
  6. Figure C

    Choose a Photo dialog box.
  7. Tap the photo(s) you want to upload to CaptureToCloud (a red check will appear on the lower right corner of the image)
  8. Tap Upload
  9. Type in a title for the photo
  10. Tap Upload This Photo
  11. Tap OK when the Image Saved dialog box appears

Create a new collection

Think of collections like file folders for your captured content by project for later review.

To create a new collection:

  1. Tap the Action button (on the left column of the screen)
  2. Tap Create a New Collection (the Name the new collection dialog box will appear similar to Figure D)
  3. Figure D

    Enter the name of your new collection.
  4. Type a name for the new collection in the Name the new collection dialog box
  5. Tap OK, and the new collection will appear in the left column

Manage your CaptureToCloud inbox

Tap Inbox to open your CaptureToCloud inbox. Next, tap the Action button on the right column. You'll notice some additional options for managing your CaptureToCloud inbox:

  • Tap Share to share the captured content with another user via email
  • Tap Move to move the captured content into a collection
  • Tap Copy to copy the captured content into a collection
  • Tap Delete to delete the captured content from the inbox

CaptureToCloud from the iPad

The combination of CaptureToCloud and the iPad can free you up to capture online research without resorting to a PC. If you do a lot of online research, and you want to use your iPad more, I recommend checking out CaptureToCloud and their CaptureToCloud iOS app.

About

Will Kelly is a freelance technical writer and analyst currently focusing on enterprise mobility, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and the consumerization of IT. He has also written about cloud computing, Big Data, virtualization, project management ap...

9 comments
dave
dave

I guess there's always room for yet another offering to choose from, but Evernote Web Clipper has been doing this for years with Firefox and Chrome extensions. They've got like 50 million users, and a muuuuch deeper feature set (like OCR and index all images automatically, translate audio, and a whole ecosystem of partners adding value) so they have it figured out pretty well. And now with the AlwaysOnPC app you can use Chrome with Evernote Web Clipper Extension directly from your iPad... I wish them luck, but capture-to-cloue feels like 'another (not necessarily better) mousetrap' (albeit with a name that contains the over-used buzzword of cloud in it...)

DeanWisc
DeanWisc

I don't use this on iPad, but use it on my PC to organize materials for a professional course I'm taking while working. I also use CapturetoCloud to pull together schedules, safety information, holiday hours and operating instructions for my work team. Everybody just logs in with their Google username to view everything. The team also leaves me questions in the conversation mode. We make food products so we always have a lot of new regulations and rules to keep up with.

AlessandroDo
AlessandroDo

Glad to see you writing about CapturetoCloud. I started using this product 3 months ago on my iPhone and PC (Chrome browser). So far, I've created one workspace to share product and industry info with my sales team (web pages, PPTs, Word docs) and I share one workspace with marketing (they own it and I view/share items). I also have a few workspaces for my personal interests - music research and family history (lots of web pages and images). I'm a user of Dropbox and GDrive too, but can't create visual workspaces to share in these services.

LDova
LDova

I use this app in my Firefox browser for school projects - getting web pages and then adding Docs and pictures. The other people on my team add their stuff to the workspace we create too. We use this mostly on PCs and the iPads our school gives us. This makes our project a lot easier to complete!

drewstod
drewstod

I'm glad to run across this. Capturing web pages is something I do quite often and the ability to do it using a cloud-based service and then be able to access what I've saved using any of my devices or a PC would be very useful for me. I'll be giving the service a try. Thanks for the very informative article, and especially the generous number of screen caps! :)

tdm1rpc
tdm1rpc

App looks very useful. I have content scattered across multiple devices in multiple forms, this looks like a good solution. It also eliminates the copy-paste hassle I usually do when I see useful info on the Internet.

abc123a
abc123a

While all this looks good, this application is a prime example of an application that does not value anyones privacy. There is no way to create an account without a Google ID and that just sucks. No matter what vendors say, 99.99999999999999999% cannot be trusted. For me, this application would be great but the privacy issue kills it.

nomar.nunez
nomar.nunez

Great write up Will. CaptureToCloud allows you to capture important web or file content across iOS, Android, and desktop platforms. The collaborative features on the desktop version includes a Facebook-style conversation, but it's private and you can post any of your content into the activity stream. Capturing, sharing, and collaborating on any content is awesome.

LindsayEB
LindsayEB

Hi there, We do care about the user's privacy. Google is dedicated to privacy, yet we understand your concerns. 300 million users already have a Google ID and by logging in with it, there is no need to create another username. We have no way to access your personal data or password, yet you still have integration with Google Drive. In the future, we'll implement the ability to create your own login and password. Thank you for trying out our app! We really appreciate it! Best regards, Lindsay @ CaptureToCloud