Get it to Your iPad with Instashare

InstashareIf you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I use my iPad to read scripts. The printer sits quietly while I type. I’m sure it wonders (yes, I gave my printer human qualities, thank you very much!) if I’ll ever touch it again. I’m sure it’s jealous of my iPad.

To get scripts to my iPad, I was using one of the popular cloud-based file share services. A few weeks ago, my computer would not connect to the service and I had a stack of scripts I needed to get to my iPad NOW! My printer saw this as the perfect opportunity to remind me that printing was a push of the print button away. Not to be persuaded, I switched to another file share service and finally got the scripts to my iPad. Work proceeded.

This little scenario got me wondering if there was something I could use that wasn’t Internet dependent. A piece of software that I could install on my Mac and iPad, to quickly copy files using my WiFi connection. I thought about it a lot and within a few days, BLAM!, the piece of software I was thinking about became available. If I didn’t know it takes months for applications to be developed, I would have thought the programers wrote the software after a Vulcan Mind Meld with me. And, they’re probably not Vulcan anyway.

The software is Instashare, developed by Lukas Foldyna and Martin Karasek, the team of developers who make up TwoManShow.

Instashare from TwoManShow on Vimeo.

Lukas and Martin have made installation and configuration amazingly easy and quick. First take a trip to the App Store and download the Instashare App to your iPad. Next, point your browser to and download the Mac version to you computer. While the Mac version is BETA, I’ve found it to be trouble free and plays well with the other applications on my Mac.

After installation, launch Instashare on your iPad then the app on your Mac. Using your WiFi network, both machines will look for each other. On your Mac, you’ll see in the drop window that your iPad is displayed as a destination for any files you want to copy. Your iPad shows your Mac as a destination. Copying files goes both ways. On your Mac, drag and drop a file to the drop window. Your iPad displays an alert requesting that you approve the transfer. Tap approve and the file is copied. Simple, right?

You can open copied files directly in Instashare or tap the ‘Open in’ button and you’re presented with installed apps that can open the file. When you’re done with the file, delete by tapping “Edit”, tap the red circle with a line in its center, then tap delete. Since you were working with a copy on your iPad, the original is safe on you Mac.

If you’re not a user of Apple hardware, the Instashare website indicates that Windows and Android versions are coming soon.

I’m sure I’ll still have some use for the file share service. But since I started using Instashare, I haven’t had the need. The icon for the service sits in my menubar waiting to be clicked, promising me that it’ll behave. It’s in good company though, my printer anticipates my return as well.

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5 thoughts on “Get it to Your iPad with Instashare

  1. Judy fossum March 6, 2013 / 6:27 am

    You’ve got some great information, thanks so much for sharing.

    I use my iPad for scripts as well, but the app I have only accepts pdf files, but does allow for marking up the script (highlighting in various colors, underlining, blacking out words, etc.). It works great, but I am looking for something that will make things even more streamlined.

    Does Instashare work with Word docs and other formats? Can you mark up scripts in Instashare or does that require another app?

    Thanks so much,
    Judy Fossum


    • JCDunn March 6, 2013 / 9:38 am

      Hi Judy – The idea behind Instashare is easy file transfer from computer to iPad without using a cloud-based service. While Instashare will let you read documents it does not allow editing. However, you can open up files that you copy to your iPad with apps that support the document type.

      Hope this helps.


  2. Daniel Dorse March 6, 2013 / 6:53 am

    It occasionally has its own issues, but I’ve always just e-mailed scripts to myself, from PC to iPad. By the way, I really appreciate the useful stuff you share, & the new headshot is a vast improvement.


    • JCDunn March 6, 2013 / 9:46 am

      Hey Daniel- I used the e-mail method when I first started using my iPad for scripts. I thought it was the best way to go at the time. Somebody turned me on to using a file share service and I moved away form sending via e-mail. Now, I’m using Instashare. So far I really like its ease of use an lack of cloud dependence.

      It makes me smile when I read that somebody appreciates what I’ve written. 🙂 Thanks!


    • Judy Fossum March 6, 2013 / 9:55 am

      Daniel, I’ve used the email method as well and it has worked, but I’m thinking there is a better, more efficient way to transfer scripts as well.

      Thanks JC, I think Instashare is at least a good thing to look into. It sounds ease enough and I should be able to save some time going the non-email route. You have some awesome stuff to share. I appreciate it as well.


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