Flash, Silverlight and Word on your iPad with Nexus.

Update: Nexus Installfree has recently been acquired by Watchdox and the service has been taken offline. They will be integrated in Watchdox’s file sharing and collaborating services. This will become available again in 2013. 

* update 10-04-2012: you can now also log in with Google and Skydrive.

 

One of the questions I am asked the most by schools who are looking to employ the iPad is, “is the not having flash an issue”.

My standard answer is, “no.” After having used the iPad at school for over a year, I have only had a handful of moments where I’ve missed it.

I’ve missed it because our school website’s main web page uses flash. It’s just slightly ironic that an iPad school can’t fully see the main page of it’s website. Unfortunately this is beyond my control. I’ve missed it when I wanted to use the full Magister suite (our student information tracking system) rather than the simplified Maestro app. Finally, I’ve missed it when I wanted to show certain videos in class, but then I’ve always had a laptop as a backup.

Granted I am a language teacher and from my understanding Flash, Java, and Silverlight are mostly used for the Beta subjects.

So if you really cannot do without. There is a solution called Nexus. Setting this up only takes 30 seconds.

Go to http://nexus.installfree.com

Log in with Dropbox* and fill in your dropbox username and password.

You will then be in Nexus.

Nexus comes with a 60 day trial of the Microsoft Office Suite. Which works suprisingly well. Though it does have tap rules to get the hang off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So now let’s visit some Flash and Silverlight websites.

Tap on Storage at the bottom of your screen. You are now in your Dropbox account.

Tap on the + sign at the top and then tap on “new url”

Give you chosen website a name, and type in the url. You will now see this url in your dropbox.

Tap on it it and voila. Your Flash/Silverlight enabled website is loading on your iPad.

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So how big of a problem is not having Flash or Silverlight for you? And does this solve your problem?

* update 10-04-2012: you can now also log in with Google and Skydrive.

 

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2 comments on “Flash, Silverlight and Word on your iPad with Nexus.
  1. Hakan says:

    Nexus works quite good. Thanks!
    As an alternative you can also use the abyty browser, available via http://www.abyty.com
    In my opinion it’s a slightly better way, because you don’t have to login.

  2. btrav says:

    so what is the procedure now that Watchdox bought Nexus Install Free? I have a Silverlight 5 app i really need access to via IPad

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