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SugarSync brings your cloud documents closer to iPad

If you’re already on cloud nine with SugarSync’s document syncing and collaboration services, prepare to see if you can float any higher. The company just announced new document-editing abilities for its iPad client that make the app even more capable.

Thanks to iPhone OS 3.2’s Document Sharing features, the SugarSync 1.7 update can now open supported documents in external apps like Pages and Numbers. Users are no longer limited to just viewing documents and workgroups and small-to-medium businesses can get a lot more productivity out of their SugarSync accounts and iPads.

One drawback of iPhone OS sandboxing, however, is that files opened from SugarSync in another app cannot easily be saved back to SugarSync, and thus uploaded once again to the cloud. As a workaround for now, users will need to take advantage of SugarSync’s Upload by E-mail feature to send edited files back up to one’s account.

“This is only our first step in our efforts to make your experience entirely seamless, for all of your files to effortlessly sync in the background as you work, no matter what device you’re using,” said Laura Yecies, CEO of Sugar Sync. “We’ll continue to work with Apple to make this vision a reality.”

SugarSync for iPad remains free. A 30-day trial of SugarSync’s service is also free, with prices starting at $5 per month (or $50 per year) for 30GB of syncable storage.

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