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Side by Side (with Dropbox support)

By Guoqiang Lei

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"The possibilities are endless here... How handy and convenient is that!" --

"It is so simple yet awesome! I love how easy it is to open up more windows and adjust the size of each. I could see myself using this a ton!" --


The best multitasking app for high productivity people. Now with Dropbox support.


Side by Side is a multiple-window reader/browser with offline reading and note taking capabilities. It turns the iPad into multiple resizable reading devices working in parallel.

You can browse webpages, download files, read documents, or take notes on each split screen.

When reading something on the iPad, e.g. a webpage or a PDF document, you might often need some handy tools on the side, e.g. a dictionary, a notepad, your email inbox, your facebook updates, an IM tool to chat with your friends, or a youtube video with your favorite background music. This app provides you plenty of possible ways to organize your beautiful iPad screen.

There are a lot more you can do with Side by Side. You can open a web-based game side by side and play together with your friend. You can also open two similar documents side by side to read and compare.

The start page in the bookmark list provides links to lots of interesting websites (e.g. games, tools) that nicely fit the split touch screen. It is frequently updated.

When you want to focus on one side, you still can cover the full iPad screen with one of the panels.

* Web browsing
* Note taking
* File downloading
* File viewing (HTML, images, PDF, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc)
* Notes sharing via email
* Adding bookmarks for webpages
* Adding bookmarks in files (since V1.1)
* File sharing via email or between apps (since V1.1)
* Search notes, bookmarks and filenames (since V1.1)
* Reformat webpages into a text only page (since V1.1)
* One tap file/webpage downloading mode (since V1.2)
* Add star to favorite files (since V1.2)
* A special technology to display many websites in the best way to fit the smaller windows (since V1.2.2)
* Touch gestures for changing layout and swapping windows (since V2.0)
* Sync files and notes through Dropbox (since V3.0)
* Extract pictures from webpages (since V3.0)
* Capture screen shot for a window (since V3.1)

What's New in Version 3.3

Fixed the bug that youtube can't be opened in a browser window.

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Customer Reviews

Not easily workable for lite users

This is an awfully difficult app to understand. There is no button to allow you to open an app on iPad. I tried to open notability, or others, and couldn't figure it out. I own and use three different types of tablets, so I'm tech savvy. Nice for taking notes, or getting info from a web browser, but for actual productivity, I don't see it. If I want to open a book I'm reading in PDF expert app, and also take notes or copy and paste, there does not seem to be a way to do that. When I tried to email the developer just now it said his site is frozen, and unless I was the developer do not try to use this to contact them. So there are obvious problems, here and with the pro. So this is a great concept, but follow thru and implementation is awful......note others reviews!


In the next update, please allow the user to open a video file from another app to this app. I have pdf files in GoodReader and I use the "open in" feature to open the pdf in this app all the time. Then I use the side by side feature to take notes from the pdf. I use your app a lot for school.

It would be nice if I can open a video file from another app into this app, and use the other half of the screen to surf the web. There are not a lot of browser that have this feature. If you implement it, then it would be a great selling point. Please consider my request.

Finally, multiwindows!

Guys, this is a multiwindow program FOR FREE finally for the iPad. This is huge. While the interface is slightly tacky and could be more sleek, I am not complaining. I can open up a set of powerpoints and notes side by side or browse windows together. Does what I need it to!
PRO TIP - If you're looking to use Microsoft Office while using this app, try looking up Microsoft Office Online! It provides basic Office options while using an internet browser.

Suggestions - I would LOVE to see an option to hide the taskbars at the top. maybe a double tap to hide and double tap to restore?

Side by Side (with Dropbox support)
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  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.3
  • Size: 2.9 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller:
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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