Take Control of Working with Your iPad
Publisher: TidBITS / Take Control Books
Final Release Date: June 2010

Want to get some real work done on your iPad? Joe Kissell helps you find and use the best productivity apps and techniques. Whether you'd like to run your office from an easy chair, take meeting notes on your iPad, or edit and create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more you while you're travelling light, Joe's real-world advice helps you adopt the right mindset and make the most of your iPad.

Special topics include non-obvious tips on how to use the iPad's virtual keyboard effectively, the best ways to transfer documents among apps and devices, how to print from the iPad, and other everyday hurdles that you'll need to surmount in order to work with ease from your iPad.

This is version 1.0 of Take Control of Working with Your iPad. We anticipate releasing a free version 1.0.1 soon to accommodate some minor post-publication changes related to significant updates to covered apps. Click the the Check for Updates button in your PDF to track the update's progress and to download it when available.

This book will teach you to:

Type right: You'll learn tips for maximizing typing speed on the onscreen keyboard and learn about using the the iPad Keyboard Dock and Bluetooth keyboard options.

Select, cut, copy, and paste: You may be able to issue these commands blindfolded with one hand tied behind your back on a regular computer, but learning their touchscreen variants may take you a moment. Joe explains what to do.

Transfer files among apps and devices: If you find transferring documents within iTunes to be limiting, take heart, because this ebook looks carefully at which apps can open documents from which other apps and from cloud/server-based systems, with details on Air Sharing, Dropbox, GoDocs, GoodReader, Memeo Connect, Office2HD, PrintCentral, Readdle, iDisk, and more. You'll also find insight into what's going on and what you can do about it.

Manage your contacts and calendars: Learn the basics of using the iPad's included Contacts and Calendar apps.

Take notes effectively at meetings and lectures: It's hard to take a shiny new iPad to a meeting unobtrusively, but assuming you can get past this fact, you'll learn a few pointers for using Apple's Notes app, and you'll find tips on great third-party apps that help you to take handwritten notes, record audio, and even use speech recognition.

Write and send email: You'll learn how to set up email accounts, view and reply to email, and adjust some settings in Mail to match your needs. (To go in-depth on the topic of email on the iPad, buy this ebook with one of the bundles at left, making sure to include Joe's Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPad touch.)

Create documents in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, and more: Joe helps you get started with using the apps in Apple's mobile iWork suite, and he explores a number of third-party alternatives that go beyond Apple's offerings in certain respects. Joe particularly looks at cross-application communication between your iPad, the "cloud," and a desktop computer.

And still more... Learn how to use instant messaging, browse the Web effectively (especially with apps that compliment or supplement Safari), map locations, and print, all in the context of maximizing productivity and getting your work done. A final section offers pointers to apps that cover more tasks, including drawing and painting, outlining and brainstorming, and databases.

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I'm always up for anything that promises to make my interaction with technology easier so this book seemed a no-brainer, as my Holy Grail since the iPad came out in April has been to be able to post to bookofjoe seamlessly from the device.Besides which I just know there are all sorts of things the iPad's capable of that I will never discover on my own.Sure enough, a number of those heretofore hidden secrets were unmasked in this slim (116 pages) book.Among the tips and facts:• Do not confuse the iPad with a computer. It is not a computer and wasn't intended to act as one. This will eliminate angst about not being able to do everything you can do with a computer.• Take it everywhere, even when you think there's no reason to do so because you won't be using it. You'll be surprised — and pleased — when you find out you were wrong.• You can save and send graphics from web pages with a single touch, something I had no idea of before reading it in this book.• There are all sorts of keyboard Easter eggs you that let you do things you can't do even with a full-fledged computer.Alas, I still can't post to bookofjoe from my iPad, through no fault of the device or this book: it's a TypePad thing.The book costs $10, which includes access to a blog featuring updates and extras.Full disclosure: the publisher (O'Reilly) emailed me and asked if I'd review one of their books; I said show me what's available.This one seemed appropriate for my TechnoDolt™ skill set; they then let me download it for free and I read and reviewed it.

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