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3 TidBits iPad Books

pics1103iPadSuperguideMacWorld iPad Superguide
by Jason Snell and the editors of Macworld magazine
147 pages … $10
ISBN: 978-0-9846 158-1

Brief description: "Inside Macworld iPad Superguide, you’ll find a complete rundown of the best ways you can use your iPad to communicate, be productive, and enjoy multimedia. First activate your iPad and fill it with your favorite music, movies, television shows, podcasts, apps, and files using iTunes. This book will show you how to convert media for easy iPad consumption; master multitouch gestures and tweak system settings; keep your Home screens organized with folders and multitasking; and conquer the secrets of its virtual keyboard. If you run into any issues while using your device, this book also contains invaluable troubleshooting advice, including how to protect your iPad from would-be intruders."

Excerpt: Quicker Punctuation: Everybody appreciates grammatical correctness, including the proper use of punctua- tion marks, but the iPad keyboard can make it a pain to switch to punctuation mode and then back to letters. When you reach the end of a sentence, just tap the spacebar twice, and your device will automatically insert a period for you. (You can turn this behavior on by visiting the Settings ▶ General ▶ Keyboard screen and enabling the “.” Shortcut option). The Auto-Capitalization option will also automatically trigger the shift key for the first letter you type after a period. If you quickly swipe upward on the comma key, it will automatically type an apostrophe. Tap and hold the comma key and you get your choice of an apostrophe, an inverted exclamation point, or a semicolon.


pics1103iPadBasicsTake Control of iPad Basics
by Tonya Engst
137 pages … $10
ISBN: 978-1-61542-051-3

Brief Description: "This Take Control of iPad Basics ebook first looks at how to buy an iPad and related accessories. After that, I’ve organized it so if you read from start to finish with a new iPad in hand, by the end of the ebook, your iPad will be set up, you’ll be comfortable with its basic features, and you’ll be ready to give a whiz-bang demo of it to anyone who asks. However, you should feel free to jump in and start reading anywhere—just click a link below to get started.

However, if you’d prefer to start with a visual introduction to the buttons and ports on your iPad, see Find Buttons and Ports. And, if you want to learn about the iPad through the lens of what’snew in iOS 4, read What’s New in iOS 4."

Excerpt: Combining Gestures: The finger actions that I just described sometimes combine into fluid motions. For example, when you’re using the onscreen keyboard (in the Spotlight screen, or in Apple’s Notes app, or elsewhere), try this:
1. Touch the N key. A popover strip appears, showing variants (Figure 14).
Figure 14: Touching and sliding combine into a fluid gesture for typing alternate characters.
2. Keep your finger down and slide it to the ñ. The ñ box turns blue.
3. Lift your finger. The iPad types an ñ.

You can use the same technique with other characters to type other accented letters.

The latest 2011 book is:

pics1103WorkingwithyouriPadTake Control of Working with Your iPad Second Edition Covers iOS4
by Joe Kisell and edited by Tonya Engst
133 pages … $15
ISBN: 978-1-61542-098-8

Brief Description: "This book shows you how to use your iPad for a variety of work related activities, such as managing calendars and contacts, using email, browsing the Web, creating and editing documents, and giving presentations. Take Control of Working with Your iPad, Second Edition helps you understand how to think about your iPad and encourages you to explore options beyond those Apple provides.

Excerpt: Keyboard settings: To adjust keyboard behavior, go to Settings > General > Keyboard.

You can adjust the following:

◊ Auto-Capitalization: Enable this setting if you want the iPad to capitalize the first word of each sentence, and the first character in certain fields, such as ones asking for your name. You can tell the iPad is using this mode if the Shift key symbols are outlined in blue when the keyboard first appears in a context where you would type a new sentence; you can tap a blue- outlined Shift key to turn off the proposed capitalization.

◊ International Keyboards: To type in more than one lan- guage, tap International Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > Keyboard Name; repeat as needed. After adding one or more international keyboards, a new International key appears to the left of the Space bar; tap this to cycle through your keyboard layouts.

TakeControlbadgeFor more information or to buy these books go to http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/

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