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Take Control of Working with Your iPad

pics1103WorkingwithyouriPadTake Control of Working with Your iPad
Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: TIDBITS Publishing Inc.
133 pages … $10.00
ISBN: 978-1-61542-098-8
Second Edition Covers iOS 4

 

I really liked Take Control of Working with Your iPad. It is a different book because it starts with things you want to do, like taking notes, and compares ways you can do them. For example with an iPad you can take notes by writing, by typing, or by recording audio, and sometimes using different combinations of these methods simultaneously. The book also lists some of the programs available to do these things, but it does not rank them for you.

But, I like it even more because it brought to mind some basic differences between iOS programs and Mac OS X programs.

In Take Control of Working with Your iPad Joe Kissell advises users to:

Adopt the right mindset,
Don’t think of the iPad as a computer,
Adopt the pioneering spirit,
Expect change, and
Take it with you everywhere.

I believe taking this approach this approach is essential because iOS on the iPad is a tremendous change from almost 30 years of Apple design philosophy and development.

I remember when years ago Apple created AppleWorks, and the first integrated program built on the principal that once you learned how to do something in one use of the program, say word processing, you knew how to do the same thing everywhere. Drag and drop simplicity. Apple provided pieces of programs that did things in the best way as carefully determined by Apple, and programmers built applications using those pieces.

Joe Kissell Points out that there is no universal drag and drop in iOS on the iPad.

He tells us that, at this moment, the iPad has no centralized file storage that all apps can access freely. Instead, “Each app keeps its data in a virtual sandbox that other apps can’t see or touch.” If you want to modify one document in three different applications you must move that file into and out of each application in turn. Each application determines, from a number of different ways, how you move a file into and out of the application.

Take Control of Working with Your iPad describes a newer iOS feature called Document Support which lets one app send documents of certain types directly to another. “For example, if a PDF file is in Mail’s sandbox (as an attachment to a message) but you want to read it in GoodReader, you can tap a couple of buttons to send the file directly to GoodReader. To a certain extent, Document Support lets you work around the fact that apps can’t access any shared centralized storage space, and it’s certainly way easier than using iTunes as a go-between.”

“Although Document Support is part of the operating system, each app developer must enable it separately. As a result, not all apps use this feature, but many do, and the number is rapidly growing.”

Some apps implement Document Support for sending files, some for receiving files, and some for both sending and receiving files, and other apps use one of the other methods including using iTunes to send and/or receive files. To compare iOS apps you need to look at how they do what they do, and not just their list of features.

Take Control of Working with Your iPad covers:

Mastering the basics , like typing on the Virtual Keyboard,
Managing your contacts, and calendars,
Taking notes (keying, recording, writing),
Sending and receiving email,
Using instant messaging,
Browsing the web,
Using maps,
Transferring and viewing documents,
Working with text, and text layout, spreadsheets, presentations and iWork,
And Printing from your iPad.

I liked his giving us his personal opinions based upon is experience with working the applications on his iPad.

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