Looking around the Apple section of Microcenter, I overheard a conversation someone was having with a sales person about buying an iPad. Apparently the customer has concerned about the "Great American Novel" he was writing and whether the iPad could handle it. The sales associate suggested converting the novel to RTF (Rich Text Format, an older file format for Microsoft Word) then using the RTF with Apple's word processing app, Pages. This isn't a bad solution, but a couple of thing occurred to me. One--why switch to RTF? Pages will import Word files direct and skipping the unnecessary conversion may well preserve graphics and table information that would otherwise be lost. On the other hand--why assume the laptop goes away? It's probably paid for and getting rid of it isn't going to get you much. Why not continue to use it at home and use the iPad when you are mobile. Since the author didn't seem to mind switch to RTF (I'm guessing the novel doesn't contain much graphics--most don't), it makes sense having the project readily available to both machines. You just need to use Dropbox so the RTFs are accessible, and an iPad app that supports editing RTF documents... an app like Textilus from knowtilus. This way you don't lose any functionality, and gain the ability to work on the novel when inspiration strikes.
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Updated on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 9:20PM by James Chi
This site has a fair amount of information on printing photos from your iPad, but the most cost effective way is still sending them out to a photo lad. At less than 10 cents a print it can be an eighth the cost of printing them yourself. The only tricky part is sending the photos and actually putting in the order. You can save the most money by having the prints mailed to you, but if time is an issue you can pick them up at a local retailer (Walgreens, Walmart, etc). As always the article gives you various options and instructions...
A good library of clip art, is one of the first tools a graphic designer picks up. Useful in presentations or the start point for more customized designs, the use of existing clip art is valuable on the iPad. Here is how to get your art ready for the iPad.
Music players, audio recorders, GPS units, scanners, ebook readers, cameras of all sorts, even robots... gadgets of all sorts use SD cards to store data. A working SD Card reader for iOS brings the power of these great gadget to the iPad and iPhone. The following devices allow you to read and write to SD cards without jail-breaking your iPad.
If you are looking for a cheap solution for scanning photos and documents into your iPad. Here is a solution which will cost you from free to $50 for a nice home network setup. Most multifunction printer manufactures have apps in the App Store to support the iPhone and iPad with their latest models, but many of their older models will also work. We'll use this fact to get a cheap scanner on the iPad.
Updated on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 5:35PM by James Chi
Last month's article on adding clip art to a Keynote presentation on the iPad, made me wonder what other media can be used. Can you add audio and video? The answer is yes you can, and this article will show you how you go about it on the iPad... and bonus it works with the iPhone as well.
Apple's Pages app is probably the closest thing to a traditional word processing application in iOS. It mixes text creation with page layout so you can easily create most types of documents most people will want to make. However need a org chart, a floor plan, how about a gant chart... there will be a point where you need to add custom drawings, charts, logos, and art to your documents. Here is how you do it.