iPad Helpful Hints

Another iPad tidbit: Need a second monitor? Use your iPad!

If you ever found yourself in need of additional space on your desktop and didn’t want to buy a second monitor you can use your iPad to accomplish this goal.
A company named Avatron has developed an app called Air Display that will take your iPad and turn it into a secondary external monitor for your Mac or Windows PC.
The only function of the Air Display app is to create a second screen for you and it performs this task quite well. You need to have a small program running in order to use AirDisplay but once you have that installed, you’re good to go.
Setting up Air Display is pretty easy. After you get the app installed on your iPad you then install the client on your PC. Next run it and right click on the icon displayed in your system tray for Windows users or in the menu bar for OSX.
Now just go to the menu and select your iPad which should be listed there. Your screen will go blank and refresh and once it comes back on you will see your desktop on your iPad. From here you can simply use your mouse to drag a window over to the iPad and you are all set up with your second display.
Air Display’s performance is smooth and there isn’t any noticeable lag in response time. Once you launch the app it also connects to your computer very quickly so you won’t be sitting around waiting or configuring a lot of settings.
Air Display will cost you $9.99 which isn’t cheap as app’s go, however it’s a lot less expensive than purchasing a second monitor. Here’s a link to some additional information about this app.

How to easily manage all of your Apple devices  

Do you have an iPhone, iPod Touch and an iPad, or any combination of Apple iOS devices and curious about how to manage just what music, apps and videos get synced to which device? Apple has posted a handy tip on doing just that and it’s really easy.

Let’s say you want your podcasts only on your iPod touch, your games only on your iPad, and you’re getting things done stuff only on your iPhone? (Or any combination of music, TV shows, podcasts, apps, games — you get the idea.) It even works if you have a lot of devices, like individual iPod touches for all the kids. There’s no limit to the number you can sync, so here’s what you do:

  1. Plug your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into iTunes via the USB dock cable.
  2. Find it listed under Devices in the left sidebar and click on it.
  3. Go through the tabs on the top of the iTunes window and select the music, movies, apps, podcasts, etc. you want to sync. (Bonus tip: the big, colorful capacity gauge at the bottom keeps track of how much space you have left so you can’t add more than your device can handle.)
  4. Your selection can include none, all/automatic, or just the exact content you wish.
  5. Sync!
  6. Repeat with all your (or your family’s) devices.

iTunes will remember the individual settings for each of your iPhones, iPads and iPod touches and never confuse them so you get just the content you want on exactly the device you want. Every time you sync the content will get updated with whatever new media and apps you’ve purchased and selected and you can change your selections any time your device is plugged in via the tabs.

If you’re using iTunes to manage multiple devices let me know what tips you’ve come up with to make your life a little easier. And if you have any questions leave them in the comments 

Did you get a shiny new iPad for Christmas???

I DID, and I’ve been like a kid in a candy store ever sense.

You don’t need a lot of training to make your way around an iPad but perhaps I can share a few tips and tricks that can make you an iPad expert in no time.

As with almost every electronic gadget you buy today, you no longer get a “printed” manual. I remember back (just a few years ago…) when I bought my first Apple IIe computer and the manuals I got with it weighed almost as much as the computer itself. Those were the days.

In these modern times, you’re forced to download the manual from a website if you want any information at all on how to work/play with your new toy. Here’s the link to the current (as of 1/2011) iPad manual: http://support.apple.com/manuals

My “first” iPad add-on was a keyboard. I’m not really fond of typing on a virtual keyboard even though Apple’s is a good solution. I’m usually faster and much more accurate when actually pecking away at keys. The ZAGGmate with keyboard is also a case to protect the iPad. Perhaps a little pricy at $99.00 but it works great. I got mine at Best Buy or you can order one online here: http://www.zagg.com/accessories/zaggmate.php?gclid=COnO2LyLoaYCFVln5QodsB1Rnw

Now for a few tips:
Multitasking: A double-tap on the home button brings up the Multitasking Bar. This bar shows you all of your recently run apps. A single tap on any of them will switch you to that app – so this is a very fast way to switch between apps. From the Multitasking Bar you can also use basic controls for your iPod media player app, adjust the brightness on the iPad, and toggle the screen orientation on and off.

Take a Screenshot of What’s on Your iPad Screen:  Want to take a picture of what’s on your iPad screen?  To take a screenshot or screen grab, just hold down the Home button and Power button simultaneously for a quick second.  You’ll see the screen flash white for a moment.  The image will be saved to your Saved Photos album in the Photos app.

This is very cool: You can also create new images from existing pictures by using the screen capture method.  For instance, you might have a picture of a person, showing their whole body.  You can pinch to zoom in the Photos app on that image and zoom in on just their face.  When zoomed in, take a screenshot.  That screenshot will immediately be added to your Saved Photos album.

How to Close a Crashed App: If you have an app on the iPad that has crashed or has stopped responding, and will not close just by the normal method of pressing the Home button, here’s how to force it to close down.  Hold the Power Button for a few seconds until you see the Slide to Power Off bar – don’t slide on that, and don’t hit the Cancel button at the bottom of the screen – go and press and hold the Home button for a few seconds while those are showing and wait until you see the app go away and a drop back to the home screen.

If you’d like to stay up to date with how my team and I are using and working with iPads as well as some occasional tips and tricks, you’ll need to send me an email asking to be added to our iPad update list. You’ll also be able to enjoy our “user’s experience – both good and bad” as we muddle through integrating this device into our daily routines.

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