Taking a closer look at the new Apple iPad
Now that the iPad has been out for a while do you want to get more out of it? I ave put together another list of six of my iPad quick tips to reveal more of the iPad’s features.
iPad Not Charging?
No problem. After purchasing my iPad I ran into the iPad “Not Charging” issue with my 2007 Mac Pro. Apparently the iPad has some problems charging from the low-powered USB ports found on older desktops and some USB hubs. Resultng in the “Not Charging” message on the iPad when it‚Äôs connected. In many cases, the iPad does actually charge from these connectors, but only when the display is off‚Äîwhich means you can‚Äôt see the icon that tells you the iPad is charging. If you‚Äôre getting the ‚ÄúNot Charging‚Äù message, try leaving your iPad plugged in anyway, and see if the charge is greater when you return.
Relearning the ‘Touch’ with iPad Photo
For those used to the iPhone, there is a new art to using the iPad. You can interact with your photos stored on your iPad in a whole new ways. Start by launching the Photos app. Try pressing and holding with two fingers in the all photos view. You should be able to spin the photo and slide then around.
Orientation Lock Button
Did you know that your iPad is equiped with an orientation lock button! The iPad’s accelerometer is powerful and very sensitive. The orientation Lock button is located on the right side of the iPad just above the volume controls. When you are working on something and don’t want your screen to keep switching this is a simple way to deal with it.
Email up to 15 Photos from your iPad
If you tried sending multiple photos from the Photo app on your iPad you have realized that you can only send 5 at a time. If you need to send more you can use copy and paste to move them into the Mail app, up to 15 pictures. Simply launch the Photo App and select the stack of images you want to send. Tap the upper right hand icon, the box with the arrow in it. Begin selecting the images you want to send and tap Copy. Hit the home button and launch the Mail App. Tap the compose icon in the far upper right. Tap into the body of the email and hold. Select Paste and your ready to send.
If you’re wondering where Pages, Numbers and other Apps that save files keep your files wonder no longer. When you Sync your iPad take a look at the Apps tab in iTunes. If you scroll down and you’ll see the File Sharing. Here you can check out the apps that utilize fie sharing and the actual documents. When you’re ready to sync your files, use click Add.. button to add your files and work with them on the go.
There are a variety of was to customize your iPad and creating your own wallpaper is one of them. iPad wallpaper images should be 1024×768. To assign your image to your home screen background or lock screen, you need to import it to your Photo app. You can use Aperature, iPhoto, Image Capture or you Pictures folder.
Once imported launch the Photo app and find your background. Tap the arrow icon in the upper right corner and select ‘Use as Wallpaper’.
Taking a closer look at the new Apple iPad
Having gotten the new iPad on its release date I have been playing around with all the features and comparing the differences against my iPhone and iPod Touch. Basically the bigger screen makes a huge difference when working in the Apps. I have downloaded the new iWork Suite and found that integrates well with my current work flow. In getting to know the iPad I have compiled a series of my top tips to help you improve your productivity.
Put 6 Apps In the Bottom Tray
As we all know the iPhone hold up to 4 apps in the bottom tray by default. Did you know that the iPad can store more! Start by Tap/Holding on any app icon just like you would do to rearrange apps. Once your Apps are unlocked just drag any two additional apps into the bottom tray. Super handy!
Virtual Keyboard vs. Real Keyboard
If you still needs some practice using the virtual keyboard or just like the feel of a real one try pairing a Bluetooth keyboard with your iPad. Once connected the virtual keyboard will cease to appear. However, what if, for some random reason, you needed that virtual keyboard? Don’t unpair via Bluetooth in your General Settings. Just hit the eject key on Apple’s physical keyboard. It’ll bring up the virtual one.
Get Your Own (Free) Books
Similar to the way iTunes and the iPod can import and play downloaded music, iTunes and the iPad can import and display downloaded books. Supported formats are limited and the iPad only supports ePub (with or without DRM). Your local library may be a great source for free ePub checkouts. Also, Project Gutenberg has 30,000 free ePub books you can download since they have fallen out of copyright. If you want to convert your own PDFs and other DRM-free formats to ePub check out Calibre-ebook.com.
Extending your iPad Battery Life
Concerned about your iPad’s battery limit? There are three main factors that can affect how long a charge lasts: The brightness of the screen, volume and Push services. The higher the volume and brightness are, the more battery life is consumed. In addition you might want to update your Push services from “Push” to “Manual” by going to Settings -> “Mail, Contacts and Calendars”.
Lets say you are in back row of a wedding just minding your own business when, oops, you forgot to mute your Audioboo Tips from Mac Users Guide! No worries. There’s a quick way to cut the speaker. Holding down the volume down button for about two seconds will mute your iPad.
Access Special Characters
Simply bring up the keyboard and hold down any vowel. You’ll see a menu pop-up with additional variations of that character. When in Safari or Mail holding down the .com key to get a set of additional domains such as .edu, .org and .net.
Set your iPad Mail to more than two lines
When working with Mail on your iPad you qucikly realize you have space! This feature exists also for the iPhone and iTouch but their smaller screen makes it less practical. On the iPad, however, I find the feature is pretty handy for skimming several emails without opening them. Go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts and Calendars and select “5 lines” under Preview.
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