I need help with my IPad.
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A lot of research before buying into how the iPads work and just what they will work with and won't work with is helpful. If one thinks an iPad is going to be just like a computer, it's not. There is many things an iPad can do and do very well, but there are some things it just will not do in really replacing your computer. Making a trip to your local Apple store if you can, and getting some real first hand information is my advice.
01-03-2013 01:52 PM
Originally Posted by talon90
Many thanks for your welcome. Yes, I can see that I have to see the ipad through Ipad-tinted glasses and not PC-tinted glasses! But even so, it is really exasperating when the simplest tasks are thwarted, even tasks that it claims to do like downloading pictures via the connection kit. I am referring to the apparent need to jump through a ton of hoops like modifying the file name of every single photo to a name that it will accept of exactly 8 characters usually with a letter or two at the beginning and the rest in numbers! After doing this, one has to copy the files onto an sd card in a folder previously named DCIM and insert the sd card into the photo connection kit! What a load of hassle for something the IPad is intended to do.
Yes, I must try to do it that way... in fact we already are, but it is a lot of money for a very basic INTERNET browser, which is presumably its main purpose.
The iPad was originally designed and intended to be a consumption device (music, media, internet, email.) It has evolved through apps and developers in to a useful tool and creation device but that isn't what it is out of the box. It is incredibly intuitive to use for its intended purpose of consumption. Once you get comfortable manuevering the interface and structure of the iPad in it's out of the box state you can start to see ways to accomplish the things you want to do.
I have not found iTunes very user friendly and could do with some advice about what to do with it. For photos, it is terrible because you cannot even delete any of the photos when they arrive on the ipad.
Through the use of third party applications from the iTunes App store you can compose music, share files back and forth from a PC, you can import and export photos and documents.
Again I could do with some help here too. It is another thing it is supposed to do but with more hoops to jump through (I have a canon Pixma WiFi printer but it is not on the list. Why on earth not? No trouble using anything else to access the printer!
With an AirPrint enabled printer or with a connected printer and a web print app you can print documents and pictures
Yes, we were going to buy one of those, but as we can't seem to even manage to get .doc files onto the ipad or transfer things out or connect to a printer, we thought "what's the point?"
You can add a bluetooth wireless or USB wired keyboard
What I should have done is point out what we really need it for. Maybe we were too ambitious.
1) something my wife can surf the Internet on on her lap with one eye on the television.
2) something to view our photos on (photos) from a variety of sources including from a Galaxy S3 -- also a few video clips
3) a platform for flight planning (light aircraft) and en route navigation linked to built-in GPS
4) an MP3 player
5) a reader for a variety of PDFs, Kindle books etc
6) a replacement computer ONLY WHEN TRAVELING for
a- typing shortish texts and saving them on a ??? card??? to give to someone to print or save
b- accessing bank, aviation weather, filing flight plans
c- contacting our son via Skype
d- basic copying and pasting between different docs
e -occasionally using simple excel type spreadsheets
So you can see, we are perhaps not completely off the mark for what we want, but it is the awful transfer problems that really upset anything we try to do.
Many thanks again for your interest and hopefully for your tips that you or others can give.
I can give you a few suggestions for apps now we have a clear idea where you are going.
Skype works very well for both video and voice calls. It will also link to a BlueTooth earpiece so you can use it hands free. I use the Jabra EasyGo for this.
Pages is your word processor option. It costs $10 and is file compatible with MS Word. Files can be transferred to you PC by file sharing, or simply emailing them to yourself.
Numbers similarly is file compatible with Excel. Another $10. There are free offerings out there too.
MotionX GPS HD is a great app for route planning. I use it for off road driving. I see no reason why it wouldn't be as useful in a flight scenario. Perhaps one of the best features is the ability to record your track. Again, you can export your tracks to your PC for archiving. There is a handy distance tool which you can superimpose on the map. You could calculate each leg of your flight plan etc.
Most sharing of notes etc is best accomplished by email. The iPad is intended to be a mobile device, which may explain in part why it's physical connections leave something to be desired.
Whether you view things as solutions or workarounds, there is usually a way of achieving a desired outcome, but you have to leave the PC file-centric viewpoint behind. The iPad is a different beast.
Let's break them down a single task at a time.
Websurfing, the iPad should work out of the box. It takes some adjustment to not use a mouse but once you get used to it, it is very easy and very intuitive.
Setup iCloud on your iPad and PC. Apple - iCloud - Your content. On all your devices.
With iCloud enabled, you will be able to simply copy photos to the photostream on your PC and they will appear on your iPad. No renaming, no resizing, no camera connection kit. If you have photos on your PC and you want them on your iPad, this is the easiest way to accomplish this. The camera connection kit simply stated, is intended to be used along side a camera. Take a picture, plug the camera connection kit and use either the USB direct to your camera or the SD card reader with your camera's SD card directly. Trying to use it as a thumbdrive and copying and moving from a PC is frustrating to say the least but understandably so as it is an exploit that someone found, not the intended use of the kit.
Download the free Kindle reader app to your iPad. Install the iBooks app on your iPad. Kindle books will appear on the device as soon as you register the Kindle app with your Amazon account. For PDF's, email a copy of the PDF to an email address that you can access on your iPad and click on the attachment. You can choose to read it directly in the email using the iOS native PDF reader or if you want to save it, Click on Open in iBooks and it will be copied directly to your iPad's internal storage and available anytime you need it, online or off line.
MP3's can be added through iTunes either by dragging and dropping or sync'ing with your PC and iTunes. Of course you can also purchase and download thousands of mp3's directly from iTunes to your iPad via the iTunes app on the home screen of the iPad. Any music you have all ready purchased through iTunes with your existing iTunes ID can be redownloaded to your iPad free of charge directly from the app via your login. They will showup with a small cloud icon next to them letting you know that you own them and they are available for download.
I would then recommend the Documents to Go app. This will allow you to view, create, open and edit MS Word, MS Excel and MS Powerpoint documents directly on the iPad and they will be able to be saved locally, on Dropbox or other cloud based storage. Of course there are also the productivity apps from Apple called Words, Numbers and Keynote.
For printing at home, and since you all ready have a Wifi enabled printer, have a look at a third party app like PrintDirect here on the App store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/prin...425652042?mt=8
In the future if you need to upgrade or replace your printer, look for one that is Apple AirPrint enabled.
Printing, particularly when travelling is a challenge. The most uniformly easy way to do this is to rely on emailing the document to an email account that you can access via a webmail app (like Yahoo, AOL, GMail, etc.) Virtually every hotel now has a public computer and printer available to guests. Email yourself the message that you need to print and open it and print it using the Hotel's computer and printer. Here's another little trick for anything that does not have a native print or mail function built in to the app. When the document, image, webpage, map, directions, etc. is open on your screen. Pinch and zoom to a resolution that is readable and contains everything you need to show on the screen. Now, take a screen capture of it by pressing the Sleep/wake button at the top of the iPad simultaneously with the Home button at the bottom front of the iPad. This will make a screen capture and place it in your camera roll. From there you can print, forward or save natively.
Skype works wonderfully on the iPad. Download the free Skype app from the App store and set it up with your account information and it will look and act just like Skype on your PC.
You will need to learn the shortcut gestures required to efficiently use the iPad. Using five fingers on the screen of the iPad and swiping to the side will allow you to switch back to the last screen you had open. Using that same five finger gesture and swiping up will expose the system tray where any open apps are stored in the background. Pressing and holding on the screen in a document will bring up a magnifying glass and allow you to place a cursor. Releasing the hold will bring up a dialog box allowing you to select and copy anything from one word to the entire document. Once you have it copied, swipe to or open the other program that you need to paste in to and press and hold your finger on the page. A paste dialog box will come up. Press paste and you will have created a new document with the pasted content that you needed.
As far as your aviation related activities, pretty much anything that you can do on the web (as long as it does not involve pages written with Flash content) you can do on the iPad including secure banking, weather and likely flight planning. Additionally, there are some fantastic GA flight tools available (Jeppsen Charts, navigation, E6B calculators, Flight station, weather, planning apps all available on the App store. Just search on Flight Planning
Last edited by talon90; 01-03-2013 at 04:10 PM.
Wow, a lot of money spent to be so dissatisfied. However, I have to agree that trying to get the iPad to comform to PC ways of thinking would result in a lot of frustration. Took me a long time to get to grips with it, although my ageing mother took to it straight away, and it's why I ended up joining the forum. There are recent threads posted about transferring photos, using a combination of iPad and PC, use the search facility to find your topic. Persevere!! You'll find it was time and energy well spent!
Hi. Not sure if this will help. I got a 32 ipad 4 for Christmas and its my first apple device.
I, like you, have been used to a different way of doing things.
Now I find its brilliant.
Swapping between apps.
I did a firmware update on my printer and it now does AirPrint
I don't use iTunes st all. I synch all my files, pics etc via iCloud, so easy and quick
My ipad is much faster on the net than any of my pcs or laptops
I've had no slowdowns, stutters or crashes since new unlike my phone and pcs etc.
I find pages GarageBand my astronomy app etc. to be brilliant.
I can tether the ipad to use my phones 3G data in uk so easily , no extra cost
I don't find I need USB due to the cloud but I did buy the lightning camera connection kit. This is not for a camera but is for connecting my digital piano. Like every thing else works really easily.
Some google stuff in my view is better but I just use those anyway like chrome, gmail and maps etc. all free of course.
I'm really not saying these things to gloat but in the hope that you can see that many things can be done but maybe in a different way.
I hope you find your frustrations going away,
Originally Posted by johnda
My iPad actually does all the above EXCEPT 3 as I do not fly light aircrafts.
From your posts it seems like you are actually very PC centred - maybe it would be a better idea to get yourself a Windows-Laptop?
Just in case you want to get rid of your iPad-I could use it very well ;-)
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Well said and as lots of people have said, this is no PC. But as I said in my earlier post, the ipad is not for everyone, it's hard to think that you made a wrong choice but we all make them, my advice is just give it time, if you still don't like it then the market is open for these things, it will sell.
Originally Posted by Welsh girl
Ugh, I am so glad the iPad is NOT a PC/Windows device.
I find them endlessly frustrating and utterly impossible to get to do anything I want with decent speed. I suppose I would feel the same way if I found situations reversed, as the OP has.
Can you return them? Sell them on ebay/Craigslist? Give them to a family member? Find a needy family that would love to use it for a Special Needs child? You device might even be tax deductible if you donate it.
My autistic son was lucky enough to recieve a first generation iPad that way and it really has done him a huge world of good with the apps you can get and study/self monitoring skills offered in the App Store. They really are easy to use, which is why you can find a young child whizzing around on one yet you never see that on a PC.
Don't make something work that doesn't. Not everybody loves Apple.
If you happen to have a netgear wireless router (Netgear Genie), then any printer on your main PC can be made into an AirPrinter. I can even print PDFs from my iPad because I have software on my PC that lets me print to PDF files. You may want to check with your router manufacturer to see if they have similar software. You don't need a special printer if your router provides this function. Also, it may be better to upgrade your router than to upgrade a printer, if you want to print from an iPad. That depends, of course.
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