I'm New and I'm Frustrated ...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions - Site Assistance' started by phunque, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. phunque

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    iPF Noob

    Apr 19, 2012
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    I'm "phunque" and I'm a life-long Apple fan, starting with my first Apple 2e. I just bought a new iPad (3rd gen) and looked forward to using it while traveling in Europe. I knew it's GPS was worthless without 4G (which probably wouldn't work in Europe anyway) but I thought I could get around that with maps. On my PowerBook, I could simply call up my day's maps with a Wi-Fi connection, copy off the detailed maps I wanted with Grab, save them as jpgs or whatever, and call them up as needed during the day's travels, without need for a hot spot. I haven't found a way to accomplish that with my iPad. What's worse, I can't even figure out how to write a doc without drafting it as a email and sending it to myself. I realize the iPad was never intended to be a thin Mac but ...

    Any guidance would be most appreciated.

    -- phunque
  2. Andyvalver

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    Mar 12, 2011
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    I'm not sure how you could copy off maps unless you maybe take screen shots of the maps. Sorry that's not much help lol
    writing a document? Why not use notes? Or pages.
    Sent from my iPad 3
  3. hpulmer

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    Aug 30, 2011
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    As per my experience with iPhones the GPS does work without using G-connections, just you will not download any maps data.
    However, if you cache the maps you want to see they stay in the app and once your device gets a location it is shown on the map - as said, new map data will not be downloaded without connection.
    4G is (or will soon) be offered at least here in Germany anyway you can still connect to 3G

    To write a doc you simply need an app which is generally not included natively in the device.
    Check the app store....

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  4. Midranger4

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    Feb 12, 2011
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    While not as accurate maps will work with wifi only and likely should not be depended upon for real time navigation. However for walking directions, locating points of interest and the such it should suffice. With that said there are many apps that are available for travelers you may find fit your needs nicely. Check out the link below for info on iPad traveler apps:


    As far as documents go again depending on the desired function many options exist. As mentioned by a previous poster the native Notes and Reminders apps may do the trick for you. If you need a more robust type solution then the link below may help:


    Happy hunting !
  5. leelai

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    Apr 24, 2011
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    Hi and welcome to the Forum!

    The IPad Forum is a community of members from all walks of life and from all over the world coming together to share our experiences and to help each other learn about this wonderful piece of technology the Ipad. There is a wealth of information already here in the many threads we have so doing some searches will answer most of the questions you have. If then you cannot find the answer you are seeking then by all means post your question. There are many friendly and informed members here only too willing to help you.

    We also have our own App - It is a very simple app to navigate.
    Reading the IPad manual is a great place to start so please download a copy of these.
    2 very informative threads from which you will learn many tips and shortcuts for the IPad.
    We have rules like any Community so please read these also

    Once again we welcome you here and are so pleased you have joined us!

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