Ipad 12.9 Pro 2017-Best apps to use it as Laptop?

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  1. scifan57

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    You may have problems connecting to a wired internet connection using a USB ethernet adaptor.It's been known to be unreliable and can sometimes not work. The iPad was never designed to use a wired internet connection which is probably the reason why people can have problems getting a connection.
     
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    I hadn't heard that.

    I know that the 12.9" iPad Pro was the only modle that would work with Apple's eithernet adaptor. I suppose the new 10.5 inch Pro will work as well. It only works because the Pro modles support the new USB C standard. You need need a Lighting to USB C adaptor, then the USB C to Ethernet adaptor. I don't believe there is a direct Lighting to Ethernet adaptor.
     
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    Thanks Mickey, true, it's a more precise means of cliking those small links, etc. I guess I'll add it to the accesories' list.
    I have a USB3 to ethernet adaptor that I plan to test with the lightning to USB3 camera adaptor
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    I think that this capability of using wired ethernet is another feature in tune to convert the Ipad Pro into a Laptop, since I will be working with the Ipad mostly in a fixed place it makes sense to use Ethernet, more secure and less battery drain.
     
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    An Ethernet connection is usually faster as well.
     
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    No, the iPad does not come with Office. They have to be downloaded from the App Store. You can download and use them with a free microsoft office account (with some feature limitation) on devices with screen's smaller than 10 inches. Larger devices have to have a paid Office 365 account. Otherwise, all you can do is view documents.

    I have the Personal account (I misremembered the name earlier) for $6.99 a month. I just checked and student accounts are free. You should check the Office 365 site and see if you qualify.

    While Google Docs is usable, I don't like it very much. The only feature that is stand-out better than the other choices is collaboration. The rest of the UI and features are sub-par. Also, you'll probably find that some of your assignments need to be turned in as .docx files. While Google Docs can convert, like any conversion things don't always look the same after. I'd trust Apple's Pages app for convertion to .docx before Google's.

    See my reply to SciFan abvout the Ethernet thing. Personally, I don't think it's worth it. Just use reasonably secure practices with your home wi-fi.

    As for the Apple Pencil, live without it for a while. If you get frustrated with the presission of your finger, or a cheap stylus, then consider working the Pencil into yoru budget. But I warn you, if you spend even a little time using the Pencil you'll never be really satisfied with lesser styluses.

    iOS 11 has the Files app, wich is even more like an open file system than the current iCloud Drive app. Multitasking is also more powerful, but that comes with more complex gestures and workflows.

    I advise you not to think of the iPad as a laptop. You can replace most of a laptop's use cases with an iPad, but you are not going to accomplish the same tasks in exactly the same way. The touch interface, non-windowing UI, and locked down (but very secure) file system requires new ways of thinking about and accomplishing tasks. Be patient and flexible. The learning curve isn't all that steep, but it will take some getting used to.
     
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    On the other hand, if you are working in a fixed place, you could just keep the power plugged in and not worry about the battery at all. Or plug in whenever you see the iPad getting low.

    As for security, it's always a balancing act. There is no such thing a being 100% secure.The questions to ask are:

    How likley are you to be targeted? Is there something about you, your position, or your activities that might single you out for individual attention; or is your major risk getting swept up in large scale hacks and random targets? Do you look like an easy target for some easy gain?

    How hard is it to atack you? Are you wide open, or using secure practices and computers?

    How much damage could an attacker do if you were compromized? Are you going to lose a fortune, this months pay, all your accounts, all your work; or just be hugely inconvinienced?

    When you have a clear understanding of the answers to these questions, any changes to your current practices and measures will be easier to address.

    There is always something else you could do, one more layer of protection. While you want to be secure you also don't want to spend huge amounts of unnecessary time and money.
     
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  7. Diane B

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    And @twerpoet. I find I use the Notes app for just quick reference things--digital library number, quick lists that I want to keep or add to, etc. I use Noteability for everything else--PDFs with annotations--or to create my own PDFs, scanned info, all kinds of notes and tutes, etc. It immediately updates backup with Dropbox if you connect with it. I like the fact that I can type info, add handwritten notes maybe add photos or scanned info or even print screens. I use both often (Noteability actually daily)

    I was a long long time MS Office user but have found that Pages, Numbers work fine, I use both for our business purposes--and use MS Office (I have the 12.9) to check formatting. I generally send Word docs in PDF and they will maintain correct formatting. I did use WPS Office too--works pretty well, but if you are going to do a great number of docs or spreadsheets, probably better to go the subscription route for MS Office.

    I used to use GoodReader all the time but generally use Ibooks, Kindle and Noteability and deleted GoodReader. I would recommend Documents And/or Icloud Drive but the new File app in IOS 11 may work fine. I have used Dropbox for a long time, not only for backup but to have the ability to access files from all my devices (Macbook, Iphone and Ipad).

    I would definitely recommend the Pencil--use it every day. I recently bought the Logitech Combo keyboard case and like it a lot--and the fact I can quickly detach and attach the keyboard is one of the reasons plus the very good kickstand for about any angle--it also is backlit. I would probably recommend a good keyboard--I have a Logitech with a good angle to it for nice typing but there are many--bought it very reasonably when there was a good discount through 9-5 Toys.

    There are quite a number of apps that I use often but each is fairly specific to things I do--you will find what you need and can ask for specific app recommendations when you get your Ipad. Unless you are a photographer you will find Snapseed in conjunction with the Photo app to fill your needs--I'm now using Affinity Photo but unless you need a Photoshop style app I wouldn't recommend it-quite complex. I use Readdle's Calendar 5 and would recommend you consider a PDF converter if you find the need to convert things to PDF but understand there is a converter in IOS 11 as well as being able to scan with the Notes app--I use Readdle versiosn of both of these.

    Just as a note--I was a Windows user since Win3.1. I gradually moved to all Apple since Ipad 1. I have a 15" Macbook and upgraded to the Ipad Pro 12.9 about 18 mos ago. Over the years with Ipad I learned with workarounds I could do a great deal with them and with each IOS upgrade it got better-and at times I would use the Ipad as a second monitor when I needed that. I really look forward to IOS 11--my only issue which I don't expect to change--maybe ever--is I can't access my external drives (I have photo files from 1999 forward on them). I do carry a portable BT drive when I travel that does work fairly well with its app and I can transfer to my externals via my Macbook. If you need to transfer files between Win and Apple devices, consider Dropbox or similar-I use it to backup all our business data and my own data as well.
     
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  8. davidalan99

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    Truer words never spoke. Prior to my iPad Pro I basically collected styluses. I have a ton of them. Once I picked up the Apple Pencil I have yet to put it down.
     
  9. perseid

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    Hi everyone, I'm back again, this time with my new Ipad Pro 12.9 2nd Gen iOS 10.3.3 . I've been playing with it for about a week already, and my main concern is the fact that I cannot transfer files to the Ipad as easy as I thought, in fact I found out that any file transferred to the Ipad is only accessible to the specific App that was used to import the file. This is a really big minus for this device.
    My main need, and the reason I bought the Ipad, is to be able to use it as a textbook reader for study. I have many textbooks in various formats (PDF, Djvu, Epub, Mobi) that I have stored in my home NAS (Synology DS1815+). I can use DS File which is a free Synology App, to access ny NAS files, but it will only open PDF with limited functions.
    What would be the best iOS app that you would recommend that will enable me to access my NAS books in my local LAN (both wired and WiFi), display them with richer funcions (tap for next page, note capability, etc etc) browse my book collection and also if need be import any book to the Ipad for offline use? Thanks
     
  10. davidalan99

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    For PDF's try iBooks, it should work for you, the page flips if the PDF is formatted that way. The pencil for markup and highlite will work as well.
    For books, confirm the format first as what will read them.
    To move them to the ipad there are several ways.
    Email the book to yourself and use the open with command
    Use a file transfer program with a corsponding devise such as the
    IXPAND FLASH DRIVE FOR IPHONE AND IPAD From Sandisk. There are many others including wireless.
    Also enable iCloud Drive and use that to open the files and either save them to your ipad or use them from there in iBooks or other PDF or book apps.
     

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