Newbie and needing some advice

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    I have had my ipad2 for a month now and can't decide the best apps or procedures for a few things. Can some one give me some direction? First, what is the best way to sync Outlook calendar and contacts. I want to push things wirelessly. I have a PC with win XP and outlook 2010. Sounds like iCloud will not work well with xp.

    Second, what is the best note taking app that will allow file sharing with my pc, like drop box or iCloud?

    Third, we work in microsoft office 2010 at work. What is the best app to edit, save, and sync microsoft 2010 files?

    Finally, any advice on selecting an app to allow printing.

    It is amazing the capabilities of this device, but very overwhelming figuring it all out. Any advice would be great. Thanks.
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    Hi and welcome to the Forum!

    You have quite a few questions which is fine but it may be an idea to ask your questions singularly as some members may have experience with only one question and therefore may not reply as they don't have answers for your other questions. Just a thought! Good luck!

    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.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/discussion-forum-for-ipad/id412896524?mt=8
    Reading the IPad manual is a great place to start so please download a copy of these.
    http://www.support.apple.com/manuals/ipad/
    2 very informative threads from which you will learn many tips and shortcuts for the IPad.
    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-general-discussions/21590-tips-tricks-those-us-who-dont-know.html
    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-os/49581-ios5-tips-tricks.html
    We have rules like any Community so please read these also
    http://www.ipadforums.net/forum-rul...um-rules-everybody-please-read.html#post14697

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

    Sent from my iPad using iPF
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    Welcome.

    1) If you're sticking with XP, try syncing both the PC and the iPad to GMail. Setting up Google Sync with your iOS device - Google Mobile Help

    2) Give Evernote a try. it will sync to all your devices and computers.

    3) There are a variety of Office suite apps. Here are some reviews by members. OnLive and CloudOn may also be worth a look.

    Compare iWorks, Office 2 HD, Documents to Go, QuickOffice by richsdams
    http://www.ipadforums.net/new-member-introductions-site-assistance/22431-hi-all.html

    Office Apps Comparison by RedCoil (details and examples, very long)
    http://www.ipadforums.net/iwork-forum/36629-office-app-comparison.html

    About QuickOffice, mostly about spreadsheets
    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-apps/55182-just-purchased-quick-office-hd.html

    4) Here is my usual post on printing. It's mostly up to date.

    Some printers are directly compatible with AirPrint on the iPad. Be absolutely certain the printer supports AirPrint before buying. Some printers may require a firmware update to work. These are usually available on the manufacturers site. If you get this kind of printer you can print directly from within apps that support the feature, which is many.

    iOS: AirPrint 101

    Of course some of us already have printers and do not want to buy a new one. There are several ways to do this.

    One is to use a printing app on the iPad.

    Most (or all) other print apps can only print pictures and/or files that have been copied to that app via Open In or other method. Print n Share used to be able to print from AirPrint enabled apps if it was loaded the background. It lost this ability with iOS 5. It may still work with iOS 4 if you get it before the app is updated in the App Store. Several printer manufacturers have their own apps for their printers. In general those apps will probably have the best results, quality wise.

    The second method is to load a program on the computer that will emulate an AirPrint compatible printer. Your computer must be on and have the printer available to it. The cheapest (free) is Airprint Activator. More features can be had with FingerPrint (mac and windows) and Printopia (mac only).

    There is a third way. A few printers (mostly HP's again) can be set up with their own email address. PDF attachments can be sent via this address to be printed. The last review I saw (several months ago) said it could be quite slow (big files not recommended), and sometimes the emails got lost and never printed. The advantage was that you could literally send/print from anywhere you have an internet connection.

    There is a new wrinkle for small business owners and those with more than one printer who would like all their printers to work, but don't want to leave a computer on all the time. The Lantronix XPrintServer is a small box that connects to your network and is supposed to detect and make all your wireless printers available to iOS as AirPrint printers. I haven't seen a full review on it yet, so do your research.
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    Thanks for the responses. I will try these and post my results.

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