iPad Meeting Highlights

Here are some highlights from the iPad  meeting which took place this month.

iPad 2.0

The new iPad was released March 11, 2011. Here’s how it compares to version 1:

  • 33% thinner, and slightly lighter than the iPad 1
  • 10 hour battery life
  • Resolution is the same as the first one
  • Equipped with HD video
  • Faster and “snappier” than the original iPad
  • More sensitive to rotation
  • Upgrading to the radio feature will allow for a better signal Continue reading

GoodReader App

The GoodReader app allows you to read PDF files on your iPad. GoodReader handles large PDF and TXT files, manuals, large books, magazines, and rendering of 100 mb and more with great speed. You will have the ability to mark up PDF’s because now you can use typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings on top of a PDF file. The latest version of GoodReader lets you sync your files with remote servers!

Compatible Sync Servers:

  • iDisk
  • Dropbox
  • Sugar Sync
  • Any WebDAV or FTP server

Ultimately, the GoodReader app is one of those apps that make the iPad better.  It is a very productive app that one can use in a variety of ways. How can you use the GoodReader app?

The price of this app is $4.99

RDP Lite

The RDP Lite app allows you to have remote access to your computer through wifi or the phones network. If you choose to use your iPhone, you can connect to a Windows computer and see files, programs and resources exactly as you would find it on your computer.

How to Set Up RDP Lite:

  • Enter your computer name into the IP address section (Please note that if you are not on the Pace network you have to use the VPN first, and then enter your computer.) Click here to set up your VPN.
  • Enter 3389 into the workstation port

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Technique of Fiction Writing App

The Technique Of Fiction Writing app is a helpful and useful app for creative writing. This application has features such as:

  • Zoom
  • Auto-Scroll
  • Magnify
  • Page back and forward controls
  • Table Contents
  • Bookmarking- Each time you leave the app it automatically holds the spot where you left off.

If you are interested in taking your writing skills to a higher level, take advantage of the topics that this app will cover.

Topics include:

  • Speech
  • Portrayal of Character
  • Atmosphere
  • The Short Story
  • The Novel
  • Description
  • Executive Technique of Narration

The cost for this application is $1.99

Have you thought of ways you can become a better creative writer?

Features Of iOS 4.2

The recent upgrade provided by Apple for the iPad has made this revolutionary device more useful. Here are the features and recent changes.

  • The button that was originally used for locking your screen rotation is no longer used for that function, it is now a mute button. To lock your screen, you have to tap the home button twice and then scroll through your recently used apps, until you find an icon that resembles a lock. Tap that and you have now locked your screen!

  • One new feature now allows you to take screen shots on your iPad. By pressing the home and power off button simultaneously for a couple of seconds  you will hear a camera shutter sound, and this allows you to take pictures of the screen.
  • On this new operating system you can multi-task as well as create folders to help prevent clutter on your home screen. To create a folder, simply hold down an icon until all the icons shake, then put your finger on an app and then drag it on top of another app to create the folder. Folders are automatically named for you , but you can change the default name of each folder. The picture below allows you to see what the folder feature will look like while you’re creating a folder on your iPad.

  • Wireless printing has been added. Please note that only certain HP printers are compatible with this feature.  Click here for additional information.
  • Air Play is now available which will allow you to steam media wirelessly to a Apple TV.
  • A new feature called Find My iPad which is an app through Mobile Me, will allow you to find your iPad, iPhone or iPod anywhere. Click here for the link on this application.

Have you started using any of these awesome new features? What features would you like to have on your iPad?

iPad Users Unite!

The first iPad users group meeting was help December 6th on the NYC campus and December 7th in Pleasantville, were you in attendance? If you missed the meeting or you were unable to retain the wealth of information dispensed at the meeting, please read the meeting highlights in the recap below.

Useful Applications

  • iWork is an collection of apps that consists of Pages(Word equivalent), Keynote(PowerPoint equivalent), and Numbers(Excel equivalent).
  • iTunes U provides access to free downloadable educational material
  • The Elements (Periodic Table-3D) is a useful application for the Health Science department
  • Shakespeare Pro application is a compilation of works by William Shakespeare
  • Dropbox is an online file storage
  • Conference Pad requires multiple iPads and is useful for synchronized presentation viewing.

Useful information regarding the iPad

  • It is recommended that to successfully and quickly charge your iPad do NOT charge your iPad through your computer using a USB cable, instead charge your iPad using the adapter provided.
  • If you have downloaded the latest operating system for the iPad, the rotation lock button does NOT perform the function of locking your screen in place. The rotation lock button has been transformed into the mute button.
  • If you have not already done so,  please remember to update your iPad operating system to iOS 4.2. The new features include multitasking, folder organization, Air Print, and Air Play. We will discuss these features in a future blog post.
  • It was recommended that all iPad users put a security code on their iPads (Please refer to our previous blog post for instructions,)
  • In order to connect your iPad to a projector you need to personally purchase a VGA cable or contact the technology department to submit a request to use a VGA connector. Please remember only certain apps are compatible with this feature, so projection may not be available with your selected app.
  • Wyss Pocket Cloud is VGA compatible and is useful for VPN remote connection access.
  • Pace has a volume purchasing program which enables iPad users to purchase iPad apps at a price that has been significantly reduced. Currently, Pace has a few apps available at discounted prices. Our strength lies in numbers, so when you find an exciting app feel free to find others willing to purchase the app. If volume purchasing is available for your specific app, and we hit the magic number of buyers (this may vary from app to app), the University can add that app to the volume purchasing program.

There will be other iPad user group meetings in the future, so when the details of the Spring semester meeting have been made available we will post that information on this blog.

Once again feel free to contact your nearest IMO team or ITS with any questions you may have regarding your iPad.

iPad Tips & Tricks

Now that you’ve grown accustomed to using your iPad, we would like to introduce you to a few tips and shortcuts that may enhance your iPad experience.

  1. Quick mute- Press and hold the down volume button to quickly silence the device.
  2. To highlight larger sections of text, tap any editable text four times to highlight an entire paragraph.
  3. To perform a soft reset just press the power and home button for a few seconds and the iPad will restart. To locate these buttons please refer to this post.
  4. To watch a video in slow motion simply pause the video then hold your finger on the forward or back button.
  5. To rearrange icons simply tap and hold the icon and move it around to a different location on your screen. Once you have moved the icon to the desired location, remove your finger and hit the home button.
  6. If you have scrolled down a lengthy page and you now wish to scroll back to the top of the page,    tap the title bar at the top of the screen.
  7. For security purposes if you would like to lock your iPad go to settings, then select “general” located on the left side of the screen. Next, select “passcode lock” in the right column and press the button with the text “turn passcode on”. A prompt will appear asking you to enter a four digit numerical pin. For more advanced security feature, you can choose the “erase data feature” as well. However, if you choose this option, all data will be erased off of the iPad if the pin is typed incorrectly 1o times consecutively.
  8. Spacebar trick- the iPad spacebar will create spaces based on the number of fingers touching the spacebar. For example, if three fingers are placed on the spacebar you will receive three spaces.

Have you learned any special tips while using your iPad?

App of the week: Flash Card Deluxe

The Flash Card Deluxe iPad application is a great way to study and quiz students using electronic flash cards.

Features include:

  • 3 sided cards
  • Slide show
  • Division of cards into categories
  • Three response levels of: “Wrong”, “I don’t know, and “I know really well”

It also includes built-in dictionary features that allow you to find cards easily and look up terms as you study. Two smart study modes are also a part of this application, which will automatically focus on the cards that you have missed. This application is easy to follow and has an introduction/tutorial that explains all of its features. Flash cards or “decks” can be customized and transferred through this link . This application can be used on iPhones and iPods as well. Faculty members can also connect their iPad to classroom projectors using a VGA adapter, allowing you to share the flash cards you created with students. This feature could also help with making the class interactive during review sessions.

Flash Card Deluxe may be useful to many students from a variety of academic disciplines. The price for this  application is $3.99.

How many ways can you use the flash card app in your classroom?