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 Posted: Sat Mar 9th, 2013 12:54 pm
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Hi guys, not sure how many of you are using the Apple mobile devices....I've been an iPad guy since the first week the iPad one was released. Currently I'm utilizing the iPad in a way that Bill Gates never thought it would be used, as my main device for business, I don't even carry or use a laptop anymore. In addition to that I do not carry a paper notebook with me or a ink pen....I am 100% paperless.

As many of you know I travel extensively for my job throughout North America, last year I spent 225 days on the road and boarded 182 airplanes, taking the laptop and the weight associated with it out of my bag has been fantastic.

As attached to the iPad I am amazingly until a couple weeks ago I was still using a Droid phone, not anymore, purchased an iPhone 5 and am kicking myself for not doing it sooner.

So I thought I would start a thread here for us all to share the can't live without apps we use and some cool tips and tricks you have run across in using your iOS devices.

So I will start with some the apps I use that have allowed me to wean myself from the laptop.

GoodReader - absolutely could not live without it, was one of the first apps I installed on my iPad when I got it. This app allows you to create a file structure on you device to store documents right on your iPad ( have it on the iPhone now too). So documents you receive in emails can be opened in GoodReader and saved to a folder you create on your device. It can be any file type including Microsoft Office docs, PDF's (you can even edit PDF's in this App), photos, videos, etc. This App gives you access to these files wether you are connected or not. In addition it can automatically be synced to cloud storage products like DropBox, Box or even iCloud.

NoteTakerHD - is is the App that allowed me to stop using a paper notebook and ink pen. Finding the right App for this task was not easy, rob ably tried at least 4 other Apps before finding this one. On average I meet with 8 to 12 partners and customers every week, if I don't take good notes I would go crazy trying to remember what we discussed. It allows you to create a note and using a stylus write on the screen just like you were writing on a piece of paper. You then can save these notes into a file structure creating folders etc. how many times have you gone into a meeting and went into your notebook to view notes from a previous meeting to find out those notes were in your last notebook...never happens with this, I have over 2 years of notes at the finger tips whenever I need them.

Carbonite - this is kind of a sleeper App...even though I'm not carrying my laptop anymore there are still many files on it that I need occasionally. As you may know Carbonite is a cloud back-up product that automatically backs up any file on your PC or laptop that you add to it or modify with no user intervention. They have an App that can be installed on your mobile device (including Droid) that allows you to access your backups, browse the backup and download any file in that backup. Yes you can do this with DropBox too but fusing DB can get expensive if you have 10's of GBs of files on your PC or laptop...Carbonite is $50 per year.

One last App I use often for fun is iReSize - this is an App that allows you to very easily resize photos right on the iPad or iPhone, comes in really handy when you have a high res pic of a watch you want to post on 3T. It easily allow you to resize it and saves the original high res version too.

OK guys, I have tons more to share, lets see if we can get this thread going.

BTW, I am far from a geek, I'm just a software sales guy that has been able to figure out how best to do my job.

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cool tips Nick...my iPhone5 is basically my only work tool now,it's amazing how much can be done with one,and these new apps your recommended will make a great addition,TY!ThumbsUp02.gif

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Your welcome Oscar...

Another App I use a ton while traveling for entertainment is Pandora.

Whenever you see an article of must have Apps Pandora is always on the list.

If you are not familiar with it Pandora is a music App that allows you to pick an artist that you like, all subsequent songs that play will either be of that artist or of an artist that is very similar in the same genre. It's amazing the new artist you get to hear that you have never heard of.

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Extending battery life....

One thing that is very important to extend your battery life on both the iPad and iPhone is to make sure apps you are not using are not running in the background...in other words turning apps off.

If you have never done this probably every app you have ever opened is still running in the background.

To do this first click the home button, the round button that faces you, two times. That will open every app that is running as an icon at the bottom of the screen. Hold your finger on one of the icons for a couple seconds and a red minus sign will appear in the top left corner of the icon, hit the minus sign with your finger and the app will close.

You can do this for all apps including email and calendar, those apps will kick right back on automatically with activity.

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Nabco wrote: Extending battery life....

One thing that is very important to extend your battery life on both the iPad and iPhone is to make sure apps you are not using are not running in the background...in other words turning apps off.

If you have never done this probably every app you have ever opened is still running in the background.

To do this first click the home button, the round button that faces you, two times. That will open every app that is running as an icon at the bottom of the screen. Hold your finger on one of the icons for a couple seconds and a red minus sign will appear in the top left corner of the icon, hit the minus sign with your finger and the app will close.

You can do this for all apps including email and calendar, those apps will kick right back on automatically with activity.

Thanks for the info above. I did not know that. Tried it on my iPad 4 and was shocked at all the apps running. mistake.gif

Apps I use a lot on my iPad are Goodreader, WeatherBug and Zite magazine. Zite is fantastic in that you tell it what you want to read and it finds articles for your interests. I use it everyday.

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Never tried Zite Mike, I'll have to check hat one out....thanks

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This is a cool trick I kind of found by accident....

If you ever need a screen shot of your screen on your iPad or iPhone just press the power button and the home button at the same time, the screen will flash and take a picture of your screen.

Here is a pic of this screen I just took while typing this reply.

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Another great tip! Thanks. thumbsup.gif

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Hey guys, this is an open thread, feel free to jump in with what you're doing with iOS devices.

Have you ever done an email search for an email that was a couple months old and when you went back to your inbox you had to scroll back up to the top?

Or have you been on a webpage and wanted to get back to the top of the webpage?

There's an easy way to do that, just tap on the black bar across the top of the screen where the clock and battery icon are and it will immediately scroll to the top.

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