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eTech iPad Accessory Showcase

October 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Recently, at the request of faculty and staff here in the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama, eTech hosted an iPad accessory showcase, gathering an assortment of keyboards, styli, various cables, and even some drumsticks and a guitar pick, so that faculty and staff who have iPads might take these on a test drive before purchasing their own. The list below shows the items in the showcase. I have linked the items to pages on the Logitech, Zagg, etc., websites, or in a couple of cases to a page on Amazon. Do know that prices may vary, so you may want to shop around rather than purchasing directly from the company that made the item.

Logitech solar keyboard
Logitech tablet keyboard for iPad
Zaggfolio
Apple bluetooth keyboard

iRig microphone

Targus stylus (the Targus stylus in our showcase, the one with the wide, angled tip, seems to no longer be available, the link in the text is to a page showing other Targus styli)
Pogo Sketch
Cosmonaut
Kensington Combo

Pix and Stix

Altec Lansing speakers
Reel Boom speakers (bluetooth and wireless)

The following four items are all Apple products and can be found on this page: iPad accessories
VGA display connector
iPad dock (when used in a multimedia room, this dock seems to distort the mirrored image from the iPad)
Apple digital AV adapter
camera kit connection

–Rebecca Johnson

iOS 6.0 Tips: Setting up multiple email signatures, using “Street View,” and more

October 8th, 2012 Comments off

Here are some links that Jason Miller sent me recently that detail some nifty things you can do in iOS 6.0, including how to

Use HTML to create a link in your email signature in iOS 6.0

Have multiple email signatures on your iOS 6.0 device

Reorder your inboxes with iOS 6.0

Get Google Maps back on your iOS 6.0 device

Get Google Maps “Streetview” for the Google Maps web application

–Rebecca Johnson

iPad Tip of the Week: Emailing Photos and Videos

October 3rd, 2012 Comments off

For this Tip of the Week, I will show you how to easily add photos and videos to email messages. This video is 1 minute and 20 seconds long.

iPad tip of the week: Emailing Photos and Videos:

With the release of iOS 6 it is now easier than ever to add photos/videos to emails. You can now add them from within the email itself. Here is how:

  1. Open the mail app
  2. Create a new email message by tapping the new mail icon in the top right corner of the screen
  3. Tap and hold anywhere in the body of the message to bring up a list of options.
  4. Locate the option that is labeled “Insert Photo or Video” and tap that option
  5. You will now be presented with a box labeled photos, which will give you access to your media. Choose camera roll or photo stream depending on where your attachment is located.
  6. After taping either camera roll or photo stream, tap the item that you want to attach to the email.
  7. Tap the use button located in the top right corner to attach the item to the mail message.
  8. Complete your email and then send.

-Jason Miller

eTech’s Fall iPad Workshop Schedule–part 1

August 17th, 2012 Comments off

eTech iPad Workshop Series

The eTech iPad Workshops are designed to provide Arts and Sciences faculty, instructors, and staff with information that can help them incorporate the iPad into their teaching, research, and work life. These one-hour brown-bag workshops are held at noon on Tuesdays in the eTech Conference Room in the Bureau of Mines. For all workshops, bring your iPad and please make sure that you know all relevant user names and passwords associated with your device (i.e., Apple ID and password, AS and MyBama user names and passwords, Dropbox, etc.). Workshops will be limited to 10 participants, we will schedule additional workshops by request.
Contact eTech by email to reserve your spot—etech[at]as.ua.edu

August 28:  iPad 101
We’ll take you on a tour of the settings menu, give you an overview of transferring files to and from your iPad, and give you a brief introduction to some of the popular apps in the College of Arts and Sciences.

September 4:  App of the Month—Dropbox
We’ll show you how to get a Dropbox account, how Dropbox is integrated into a variety of apps, and how you can use it to transfer and share files.

September 11:  iPads and Presenting
We’ll take you through a number of presenting options, including Keynote and Air Sketch.

September 18:  An Overview of iOS 6
In early September, Apple will release the newest version of their mobile operating system. We’ll provide an overview of the new features in iOS 6.

September 25:  iPad App-stravaganza
We’ll cram as many app overviews as we can into 40 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion of these apps and any others that participants would like to share.

October 2:  File Transfer, Cloud Storage, and Your iPad
How do you transfer files with no USB drive? We’ll show you how with iCloud, Dropbox, iTunes file transfer, GoodReader, and FilesConnect.

October 9:  App of the Month—GoodReader
Like a Swiss Army knife for your iPad, GoodReader can be used to annotate pdf’s, transfer files, share files wirelessly, and more.

October 16:  iPad Accessory Showcase
By popular demand, we’ll provide a hands-on showcase of a variety of accessories for your iPad, including microphones, keyboards, styluses, and camera connectors.

October 23 through the end of the fall semester:  TBA

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Air Sketch Tips from the iPad 101 Workshop

May 30th, 2012 Comments off

Air Sketch  picture of the Air Sketch icon

($9.99) Air Sketch allows you to mark up a presentation saved as a PDF and do so wirelessly, freeing you from the podium in the multimedia rooms. You can also use it as a wireless whiteboard. Be aware that to use the untethered option, Wi-Fi must be available. As in other apps, you can zoom in and pan using two fingers. Tip: Write smaller and more detailed text while zoomed in. Also, the eraser shrinks when zoomed in, allowing finer control. And see this post for how to use Air Sketch with Tegrity to record your presentation.

screen shot of the application tools in Air Sketch

Air Sketch Controls

These controls appear along the bottom of the application window.

  1. This button provides the server address of your iPad. Type this number into the URL field of a browser on the multimedia computer. Hit return, and your iPad will appear in the browser window.
  2. As you markup the whiteboard or a PDF, you can take a snapshot of what is currently on the iPad.
  3. All of your snapshots are kept in this folder.
  4. You can set the background image for Air Sketch here. It pulls from your Camera Roll or Photo Stream.
  5. You can share your sketch/annotated presentation here via email as a PDF or a JPG, or you can save it to your photo library (Camera Roll and/or Photo Stream).
  6. These are the Undo and Redo buttons.
  7. You can select various line weights and colors here. There is also a highlighting tool.
  8. An eraser
  9. This clears the board.

Tips from the Air Sketch website

How to open a PDF file in Air Sketch

  1. Email the PDF file to yourself or use a File Manager App that supports the “Open In . . .” feature, such as Dropbox, to transfer it to your iPad.
  2. Open the PDF file within Mail or the third-party file manager app to view it.
  3. Tap “Open In . . .” and select Air Sketch.

Working with PDF files

  • Air Sketch works with one PDF file at a time and doesn’t store or manage PDF files directly.
  • Tap the page number on the PDF page controls to quickly jump to any page.
  • Tap Share-> Email as PDF to email the entire annotated PDF document.
  • Note: There appears to be a limit to the size of email attachments on the iPad. We’ve (the “we” here are the app developers) found that documents under around 10MB (or PDF files up to around 75 pages) tend to be sent ok, but sending larger ones may fail. This appears to be an OS limitation and happens in other apps as well, which we hope will be addressed in a future upgrade.

For more additional information about Air Sketch, visit qrayon’s website, the developer of Air Sketch: http://www.qrayon.com/home/airsketch/tips.aspx

Related post: Using Tegrity with Air Sketch on Your iPad

Safari Tips from the iPad 101 Workshop

May 29th, 2012 Comments off

Safari is the default browser for the iPad. Open new tabs using the “+” symbol at the top right of the browser window. Close tabs by tapping the small “x” symbol on the left side of the active tab. Another feature within Safari is the Reader option that is available on some sites. It allows you to read just an article from a website without all of the surrounding stuff. Look for the Reader button in the right side of the URL field.  Safari browser Reader button

screen shot of the Share options within Safari on the iPad

Add Bookmark
Add a bookmark to give yourself an easy way of checking back with a favorite website. You may add a bookmark to the Bookmark list, to the Bookmarks Bar just below the URL field in Safari, or to any sub-folder you may have created within Bookmarks.

Add to Reading List
This feature allows you to save particular pages from a website or articles to read at a later time. See Reading List below.

Add to Home Screen
This feature adds a website link in the form of an icon to your iPad’s home screen. Consider creating a home screen icon for MyBama, the eTech iPad blog, or other frequently visited websites.

screen shot of the Safari bookmarks menu on the iPad

Bookmarks (illus. above)

Within the Bookmarks button you will find your Reading List, your browsing history, the ability to clear your browsing history, and a list of any bookmarks or bookmark subfolders you may have created. Bookmarks can be synced using iCloud (as long as your office or home computer are running iCloud with Lion OS for the Mac or Windows 7) making bookmarks that you save on your home or office computer instantly available on your iPad (and visa versa).

screen shot of Safari Reading List from the iPad

Reading List (illus. above)

Reading List allows you to save particular web pages for viewing at a later date. This feature also syncs with iCloud so that your Reading List will be available to you on all of the computers you are running that have Safari and iCloud enabled. Currently, Reading List within Safari has no offline reading options, though those are rumored to be in development.

-Rebecca Johnson

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