Posts Tagged ‘iPad’

Editing a PowerPoint Presentation on Your iPad

April 3rd, 2013 Comments off

Jason Miller found a nice Macworld article on editing a PowerPoint on your iPad. Enjoy!

-Rebecca Johnson

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Emailing to a Distribution List from Your iPad

March 14th, 2013 40 comments

[IMPORTANT: This workaround is for Exchange accounts. If you use Gmail, scroll to the bottom of this post to find the entry on creating Gmail distribution lists.]

If you use email distribution lists, you may have noticed that your iPad doesn’t. Here’s how to fix that.

You’ll need to fool your iPad by creating an individual contact for your distribution list in the Contacts app on your iPad. Enter all of the emails for your list in the email field for this individual contact. Please know that this workaround isn’t pretty. Every time you send an email to this contact from your iPad, you’ll receive an error. Just tell the iPad to send anyway and you’ll have successfully tricked your iPad into sending an email out to a group.

Here is how to create a contact for your distribution list, step by step.

First, find an email that you’ve sent to the distribution list. Copy all of the email addresses in the “To:” field and paste these into a Word document. You’ll get something that looks like this:

Then, strip out all text other than the email addresses and separate the email addresses with semicolons. You’ll get something that looks like this:

Copy this block of email addresses into the BODY of an email (not the “To:” field) and send it to yourself. Open this email on your iPad and copy the block of addresses.

Next, open the Contacts app on your iPad and create an individual contact for this distribution list. Paste that entire block of email addresses in the email field for that individual contact. Name your contact something easy to type and you’re set.

You can send an email to this list by typing the name of this contact in the “To:” field of any email you send from the Mail app on your iPad. Remember, when you send the email, it will give you an error, saying that it looks like there’s something wrong with the email address. Go ahead and send anyway.

It takes a bit of work to set up a list as a contact, but if you use lists, the extra time involved is worth it.

Please let me know in the comments whether you’ve found an easier way to do this. I know that there are also apps that will allow you to send a single email to a group of people, but I’ve heard that emails sent this way do not go through the Exchange server. Again, if I’m wrong, let me know.

-Rebecca Johnson

UPDATE: I noticed that a number of comments indicate that emails to groups are being rejected by the server. I have been testing this on a mail server running Exchange 2007. I just tried it using my gmail account to send an email to the group I’d created and I was rejected. So, many apologies to those folks on gmail who are using the advice in this post. However, one of our brilliant student employees came up with this workaround for gmail accounts. For those folks who have gmail: consult Creating an Email Distribution List for Your Gmail Account. Please let us know if this works for you. Thanks!

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
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
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

Creating an Email Distribution List for Your Gmail Account

October 10th, 2012 2 comments

By far the most popular post on this blog has been one that describes how to create an email distribution list that can be used on the iPad. Today, Emily, one of our systems assistant student employees, found an adjustment to the process that will allow you to create a distribution list on the iPad if your primary account is gmail.

The key is to add your gmail account to the iPad as an Exchange account. So, under Mail, Contacts, and Calendars in Settings, tap Add Account . . . and select Microsoft Exchange. In the first screen, enter your gmail address and password in the appropriate fields. Entering a Description is optional, but it can be helpful if you have multiple accounts on a single device.

On the next screen, enter in the Server and Domain fields. Enter your entire gmail address as the User name. Tap Next. Now you’re ready to create an email distribution list on your iPad using your gmail account.

–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

iPad Tip of the Week: The Multitasking Bar

September 17th, 2012 Comments off

For our first Tip of the Week, Jason Miller will show you how to improve your iPad’s performance by closing apps that are running in the background. This video is 45 seconds long.

iPad Tip of the Week: The Multitasking Bar

Here is the transcript of the video:

Welcome to the iPad Tip of the Week: Using the Multitasking Bar

The multitasking bar displays all of the apps that you have recently used and that are currently running in the background. If too many apps are running in the background, this can slow down your iPad or cause apps to crash. You can solve this problem with the following steps:

  1. Quickly press the Home button twice to bring up the multitasking bar.
  2. Tap and hold any of the app icons that appear on the bar until they start to jiggle and red minus signs appear on the corner of each app.
  3. Tap the red minus sign on each of the apps until all apps in the multitasking bar are closed.
  4. Close the multitasking bar by pressing the Home button once.

iPads and Research

June 19th, 2012 Comments off

I’ve spent some time this month looking at various workflow models for conducting research (primarily library research) with an iPad. During that time I’ve found a number of helpful blog posts. The first six are part of a series of blog posts Macdrifter wrote on how he does research with the iPad. In fact, go fishing around on the blog. Good stuff to be found there.

Macdrifter on Doing Research with an iPad, part 1 (the browser)

Macdrifter on Doing Research with an iPad, part 2 (reference material)

Macdrifter on Doing Research with an iPad, part 3a (sketching app review)

Macdrifter on Doing Research with an iPad, part 3b (sketching workflow overview)

Macdrifter on Doing Research with an iPad, part 4 (plain text link)

Macdrifter on Doing Research with an iPad, part 5 (working with source material)

The next set of posts is a bit of a catch-all, but some good info.

iPads and website annotating

iCab Mobile, a very feature-rich browser

Macdrifter on PDF reading on the iPad

iPads and Evernote and Skitch

-Rebecca Johnson

iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch Apps for (Special) Education

February 7th, 2012 Comments off

Jason Miller found an extensive list of apps, arranged by category, that might be useful with special needs populations, particularly younger children. This list was created by Eric Sailers, a former speech pathologist who now develops iOS apps. Let us know if any of these apps have been particularly useful to you in your work.

iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch Apps for (Special) Education

-Rebecca Johnson

Dr. Margaret Peacock–iPads and the Master Narrative

January 17th, 2012 Comments off

Dr. Margaret Peacock describes how using iPads in her history seminar helped students understand the significance of having access to primary materials.

-Margaret Peacock received her Ph.D. in Russian history from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009, her MS in information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997, and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Alabama. She has published multiple articles on semiotics and the history of youth and childhood in the Cold War. Her first manuscript, “Cold War Kids: Images, Childhood, and the Collapse of Cold War Consensus,” is forthcoming. Before becoming an historian she worked as an Oracle Database Replication Specialist and Java Programmer for Nortel Networks in the Silicon Valley.

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Dr. Jonathan Whitaker–iPads and the Importance of Immediate Feedback

November 17th, 2011 Comments off

Here, Jonathan Whitaker describes how he uses his iPad to provide feedback to his students.

-Jonathan Whitaker is an assistant professor of trombone in the School of Music. For more information about Dr. Whitaker, visit, the website of the Trombone Studio at The University of Alabama.

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