Posts Tagged ‘beginner’

Installing and Using AppShopper

May 24th, 2011 1 comment

We have created a quick video tutorial showing how to use the invaluable AppShopper app.

AppShopper is an app that shows you the latest releases, compiles a list of the most popular apps, and notifies you of updates or sales.

Please click the link below to access the transcript:

AppShopper Transcript

– Jason Miller, Paul Jarnagin


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Video tutorials for the iPad

May 24th, 2011 Comments off

Apple has put together some really nice video tutorials on some of their apps for the iPad.

Click below to view:

-Paul Jarnagin

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iPad Styluses

May 10th, 2011 Comments off

Choosing a stylus for your iPad can be a tough decision, which is why I have attached a link to an article that reviews some of the most popular iPad styluses currently available. Photos and prices of each stylus are included in the article.
Review of iPad Styluses

– Jason Miller

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Modifying your iPad screen layout

May 6th, 2011 1 comment

We have created a quick video tutorial showing how to group, delete, and move apps on your iPad. For your convenience we have attached a transcript for those wishing to follow along.


Please click the link below to access the transcript.

moving,deleting,grouping on the ipad


– Jason Miller, Paul Jarnagin

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How to Maximize Battery Life on Your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch

April 8th, 2011 Comments off

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After reading the article, all of the given pointers will help to get you the most out of your battery. However, there are a few that are more beneficial than others. I have summarized those for you below:

•    Keep your iDevice Out of the Sun – This is probably the most important tip to remember in keeping your battery up to par.
•    Reduce the Screen Brightness – You will need to adjust this to individual taste. I found that 50% is a reasonable setting and you will still benefit from extended battery life.
•    Disable Bluetooth If You Don’t Need it- very good tip, since the iPad will continuously scan for Bluetooth sources. Turn this setting off, until you need to add a peripheral to gain that extra bit of battery life.
•    (iPhone Only*) Disable Vibrate feature in Games – The vibration function uses quite a bit of juice, since the actual mechanism is a tiny motor that pulls battery power to operate. Turn this feature off to prolong battery life as well.

There are a few pointers the article mentions that may be more of an irritant to work around than to simply leave them at their default setting.

•    Reduce or Eliminate Push Notifications – With this setting disabled, you will not be notified immediately of new mail until you click refresh, or wait on a predetermined amount of time.
•    Reduce or Eliminate System Sounds – Very little impact on battery life, and if turned off, you lose the ability to have audible cues as to new email arrival, calendar events etc.

-Paul Jarnagin

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iPad Tips

March 11th, 2011 Comments off

Here are some handy tips for using the iPad more efficiently:

Hidden Punctuation Marks:

While typing, swiping up quickly on the comma key will immediately insert an apostrophe; swiping up on the period key inserts a quotation mark. Holding down punctuation marks can also bring up extra options. For example tapping and holding the period key on the punctuation keyboard will show an ellipsis that can be inserted into your text. Other hidden punctuation marks include the bullet and an em-dash which can be found by holding down the hyphen key.

Accented Letters :

To use accented letters press and hold on a vowel to display a pop-up containing accented versions of the selected character appears. Then just select the accented character you wish to use from the pop-up and it will be inserted in to your text. Below is the an image of what the accented letter option for the letter “i” looks like:

Launching Apps Quickly:

If you need to find an app quickly but hate scrolling through pages of apps or searching through multiple folders of apps there is a faster way. First tap the home button to get to the main iPad home screen. Then tap the button again to bring up the search program on your iPad. Next type the first few letters of that hard-to-find app’s name, and then tap on the correct app when it appears in the search results.  Below is an image showing the search function being used to find an app on the iPad:

–Jason Miller



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How to Access Email on Your iPad

February 24th, 2011 Comments off

I’m reposting this excerpt from our iPad guide for those new to the College who need to set up their iPad.

In Mail, you can have multiple email accounts appear in a single inbox. Here are instructions for setting up your AS and personal email accounts. If you do not have an AS email account, eTech can help you get one. If you do not use your AS account, you will have to access webmail through Safari.

Setting up your AS account on the iPad

1. Tap the Settings icon.

2. Select “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” located on the left side of the screen.

3. Under the Accounts heading, tap the “Add Account…” option.

4. Select Microsoft Exchange.

5. Enter your full AS email address in the Email field.

6. Enter asnet in the Domain field.

7. Enter your AS username in the Username field.

8. Enter your AS password in the Password field.

9. Enter a descriptive name for the email account in the Description field.

10. Tap the Next button.

11. Verify that the server address appears.

12. Tap the Next button.

13. Select the Save button.

14. Make sure that Contacts, Calendar, Mail are all set to the ON position. If they are not, touch the word OFF once to turn the option on.

15. You have successfully set up your email. To access your AS mail, tap the Mail icon on the home screen.

Setting up your personal email account on the iPad

1. Tap the Settings icon.

2. Select “Mail, Contacts, Calendars.”

3. Tap the “Add Account…” option, then tap Google, Yahoo!, or AOL.

4. Enter your name, email address, password, and a description.

5. Tap the items you want to use on the iPad, which may include calendar and contacts. Availability of items depends on the service provider.

Now you can access your email on the iPad through the Mail icon.

–Jason Miller

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Choosing an App

February 17th, 2011 2 comments

One of the questions I’m asked most often is, “How do I know which word processing (or PDF annotating/organizing, or etc.) app to buy?” Unfortunately, the answer isn’t an easy one. I suggest that you consider the following:

1. VGA compatibility: Not all apps will project out through the projectors in the multimedia rooms on campus. You must find an app that is described in the app store or as having “support for VGA out adapter” or something similar. Is this language always easy to find in an app description? Nope.

2. Compatibility with your favorite apps: Dropbox and Evernote are both file storage and sharing apps (this is an over-simplification, Evernote has many other capabilities, which I won’t get into here). You will discover that some apps have direct links to other apps. For example, QuickOffice, the word processing program I use most often, has direct links to Dropbox, Google docs, and other external storage spaces. Pages, which has VGA support, does not have direct links to Dropbox or Google docs. It does have direct links to other external storage spaces, I just don’t use any of them. As I’m unlikely to need VGA compatibility for my word processing program, I don’t often use Pages.

3. App functionality: Know what you need from an app, then look for those qualities in the app description in the App Store (or on or the appshopper app) before you buy. DocsToGo, for example, another word processing app, seems to handle encrypted Excel files well.

4. Bugginess and interface: Look at the ratings for the apps in the App Store to find out whether an app is prone to crashing. And be sure that you’re looking at the ratings for the most recent version of the app. Also look at the pictures of the app interface at the bottom of the app description in the App Store. Given a set of comparable apps, interface will likely determine which you will buy.

5. Online and offline apps: If you have not enabled the 3G on your iPad, you’ll need to consider which apps require wi-fi and which do not. And some apps require wi-fi even if you have enabled the 3G (these tend to be data heavy apps, such as Netflix).

Let me know in the comments what other factors influence your purchase of apps.

–Rebecca Johnson

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