Graphics Tablets: What are good ways to annotate PDFs with Wacom Bamboo Pen and Apple OS X?
PDFpen from Smile software ($75) lets you use the pen to annotate but each scribble is a vector object that you can delete or undo and re-draw but not erase bits of. Adobe Acrobat Pro lets you erase bits of what you scribble but it expensive ($12 or $15 to rent). PDF Expert from Readdle also lets you erase bits of what youve drawn and is $6 ($3 for education) licensed for 3 Macs. It was picked as App of the Year by Apple. They have a 7 day trial at s
What's better having an iPhone or an iPad?
The invention of the iPad was one of those rare moments in which Apple convinced the market that a third device (something you carry in addition to your laptop and smart phone) was not only viable it was vital. I can remember the days before the iPad (29 talk about ancient). Back then tablets were just some weird gizmo that math teachers used with to write problems on a projector for the whole class. However the new modern wave of tablets is changing the very way we look atputing and there are a few very good reasons why you should invest in one now. There a Giant Touch Screen Seems obvious no? Yet it easy to forget just how much of a difference this one simple fact can make. Using any app is a lot easier with the large touch screen real estate. Netflix is particularly awesome on an iPad because of the bigger screen. While the iPad display isn exactly the iPhone Retina Display it still pretty good and more importantly a whole lot bigger. Watching videos on an iPad is excellent. Infinity-blade-epic-ipad-apple ( credit to kotaku) Maybe it just because there less scrolling involved but reading on a tablet is the definition of simple and intuitive. With the right apps a properly equipped iPad could be aplete reading device a gadget that does newspapers magazines blogs RSS and ebooks. If you travel a lot or read a large amount of online material then an iPad is perfect. Believe It Or Not Tablets Can Be A (Slightly Awkward) Phone Nowadays with the advent of the modern app store there really is an app for everything. And believe it or not that includes functions that were once the sole providence of cell phones. With a little ingenuity and some inventive app use you could theoretically replace your phone entirely with a tablet. Think about it. What does a phone do that a tablet doesn? Other than the obvious size differences a tablet lacks the ability to do phone-y things like calling and ing. Those things are provided by your cell phone carrier. But with a little work and some monetary cost to you you can do those things on a tablet too. Skype-calling-free-online Calling can be handled by the obvious choice Skype. This service is pretty darn awesome putting its app on every device you can think of including the iPad. The basic features (Skype to Skype calling) are free but with a few important disadvantages. You both have to be online and there no voicemail. However if youre willing to shell out a little cash at impressively cheap prices Skype will let you take calls offline and even record a voicemail. Just leave Skype running in the background and it acts exactly like a real phone. Here Ill put in a word of caution. Skype does not encourage you to use them as a replacement for a phone because you can call emergency services (the police firefighters) without a real phone. You may be better off using Skype for everything but still keeping around a prepaid phone with a minimum amount minutes just in case. As for ing that a little easier. There are hundreds of free apps that will assign you a phone number specifically for ing. Prepare to deal with some advertisements if you use a free ing app but hey- it still free. And of course all this calling and ing requires a 3G subscription to be always connected. So in the end youre still paying a wireless carrier but itll still be a lot cheaper. It Not A Laptop But It Almost As Productive I like to trumpet how laptops are capable of so many more things like serious typing PhotoShop editing video building websites or really any labor-intensive virtual task. However the hard truth is that while iPads are still not quite equal they are darn close. All of those advantages I listed above are making their way onto a touch screen in some form or another if theyre not already there. With some accessories and the right apps the iPad can be seriously productive. iPad-Keyboard-apple-accessory (image credit to bitesofapple) Typing requires a hefty investment but with a $7 Apple official Bluetooth keyboard you can on your iPad. I actually used this keyboard to on my iPod Touch before getting my laptop and I can attest to its quality. Apple sure charges a premium for it but the physical keyboard is a godsend for people like me who spend a lot of time writing. The writer apps for iPad aren exactly Microsoft Word but if you just want to get some words down on the road they work perfectly fine. As for visual projects like PhotoShop and video editing those are on their way or already here. Adobe haspanion apps for iPad that help with PhotoShop on PC. But those aren the real thing. That why they released a video of a totally redesigned PhotoShop running on an iPad. No news yet if itll be released but here hoping. Then of course Apple got movie editing covered with the release of iMovie for the iPad 2. The app looks like it designed with the usual Apple elegance so editing on the run might actually be possible without a PC. And from the looks of the iPad it not the only thing that shedding the PC. iMovie-for-iPad-apple-video-editor iPads Are Awesome Seems even more obvious no? Still think about it. If youve ever used an iPad you know what Im talking about. There just something (and I hate this word but Ill say it anyway) magical about manipulating a giant screen with just your finger. Controlling aplex device with your hands is subliminally appealing in a way that PCs can even hope to match and iPhones just don have. Using an iPad is fun. I can almost guarantee that if you do shell out for a shiny new tablet you will certainly enjoy it.
What application do you always install on your phone and recommend to everyone?
Google Maps (because having an additional mapping service is nice and while Apple has gotten much better in the last 5 years Google is still out in front). Overcast (Ive yet to see a better podcast player) Dark Sky (Rain starting in 7 minutes a good reminder of when to take the dogs out real quick!) Google Play Books (I read a lot 1 minutes to kill waiting in line at the bank? Im probably reading a book) NetFlix (I don actually watch a lot of TV or movies on my phone but sometimes I want to and Netflix is great for that) Pedometer++ (I love that it figures out for any given span of minutes weather the watch or phone had a better step count and makes one data set out of the pair) Uber (you never know when you might need a ride in a hurry) Ascension (I love board games and card games I have a bunch on the phone but this is my current favorite) PCalc (I sometimes have need of a hex calculator and this one is way better then the physical one I bought for $8 when I was in high school it is also a great normal calculator and unit converter) Documents (Readdle stash PDFs ePubs and an bunch of other stuff with built in readers ftp client sftp iCloud and a bunch of other stuff I mostly use it for PDFs) PDF Expert (also by Readdle I mark up a lot of PDFs and this works better then Documents owning it also causes Documents to get all the advanced markup features from PDF Expert so I actually don use PDF Expert much just the tools it enables in Documents). I also have this on my Mac. It syncs documents across my Macs iPhone and iPad. Very handy. I also use some of the built in apps and like them enough that if they were 3rd party apps I would download and install them Safari (just a web browser but it is actually really good) Messages (ok more because I like that it has strong encryption and most people I know are on it but the UI is Ok) Weather (Ive bought a half dozen 3rd party weather apps but other then Dark Sky (which servers a different purpose) none are really better then the built in one!) Clock (I set lots of countdown timers and it runs my morning alarm and time to leave work) Calendar (I would miss meetings otherwise) ToDo (Im still better at ignoring todo items then most people are but this helps) On an iPad I also like the Swift Playground just because I like fiddling with it.
Why do you use an iPad? I got an iPad free from work and don't know what to do with it. I already have a Macbook and a smartphone, and don't see how an iPad will enhance my work/personal life.
I use my iPad just for reading. For that purpose I do not ( more like cannot italic ) use native iOS apps. For PDFs I use PDF Expert by Readdle. It is easy to highlight PDFs with PDF Expert. For videos and some ePubs I use Documents by Readdle. These apps sync documents between Mac and iPad over iCloud Drive. Even if the iPad is sleeping all your files are synced automatically. iBooks app never syncronizes properly the free ePub books I load. So I use Google Play Books for syncing my ePubs to iPad. My highlights are automatically converted to a Google Doc so I can later work on them easily. For purposes other than reading or watching videos I find the use of a tablet meaningless. That why I do not even check my email or use messaging on my iPad. I already removed all unnecessary apps. I use my iPad only for reading Reading from a tablet which is light and small is more convenient than reading from a laptop which is bulky and difficult to move around. My 4-year-old iPad mini 2 (bought refurbished) is still doing great for that purpose. Note I also control my Chrome Cast and Netflix from my iPad when my iPhone battery die early at night.
What is the best e-reader (aside of iBooks) across all Apple devices (Mac, iPad, iPhone) with EPUB+PDF support and cloud sync (iCloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive etc.)?
iBooks is far from being the best reading app on iOS. It will depend on the kind of ebooks you intend to read in regard of format but also DRM protection. For both Adobe DRM or DRM-free ePUB+PDF plus some others like CBR forics PocketBook Reader For Adobe DRM or DRM-free ePUB+PDF Bluefire Reader or Aldiko For DRM-Free ePUB+PDF+CBR Marvin Storing your eBooks digitalics and magazines on Dropbox and so on works but assuming you want not just storage but a proper Cloud Bookcase where you can manage your whole collection I suggest you to try our solution Nimbooks . Manage everything on yourputer then enjoy anywhere be on Android iOS or your dedicated e-ink reading device (Kindle Kobo etc.). Give it a try it is free and we already handle over 98K eBooks for users on 83 countries!
Why can't I save files to my iPhone like I can on my PC? It seems like everything is app-based.
This answer is probably going to be a bit longer than it needs to be but I want to try to answer your question and help you learn to work with the new way. I am not a huge fan of how Apple deals with files on iOS since I grew up on the old way but it is probably the future. Look at google docs for example. All you spreadsheet files are in sheets etc. I would expect you will see more of this moving forward on other platforms. They are trying to hide theplexity of the file system from the user. Apple is not always right but if history is a ge you might want to get used to it. Yes. On android too. If you download the iCloud Drive app you can see your files in a more tradition format. They will still be grouped by app though. You can create folders (only 2 levels deep) select them and move them or share via email or whatever. You can even open them in otherpatible apps using share sheets (the box with an arrow). You can also access those folders in finder if you use a mac. I haven't tried but there is probably a fair amount you can do on as well. There are also apps that do a pretty good job of recreating a more traditional desktop experience with your files if you just can't deal. Im all in on Dropbox now so I just put everything I need to keep in there. But Documents 5 by Readdle is a pretty good option for a traditional file manager. I'm sure there are lots of other good and even free options. It just more of a hassle than using Apple system since you have to always remember to put the updated version back in after you work with it in whatever app. It's a bit of a cluster right now since we are all used to the old way but it makes sense if you think about it. If you need to work on a spreadsheet you open numbers or excel and everything is there. A document. Open pages. Just takes a little getting used to. The problems really pop up when you are trying to access one document in many different apps. Don't do that find good apps and stick with them. Use share sheets if you must. Here are my suggestions. Google sheets is probably the best spreadsheet option. Numbers is fine unless you need to shareplex spreadsheets in apany. Then you have to use excel. If you don't have to share excel is free to just view stuff other people send you and numbers can handle basic stuff and export to excel. Pages is fine for docs. I forced myself to learn it and I can do everything I ever did with word and more. It also works much better than numbers when you are collaborating with others. Keynote of course. PowerPoint blows. PDF Expert is really the only way to go for dealing with PDFs. For creative stuff Pixelmator garage band imovie iPhoto unless you need pro stuff. You probably don't but if you do you know what you need. That really covers most of the files you will probably generate or use. It's like 438 apps depending on what you do. Everything is right where you need it. It's just a different way to think about things. Oh yeah. No more save as. If you want to make non-destructive changes duplicate it first. Apple new file system is in beta now and it supports versions. I'm not sure how they will implement it but you may not need to worry about that for much longer. Hope it helps.