October 4, 2012

Come Undone, iPad as the primary work device

I have been thinking about moving full time to iPad. Earlier this week, I deleted my account from my MacBook Air and sold it off.

Moving to an iPad

I have been experimenting for some time with iPad as the primary work device. My work involves running education related workshops, speaking at events and research. I have been using the iPad for many of these activities. I like using Keynote on the iPad and find working on it faster compared to the desktop version. In my presentations, I like to use the pictures that I take. I have a shorter turnaround time making my content.

The last straw was a Blackboard Collaborate, a software that I had to use to run webinars. The software needed Java, so I had to keep a computer around. It is now available as an app. Here is how I work on the iPad.

  1. Draft for writing almost anything long.
  2. A lot of my notes are on Google Drive; the eponymous app works well for quick changes to these documents.
  3. Post and Poster for blog writing. Both work well with Wordpress. If you post a lot of pictures, I will recommend Post.
  4. Snapseed for image editing. Pro Camera is the photo taking app of choice for me.
  5. Safari and Chrome browsers.
  6. Evernote for archiving stuff and making quick presentations.
  7. Kindle app for ebooks.
  8. Skype and FaceTime for communications.
  9. Keynote, for designing presentations and quick how to guides. I publish the Keynote presentation as a PDF or PowerPoint file onto DropBox and send the links to my learners. IOS6 has an open in” feature that is great for this.

Moving to an iPad

There is also the constant drive to try out smaller power adapters. The bulky power adapters are one big reason that prompted me to move to the iPad. This one made by Innergie accommodates two USB cables.

Moving to an iPad

I like keyboards that are not latched on to the iPad. This helps me position the keyboard and the iPad for maximum comfort (and less glare). Microsoft makes the Mobile Keyboard 5000. It is larger than other Bluetooth keyboards, but it makes for a comfortable typing experience. I will recommend getting this if you have to type a lot and if your travelling bag can fit it. It does not have iOS specific keys but the volume up down and mute keys work, and so does the scroll keys. It costs around 50USD or less.


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