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Ultimate iPad, The: Your Digital Life at Your Fingertips


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  • Copyright 2015
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5289-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5289-5

Use Your iPad to Simplify, De-Clutter, Improve, and De-Stress Your Life!

Your iPad. You already know it’s fun. But did you know it can save you hours every single week? Did you know it can help you get rid of clutter, annoyances, and stress—both paper and digital? Do you know the tricks and shortcuts for doing more with your iPad than you ever did with your PC or Mac? With The Ultimate iPad, you will—and it’ll be easy!

One simple step at a time, James Floyd Kelly will help you pick and use the best apps and services to pull together all your content, media, and knowledge: email, Internet, books, movies, TV, personal and work documents, magazines, financial data, and more. Packed with large full-color photos, The Ultimate iPad teaches dozens of amazingly useful techniques you won’t find in any other iPad book. You’ll discover how to:

  • Totally de-clutter yourself in less than 30 days
  • Use Evernote to organize all your documents on your iPad
  • Set up your “always-available” cloud storage service with 30x to 50x or even unlimited storage space
  • Store your DVD movies in the cloud for anytime/anywhere viewing
  • Inexpensively and legally convert your existing print library to digital
  • Use Dropbox for file transfers and other tasks iTunes can’t handle
  • Get rid of print magazine stacks and make your magazines searchable
  • Automate home security with low-cost webcams and your iPad
  • Build a personal reference library with the GoodReader and Pocket apps: never lose a web article again
  • Store an official digital signature you can add to any PDF document
  • Set up Quick-Fix shortcuts that deliver the information you want right now—even if you’re offline
  • Create a painless backup system that really works for you—finally!

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Table of Contents

Introduction     xi

Chapter 1 The Ultimate iPad     1
What Will I Need?      2
  iPad: $329–$929 (New)      3
  Personal Scanner: $120–$500     4
  External Hard Drive: $100–$200     7
  A Dropbox Account: Free or Paid     8
  The Evernote App and an Evernote Account     10
  PDFpen/PDFpen Scan+ Apps ($14.99 and $4.99)      12
  The GoodReader App: $4.99     13
Why Should I Do This?      15
Chapter 2 Get Geek-Level Organized     17
Dropbox and Evernote—Sign Up     18
  Create a Dropbox Account     18
  Create an Evernote Account     20
Dropbox and Evernote Apps—Configure     21
  Install and Configure the Dropbox App     22
  Install and Configure the Evernote App     24
  Install and Configure the GoodReader App     25
A Simple Decluttering System     33
Some Thoughts About Security     36
Foundation Tasks Wrap-Up     37
Chapter 3 Additional iPad Storage Options     39
Cloud Hosting or Local Hosting?      40
Cloud Access Via Dropbox     41
Local Hosting Via Pogoplug     46
Your iPad’s Extra Storage     57
Chapter 4 Evernote: Your New Best Friend     59
What Is Evernote?      60
Evernote Overview     61
Navigating in Evernote     63
Creating Notes in Evernote     68
The Power of Premium Evernote     71
Possible Uses for Evernote     72
  Send Emails Directly to Notebooks     72
  The Web Clipper     72
Don’t Forget the Cleanup     74
Chapter 5 Cut the Clutter: Scan Everything     75
What Is a Scanner?      76
The App Scanner     78
The Portable Scanner     91
The Desktop Scanner     93
Summary     102
Chapter 6 Your Financials—Banking and Investment Apps     103
Banking Apps     104
Credit Card and Investment Apps     107
The Mint.com App     110
Be Careful!      113
Chapter 7 Convert Your Collections: Reducing Book and Magazine Clutter     117
Start with Digital Books and Magazines Now     118
The Cut-and-Scan Method     122
Use a Scanning Service     126
A Special Scanner for Books and Magazines     128
Risks and Legal Issues     140
Chapter 8 Rip and Store: Your Movies and Shows On Demand     143
Streaming Subscription Services     144
Digital Movies and TV Shows for Sale     147
Converting DVD/Blu-ray Discs     148
  Ripping with DVDShrink 3.2     150
  Ripping with MakeMKV     154
  Converting with HandBrake     157
The Legal Stuff     161
Chapter 9 Don’t Forget Your Backup: Long-Term Deep Storage     163
Let’s Talk About Backups     164
Unlimited Data Backup Made Easy     166
Online Backup Alternatives     174
It’s Your Data; Guard It Carefully     178
Chapter 10 Automation: Video, Appliances, and More     181
Video Monitoring with Dropcam     181
Your iPad as Remote Control—WeMo     186
IFTTT—If This [Happens] Then [Do] That     191
Chapter 11 Build a Web Reference Library: Never Lose an Online Article     207
Don’t Bookmark It, Pocket It     208
  Copy a URL to the Clipboard     215
  Email the URL to Pocket     215
Convert Online Content to PDF     219
  PrintFriendly.com     220
  PrintWhatYouLike.com     227
Notes and Sketches Straight into Evernote     233
Never. Lose. Anything.      240
Chapter 12 “Plays Well with Others”: Remote Control and an Extra Screen     241
Remotely Control Computers and Laptops     242
Get Some Extra Screen Space     256
Chapter 13 Scan and Use Again: Activity Books and More     265
Kids Activity Books     266
Creating and Using Digital Activity Books     267
PDFpen for Filling Out Digital Documents     279
  Adding Text to a PDF Form     280
  Adding Your Signature to a PDF Form     286
Other Areas for Reuse     292
Your Ultimate iPad     295
Appendix A Tips and Tricks     297
Online Instruction Manuals     297
LEGO Building Instructions     298
Backup Driving Directions     299
Cheap Password Manager     300

Index     303


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