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iPad at Work [Paperback]

David Sparks , Merlin Mann
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October 4, 2011 1118100565 978-1118100561 1
Great ideas and advice on using your iPad as a business tool!

More and more iPad users discover every day that the versatile, portable iPad has countless business uses. From small businesses to high-profile corporations, companies are integrating iPads into their systems and workplaces at a phenomenal rate.

Written by the acclaimed co-host of the Mac Power Users podcast, iPad at Work explores the best practices and software recommendations for incorporating the iPad into a work environment. It covers setting up the iPad and using it for enterprise level word processing, spreadsheet creation, presentations, task management, project management, graphic design, communication, and much more.

  • Offers recommendations for software, best practices, and ways to maximize productivity with the iPad in the workplace
  • Discusses using the iPad for enterprise level word processing, spreadsheet creation, presentations, task management, project management, graphic design, communication, and more
  • Covers set-up, synchronization, data backup, and communicating with work networks
  • Written by renowned industry expert, David Sparks, co-host of the Mac Power Users podcast

This is the guide you need to take full advantage of the iPad in a business setting.

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From the Author: Top Five iPad at Work Tips

1. E-Mail and Calendar Bliss.
The iPad nails the little details for the mobile road warrior. Manage and run your Microsoft Exchange, IMAP, CalDAV and other e-mail and calendar protocols seamlessly from your iPad. No more do you you need to manage that awkward Airport laptop boot-up. Just pull out your iPad, turn it on, and go.

2. Use a Bluetooth Keyboard.
While the iPad on-screen keyboard works great for small writing projects. If you intend to write more than 1,000 words at a go, get yourself a Bluetooth keyboard and you’ll fly.

3. Try Remote Access.
Don’t forget that using modern virtual computing protocols, you can remotely control your Mac or Windows PC from your iPad. Running your powerhouse PC from your iPad on the road feels like you can have your cake and eat it too.

4. Brainstorm Like Never Before.
There are some remarkable outlining and mind mapping apps for the iPad that are more intuitive with the iPad’s touch interface than ever before possible with a keyboard and mouse. Use your iPad for that critical planning stage of your next successful project.

5. Own the Internet.
The iPad, with its ‘instant on’ technology and long battery life, make the Internet easier than ever. Take advantage of the assortment of web browsers, social networking apps, and other web savvy apps on the iPad.

From the Back Cover

iPad as a business tool? Absolutely!

Need to make an impromptu presentation? Update a spreadsheet? Check on a project, e-mail a file, or polish up a document on your way to a meeting? Your iPad has it covered. This guide focuses on the iPad's business life, detailing how to set it up, secure it, and take full advantage of everything it offers the enterprise. Best practices, productivity tools, working from the cloud, video conferencing, even using your iPad to get you to the meeting—all that and much more, explained right here.

  • Set up your iPad for business, sync it, back it up, and choose accessories and utilities

  • Investigate browser options, manage your Twitter feed, safely use cloud storage, set up a video conference, and explore e-meeting options

  • Book flights and hotels, navigate a city, and convert currency

  • Explore your choices for word processing, spreadsheets, note-taking, presentations, e-mail, reading e-books, and more

  • Discover apps that work for your specific industry

  • Communicate with Windows networks

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118100565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118100561
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up to Mac at Work October 14, 2011
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This is an excellent follow up to the author's book, Mac at Work, which I also own on the Kindle. The author is well known for his podcast, MacPowerUsers, with co-host Katie Floyd.

This book is a very comprehensive guide to getting things done and being productive with your iPad. Although "work" is in the title it is very useful for just being productive in general.

The book is well written in plain English and is very readable. He describes how to use the iPad in general, and then reviews productivity apps, such as document reading, work processing, project management, calendars, note taking, presentations, etc. This is not a comprehensive list, so check the table of contents by downloading a sample to your Kindle.

He has tried all the apps himself and reviews them from his usage and not just by copying their web page like a lot of other reviews. At the end of each chapter he describes his own workflow.

It is up to date and includes IOS5 with it's new features.

I highly recommend this book along with Mac at Work, which also got excellent reviews.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Guide To Being Productive On An iPad November 24, 2011
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iPad at work, David Sparks' follow up to his well received first book, "Mac At Work", is a significant contribution to the growing field of computer based, workflow management.

The computer tablet, as a mainstream computing device, has only been in existence since the introduction of the original iPad in 2010. Since that time we have seen almost every computer maker jump onto the tablet computing bandwagon, but as of now, late 2011, the Apple iPad still commands a lions' share of the computer tablet market.

For most consumers, who are first time tablet owners, or who are considering purchasing a first tablet, there are few available cultural references with which one can latch onto, in order that they conceptually visualize the role that a tablet computer might play in their everyday business workflows. Most people, for example believe that typing on the onscreen keyboard might be difficult or slow. I, as a typing challenged baby boomer, have found the opposite to be true. David Sparks debunks this widely held assumption, while also discussing the times, that for long documents, a Bluetooth keyboard might be a useful accessory. David Sparks, with a simple, direct style shows readers both a context, and the nuts and bolts application, of a technology which twenty years ago was only imagined in science fiction.

Patrick Stewart's character, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, in the syndicated television series "Star Trek, The Next Generation", walks around with a tablet computer in his hand quite often, on the futuristic "Starship Enterprise", provides a small taste of the possibilities of a tablet computing. With the iPad science fiction has entered the reality of the present day work world. The iPad is not just a laptop replacement or a large iPod Touch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start for business user of IPAD April 8, 2012
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This is a good over all guide for the user of the IPAD. The first few chapters are an excellent lesson in how the IPAD works and thinks. Though I have had an Iphone for two years, many of the same lessons applied to how to set up and use my Iphone as well. The remainder of the book is how the author uses different APPS for business situations. As new APPS are produced daily these recommendations will become dated very quickly.

This book comes up short in the same area that most books have with the IPAD, on how to use the tool for business uses, such as file organization, document organization. And then there is the whole discussion on "the cloud" that for a non MAC user is still mysterious.

The book is a good primer for using the IPAD beyond Steve Jobs belief that it is an internet management device.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lets's get down to work and make some $$ March 6, 2012
Forget about playing Angry Birds and watching Netflix, this book is all about business and rightfully so. David Sparks is a legend in the Mac community and his books are always spectacular! If you use your iPad for a business or non-profit, this is a must have.

The organization of the book is extremely focused. Each chapter covers a different aspect of what a user might need to do with their iPad such as writing, contacts, or presentations. Instead of showing you the basics of the iOS apps included in the iPad, David takes a holistic approach suggesting not just a variety of alternative apps but discussing suggested workflows and how to optimize these workflows for your individual business. No stone is left unturned here: billing/invoicing, databases, project management and more business specific concepts.

The chapters start with the coverage of the primary iOS apps as well complimentary or alternative apps. Each app is given a QRcode making for easy downloading on your iPhone. What a thoughtful and smart idea, but that's MacSparky--the online identify of David Sparks. Great screen shots and succinct writing make this a quick and easy read and allows you to skip over the concepts you aren't interested in. Don't skip. Even if you know contact management or word processing, the tips and tricks to optimize usage are well work the short reads.

The appendix of the book includes industry specific suggestions for law, medicine construction and more.

A seriously awesome book by an industry luminary!

Pros: Organization and content focused on business
Cons: Absolutely none
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical information
Just what I was looking for to learn more about using my iPad mini for presentations.
Published 10 days ago by Missouri shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars David Sparks did it again.
Big fan of David. Loves anything he writes. My productivity Guru. In this book he gave me the tips that I needed to use my iPad more effectively at Work. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joe Manich
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice !!
Thanks to this book i change my way of work.
I use my iPad everyday using very good apps like Beesy ([...]), Evernote, etc...
I recommend it
Published 6 months ago by Gama Antunes
4.0 out of 5 stars My quick theory refresher and abounds with nouvelle ideas!
Straight to the point and comparable to other leading books on the subject, only more concise. I especially like the extra references provided within the body of text for further... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JR. Clemente
4.0 out of 5 stars iPad for the Restaurant Business
This book makes a great point, one which I have agreed with since I held the first iPad in my hands (and before that even) and that point is this: the iPad is not just for playing... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ben L Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb resource for the new iPad owner who plans to do real work with...
a. Easy reading - written from an expert-level user to a general, non-technical audience.

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Published 12 months ago by tbrochny
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference
So look past the fact that the author is a lawyer. This book is a quick read and an excellent resource for what is good on the iPad for the person who uses computers to keep up... Read more
Published 14 months ago by D.R. of IL
4.0 out of 5 stars iPad at Work - a good read.
Simple and easy to read. This book is a very good User Guide - it has useful explanations and tips on how to be more productive with the iPad (mostly on a personal work level). Read more
Published 18 months ago by MARK K PUGH
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good reference book
The information was well organized. The examples were actual work related examples that helped me think through the solution. I really appreciated the work related orientation. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Annie Oakley
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Bought this book for my husband, who is technology challenged, but this book was easy to learn new things that his ipad could do.
Published 20 months ago by Genevieve Seguinot
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