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Take Your iPad to Work 1st Edition

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PART I: GETTING READY FOR WORK: ORIENTATION. 1. First Day: Introducing the iPad. 2. Second Day: Interfacing with the iPad. 3. Third Day: Connecting with the iPad. 4. Fourth Day: Using the iPad Apps. PART II: IPAD APPS FOR EVERY BUSINESS. 5. Surf the Web: Safari. 6. Get the Word Out: E-Mail. 7. Get to iWork: Productivity. 8. From iPad to Paper: Printing. 9. In the Cloud with MobileMe: Online Storage. PART III: IPAD APPS FOR RETAIL. 10. Ring Me Up: Point of Sale. 11. When the Work's Done: Invoicing. 12. Managing Stuff: Inventory. 13. Shout to the World: Signs, Banners, and Flyers. PART IV: IPAD APPS FOR SMALL BUSINESS. 14. Box it Up: Shipping. 15. Face-to-Face, Face-to-Web: Meetings. 16. Build Online: Web Site Creation. 17. Track Online: Web Site Management. 18. Make a List:Task Management. PART V: IPAD APPS FOR THE ENTERPRISE. 19. Put on a Show: Presentations. 20. Make the Sale: Sales Management. 21. See the Big Picture: Project Management. 22. Manage the Customer: CRM. 23. From the Home Office: Enterprise Messaging. PART VI: IPAD APPS FOR BUSINESS TRAVEL. 24. Get Ready to Go: Travel Arrangements. 25. On the Plane: Multimedia. 26. On the Plane: Books.

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Brian Proffitt is a technology expert who blogs on ITworld.com about OpenSource, Mobile, and Big Data technology and Twitters as @TheTechScribe on a wide range of technology sectors. Currently, he is an adjunct instructor at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (October 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435458990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435458994
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,178,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeremy Haggard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 3, 2011
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I selected this book because I've been an iPad user since the first month it came out. I've consistently tried using my iPad at work in a number of ways and am still tweaking my ways I use it at work to be most effective. So when I had the opportunity to read this book I thought it would be great! A book on using your ipad at work, how neat...

Well this book is a great book... for beginner ipad owners that have no idea what to do with the iPad. The book is approx 350 pages long and the author spends the first 96 pages telling you first what an ipad is (2 pages) to what the buttons are on the ipad and how it works.... This has nothing to do with using the iPad at work, this has to do with remedial iPad use. This is beginner stuff. I would imagine you wouldn't attempt to use an iPad at work without some basic understanding of it.

This book spent 1/3 of it's length with remedial information, for any current iPad user you can fly by pages 1-100 and start out on chapter 7 which is where the business apps really start coming into play where the author writes about iWork. But then a few chapters later they talk about setting up a twitter page and facebook pages... ??? More content not relevant in my opinion to using your iPad at work.

I don't get it. This is a fantastic book for the beginner to iPads, NOT someone who has been using one and is looking for tips on "taking your iPad to work." If this book was "you just got an iPad FROM work and you have no idea how to use it" then sure cover the basics, but this is TAKING YOUR IPAD TO WORK. In other words you own it, you play with it, you know the basics. Show me the good stuff, give me tips, techniques to use it in meetings, ways to be more productive.
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This book is truly for the beginner. It goes over the nuts and bolts, which is good. I'm a teacher so I had to adjust my thinking mode while reading this book. I'm very interested in the business side of things so it didn't take that much adjusting so don't judge me.

First he tells you how to use your iPad. This is important if you're a novice and some people in the business world (and education world) are. How to turn it on, off, search, use apps, etc... The problem lies in the fact that he is using the iOS that came out before 4.2. Granted, viners get copies, supposedly, before public release. I hope he updates the book before it hits shelves as there are MANY changes with 4.2. I couldn't find where he has a site for updates-an important concept when dealing with idevices.

Next he walks you through various apps and how to use them. Pages, Keynote, etc... Some are free, some are moderately priced and some are downright expensive. However, you don't really know this information unless you look it up. There are tons of apps out there that do the same thing. I've researched. He doesn't give lists which is what I feel he should do. Then he could say which one(s) he likes the best. This would make the book much better.

Finally, and this is just a quirk with me, it's in black and white. I like color books. It's a $24.99 book that's in black and white. Add some color and increase the cost by about $5.

Good but not great. The title will catch the eyes of business people but there are sites out there to find the right apps and better books to learn the how to's.
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From the title of this book, I thought this would be a great resource for work. Some higher ups where I work were issued iPads and I was issued one quite on accident, but allowed to hold onto it. I wondered, how can I use my iPad productively at work? This book is really not a manual on how you can segue from using a laptop to an iPad in your workplace... rather it is an overview of its potential in the workplace.

I'm very critical on the usefulness of reference books, especially when it comes to the index. A poorly done index makes the rest of the book unusable unless you choose to read it cover to cover as you would a novel. I looked up "keyboard" in the index to see if there were recommendations for external keyboards. The index referred to page 9 for bluetooth keyboards. I read all 9 and found no such reference... then found mention of the concept on page 8, but without specific brand recommendations. An unreliable index makes for a frustrating manual. Period. Thankfully, I had already found a decent wireless keyboard for my iPad that uses bluetooth and is full-size with 10-key as well, but it would have been nice if there had been a section on this. I don't care how efficient you are with an iPad, without tactile feedback as you'd have on a keyboard, you cannot type as fast, since you must look at what you're typing. The book goes over how to use specific programs, it would have been nice if it went over specific hardware as well.

I found the sparse mention of cases to be lacking as well. The book goes over using the iPad as a POS (Point of Sales device). The iPad is not something that can comfortably held in one hand indefinitely. A case with a strap handle to make it easier to manage and swipe credit cards would be nice.
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