- Series: For Dummies
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118949285
- ISBN-13: 978-1118949283
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,352,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
- Set up and get going with your iPad
- Quickly create and interact with typical office documents and systems
- Synchronize and back up data on your work network
- Use your iPad for project management and communication
Make work faster and easier with an iPad
If you’re considering integrating the use of an iPad at work—or have recently begun and want to unlock its full spectrum of capabilities—this hands-on guide shows you step-by-step how to quickly and effectively create and interact with office documents and systems. Everything you need to make business work for you on an iPad is inside!
- Run your business on an iPad — find out how to set up your own iPad for work, ensure your iPad’s security, and equip your iPad for travel support
- Time to get productive — take a gander at the three main office productivity suites, find specialty writing tools, use neat note-taking apps, and organize your thoughts visually
- Conquer communication breakdowns — collaborate and communicate with colleagues via email, messaging, and conferencing
- Sharing is caring — create PDFs and ePubs, make presentations and share them with AirPlay®, and deal with graphics and diagramming
- The more you know — exploit cloud coverage so you’ll always have access to your documents, and try out Safari®, Google Chrome™, and other browsers to find your fit
Open the book and find:
- What an iPad can do for business
- Steps for setting up Apple ID and iCloud
- Ways to keep work and personal data separate
- Discover the peripherals that can make your iPad work more like a laptop
- The importance of adopting best security practices
- How to work with Microsoft® Office on your iPad
- Guidance on using FaceTime®, Skype®, Lync®, WebEx®, and more
- Indispensable industry-specific apps worth checking out
About the Author
Galen Gruman has written more than 30 books on Mac OS X, the iPad, Windows 8, and desktop publishing software. Gruman writes the mobile and consumerization columns for InfoWorld, and he was a pioneer in the use of personal computing and desktop publishing technologies in the mid-1980s.
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Although this book contains a ton of useful information, it's not an introduction to the iPad. It assumes you already know what an iPad is and how to use it. That's to the good, because it gets down to business right away.
The first three chapters do give the basics of setting up an iPad for professional use (as opposed to entertainment such as playing games, surfing the web, or sending emails). I recommend reading these three chapters straight through to help make the initial choices that will facilitate your work load later. Check out chapter 3 in particular, because that's all about security. If you're carrying around financials and other sensitive info on your iPad, you sure don't want it hacked somewhere!
Once you get past these three chapters, the rest of the book is pretty much a buffet. Pick the parts that pertain to your business. For example, I skipped the whole section on Office 365, because I use iWork. On the other hand, I found the chapter on the Cloud to be very valuable because of all the practical details. In fact, the whole section on sharing is highly useful for what I do (working remotely with people all over the country). I've had some frustrating experiences trying to do presentations from a laptop, and this book gives clear, step by step directions for giving a successful presentation from my iPad instead.
Two strong features of the book: the index and the table of contents. That's right, a user manual is no good at all if you can't find what you want. The index sends me to the exact page if I know the name of what I need to read. But if I don't, the detailed table of contents lets me search by subject, because I can see at a glance what's in each chapter and get a good idea where to start looking.
I'll be using this as a reference and probably carrying it with me on trips. It's a big book but printed on a lightweight paper so it's not too heavy for a weekender travel bag.
I guess what I take away from iPad at Work for Dummies is that yes, the grass is sometimes a little greener. While, for example, I can use Evernote as adroitly on the Kindle as any iOS-head, the "office suite" apps I've tried so far have me a bit wistful about Office 365 for the iPad. (Maybe not so much about the $70/year/person or $100/year/family subscription cost.) And I'd kill to have no-contract data on my HDX the way owners of the iPad can from Apple. Then there are the security features of the iPad...
Galen Gruman has got to be one of the better "Dummies" authors I've come across - there's no whiff of condescension or "cutesy-ness" in this new addition to the "Dummies" stable of references, and I didn't even start to nod off while reading about syncing and sharing files.
For me, the iPad is still a theoretical "maybe" and yes, I know the Kindle Fire was developed as a media device for entertainment first, not for productivity, etc., etc. I might be way off on a tangent here, but there's so much that *is* the same about using the iPad vs. a Kindle Fire or an android tablet that it's well to keep tabs on what's happening within competing "walled gardens". Who knows, I might one day find a compelling practical (non-entertainment/gaming) reason to leap between platforms. Or my spouse may - he steals my tablet continuously, as it's a heck of a lot easier on his eyes than the iPhone he carries for work.
But for now, I'm off to check out an All Emoji keyboard app. Y'Know, I hear that Apple has those too.