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iPad at Work 1st Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 1118100565
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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: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. STYLE on 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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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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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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a. Easy reading - written from an expert-level user to a general, non-technical audience.

b. Dense with specific advice on an astonishingly broad range of topics, from choosing the options to buy with your iPad, including insurance, to cyber security, using the native applications, selecting additional applications, using the cloud, and travelling with your iPad.

c. Strong focus on how to use the iPad to be more productive at work.

d. The iPad 2 was the current version when this book was written. Most of the advice is equally valid i.e. applicable to the iPad 4, I find.

This book is by far the best resource I have picked up for quick-starting with my new iPad.
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*iPad at Work* is a revelation as well as an incredibly useful tool. The author's writing style is so instructive and engaging that I read the book in one sitting. I look forward to returning to it time and again if and when I ever get up and running with the iPad. You see, I don't even own an iPad yet and I still enjoyed the book.

This book is a great place to look if you are thinking about whether or not to purchase an iPad. If you are like me, wondering whether to go with an Android based tablet or an iPad, after reading this book, chances are you will decide to purchase an iPad. This is especially true if you, like me, use a Mac at home or work.

If you do already use a Mac, you should also get this author's book, *Mac at Work*. That book is also mesmerizing and extremely useful. It will change the way I use my Mac for the better. As the author puts it, in regard to the way I've been using my iMac, I've been driving a Ferrari in the parking lot. It's time to take it out on the highway with some of the Omni software programs he describes in *Mac at Work*.

Having read these books on the Kindle, I recommend purchasing them from iTunes in the iBook format. They will look better and the links to the Apple App Store will work making for a seamless experience on your Mac or iPad. However, the Kindle experience is just fine for getting your head around these wonderful tomes.

If you have an iPad, you should read this book. If you are considering buying an iPad, you should read this book. Even if you don't have or want an iPad, this book is an interesting read just to see where we are in 2012 in terms of technological devices and productivity tools.
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