Thursday, May 10, 2012

Most Efficient and Effective way to use the iPad

So a for a while now, I’ve had the ‘New iPad’ in my possession. There’s no denying it, its an incredible device, however I’ve been on a bit of a mission to find the most productive way of using it to it’s full potential. There are two key features the iPad needs to be a productive creation device, and I’m going to show you two methods of creating/using these features.


The iPad’s on screen keyboard is great in small doses, for writing emails and other applications to that nature. But as soon as you are required to write an article, or a term paper – as I sometimes are, the keyboard just won’t do it for you due to the fact that it takes up over half of your screen.

For this reason, I suggest picking up a bluetooth keyboard. They are quite inexpensive, and once you’ve used one for a couple of weeks there just isn’t any way you can revert to the iPad’s built in function for extended periods of writing. I myself use the KeyCase from MobileFun. If you’re looking for one, you can check out their selection of iPad 3 covers which include keyboards. There is really no comparing a physical keyboard to an on-screen one, but having one at my disposal increased my WPM from about 35 to around 60. This is the most important thing for me, to be productive with my iPad and I have no doubt that if you haven’t tried one before – you’ll fall in love with them.

iOS Limitations

iOS is a consumption operating system, as any mobile OS should be. It’s just not advanced enough to do major creation on it, for example you may be able to edit one tiny family video on your iPhone, but for the advanced things, you need a computer. This brings me on to the next most important thing for productivity: a VNC client. For all of you who don’t know, a VNC client is an app that lets you view and interact with your computer, directly from your iPad/iPhone.

The most advanced VNC client for the iPad is called ‘Splashtop Streamer’ and it can be found in the app store for $4.99/£2.99. It does everything smoothly, when I use it, I can write posts on JailbreakNation whilst listening to music streamed from my mac. It’s an incredible platform for productivity and it saves you carrying around an iMac under your arm.

So this was just my take on how to be productive on your iPad. For me personally, it’s all about making sure you can do pretty much everything you can with your computer, with your iPad – and hopefully this post brought you one step closer to doing that.

What are your methods for being productive on your devices? I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts or tips.

DashboardX – Homescreen Widgets on your Springboard (Preview)

Android users have been reining supreme over iOS in the department of homescreen widgets. Apple famously never allowed them, google go, and as such - this adds to the whole iOS vs. Android malarky. However developer cjori decided to change this, and has created the tweak ‘DashboardX’.

The tweak brings a very cool notion, and that is to allow any notification centre widgets, to be used on your homescreen. It also supplies a large amount of functionality, in that you can choose to interact with them or not, or move them to anywhere on your screen too.

I used this tweak in collaboration with ‘GridLock’ as it gives the ability to use the widgets at the top of my homescreen, then have my icons directly below it. DashboardX certainly has some awesome potential, especially when other developers start to make widgets specifically for it.

What do you think of this tweak? Tell us below in the comments.

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