Mar 10

This week, Apple introduced the next generation iPad. It added some incremental features including Retina Display (this references the fact that your eye can only distinguish a certain pixel density, any higher densities are unnoticed) as well as LTE connectivity. Unfortunately, no Siri on iPad just yet. A perhaps minor twist to this story, is Apple did not number this iPad 3 or even name it iPad HD. So, if you are buying any iPad on the internet be sure you know your you’re buying. Is an electronic implant in out future? Tough to say. I can imagine some intelligent glass lenses that have built in augmented reality, along with face recognition. Imagine meeting someone for the second time and never worrying about remembering their name.  You look their way and the name pops up in front of your eyes along with any other key details. I’d like a pair of those glasses.

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Aug 02

A few weeks back, I published “Evernote on the iPad”, in which I described a method to let you capture links or webs pages to Evernote on the iPad, as I saw no “save to Evernote” option. A fellow iPad fan set me straight, there’s a better way, much better in fact. Let’s start by going to the Evernote application,

Check the box to use the Safari clipper plugin. Next, you are looking at the top of the screen when the iPad is plugged in and ready to sync. Go to the info tab, and be sure that Sync Safari Bookmarks is checked.
Last – I love Evernote. I have a few screens full of apps, but if I had to choose, this is the killer app. This is the missing link right here. The bookmarklet needed to put “add to Evernote” on your Safari menu bar. When you go to that menubar on Safari (or Firefox, for that matter) bookmarks shown are simply that, bookmarks as we know them. But, there’s now a new breed of bookmarklets which are little javascript applications and do more than just take you to a web address. Open Safari on your desktop, and drag this image to your linkbar:

    Clip to Evernote

You should now see a link that says “clip to Evernote on the linkbar. Almost done. Now, sync your iPad.

You now will see that bookmarklet appear along with any other links on your Safari linkbar. If you use the Bookmarking site Delicious or other sites that use these bookmarklets, this process will set you up to use them on your iPad. All but the Yahoo link are this type of bookmarklet.

I hope you find this useful. Let me know if you you use any of these features.


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Jun 09

Note – a kind reader gave me a better recommendation to use Evernote on the iPad and the advice now appears in a new article Evernote on the iPad Revisited.

My regular readers will know that I’m a Mac user (a fan but not a fanboy) and lately, an avid user of the Evernote application. It’s no surprise that when I bought my iPad, Evernote was one of the very first apps I loaded. I find Evernote incredibly useful, an easy way to access data at my fingertip on a screen much easier to read than either the iPod Touch or my Blackberry. One issue that some have is trying to save a web page to Evernote while browsing. On your Mac or PC this is easy, add-ons for the browser handle this with a click. The Safari iPad browser just offers this:

Your choices while in Safari are to add it to the Safari Bookmarks, add an icon to the home screen or email the link. Of course you can email the link to your Evernote account which is easy, but a two step process. I recently discovered what I think is an easier method. Take a look:

If you first set up an Evernote note which links to Google (i.e. just add a note with to your first Evernote notebook) now when you go to Google this way, you are not in Safari, and you can see the top search bar is gone, we are in Evernote’s own browser. What you gain is that lower bar, arrows for prior or next screen, reload, but most important, the new choices:

You are still able to email the link, or open in Safari, but most important, you can save the page to Evernote directly.Now, for the final image:

I can now continue my search, saving the screenshots I want, but easily going back to the search screen, via that left arrow, all the while staying within the convenient Evernote browser. I was searching for a way to do this for some time, and until I discovered this process, saving from the iPad was a multistep process. Of course you can use whichever search engine you wish, the process is the same. If you pass this tip on, please let people know you heard it here first.


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Jan 30


If you don’t know by now, I am a Mac fan. I don’t know where one draws the line between a happy user and a fan-boy, but I probably straddle that line. My current desktop Mac is 8 years old (an MDD G4) so I’m not camping over night to get the latest invention. I had a hard drive based MP3 player that looked like a small brick until my wife and daughter bought me an iPod touch. At first, I was unimpressed, I had an MP3 player, now I just had another one. But then came the game changer, the apps. Now, I was able to use Pandora on the iPod, and stream music right to my headset, no computer needed. I was able to program and control my TiVos from the iPod without interrupting the show that was on. I could sign in to my desktop Macs and control them from across the house. The two lingering thoughts I had were “I’d love this thing to be bigger, the size of a trade paperback book” and “give me 3G wireless so I’m not tied to the house or looking for WiFi.” I got my wish.


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