My laptop died, and I think I want to get an iPad to replace it for casual stuff. Can you help me make a decision between the iPad Air and the Retina mini? Enumeration of what I want from it are inside. [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer
on Jan 24, 2014 -
I use Pages on an Ipad Mini: yesterday I found that all of my documents had suddenly disappeared - Pages was just showing 'no documents'.
All the software is up to date, but there have been no major changes or traumatic events recently. There were about a dozen documents, mainly very small but a couple of large ones. What I typically do is switch Word documents over from a PC via Google Drive in order to fiddle with bits of drafting while on the train. I therefore have recent copies of everything, so the actual loss is merely a little irritating; but I don't want it happening again.
Any ideas about what could have caused this?
posted by Segundus
on Jan 21, 2014 -
I use goodreader to grade papers and am very happy with the interface. However, I would like to be able to insert image files into the PDFs and goodreader doesn't support this. [more inside]
posted by Cuke
on Dec 3, 2013 -
Just curious if I should use the iCloud? Will it make things complicated for me? Make it easier? Do I need it? Am I using it already?? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum
on Nov 27, 2013 -
I purchased an iPad (3rd generation) with AT&T SIM in Dallas in 2012. I am now living in Philippines and would like to use the device's comms capability with a Philipppines carrier. However, I have tried simply switching the AT&T SIM with one from the Philippines carrier, GLOBE. [more inside]
posted by lometogo
on Nov 17, 2013 -
In spring of 2014 I will be getting an iPhone 5S. I cannot figure out how to get a plan that includes tethering so I can generate wifi for my non-cellular iPad mini. What will I need to do to activate that during my order (I am switching from Verizon to AT&T) and how do I find out how much it will cost in addition to my unlimited talk/text plus XGB of data? I have already contacted customer support and they have given me the same unhelpful stuff that's on the AT&T website.
posted by These Birds of a Feather
on Nov 16, 2013 -
So, a patron at my library wants to read our e-books on his old ipad. The ipad can only be uppgraded to ios 5.1.1 because it's from the first generation. The app we usually recommend (bluefire reader, I´m in Sweden so no overdrive-model here) requires ios 6.0. The app must be able to manage epub with DRM. Does anyone know if such an app exists?
posted by Tawny Owl
on Nov 4, 2013 -
I am interested in being alerted if and when jailbreaks to iOS 6.1.3/4 and iOS 7 are released, but I have no interest in the daily news about jailbreaks on the legitimate sites like iphonehacks.com or developers' twitter accounts. Is there an RSS feed or email service that will alert me if and only if a legitimate jailbreak is released? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars
on Oct 4, 2013 -
What are your recommended scary, immersive iPad games? Based on a previous question
, I bought The Dark Meadow
and was very pleased. Then I finished it. What are some other recommended games in that genre? [more inside]
posted by stet
on Sep 23, 2013 -
I'm pretty sure I'll be leaving my job by the end of the year, and I'll have to turn in my iPad (1st gen 3G). It's on the (no longer available) AT&T $30 month-to-month unlimited data plan, which I pay for myself and work reimburses. I'm not sure whether to replace the iPad or cancel the data plan. Help me think this through? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling
on Sep 7, 2013 -
I lost my iTunes installation in a hard drive crash. I have a backup from many months ago. I have an iPad and iPhone that have never been synced to iTunes because I got them since the hard drive failure. I'd like to re-install iTunes from the backup and sync my iPad and iPhone to the re-installed iTunes without losing any data or re-installing apps. How would I do that? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets
on Aug 29, 2013 -
My daughter's on the other side of the ocean for a little while, but we keep up with daily video chats. We talk, goof around, make faces, play with puppets, but I sometimes wish I had more ideas to keep her entertained. Can you think of any other fun things we could do? [more inside]
posted by muckster
on Aug 21, 2013 -
Yahoo News seems to have re-designed their site in a way that's removed the ability to enlarge the text of its news articles on an iPad... Is there a way to get around this? The person behind this question is nearly blind and doesn't want to re-learn a non-Yahoo news web portal....
posted by mhh5
on Jul 23, 2013 -
Everyone seems to have a different opinion about best practice for charging iPads and iPods in the car. Two guys at best buy just told me exactly opposite things! Looking for people who either actually know what they're talking about or who have experience on the matter. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by crapples
on Jul 13, 2013 -
If you could start from scratch, no contract holding you back...I'm confused by the comparison websites so Mefites, it needs to be with a new iPhone (to sync with the family's iCloud), I need to be able to tether it to my iPad while travelling but not for massive graphics or anything, just e-mails, websites, downloads from Amazon Kindle etc., [more inside]
posted by Wilder
on Jul 10, 2013 -
My dad has an ipad 3 and he recently discovered that he can play games on it. He loves games like Machinarium and The Room, were you have to think and solve puzzles. Do you know any other games like that? He has an upcoming birthday and I want to give him a list of games he can play.
posted by Tawny Owl
on Jun 29, 2013 -
I've realized that, as great as the iPad is for academic reading, I really need to annotate the PDFs in order for things to stick.
I love what Sente allows you to do on the Mac (I have a PC), in that you can highlight a sentence and it gets copied in real time to a summary page that you can see side by side with your reading. That way, when you're done, you have an accurate and formated summary page of the article you've read. Is there anywhere to find this on the iPad? [more inside]
posted by cacofonie
on Jun 3, 2013 -
I'm configuring my wife's iPad 1 to work with our WiFi network. Because our kids also use it, we'd like it to "forget" the WiFi connection when we disconnect. [more inside]
posted by never used baby shoes
on Jun 1, 2013 -
My family and I are getting my great-grandmother an iPad, and I would like to set it up for her so she can get the most use out of it. I'm looking for app recommendations or anything else that would make an iPad as user-friendly as possible for a 94-year-old. [more inside]
posted by inertia
on Apr 29, 2013 -
The original promise of the data plans for an iPad was that they were not a long term contract, but rather something you could use for a month or two, disable / cancel for a few months and then activate again as you needed it. You also would not have overage charges as running into the limit would just disable your account until you upped the plan. Is that still the case? [more inside]
posted by ridogi
on Apr 4, 2013 -
I inherited an old, first-generation iPad. I'd love to get a portable keyboard for it so I don't have to lug my ridiculously huge laptop everywhere. I've been doing some Googling, but it's hard to sift out keyboards that will work with the old, obsolete first-generation devices now that it's 2013. I want actual hard keys. Is an Apple wireless keyboard my only option?
posted by topoisomerase
on Mar 26, 2013 -
I recently started using Onlive Plus and like it a lot. But I'm stuck on one thing. Once I have downloaded and edited a Dropbox file in Onlive, how do I get the file back to Dropbox?
The Onlive FAQ says, "After you edit a file, save it and upload it to Dropbox," but I can't figure out how to accomplish the upload from within Onlive. And my google-fu is failing me.
Thanks in advance.
posted by Short Attention Sp
on Mar 19, 2013 -
I have to be at work earlier than usual for the foreseeable future, and I am not much of a morning person. Still, I have had considerable success by breaking my routine down and gamifying it by giving myself points for hitting different markers (e.g. 2 points for getting up without hitting the snooze button, 1 point for hitting it only once, 1 point for heading out the door with the dogs at a certain time, 1 point for arriving at the office on time, 2 points for 5 minutes early, 5 points for more than 5 minutes, etc.). I then give myself little rewards for certain numbers of points (e.g. two days' worth of on-time arrivals equals a latte at my favourite coffee place).
I think it would be fun to be able to track this on my iPad, and am looking for something that will allow me to re-use the same checklists and will count points as items are completed. I've looked at the various checklist and "to-do" apps, but none of them seem to fit the bill, especially the point-tracking aspect.
posted by rpfields
on Mar 16, 2013 -
A friend's iPad has a screen protector that is slightly micro-bumpy and rubbery. I call it "nurbly." It breaks up reflections but doesn't dull the display the way matte screen protectors do, since it is shiny, but bumpy. Another friend has the same thing on his iPhone. Neither of them can remember where they got it. Does anyone have this and know the name of it? I want to put one on my iPad mini.
posted by MonsieurBon
on Mar 4, 2013 -
I have a project on Google Earth I created on a PC and want to show off on a tablet, but things are not going smoothly. Have I missed something? Do you know how I can make my project better on a tablet? Specific questions outlined inside, but I welcome other suggestions that may help me in ways I had not even thought about yet. [more inside]
posted by whatzit
on Feb 15, 2013 -
My wife's iphone is sending SMS (sometimes) to my ipad's "imessage" app instead of to my phone! Please halp! [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk
on Feb 4, 2013 -
I am finally going to stop using a paper calendar and start using my laptop/iPhone/iPad instead. However, having used ol' reliable paper for so many years, I'm a bit paranoid about using Google calendar (or an app) and then losing all my data somehow... Is there an iPhone/iPad calendar app that would make me feel more "secure," or is there a service like Backupify that doesn't
require a Google Apps account? I'd love to back up my Gmail too, if possible. (Am I just worrying too much? Is using iCloud enough? I am clearly clueless.)
posted by trillian
on Jan 15, 2013 -
Help me name my new product, which combines the functionality of popular existing apps, but is specialized with high-security features. [more inside]
posted by bfu
on Dec 26, 2012 -
Android phone user considering a tablet purchase. Considering iPad mini or Nexus 7 and trying to determine pros and cons of staying with android or having access to the Apple realm. [more inside]
posted by sinical
on Dec 19, 2012 -
As an aspiring artist, I've recently acquired a habit of saving to Dropbox every image I find particularly inspiring or useful as an artistic reference. This is fun and motivating, except I'm realizing that my Finder-based 'folder > subfolder' organizational structure is doing a poor job of keeping up with my needs. I'm looking for software recommendations (Mac OS X) or general tips re: sorting a frequently-accessed image collection that will eventually number into the thousands. The catch: the system needs to sync with an iPhone/iPad. [more inside]
posted by brieche
on Dec 17, 2012 -
I am writing some documentation for an app that runs on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. I need a consistant way to refer to these devices and am looking for something better than "iPhone/iPod/iPad". For example:
"Hold your iPhone/iPod/iPad's camera so that the QR code is centered in the brackets."
I've come up with either
"... iPhone/iPod/iPad (referred to as iPhone from here on)"
Anyone have a better idea?
posted by cosmac
on Dec 16, 2012 -
I know this is well trodden ground, but I have a question about tablets. I want a tablet that will mainly be for reading/annotating pdfs (academic papers). My main worries are eye strain and stylus integration. What's my best bet? [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote
on Dec 10, 2012 -
I'm trying to send notes from my iDevice to my Mac, and I'm wondering if such software exists. I don't mean 'Note'-notes. [more inside]
posted by Skyanth
on Dec 4, 2012 -
Please help! I saw an iPad stand that was portable and sort of in the kickstand or easel style - but the parts that grip the iPad looked like little hands. So from the front, it looks like little hands are holding the thing. [more inside]
posted by agentmitten
on Dec 3, 2012 -
I have an iPad 2, a Sandisk mp3 player and about three ipods floating around my house. I also have a Sony ICF-m1000 table radio. When I plug my iPad into the AUX input on the table radio, it's not nearly loud enough.
How can I cheaply amplify the audio from my I-devices so they sound good on the Sony radio? [more inside]
posted by craniac
on Dec 1, 2012 -
Do you have a workflow for cross-platform annotation (Android and iOS/iPad) of ebooks? Is there a particular note-taking app that will work with DRMed ebooks AND sync my notes across tablets? [more inside]
posted by lillygog
on Nov 20, 2012 -
Annoying Verizon FIOS wireless router issue: if iPad/iPhone are on the wireless network, Windows laptop machines will not connect to wireless network. If I turn off WiFi on iPad/iPhone and restart the router,
Windows machines get on WiFi right away. But after Windows machines are connected to WiFi, starting up WiFi on the iPad will almost always cause the Windows machines to drop their connections. More after the jump... [more inside]
posted by Ike_Arumba
on Nov 3, 2012 -
A friend wants to buy my iPad Gen 1 from me, and I'm ready to upgrade to a newer device (I like new shiny gadgets!). Which iPad (Gen 2 or Gen 3) should I buy? Or another tablet altogether? [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted
on Nov 2, 2012 -
I need a recommendation for a cover/keyboard setup for my iPad 3. I will be using this to replace my clunky laptop when I travel. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic
on Oct 16, 2012 -
I took several long videos (25 - 50 minutes each) with the camera on my new iPad, and now I would like to transfer them to my Macbook, so that I can convert them to .avi files and give them to a friend. Dropbox will not upload them ('upload pending' forever). Backing up the iPad results in many folders with random numbers, none of which look big enough to be the videos. What should I try next?
posted by jlibera
on Oct 1, 2012 -
New IPad - very computer savvy - do I need to worry about security on my new IPad? I check my banking accounts everyday on my laptop and would like to use my IPad for this. Is there additional security needed (to download) or am I good to go?
posted by pamspanda
on Sep 25, 2012 -
What kind of tablet/reader is best for me? I want something with built-in 3G, but I'd rather not pay an arm and a leg for a contract. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats
on Sep 22, 2012 -
I watch movies when I go to bed at night. When I wake up in the morning my iPad is exhausted. I would like to have a reminder happen (that if I don't respond to) shuts down my iPad and preserves its battery. Is there a commercial or free app that does this or can I create one easily in this suggestion
posted by unliteral
on Sep 18, 2012 -
I lost an iPad. While tracking it's location with the find my i-Device service, I erased the device from iCloud without realizing this would remove my ability to track the device. Now what? [more inside]
posted by areodjarekput
on Sep 14, 2012 -
How many AA batteries would it take to run a 3rd-gen iPad for one hour?
posted by Egg Shen
on Sep 5, 2012 -
Is it better to buy a new or refurbished ipad "3"? Apple is selling a refurbished current generation iPad 16GB Wireless for $50 off the retail price. Comes with 1-yr warranty too. My husband thinks it's not a good enough deal and that I should go for a new one. I'm tempted to save the $50. What would you recommend?
posted by lirael2008
on Aug 24, 2012 -
My 70+ year old mother-in-law just bought herself an iPad. Great! Except that she has LITERALLY never used a computer in her life. How should I approach teaching her how to use it? [more inside]
posted by photovox
on Aug 21, 2012 -
I'm about to embark on a 5 1/2 month gig playing on a cruise ship in Europe and The Caribbean, and I would love to regularly publish a blog for my friends and family to follow my journey. Level of difficulty: iPad only. [more inside]
posted by pedmands
on Aug 16, 2012 -