Get real-world advice for doing real work on your iPad!

Take Control of
Working with Your iPad

Second Edition
Joe Kissell

Make any day “Take Your iPad to Work Day!” Joe Kissell helps you take notes and write documents, create spreadsheets and presentations, manage contacts and calendars, read and write email, and more. Special topics include printing and moving documents around!

This product has been discontinued.

This ebook is no longer for sale.

This book will teach you to:

Type right: You’ll learn tips for maximizing typing speed and accuracy with the onscreen keyboard and learn the best ways to use the iPad Keyboard Dock and Bluetooth keyboard options.

Select, cut, copy, and paste: These commands may be second-nature to you on a regular computer, but learning their touchscreen variants may give you pause. Joe explains what to do.

Transfer files among apps and devices: If you find that using iTunes to exchange documents with your iPad is limiting or cumbersome, take heart! This ebook looks carefully at apps that can exchange documents with each other and with cloud/server-based systems, including Air Sharing HD, Documents To Go, Dropbox, GoDocs, GoodReader, Google Documents and Spreadsheets, MobileMe iDisk, Memeo Connect, Office2 HD, PrintCentral, Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite, ReaddleDocs, SugarSync, and more.

Manage your contacts and calendars: Learn the basics of using the iPad’s included Contacts and Calendar apps.

Take notes effectively at meetings and lectures: It’s hard to take a shiny new iPad to a meeting unobtrusively, but once the ooohs and ahhhs die down, you’ll be able to get back to business, with pointers for using Apple’s Notes app, and tips on great third-party apps that help you to take typed or handwritten notes, record audio, and even use speech recognition.

Write and send email: Find out how to set up email accounts, view and reply to email, and adjust settings in Mail to match your needs. (For more in-depth information about email on the iPad, take advantage of one of our Take Control bundle deals to buy both this book and Joe’s Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch—the bundles are listed to the left.)

Create documents in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, and more: Joe gets you up and running with the apps in Apple’s mobile iWork suite, and he explores a number of third-party alternatives that offer capabilities Apple overlooked. Joe also provides a special focus on cross-application communication among your iPad, the cloud, and a desktop computer.

Print your documents: And not just on a printer – Joe describes how to “print” to a Dropbox folder, to PDF format and more, using Apple’s built-in AirPrint feature and third-party apps.

And still more… Learn how to use instant messaging, browse the Web effectively (especially with apps that complement or replace Safari), and map locations, all in the context of maximizing productivity and getting your work done. A final section offers pointers to apps that allow you to perform even more tasks, including drawing and painting, working with multitrack audio, outlining and brainstorming, and using databases.

Joe Kissell

About Joe Kissell

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control books. He formerly wrote for publications such as Macworld, Wirecutter, and TidBITS. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife, his two children, and his cat.

What’s New in the Second Edition

As I point out in Expect Change, the world of iPad software is nothing if not dynamic. This second edition covers changes that occurred in iOS 4.2 and many new or updated third-party apps.

Here are the major changes in this version:

  • Greatly expanded the list of third-party to-do list apps; see the sidebar To Don’t
  • Added a list of third-party calendar apps; see Use Third-Party Calendar Apps
  • Revised the discussions of apps that let you Take Handwritten Notes, Record Audio, and Combine Note-Taking Activities
  • Updated the Send and Receive Email chapter to cover iOS 4 changes such as the unified Inbox
  • Added a discussion of IM apps that support multitasking in Use Instant Messaging
  • Expanded the coverage of third-party Web browsers in Use Alternative Browsers
  • Updated the Use Maps chapter to account for some (mostly minor) user interface changes in the Maps app
  • Thoroughly updated and expanded the Transfer and View Documents chapter to cover the latest capabilities of leading apps
  • Completely reworked and greatly added to the discussion of text editors and word processors; see Work with Text
  • Updated the chapter Work with Spreadsheets to cover new capabilities in Numbers and several third-party apps
  • Updated the chapter Create and Give Presentations to cover new capabilities in Keynote and several third-party apps
  • Totally revised the Print from Your iPad chapter to cover AirPrint and third-party tools to enable printing on non-HP printers
  • In the Do Other Work Activities chapter, added several options to the Use a Database, Draw and Paint, and Brainstorm, Outline, and Mind Map sections—and added a new section, Record and Mix Audio
  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Working with Your iPad Quick Start
  • Adopt the Right Mindset
  • Master the Basics
  • Manage Your Contacts
  • Manage Your Calendars
  • Take Notes
  • Send and Receive Email
  • Use Instant Messaging
  • Browse the Web
  • Use Maps
  • Transfer and View Documents
  • Work with Text
  • Work with Spreadsheets
  • Create and Give Presentations
  • Print from Your iPad
  • Do Other Work Activities
  • About This Book
  • We do not plan to update this ebook again. In late 2012, we released a new title called <a href=;Take Control Live: Working with Your iPad</a>. This title is not at all a typical Take Control ebook. It consists of a season pass to four video presentations about getting work done on the iPad in the context of the software, general technology, and iPad models available in late 2012 (and early 2013). It also contains (or will contain as each presentation occurs and the title is updated) show notes for each presentation, which will provide a skimmable, compressed version the content.