Watch and learn as Joe Kissell explains how to work with your iPad!
Take Control Live: Working with Your iPad
You want to work effectively on your iPad, but it’s hard to choose apps and services, and everything changes too fast even for an ebook. Instead, come up to speed by joining iPad expert Joe Kissell in four live online video presentations about how to make the most of your iPad for common business tasks. It’s not just Take Control, it’s Take Control Live!
Price Reduced! Although most of the conceptual information in these videos remains entirely relevant, some of the specific details surrounding particular apps are no longer current. To acknowledge the march of progress while keeping Joe’s advice available, we’ve cut the price from $49.99 to only $10.
And now for something different… You want to work quickly and productively on your iPad, but it’s hard to choose apps and services, and everything changes too fast even for an ebook. Instead, come up to speed by joining iPad expert Joe Kissell in four live online video presentations about how to make the most of your iPad for common business tasks. Once you buy your season pass, you’ll get a PDF containing virtual tickets to four presentations that you can view in your Web browser. All four presentations have already been recorded, so you can watch them immediately. There’s no need to take notes, since your season pass – currently 56 pages! – contains the key information from each show.
Read on for the topics that Joe has covered! Along with the live Q&A sessions, each show after the first has coverage of important updates to topics in previous shows.
Show #1: The Three Rs (Recorded on Thursday, December 6th, 2012.)
Find out how to take notes, handle word processing, crunch numbers, and create and give presentations on an iPad. Also, see tricks for inputting text, whether by typing, dictating, or handwriting with a stylus.
Today alone was worth much more than the subscription cost. —Tom P, after the first show.
[This session had a] Good summary on the difficult question of iPad versus laptop. Also, I’d never before absorbed the possibility of getting apostrophes or quotes without changing the keyboard. —E.S.
Show #2: Deal with Documents (Recorded on Saturday, January 12th, 2013)
Discover how to move documents to and from your iPad using iTunes, in-app Wi-Fi options, Dropbox, and other cloud options. Along with Office documents, Joe will focus on PDFs, showing you how to create and annotate PDFs, fill out forms, and add your signature to a PDF. Joe will also talk about scanning paper with an iPad camera and performing OCR (optical character recognition). The presentation wraps up with a quick look at how to print from an iPad.
Joe was great yesterday! That session was just packed with information I need to know NOW. And what a great bonus to also receive a PDF as a follow-up! In my humble opinion, this double-whammy takes you guys to the head of the pack. —R.G., after the second show.
Show #3: Thanks for Sharing (Recorded on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013)
This show is all about collaboration. Joe demonstrated how to control a computer’s screen from an iPad, whether that computer is the one on your desk or a virtual machine in the cloud. He also spoke about how to handle videoconferencing, share virtual whiteboards, and participate in collaborative text editing. And, the show ended with a discussion of how to make a secure Internet connection with a VPN (virtual private network), whether to a corporate VPN server or as an individual.
Show #4: Parts and Pieces (Recorded on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013)
In this final show, Joe pulled together various aspects of working with an iPad that didn’t fit elsewhere. He covered a few power tips for the Safari Web browser, Web browsers that provide screen space for other activities, databases, project management tools, and apps that help you swipe credit cards, run a cash register, and manage a checkbook.
Your books are terrific, but they’re even better with the video!—G.M., after the fourth show.
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 San Diego with his wife, his two children, and his cat.
What are the hardware and software requirements for watching a Take Control Live presentation?
You should be able to watch the presentations live on any Mac or PC running a major Web browser such as Safari, Firefox, or Google Chrome. Because the underlying technology, Google Hangouts on Air, is still undergoing changes, we can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to watch the presentations live on an iOS device (it seems to work in the Google Chrome Web browser for iOS, but only there), but you can use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to watch the recorded presentations after the fact.
Do I have the right iPad?
Yes! In this series of four video presentations, all iPads are included. So, whether you have an original, mini, 2nd-, 3rd-, or 4th-generation iPad, that's fine. Joe is going to assume that you are running iOS 6, if possible on your iPad. If you have an original iPad, you can't upgrade past iOS 5, and that's okay. (If you are still running iOS 4, it's time for an upgrade!)
Will there be an EPUB or Mobipocket version of the season pass?
At the moment, we're not planning to create them, since it's extra work for no real gain—the main point of the season pass is to give you the virtual tickets and you can click the necessary links in a PDF on any platform. Once the final presentation is completed, we will make an EPUB of the final version of the season pass. That way, folks who prefer an EPUB can have it in that format at the end of the series.
Is there a blooper reel?
Why yes, there is!
Why the spartan look of the first episode?
Following the premiere of the first episode of the Take Control Live series, Joe Kissell packed up the remaining assets of the Take Control media complex in Paris, France, in preparation for his move to Southern California later this month. Show #1 of the series, “The Three R’s,” which was webcast on Thursday, 6 December, 2012, was produced under unusually difficult conditions, with the bulk of the media complex already on a ship steaming toward the Western Hemisphere. When asked why he was relocating, Joe responded (entirely in this reporter’s mind), “The bread and pastries in Paris are fantastic, but have you ever tried to find a good chile relleno here?” Subsequent episodes of Take Control Live: Working with Your iPad will be webcast from Joe's new Take Control media center in Southern California.
Following the premiere of the first episode his four-part video presentation, Take Control Live: Working With Your iPad, Joe Kissell packed up the remaining assets of the Take Control media complex in Paris, France, in preparation for his move to Southern California later this month. Show #1 of the series, “The Three R’s,” which was webcast on Thursday, 6 December, 2012, was produced under unusually difficult conditions, with the bulk of the media complex already on a ship steaming toward the Western Hemisphere. Nonetheless, viewers were treated to a deep yet fast-paced exploration of the ways that an iPad can be used for producing and editing text, crunching numbers, and giving presentations. When asked why he was relocating, Joe responded (entirely in this reporter’s mind), “The bread and pastries in Paris are fantastic, but have you ever tried to find a good chile relleno here?”
Chuck Joiner of MacVoices and MacVoicesTV captured Take Control author, Joe Kissell, for a lively interview in which they discussed his foray into live streaming video with the first entry in the new Take Control Live series, Take Control Live: Working with Your iPad. Listen, or watch, to find out how this new series came about and how it will work. Look out, Howard Stern: Joe may soon become the new King of All Media!
One of best presentations I've attended lately. This works a LOT better than Adobe Connect. —Jeff S
Today alone was worth much more than the subscription cost. —Tom P
Excellent and enjoyable. —E.S.
Thanks Joe, Adam, and Tonya. Great presentation! —Julio
Great job to all! —Charles
This has been very helpful. Thanks very much! —David
Went great, very helpful. —Sally
We all enjoyed the program today... my co-workers and I just have to know if there is a story about the HUGE penguin in the room with Adam. —B.G.
Thanks come from me as well....great first presentation —Marc
I wanted to tell you how well done and informative Joe's iPad webinars have been. I'm very impressed by the amount of new information I've come away with from the two that have already been completed. —L.S.
You are doing a great job on the series. Really informative and very well organized. —Lorne
Joe was great yesterday! That session was just packed with information I need to know NOW. And what a great bonus to also receive a TidBITS PDF as a follow-up! In my humble opinion, this double-whammy takes you guys to the head of the pack. —R.G.
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