In my previous article I emphasized that iPad is not a device to create and edit documents like you do on a computer. By using multiple apps you can create and edit but the result will not be satisfactory. So what should we and students do if we have to use iPad?
Well, the main principle you should follow is creating the document on iPad and editing it on your computer. This simple idea is used by many software companies. For example Adobe Ideas app. During the day if you are inspired by anything at anytime you can start your sketch on your iPad with Adobe Ideas app and finish it on your computer with Adobe Photoshop. This is a brilliant idea. If Adobe develops an app to run Photoshop then iPad’s performance will be low and it will be very hard to use the software with a touchscreen. Now let me share what tools and apps I use for creating and editing documents on iPad.
My first tool is the camera. I use images in my documents frequently. Why should everything be in written form? If there is something I should add to my document on iPad I take a picture of it and paste it in the document. Also I take screenshots of apps and use them in the document. For example if I need to sketch the graph of a function I do it with Desmos and use the screenshot of it in my document.
My preference in creating documents is Google Drive. I use the mobile app but it is not always enough so I open it in Chrome browser to access full menu. A little reminder; when you open drive with Chrome go to the bottom of the screen and click on “View Google Drive in: Desktop”. By the way don’t forget to upload your pictures to your Google Drive because that’s the only channel to upload a picture to a Google Doc. The good thing with Google Docs is you can move your content into MS Office or Keynote or any software on your computer.
Another app I sometimes use is UPAD. I use the paid version. It is a very flexible note taking app. You can export your files as PDF to Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.
Some of you might ask why I don’t use Pages app. My purpose is to create a document which I can easily integrate into any software in my computer. If I use Pages then I won’t be able to use Word and I’m sure you’ll find this awkward but I don’t use Pages on my Macbook, I use MS Word. Don’t ask me why; the circumstances demand so.
While working with iPad you should always remember that using a keyboard on touch screen is not the best idea. Use your finger as if it is a pencil. It will be much more faster and more efficient. Also use your voice to take notes. You can save your voice as a sound file or you can use Dragon Dictation free app to convert the sound into text.