The Friction-free iPad

I’ve owned an iPad since shortly after the device debuted, and I swore that I’d never use a keyboard case. I had a MacBook Air to use when I wanted a portable device with a full keyboard. I also didn’t like the idea of turning my iPad into a Frankenstein device, with accessories bolted onto it. My thinking on this has recently turned 180 degrees, though – I’m now sporting a new Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case on my iPad.

What caused the change was a reevaluation of my priorities, and a change in my gear. Previously, I was all about portability. I wanted my iPad to be thin and light. Lately, though, I realized that I wasn’t using my iPad as much as I could have been, because I have an unhealthy aversion to using onscreen keyboards.

I also have gradually upgraded from an 11 inch MacBook Air to a 13 inch Air, to my current 15 inch MacBook Pro. With a three year-old in the house, I don’t just grab my MacBook at a whim. There’s something about that glowing Apple logo that draws my daughter to it, with her little hands grabbing for the screen and the keys.

The iPad, on the other hand, was something I could open up and use for a few minutes here and there. That’s become even more common now that I have a bluetooth keyboard case on the iPad. I had a document to work on over the weekend, and did most of it in 10 minute spurts several times over the course of the weekend. That wouldn’t have been possible for me before.

There are compromises with having a keyboard case on the iPad. The most notable compromise is that the iPad is heavier, and not as comfortable to use in bed. I’ve found, though, that if I keep it open in landscape mode, with the keyboard on my lap or chest, I can use it without even noticing it. Another issue is that the iPad doesn’t stay on the stand that I use when eating breakfast in the morning. My solution is to just open the iPad up in landscape mode now.

I’ll see if this setup sticks for me. Right now, though, I like be able to use the full power of my iPad, wherever I go.

OmniFocus 2 for iPad – First Screenshots and Release Date

Yep, that image you see above is a screenshot of OmniFocus 2 for iPad. OmniFocus has been my task management app of choice since early 2012. I use it on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The Mac and iPhone versions have both received updates since I started using them, while the iPad version has been stuck with the “old look.” The bigger drawback of the current iPad version, aside from the look, is the lack of background sync. That means that the app currently only updates when it is active.

All of that should change soon. Ken Case, the Omni Group’s CEO, recently tweeted the above screenshot. In a tweet containing another screenshot (see below), he also announced that the Pro version will let you customize your sidebar with your own perspectives. Finally, he also announced via Twitter that the Omni Group is hoping to launch the app on September 17, if iOS 8 launches on that date.

Now I’m really looking forward to iOS 8. How about you?

Here is the second screenshot, showing a settings page:

Easy Paragraph Selection in iOS

This is one if those tips that makes you wonder what else about iOS you don’t know. I had been doing this the hard way – tap and drag those tiny handles. Two finger tap doesn’t seem to work in all apps that I tried, and certainly is easier on an iPad.

Use a two-finger tap directly onto the paragraph to instantly select the entire paragraph or group of contiguous words.


Thanks to OS X Daily for another handy tip.

Select Paragraphs & Large Text Block Easily in iOS with a Two-Finger Tap | OS X Daily

Keynote From an iPad to a Mac

Control keynote on mac from ipad

I just finished a several hour mediation (I’m a lawyer by day), during which I used Keynote as a presentation tool. The mediation happened in another lawyer’s office, so I had to take any technology with me that I planned to use. This was my first time to take presentation technology into a completely new environment, and I was very pleased with how things went.


The Top 7 Features From WWDC

Wwdc 14 logo

Apple gave its annual keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday, announcing a bevy of new features for both iOS and Mac OS X. I was actually most excited about the Mac stuff, but iOS received some much-needed love as well. The number of websites covering WWDC is overwhelming, but that won’t stop me from listing the features that got me the most excited.


Disable iMessage Before Switching Away From an iPhone . . . Or Else

A former Lifehacker editor noticed a big problem after switching from iOS to Android:

I recently switched from an iPhone to Android, and discovered shortly thereafter that my phone number was still associated with iMessage, meaning that any time someone with an iPhone tried texting me, I’d receive nothing, and they’d get a “Delivered” receipt in their Messages app as though everything were working as expected.

iMessage purgatory | Adam Pash


Everdock Duo – Review

Everdock duo review

I recently decided to ditch my nightstand clock, and use an alarm clock app on my iPhone for that purpose (I’m still trying out a few different apps). My setup wasn’t very elegant, with my iPhone propped up against a box so that I could see the time. I also was constantly fighting a tangle of cords, between my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook, and a USB cord for a few different devices. Knowing that setup wouldn’t meet the WAF (Wife Acceptability Factor) for long, I researched some dock solutions, and found one ended up working well, and that my wife has even been eying with some envy.


Apple Adds iCloud Bookmark Syncing to Chrome and Firefox on Windows

ICloud Windows Control Panel

One of the nice features of Safari on Mac and iOS is how your bookmarks can stay in sync between your devices, with no plugin required. The one flaw in that setup was that there was no way to sync your Safari bookmarks to any other browser on Windows aside from Internet Explorer. If you wanted a universal bookmark experience, you had to use another browser with cross platform sync support, such as Chrome, on all of your devices. That has now changed. One piece of news almost lost amid the hoopla with iOS 7 and the new iPhones, is that Apple has added Chrome and Firefox to the list of browsers that support iCloud bookmark sync on Windows.