Sent from my iPad is a series in which Moe will be using his iPad as his only machine to provide all his computing needs. Can he survive? Let’s find out!
I have to admit, I was a little intimidated when I opened up my cover of my iPad to start writing for my blogs. I knew that I had to commit fully to using the iPad as my main computer and I already missed my Macbook Air. So, after opening up iA Writer, I got down to the nitty gritty and started writing. Here are a few things that I learned while using my iPad for writing this week:
Typing is a learning game
I committed to use the iPad in its virgin estate, so no external or bluetooth keyboards were allowed. I was a nervous wreck, paying attention to where my fingers belonged and fixing typos over and over again. Then I remembered the “finger tips” pamphlet that Apple use to send inside the box of the iPhone. It said, to start “trusting” the keyboard and just let the system help you. After a while, I just started typing and not worrying about where the letters were and touch typing became easier. I still managed to make some typos but as I kept writing, the software started to recognize words more often. After a week of touch typing, I can type close to 30 words per minute making very few mistakes. It really does take a few days, but once you start doing it, you become so much better at it.
One App at a Time
Some have criticized Apple’s iPad because you can’t have more than one app visible simultaneously . I have to tell you, this is perhaps the greatest benefit of the iPad. There are no distractions! It’s just you and the app you are working with. In my case, it was me and iA Writer with no distraction from any other app or notification (I turn notifications off when I’m writing). You really do focus and the screen sort of disappears and it’s just you and your words. This is the perfect writing solution. Now I see why Apple implemented full-screen apps on Mountain Lion. It’s a joy to focus on just that one important task. Huge thumbs up on this!
When I was done writing my posts, I was almost looking for the save button. Then I realized that iA Writer saves via iCloud. No need for saving, exporting, emailing or doing anything to my documents. As soon as I was done, I can put the cover down and walk away knowing that my document is saved on iCloud. Flawless execution and joyful assurance is something that a writer wants/needs and I have to admit, so far this is what you get with iCloud.
After doing all my editing and finishing my posts on iA Writer, I had to put the text on WordPress App. No biggie. Except that it was tough to get an image to be used at a specific size and wrapped around text. The app doesn’t give you these options and you have to use code to do it. I’m not intimidated by code, but I prefer a “align right” button instead. It took a bit longer than I expected, but the end result was perfect.
Week 1, I came into this experiment nervous as hell. Today, I feel more confident that the iPad can indeed work as a person’s main computer. Join me next week as I share with you how I do my personal finances on the iPad.