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  • Sara 9:25 am on April 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Questions for this week 

    For Thursday 4/28 and Monday 5/3, we’re going to look at the possibility of finding a set of apps that we would recommend for everyone in the Fall. Two of the biggest benefits would include:

    • easily finding people who can troubleshoot with you because we’re all using the same app
    • getting the apps cheaper with the bulk discount in the App Volume Purchase Program

    So, what kind of apps do we want to agree on? Here are some ideas I’ve heard from Pilot participants so far:

    • word processing app
    • presenting app
    • PDF annotation app

    Are there other kinds of apps that should be set / campus wide? Do you already have apps in mind that you would recommend for these categories? See you Thursday / Monday!

  • lsharrington 8:51 am on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Has anyone else noticed a marked slow-down of your workstation after installing dropbox? My system is always slow (I can often watch it draw the screens bit by bit) – but it seems as if since I’ve been using drop box, things are much slower no matter what I’m doing. This seems to be the case with my workstation at home as well, but I haven’t been on enough at home to really say.
    Are there some parameters for dropbox that I should be setting?

    • Nancy McGuire 10:51 am on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Have not noticed a slow-down.

    • Todd Knealing 4:04 pm on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am not aware of any special settings. I haven’t noticed a change in performance on either of the computers I use that have dropbox installed.

  • lsharrington 8:35 am on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    How do I know whether I’m connected to the wi-fi/internet? It seems as if my email gets updated immediately – but when I try to access something “out there” on the internet, I get ‘can’t connect’ errors.

    There is a small icon in the upper left of the ipad screen — is that an indicator for the strength of the connection? It seems to alternate btwn just the dot being lit and the smallest of the half circle marks being lit

    How is it that email gets updated when I can’t connect to the internet? (I hear beeps from my ipad even before I see new mail in Outlook).

    Could the wi-fi signal in my office be that sporadic? What would make it fluctuate like that?

    • Tom Kleen 9:05 am on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I know that Heelan’s thick walls cause problems with wi-fi, but I wouldn’t think it would change. You can see if you are connected by going to Settings, General, Network.

    • Sara 10:56 am on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Linda — yep, the little slice of pie in the upper left corner next to “iPad” indicates the strength of your wifi signal. Since email is usually just tiny little text files, they can slip in with even low bandwidth. Websites, on the other hand, usually require a better signal because there is more involved, especially with image-heavy websites.
      As Tom said, Heelan isn’t really designed to be conducive to wifi and such. The other thing that can affect the signal strength is even small little power surges, which – in a really old building with old wiring – are happening all the time.
      For a really beautiful illustration of wifi signals (nerd alert!) see this awesome video: http://www.nearfield.org/2011/02/wifi-light-painting

  • Todd Knealing 7:18 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Productivity Suite Question 

    I am comparing the iWorks suite with Quick Office and if I am reading things correctly it looks like iWorks has a better interface and more features in general (with twice the price tag, $30 for Pages/Numbers/Keynote). The one area where it is lacking is cloud support. Unless I am missing something in their documentation, it doesn’t look like the iWorks products have any built-in way to play nice with storage like Dropbox, which would be mighty nice for working on projects at home, office or on the go. My understanding is that I would basically have to Mail it to myself (the iWorks app can do this) or pony up for a MobileMe subscription account that Apple runs to bilk some more money out of me. This makes the iWorks suite somewhat less attractive for me. If I misunderstand or have missed documentation of an update could someone please point me in the right direction? Thanks.

    • Tom 9:42 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I haven’t used Dropbox on iPad, but I’ve used it on my Windows computer, and all you have to do is put the files you want synchronized into a specific folder on the Windows computer and they get synched to Dropbox. It’s completely independent of the application that you use; it all depends on the folder where you store your files. But, I’m not sure how “folders” work on the iPad. Maybe I can play with it this weekend.

      • Sara 9:48 am on April 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        If you’re in the Dropbox app on the iPad, you can see your folders. Other apps like Writings, PlainText, and Noteshelf make their own folders in Dropbox so they have a dedicated place to sync their respective files. I think it’s also part of Dropbox’s API that they have to work that way.

    • Todd Knealing 10:01 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, I should have tried to be more clear. I have Dropbox at home, at work, and on the iPad and it works great; everything is neatly synched. The reviews I’ve read suggest that the iWorks suite, however, won’t let you access (read or write) to anything contained in the Dropbox. Other apps do allow access. For anyone who has used iWorks, I am trying to find out if that is true or if there has been an update and they just did not update their documentation.

    • missprintt 10:13 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      You’re correct – Quickoffice plays nice with Dropbox and the iWorks suite won’t. IWorks has a prettier interface, but I find that I like using Quickoffice in order to be able to use Dropbox. SSS has been using Dropbox since last fall. Each month our department meeting agenda is placed in a shared folder on Dropbox and we each open the agenda on our iPads. I usually take minutes on the iPad, sometimes in Quickoffice, sometimes with Pages, and once with NotesPlus.
      If you have pretty charts in Excel, don’t be surprised when they lose something in the “translation” to Numbers or Quickoffice. The same is true of anything elaborate in Keynote.

    • Sara 9:45 am on April 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Todd, you’re right – QuickOffice plays with Dropbox in a much smoother way than iWork. That said, you *can* use Dropbox with iWork on the iPad but it means going through http://dropdav.com/ – which is free if you’re using a free Dropbox account. You would use the WebDAV access in the iWork apps — the problem is, iWork doesn’t remember the WebDAV access so you have to log in each time you’re getting files in or out.

      There are rumors that Apple will be making MobileMe free or way cheaper soon to compete with services like Amazon Cloud. Some techie bloggers are saying it might be announced at their WWDC in June.

      All that said, I’m still using Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on the iPad because interface plays a high priority for me. In fact, I wouldn’t even touch spreadsheets until I started using Numbers. Now I’m making graphs and charts. But for most meeting notes, quick notes and such, I either use Evernote or Writings — simpler apps that can sync with all my other devices easily. For presentations, I do love the ease of making screenshots on the iPad and inserting them into Keynote. But I have a Mac at home, so I’ve been using those applications in other contexts anyway.

      • MarileeT 2:05 pm on April 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Ugh – not a fond memory of trying to work on a very spreadsheet in Quickoffice! To be fair, there have been several Quickoffice updates since then and I have not yet gone back to try it. I’m thinking it would be a little easier if a stylus were used instead of relying on fingertips! 😉 Again, the Numbers interface is much nicer!

  • lsharrington 10:12 am on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    more issues – I’ve just tried to access ANGEL on my ipad in my office:

    using Safari:
    I get a screen that will not scroll up/down or left/right even tho not all the courses on my ANGEL menu are visible.
    There are lots of ? marks – I presume this means that the screen is not displayed correctly.
    There are no navigation tabs or buttons visible – e.g. ‘logout’, ‘home’, ‘help’
    Touching the links that do show up results only in the display “jumping” a bit – nothing else – no new pages, no error messages, no nothing.

    Using Atomic Web –
    I get a menu that has nothing other than a box with “home” and “logout” buttons, a public announcements box, a public information box, and a search and help box.
    the little identity icon in the upper right of the main section of the screen says “guest” even tho the box with the home and logout buttons has ‘harringtonl1’ in its title bar
    Nothing happens when I touch either the home or logout button –
    The navigation buttons down the left side of the screen appear to work – got a help screen, and I think it would log me off, but i’ve lost the wi-fi connection – a hazard of my office location???

    • Sara 11:11 am on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Angel and the iPad definitely have some issues playing together, so I don’t think it’s just your office.
      The wi-fi connection will hopefully get much better this summer. IT has a big project planned to get the campus completely covered in time for Fall. I have a few other browser apps installed on my iPad and I will try out Angel on those to see if it works any better. This is one of the factors we’ll be looking at when evaluating course management systems over the next year.
      Thank you for these details!

  • lsharrington 5:46 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    And where did that goofy icon that is associated with my posts come from????
    It’s not bad – but probably not what I would have chosen!

    • Theresa Engle 5:59 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I think they are random, as I have a different one each time I post something!

  • lsharrington 5:45 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Frustrations and questions:
    Apple navigation is not “intuitively obvious to the most casual observer,” at least not for someone like me who has used Microsoft products since the days of DOS – and other operating systems such as Unix and IBM’s mainframe OS. Is there a tutorial/cheat sheet for navigation in the Apple world?

    My “touch” seldom hits the option that I want (could be an eye-hand coordination issue, I know – I’ve ordered a stylus to see if that will help). Is there a secret to the touch?

    Do apps close when you hit the “home” button so you see the main screen? If not, how do you close them?

    How do you go back to a previous display when there is no arrow at the top of the screen? The double tap on that ‘home’ button (is that what it’s called – the round indented botton on the short side of the ipad) will get a row of icons across the bottom – are they all open? or are they just what you’ve got on your main screen? If they’re open, how did they get that way when I haven’t accessed them in the current “session” with the ipad? Do things close automatically if they’re not accessed for a while?

    • Theresa Engle 5:58 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      If you find that “cheat sheet”, please share!
      I often hit the wrong thing with my fingers, also. I usually “pinch out” the area first to make it larger. I may need to get a stylus, too, because there are some things that will not enlarge.
      In the Monday morning session, Sara showed us how to close the apps, but I forgot what she said 😦 Just hitting the home button doesn’t do it.
      When I am on the internet, I can go back to other screens by touching the small square with the number in it in the upper left hand corner.
      I am sure there are others who can do a better job of answering your questions 🙂 Good luck!

    • toddknealing 6:49 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      They don’t close when you hit the home button. Double-click the home button, that brings up all the open apps at the bottom of your screen. Then, press one and hold until they all start to vibrate. At that point, you’ll see a red circle with a minus sign in the upper corner of each app icon. Tapping that little red circle will close the app.

      For your gravatar, if you go into your my account – profile, you’ll have the option to upload a new image to use, but the site says it could take an hour or more to show up. I changed mine, but it likely won’t show up on this post.

      • Theresa 11:23 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Todd, where is the “my account — profile” you’re talking about for changing the image?

    • Tom Kleen 8:00 am on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      • Theresa 9:13 am on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Tom! I’ll check that out. 🙂

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