What I like best about the iPad is that it enables me to travel really light, I have flexibility (doubles as an e-reader), and I get plenty of battery life. Basically, everything I need to get things done fits into a tiny bag that I pretty much take everywhere I go. How do you use it to get things done? I'd love to hear more ideas I am a graduate student/researcher, and most of my time is spent reading, writing, teaching, and collecting materials for my research. My workflow and setup might not work for everyone, but hopefully it can provide some ideas for how to get things done with a combination of the iPad, iPod, apps, computer, and a few accessories. WORKFLOW ------------------------------------------------- 1. Writing I take handwritten notes with pen and paper most of the time. I usually use A5 size notebooks, and fold the pages in half so I can write my notes in two columns on each page. Sometimes I pair a bluetooth keyboard with the iPod or iPad so that I can type notes, especially if I am taking notes on a book or article. I set up the iPad as a reader (Incase Origami or BookGem) and the iPod as the device where I type (don't need to see this, but can prop it up if needed). I probably do 90 percent of my work on the iPad/iPod reading books/articles, taking notes, and writing drafts. The other 10 percent involves the computer, where I add footnotes, format, create PDF files, search (iPad can only search one file at a time), etc. * http://www.goincase.com/products/detail/cl57934 2. Reading I read a lot on the iPad. Because everything is digitized, I have everything with me wherever I go. BookGem works great as a compact book stand, and I also have the Incase Origami case that not only props up the iPad, but provides a protective case for the keyboard. 3. Scanning I scan handwritten notes at home and upload them to Evernote. Sometimes I also use ScannerPro to take pictures of my notes/handouts with the iPod touch and send those to Evernote. As much as possible, I try to digitize everything, including books. IPAD / IPOD APPS ------------------------------------------------- 1. Evernote I put everthing into this application. Handwritten notes get scanned into PDFs using Scansnap or iPod Touch ScannerPro app. It is worth it to get the Premium account, because you receive 1GB per month of storage, and it is cumulative. There is lots of information on the Internet about how to use this application well, and Brett Kelly has helpful book called Evernote Essentials (great information, but overpriced considering how little text is in it) that could probably be read in a few minutes standing in the bookstore. 2. GoodReader As much as possible, I try to digitize everything by putting it into PDF form. This includes books, pamphlets, loose papers, etc. All of these files will eventually find their way into Evernote so that they are available for download and searching, but on the iPad it is convenient to have files already stored in the device ready to be read. GoodReader has a rich variety of funcitons, and is my reader of choice for most materials. It is worth the $5 price tag. 3. GoodReader USB iTunes is a terrible program for transfering files, and one of its most egregious faults is stripping out folders so that all of your organized files get dumped together into a program like GoodReader as a jumbled mess. GoodReader USB gets downloaded onto your computer, and it directly accesses the app on your iPad. Bypassing iTunes, and allows you to quickly and conveniently transfer files with their folders. 4. Pages There is a workaround for using footnotes, but it is not very good, and it is better to think of this program as a way to do some formatting and editing of Word documents that already have their basic structure. Until it gets footnote support, I would call it only marginally useful, and not really worth the hefty $10 price tag. Still, it will do in a pinch if you have to produce a final product of some sort. 5. RecorderPro Best recording app I have found, and it is free. 6. Dropbox Good for transfering files. Some people use it for backup. Plays well with lots of apps. Free. 7. ScannerPro Good for scanning notes, processing them, and sending them to Evernote. Worth the $7 price tag. 9. gFlashPro Fabulous flashcard program if you are into this kind of stuff. 10. Sugarsync Best backup application available (in my opinion). COMPUTER (Macbook Pro) ------------------------------------------------- 1. Evernote I use this for all of my notetaking. It syncs with other devices and is very easy to use. 2. Word It has support for vertical alignment for Asian text. Pages does not. Otherwise, it seems to be pretty much a toss up between the two programs. 3. Adobe Acrobat Pro This program enables you to take scanned pages and combine them, run optical character recognition (OCR), bookmark, etc. to manipulate PDF files for reading on the iPad. It is absolutely necessary if you scan books. Expensive at regular price, but reasonable with an education discount. Sometimes my iPad crashes when trying to read PDF files that have incompatible elements (usually associated with color or pictures, but may also have something to do with small RAM in iPad1), and using this program to optimize files for use with older Adobe versions is an easy solution. 4. HoudahSpot Has lots of functionality for searching. ACCESSORIES ------------------------------------------------- 1. Waterfield Vertigo Bag It holds everything: iPad, keyboard (with Incase Origami case), iPod, BookGem, etc. Yes, it is a murse (man purse / man bag). Get over it http://www.sfbags.com/products/vertigo/vertigo.htm 2. Incase Origami Keyboard Case Protects the keyboard when it is in your bag (keys stay clean, don't get pressed, and power button doesn't get inadvertently turned on). http://www.goincase.com/products/detail/cl57934 3. BookGem Good for holding the iPad, iPod, or books. Very handy and compact. By far the best bookstand I have ever used. http://bookgem.com/ 4. Backup battery I have a Splash backup battery, but I am sure anything will work fine. It is useful for long periods away from power outlets (international flights, extended time in coffee shops, etc.), and I like that it can provide power for two devices at a time. http://www.splashproducts.com/splash_intense_smart_phone_external_battery_pack_p/spl-ints.htm 5. Canon SD1400 I have this camera, because it was the best compact camera on the market when I bought it 1 year ago. I have had better experiences with Canon than with other brands, and anything from them with lots of megapixels should be fine. If used in conjunction with a tripod and a little practice, this can basically function as a scanner for books. It is very handy and MUCH faster than any scanner, but unless you get a really good picture, I don't think the OCR works quite as well with it, so I try to use office quality scanners whenever possible. http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/digital_cameras/powershot_sd1400_is 6. Bluetooth Keyboard Apple's keyboard is a gorgeous device, and well worth the price. It really works best with the Incase Origami case. Also, you'll want to become familiar with the keyboard shortcuts like command + shift, command + up arrow, command + a, command + v, etc. 7. ScanSnap Really useful for scanning books (if you are willing to tear off the spines), loose papers, notes, handouts, bills, etc.