iPad for Professional Use

Discussion in 'iPad' started by iSam21, May 19, 2016.

  1. iSam21 macrumors newbie

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    Two things that I think the iPad REALLY needs before Apple can genuinely say it is configured for business:

    Better formatting in emails and Print to PDF.

    I am an office worker and love the combination of the new iPad Pro 9.7 with Smart Keyboard and Pencil BUT, I and my colleagues do a huge amount of communication via email. It has kind of replaced internal memos written in Word.

    It is infuriating me that I can't get the iPad to do effective bullet points. That is all I ask. Bullet Points. Why oh why can't it do Bullet Points?

    It can do basic bold, underlining, etc but I NEED bullets.

    Also, Print to PDF would make my workflow much better. When we have meetings and I want to make notes on said emails, etc, I would like to export them to a Notes app (I use Notability) as a PDF so I can scribble notes on them. I should look harder to see if there is a solution for this already.

    I really don't think Apple can call the iPad Pro a laptop replacement until it can do bullet points in email.

    Sorry - just needed to rant following a recent business trip where I wanted to leave the laptop behind.
     
  2. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040

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    Let's see what Apple has in store for iOS 10 at WWDC


    hint: don't expect much
     
  3. Foggydog macrumors 6502

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    Hello iSam21,
    I agree with you. For me, I just wish I could save a document as a PDF, then attach several from my email. I know that I can get a third party app to do this, but that is really quite stupid. That capability should be programmed into pages from the get go.
     
  4. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    You can attach multiple documents to an email, though. So just export your documents from Pages as PDF, save them to iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc, then attach to email. No third party app required.
     
  5. bigdog5142 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with your points. However, I did want to suggest Airmail...I can put bullet points in my email anytime with Airmail...and the app is just awesome. It's the first app that is better than the stock app. I think it's worth the money.

    As far as the PDF...you have the ability to do that within the context of Notability...simply go to "open in another app" and export as PDF. I use Goodreader for all my PDF and file management on my iPad. If you don't have that app, I'd check it out. Between those apps, the iWork suite and Evernote, my workflow has been great. I just got the Smart Keyboard and it's nice to have a little laptop when I need it. The Apple Pencil allows me to finally take handwritten notes on my iPad...and I LOVE it!
     
  6. iSam21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks - I will check Airmail out. Will need to see whether it can integrate with my company's Outlook servers... I tried Microsoft Outlook for iPad and it also can't do bullet points which led me to believe it was some iPad level restriction on text formatting. Perhaps Microsoft just chose to use Apple's text engine for email.

    Re creating PDFs, yep Notability creates them fine. What I want to do, however, is turn an email into a PDF and then import that INTO Notability. That would let me scribble notes on it and keep it. Haven't found a way to turn the email into a PDF yet. If I could use the print command to print to PDF (like the Mac can) and then share that to Notability, it would be perfect.

    Cheers
     
  7. jeremiah256 macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure you can use this workflow or not, but the GMail app on my iPhone gives you the option to save to your to Google Drive as a PDF. As long as Notability is linked to your Google Drive account, you can import the PDF.
     
  8. Cascades42 macrumors 6502

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    Airmail also lets you export an email as PDF - plus it works with my works OWA and Office365 accounts so you should be fine.
     
  9. drewjonn macrumors regular

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    Wouldn't iPad being so great kill the Macbook sale after all?
     
  10. zhenya macrumors 603

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    The basic bullet point is available by long-pressing the hyphen key.
     
  11. Foggydog macrumors 6502

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    Thank you night spring. With your help, I see what I had been doing wrong. I have sent a practice email with PDF docs to the office.
     
  12. zhenya macrumors 603

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    And until the Mail app gets a Share sheet to simplify conversion to a PDF, for now there is a free service where you forward your message and it automatically returns the email as a PDF. No sign-up required. (I have not yet tried this myself, but found it when looking for a way to make this possible myself).

    https://pdfconvert.me
     
  13. bigdog5142 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow...I missed that. It sure does! Airmail is a beast of an app!
     
  14. DougFNJ macrumors 6502a

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    Good thread. Does Airmail support logos remaining in signatures forever? My biggest pet peeve with IOS Mail is that it removes my logos after a few days. My MacBook keeps them forever.
     
  15. bigdog5142 macrumors 6502a

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    It does! I have a logo in my signature for work...and separate signatures for my personal account. It also includes some of the Mailbox "snooze" functions and allows for sending to GROUPS pulled from your contacts. I'm loving the app. Universal on iOS and also available for the Mac.
     
  16. Precision Gem macrumors 6502

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    If you are using a keypad with your iPad Pro, you can hit the international keyboard symbol and then use one of the many symbols for a bullet like these: ▪️ ✔️
     
  17. Rhonindk macrumors 68020

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    Great points. There are a number of other apps that will allow you to accomplish what you want. Personally I switched to Airmail a while back on advice of a poster here (CDM). Never looked back.

    IMO, what the iPad, heck, all of iOS needs to be a true business potential; the ability allow defining the default app and a centralized file management tool - usable off-line.

    For those who mentioned a way to put alternative items in your email, these are not true bullet points.
     
  18. RedOrchestra Suspended

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    I've looked at the AirMail App but have some concerns about their Privacy Policy and "built-in" data mining by both the developer and 3rd parties.

    Can some of these issues be toggled off?
     
  19. iSam21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's a good point and I am also not sure how secure it is linking my corporate email to a third party client like Airmail. I have to enter my credentials (obviously). What happens to them?
     
  20. darkgremio macrumors 6502

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    The iPad Pro has boosted my productivity immensely. I work in the world of techincal sales (data centers, etc..) and the ability to jot notes with the apple pencil and easily store them for instant look-up has revolutionized my field sales ability. The problems of having to fumble through notepads is now non existent
     
  21. Cascades42 macrumors 6502

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    A smart question to ask, in their privacy policy, under "Collected Data" they say:

    Additionally I remember during account set up when I was asked if I wanted push they explained very clearly how it works. There's a lot more detail in the privacy policy (inside the app). Essentially, without retyping the whole thing, if you choose to sync something across devices (e.g. You use it on an iPad and an iPhone and you want to sync the snooze status, for example), that has to go via their servers. All of these are things that can be turned off very easily though.
     
  22. windowpain macrumors 6502a

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    Wow! I have been using iPads since day one and never knew that. Thanks!

    I also learned that by long pressing other keys you can get other symbols.

    / and \ is the same key.
    ¥ $ £ € is all the same key! ( very useful for me)

    I have little use for them but õ ö œ ô etc can all be found by long pressing the vowels.

    • thanks!
    • cheers
    • thank you
     
  23. iSam21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That is not a formatted bullet list though with indenting and follow on bullet points. A bullet list is a VERY useful tool.

    Also, long pressing the hyphen key on the Smart Keyboard just results in a whole lot of hyphens...
     
  24. TheRealAlex macrumors 65816

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    Better Photo albums and a Home control center. I'm giving Apple one more cycle of this downward trend before I dump my stock. They are letting iOS literally die.
     
  25. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040

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    Of all the lacking productivity features, it's photo albums that bothers you?
     

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