iPad use in academia?

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  1. gecus macrumors newbie

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    I'm considering buying an iPad for when I go away to school next year. It won't be college so textbook availability isn't that much of a concern. How good is the iPad for note taking? Is there an app available for hand-drawn notes for Chem II or Calculus? I'll also be taking a drawing I class so how good is the iPad in replacement of a Wacom tablet?
     
  2. nasa25 macrumors 65816

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    There's a free app called notes pro. It allows you to hand draw notes if you like. Awesome note taking app.
     
  3. California King macrumors 65816

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    Definitely not, if it's your main computer. If you have a PC or Mac already, then this is a good supplement to it. For note taking, get a bluetooth or keyboard with dock if you plan on typing long notes.

    The best note taking app I've used is Pages, but for drawings and formulas, get "School Notes Pro." It's free in the app store right now, so I'd download it from iTunes even if you don't have an iPad right now (just in case they start charging for the app).
     
  4. GamecockMac macrumors 6502a

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    I have an idea that scientists are going to absolutely LOVE the iPad as a replacement for the stacks and stacks of hard-copy journal articles that pile up on the desks, file cabinets and bookshelves of so many of us. And it should prove far easier in some circumstances to read PDFs of those articles on a device like the iPad versus a laptop.

    If this was all the iPad could do for researchers in academia, it might be enough. Add the numerous other features, and it could become a must-have device.
     
  5. Telp macrumors 68040

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    As someone said notes pro. As far as a replacement for a wacom tablet. Definetly not. You can draw surprisingly well on it (check out some of the picture threads) but from what I've read, and i'm not an artist, but the lack of pressure sensitivity alone makes a wacom worth it. You can't use it as a primary computer most likely, especially if you're taking chemistry courses where you might need higher end apps that require much more power, but it can definitely be used as a go between for your main computer. Check out some of the other threads on the forums about using it for school. Great insight in them.

    Also to what GamecockMac said, he brings up a great point. I don't have the apps on this computer that I'm at right now, but I did come across some great apps for the iPhone filled with papers used for research on any subject. When these come to the iPad it will make for excellent usability.
     
  6. gecus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I already have a laptop. I was thinking of using the iPad as a supplement for it in class since my laptop would be kind of bulky to carry from the dorms to class each morning.
     
  7. gibbz macrumors 68030

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    I am planning to use it this way. I am envisioning the great value of the iPad when attending conferences. I can load my presentation/paper, others' presentation/papers, and related journal articles. Plus internet, email, and games when talks get boring. :)

    I use a program called Mendeley on my Macs. I wish they made an iPad app.
     
  8. GamecockMac macrumors 6502a

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    Come on...when does that ever happen? ;)
     
  9. gecus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    We know what that Head of State from Norway was really doing in that airport. :D
     
  10. JCT macrumors 6502

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    Carrying my huge research pdf collection will be a major role for my iPad 3G once it EVENTUALLY shows up. I travel a ton and hardly ever go anywhere without a folder or two of pdf articles.

    I've been using Papers on my desktop for years to manage my pdf library and find it invaluable, they have released an iPad version that should be great. They are working on adding annotation to the app, but even without that capability, it looks really promising.

    No official connection- just a happy customer.
     
  11. laokai macrumors member

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    I'm a prof and have already started to use mine in class for my lecture outlines and for bringing in articles for discussion. Only problem is that once my students saw the pad that's all they wanted to talk about for awhile.

    I've also begun using it at meetings to view agendas, handouts, etc that are emailed in advance and that I don't want to print out. I've saved quite a bit of paper already just after two weeks of use.
     
  12. 2002cbr600f4i macrumors 6502

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    Bingo!

    As somebody who is both in Grad School currently, and works at a R&D facility, I'm CONSTANTLY reading papers from conferences and research and such. It's gotten to be a hassle printing them out and organizing all of them. Reading on the computer is kind of annoying due to the orientation of the screen (landscape vs portrait). I'm really looking forward to being able to have a huge mobile "library" of papers at my fingertips.
     
  13. PCClone macrumors 6502a

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    What kind of school offers those classes, doesn't use textbooks and isn't a college?
     
  14. kdum8 macrumors 6502a

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    Count me in for this too. I can't wait to get an iPad for just this reason. I have to read many physics preprint papers everyday and peruse physics textbooks on a regular basis. Doing it on my mac just doesn't cut it frankly and is awkward. I am really looking forward to having all my material on a handy flat screen. For me, that alone is worth the cost of getting one...

    Lots of people have derided the iPad for not being a mac replacement, but frankly 80% of the time I use a computer it is for surfing the web, adjusting my calendar, sending email, listening to music/watching videos etc, which is just what the iPad is perfect for.

    For the times when I need to write code, video edit or some other "real" work I can return to the mac. Other than that I see myself on the iPad most of the time... I waver this thing is going to sell a lot better than people initially thought.
     
  15. GamecockMac macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, Mekentosj. I've used their excellent 4Peaks and EnzymeX since I was a doctoral student.
     
  16. JCT macrumors 6502

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    Yup-- all of my grad students use those two programs, even the two dedicated Mac-haters in the lab.

    I just wish they would add sequence alignment capability to 4Peaks.

    JT
     
  17. Eldiablojoe macrumors 6502a

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    Ummm, off the top of my head:

    1. Art School,
    2. Cooking School,
    3. Underwater Commercial Diving School,
    4. Racing (car) School,

    I'm sure there are others, this is my short right-off-the-top-o-me-head list.
     
  18. lilo777 macrumors 603

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    But then of course the vertical size of the modern desktop monitor is greater than iPad's longest edge. On desktop you can see the paper page at 100% scale which is not the case with iPad. Not to mention the fact that with good monitors you can actually rotate them.
     
  19. 2002cbr600f4i macrumors 6502

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    Exactly. I'm in the same boat. I'm considering sending my old Macbook to my folks. I have a 2009 Mac Pro Quad core for heavy lifting at home, and at work I'm about to get a new 17" Macbook pro. The iPhone is great for music and VERY light web surfing, but anything serious surfing wise is annoying.
     
  20. gecus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    http://lsmsa.edu/

    It's just a really good public high school. I'm so glad I got accepted as it is much better than most Louisiana schools. Chem II and Calculus is just my Junior year course load for science and math, so it's really a little bit intimidating what they'll have me doing my Senior year.
     
  21. shakenmartini macrumors 6502

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    You'll love iPad papers. I carry most of my important PDFs around to every meeting and the iPad is much less obtrusive to take to meetings and seminars compared to a laptop.

    Now if papers just had PDF annotation I would be so much happier.

    I also use adobe ideas for "handwritten" notes, but ever note is my note taking workhorse. Su ci g between my mac, iPhone and iPad is awesome.
     
  22. keyofnight macrumors regular

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    Papers is an excellent but under-appreciated application. I'm glad people are mentioning it here. :)

    Right now I'm using Papers on the iPhone and it works fairly well. Hopefully the iPad version is just as good (or better). No one has made a video review of it, so I'm still in the dark until my 3G arrives.
     
  23. GamecockMac macrumors 6502a

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    Should've known that one of the biggest iPad naysayers on this forum would wander in here to spread a little hate.

    Hey genius, how many researchers do you think take their desktop computer and monitor with them when they travel? :rolleyes:
     
  24. BobRichards macrumors regular

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    I use mine at school, it does the job. Record lectures while taking notes on notes pro is AMAZING
     
  25. gecus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The naysayers are a good thing, the demand that is created by them leads to innovation in the product. Just look at the iPhone: naysayers scream no MMS or copy and paste, so as a result Apple added just that, naysayers scream no multitasking, and look at what's coming this Summer, and the list goes on and on.

    However, I can't haul a desktop to class to take notes on/read up on things on.
     

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