OMG.. iPad as a install manual!!

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Pinger, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. Pinger macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2010
    Never saw this coming but damn! I bought a new garage door opener, unpacked it and pulled out the install manual and thought what if.. Checked online and found it on my iPad, instead of flipping pages I can't believe how convenient and enjoyable it is using the iPad as the manual, I can blow up illustrations and enlarge print with a flick of my fingers.. This iPad just gets better and better :)
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    So long as there is a PDF or webpage online you can read any manual.
  3. MistaBungle macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2005
    Open box, grab manual.

    Open box, see no manual, go locate iPad, search online for manual, get manual.

    I don't know if this would be useful for me, as it seems numerous additional steps are required.

    Definitely the 'whoa' factor is there. And maybe for reading up on it later but I don't see how this helps in the building or assembly of something.
  4. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    I could see it as an option, but there had better be a hard copy in the box.
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Yup! Doing that made life soooo much easier when I put a lift on my Jeep a few months ago.

    The instructions that came with the lift were b&w, and were a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy (x10), so the text was blurry, and the included pictures were small and blurry to the point of being pretty much useless.

    Downloading the PDF, I was able to see everything in color, and able to "flick" the pictures to full-screen size. Not to mention the PDF was more up-to-date than the included instructions.

    Definitely knocked hours off the install!!!
  6. Crosbie macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2010
    Brighton, UK
    I thought you meant for installing computer components or an OS or something - where the instructions come electronically and the machine you're working on can't be on to view them.
  7. ComputersaysNo macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2010
    The real question is... does the garage door open after this? :p
  8. ngenerator macrumors 68000


    May 12, 2009
    USG Ishimura
    iPad as a videogame strategy guide is much better ;)
  9. nospeed411 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2010
    east coast
    If you want to impress me , make the iPad OPENthe garage door:D:D
  10. vastoholic macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    I do this for my sons lego games on the wii.

    I also downloaded the service manuals for motorcycle. Makes it a lot easier than using the actual book.
  11. teleromeo macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
    The next step will be the use of your iPad to open the door.
  12. diabolic macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    You must not have encountered something that only has instructions available online. Just as an example, I recently bought a pickup for an acoustic guitar that had a small paper manual. It pointed you to an online PDF for permanent installation. I also have an automatic thermostat that only had detailed wiring instructions available online. It's getting more and more common as companies use less paper.
  13. mBox macrumors 68020

    Jun 26, 2002
    Not all work...

    Well I use PDF's at all times for reading almost anything.
    However I received this manual for REDCine X (RED camera software) and noticed that the pictures dont show up on any iOS device.
    The only fix was to open in Preview then save as PDF.
    It works but the formatting got screwed up :p
    I tried a few PDF reader apps and they too had probs.
  14. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    Either open it in Acrobat and use the Tool: Reduce File Size.

    Or open it in Review and instead of saving it, Print it to PDF.

    The file you have must have some incompatible objects in it, so when you print, you remove them all.
  15. Winni macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2008
    Now imagine doing this with an eInk display that keeps the information on screen even after the device is powered down. And then... you get a Kindle! Yes! When you unpack your Kindle, you first think that some idiot has glued a printout of the user manual to the screen of the device. And then it dawns on you: This is what eInk displays are about! Awesome. Magical. Beautiful. Revolutionary. And in this case, truly amazing. Somebody understood his own product.

    But I agree that the iPad is a better reader for PDFs than the small Kindle 3. The iPad also is a better comic book reader than the Kindle 3.

    But I wouldn't use either device while installing a garage door opener.
  16. pMad macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2008

    Where can you get strategy guides in .pdf form?
  17. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    It does look impressive, but I wonder how many people have damaged their Kindle's trying to take the "sticker" off :)
  18. briansolomon macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2005
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Hyundai's new Equus luxury sedan comes with an iPad as the manual!
  19. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Does it take your mind off the fact that you bought a luxury Hyundai? :D
  20. blackNBUK macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2010
    I can't answer that specific question however what I normally do is just load up gamefaqs in Safari. That gives me plenty of help to get past the trickier sections.
  21. Caraj macrumors member

    May 2, 2010
    Not only does my ipad open my garage doors but it also disarms my security system adjusts the lights and thermostats unlocks my doors all while I'm watching the security cameras on the ipad
  22. vastoholic macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    I usually find fan made walkthroughs and save them in pages. I don't get pictures this way, but it's easy to search through at least if they are well structured walkthroughs.
  23. jjk454ss macrumors 601


    Jul 10, 2008
    Yeah, I've got as many of my manuals I could find in PDF, which was most, saved in Goodreader. It's been great having them when I need them, and not having o look all over to find them.
  24. Pinger thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2010
    I was actually able to save the manual in my iBooks Library and yes the garage door opener works just fine lol. :)
  25. VespaMatt macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2010
    I'm holding out till they start including an iPad in the box with the garage door opener.

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