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In iPad Tips and Tricks, author Christopher Breen provides expert tips for getting the most out of the Apple iPad (first generation) and iPad 2, including gesturing, typing, and adding content, as well as troubleshooting common device issues. The course explains how to download and manage apps, configure email accounts, create presentations, and set up videoconferences. The course also demonstrates both built-in and third-party solutions for opening and editing files, streaming video and audio wirelessly, and troubleshooting common device issues.
Now, let's take a look at iTunes Apps tab. This is where you not only choose which apps to sync your iPad, but also the main means for syncing documents with a device. When you choose the Apps tab, you'll see syncing options at the top of the window. You can choose to sync all apps by enabling the Sync Apps option--and yes, indeed, we want to sync apps-- and then select the apps you want to sync. You can tell which ones will be synced by the check mark that appears next to them. To more easily find the apps you're after, click on the Sort pop-up menu and choose one of the sorting options, as well as all apps or only iPad apps.
So, for example, I can Sort by Category and I can sort only those that were created for the iPad. In the list below, you see the apps you've installed on your computer. To the right is an image of the layout of your iPad, along with the various screens that you have on the iPad. You have a couple of ways to sync apps. One is to simply select the apps you want to sync and click the Apply button that appears here at the bottom of the window. Another is to select apps and just drag them to where you want them on the iPad screen. This provides the benefit of being able to place apps exactly where you want them.
So, for example, if I'd like the place Fandango Movies on the first screen, I can just drag it right here onto the main screen, and there it is. I can also drag it to a different screen. So, for example, if I want to put it on the fourth screen, I can drag it down to that fourth screen. I see that image there. I drop it on the fourth screen and it appears here. To remove apps, all you have to do is click them once and click the X, and they disappear. Let's return to the first screen. It's possible on the iPad to create collections of apps in virtual folders by tapping and holding an app on the iPad's screen until all the icons start wiggling.
Then you just drag an app on top of another to place them in a folder. You can do the same kind of thing within iTunes. So you just select an app and drag it onto another one. Let's go to our third page. I'll drag books into Pandora, and now I've got a folder. I can call this Entertainment, because in a way they are, and press Return and click the screen. Now I have my Entertainment folder. Let's drag Netflix in there, because it too is entertainment. Hulu Plus is as well, and that takes care of our entertainment folder.
If you look down at the bottom of this list, you will find a helpful option, and that's Automatically sync new apps. This is pretty convenient. The idea is that if you've gone to the trouble to download a new app, you probably want to use it as soon as possible. With this option enabled, newly added apps will be automatically copied to your iPad when you next sync it. Of course, you can always uncheck an app if you don't want it to be synced, or of course you can uncheck this option. Let's scroll all the way to the bottom. This unassuming File Sharing area of the Apps Window is the means for moving documents on and off the iPad, and it works this way.
Select the app that you'd like to use to open a particular kind of document. So in this case let's select GoodReader. Now I am going to go to the Desktop, so I will shrink down my iTunes Window. And I'd like this PDF file to be open in GoodReader. So all I have to do is drag it from the Desktop into the GoodReader documents area. You notice at the top of the window it says iPad sync is complete. What happened here is as soon as I dragged this into this window, it synced to my iPad. So I didn't have to click Apply. It just simply copied over.
This is very useful when you take your iPad and plug it into a different computer. You will see a warning that says I'm sorry, I can't sync other data with this computer. Would you like to erase the iPad? No, you don't. Just cancel that. At that point you can take documents and drag them into one of these document areas and they will be copied over. So it's one way to share an iPad with a bunch of different computers. But this isn't a one-way street. You can use the File Sharing area to copy documents off the iPad. So in this case I'll scroll down to Pages and I have a few documents that have been copied there.
I can copy those to my Mac simply by selecting the ones I want to copy, and I drag them off, and here they are. Before we leave app syncing behind click the Apps entry in iTunes source list. We are not going to apply that. In the resulting pane, you'll see a list of all the apps that you've added to the iTunes Library. At the bottom of the window, take a gander at the Check for Updates link. Click this and a window appears, telling you that updates are available. In our case, there aren't any, because we just loaded this iPad, and it tells us right now there are no updates available for any of the apps in your iTunes Library.
You're not going to see this very often. Most of the time when you look at Check for Updates, you'll click that, a pane will open, and you will see a bunch of updates, at which point you have the option to update all. Do that and all the apps are then downloaded to your iTunes Library, at which point you can sync your iPad with them and have all the updated copies. The advantage of doing this here is that it's faster than doing it on your iPad over something like a 3G connection, or even some slower Wi-Fi connections. So if you want update and you want to do it quickly and get everything, do it through iTunes. That covers syncing and managing apps in iTunes.
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