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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 look at syncing media files to your iPad. This includes music, music videos, voice memos, movies, TV shows, podcast, books, and photos. The nice thing is that syncing works much the same among all these media types. Let's start with music and the Music tab. If your music library is of modest size and you want all of it on your iPad, all you have to do is enable Sync Music and also Entire music library. That means that anything that's in your iTunes library, anything musical that is, will be copied over to your iPad and will be ready to play.
However, if you have more music than that, you may wish to be more particular. In order to do that, enable Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres, and when you do that, you will see that you have the option to select from exactly those options. So I can choose a particular playlist. I can choose an artist, let's say Counting Crows. I can also choose a genre. I am going to sync all my Pop music there, and I will also sync a couple of Beatles albums. At this point, all I have to do is click the Apply button at the bottom of the window and that music will be synced to my iPad.
A couple of other options up here. I can choose to include music videos. If some of these artists have music videos that are in my iTunes library, I can enable an option and those music videos will be synced as well. It's also possible that you have some voice memos that are in your iTunes library. If you enable the Include voice memos, those too will be synced. And finally, the last option is Automatically fill free space with songs. Let's say that you filled your iPad about half way with stuff and you decide that you want to carry more of your music with you. You can easily do that by enabling Automatically fill free space with songs.
When the iPad is finished syncing the stuff that you want on it, it will then top it off with music. This is a nice way to carry more of your music with you. Let's move to the Movies tab. Once again, you can choose to sync all your movies, or you can be more particular. If I disable Automatically include all, a Movies area appears below, and then I can select just the movies that I want to sync. In this case, we only have one movie, but if there were multiple movies here, I could choose just the ones that I want to sync to my iPad. Let's move to TV Shows. Same idea. Switch off Automatically include. I can select a particular show, and then I can choose the episodes that I want to include.
If I want to get a little trickier about it, I can choose a specific show by choosing selected shows, and then I have a number of options. So, for example, newest, newest unwatched, and oldest unwatched. Let's move to Podcasts. Again, we've seen this before. Turn this off. I can choose a particular show. I can choose episodes. If I want to get trickier, enable Automatically include all, selected podcast, and again, most recent, recent unplayed, least recent unplayed, and on and on.
The Books tab is very similar to what we have seen before. You can choose to sync all the books that are in your iTunes library or just selected books. We'll choose Selected books. Huckleberry Finn, Sherlock Holmes, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and we will do an Agatha Christie title was well. So where do you get these books? Well, if you take your iPad, go to the App Store, and download the iBooks app, you will find that you can get a lot of free books from the iBooks store. You can also purchase books through the iBooks store. These files are in ePub format.
You can also get books like this from project Gutenberg. They are free. These are titles that are out of copyright. iBooks also supports PDF files. So if you have a PDF file that you have downloaded or created on your Mac, you can sync that to iBooks as well. It will show up here in the Books area. Select the one you want and sync it over. As you see, I have got a PDF file right here. I'll select that. When I click Apply, it will be copied over to my iPad. And now let's look at Photos. The iPad makes a great digital photo frame, but little good this capability does you if you don't have pictures on it.
The main way for moving pictures to the iPad is through iTunes Photos tab. How this tab behaves differ slightly depending on the computer platform that you're using. On a Mac, once you enable the Sync Photos option, you have the choice to sync photos from Apple's iPhoto or Aperture, as well as a folder of your choosing, or the pictures folder within your user's folder, and you choose those options here. On a Mac, you can choose all your photos, albums, events, and faces. You could also choose selected albums, events, and faces, and you can automatically include events or not include events. And here are the options.
So I can choose the last import album. For example, I can choose an event, and I can choose some faces. There is no version of iPhoto or Aperture for Windows, but on the Windows PC, these options will be a little bit different. Here you'll find the option to sync from your computer's pictures folder or a folder of your choosing, as well as from Adobe Photoshop Elements version 3 or later. Windows syncing of photos to the iPad is a little more limited because you don't have the option to sort events or faces, because Windows doesn't support these things, but you can choose albums from within Photoshop Elements.
When you sync photos, they appear in the iPad's Photos app where you can then select them by photos and albums. If you sync from a Mac, you can also select by events, faces, and places. And with that, you should have a good idea of how to sync your media to the iPad.
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