Documents by Readdle: iPad File Mgmt at Last

Frankly, I have mostly not considered my iPad as a tool for accessing files from anywhere other than the web or occasionally a pdf or two from Dropbox to read on the plane.

Apple apparently does not think this crucial need for road warriors is essential enough to provide such a tool in the built-in apps list. 

So the prospects of finding, opening, editing, saving and later retrieving any given text, rich text, pdf or html page on my iPad has just not been practical. Until now.

My tablet has just become far more useful, especially with the Kensington keyboard attached, since I found Documents. It is a file manager but not just.

Documents is from a product line generated by an outfit from the Ukraine called Readdle. I was aware of them having downloaded and enjoyed using Scanner Pro some months ago. They are poised to move into the business-apps realm, and I’d expect their efforts to succeed, based on the quality of their software.

Since techie-type posts are largely yawned at here, I’ll just suggest in the remote possibility you are interested, that you read about it here at AppStorm, where the writer reaches the same conclusion I did:

So pardon me for saying this so bluntly, but it’s an indicator of how necessary I think Documents is: Apple should buy it.

They should pick up the phone, call Readdle and make them an offer they can’t refuse. I’d make the argument that if Apple wants to become the de facto leader in corporate environments, they need a solution like this that makes sharing and managing files painless — even between multiple users.

Thanks to the way that Documents integrates with the cloud, it’s easy to use it for both personal and group situations.

A few other computer tools I’ve appreciated over the years and still use daily:

Workflowy An instantaneous and intuitive outliner with tremendous potential for ordering your thoughts, making lists, brainstorming.

Growly Notes (now via the App Store)  A click-anywhere document creation tool with some features I miss from OneNote.

Evernote  I was among the first 25k users for this “replacement brain” and have something like 1100 notes, including one I use to store ideas for and to write blog posts.

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iPad a World-expanding Tool: Even for Moms

....and she won't leave home without it.
….and she won’t leave home without it.

This Christmas will mark two years since we gave my mom a gift she swore she “did not want, did not need and would not be able to make it work.”

She was most adamant about it. We didn’t listen. I don’t know how many times she has thanked us for insisting over her persistent objections.

I have to credit my wife–a Luddite if there ever was one, and proud of it. But she had seen the techs at work using their iPads and was curious. They showed how even a board-certified hospital pharmacist could use it for email and web browsing. So she concluded that my mom would be able to handle it too. And she was so right.

I can safely say that not a week has gone by that mom has not thanked us for all that this device has opened up for her. And I can safely say not a week has gone by that I have not had to “check out” silly animal tricks; and examine just in the remote event they held content, countless forward forward forwarded email from stranger.

But at her certain age (I’m sworn to not divulge, me at 65, so go figure) she is still curious and enjoys hearing about something she wants to know more about, and sets off to find it. And does! (Used to be “look this up for me. Now she has gotten pretty good a Googling her way to answers.)

And a couple of times a year, we get together for me to update her apps and clean up various minor messes.

So if you have an older relative or really good friend (maybe with limited mobility) on your birthday or Christmas shopping list, think about this tiny compact set of encyclopedias and entertainment on steroids contained inside this small package. Even if they resist, insist.

You could order A new iPad for your mom or dad in time for Christmas from Amazon. If you use this link to explore the possibilities or make a purchase, I’d be obliged, as it would add a little egg money to keep this leaky boat afloat. If not the iPad, there’s an Amazon search widget in the right sidebar you might use any time for anything else you were thinking about getting from Amazon anyway. Here’s your portal.

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Life on the Other Side of TurkeyDay

You’ll be shocked to learn that there was absolutely NO shopping activity from this household on Black Friday–a day upon which those who have the day before given thanks for all that they have are driven by an incomprehensible consumptive urges to go out and buy more. (And you want it delivered to your house in 3o minutes, get Amazon Prime Air…I’m not making this up!)

It seems like it ought to be a day upon which you are compelled to give stuff away, out of your abundance, to those who have not been as blessed. (You may have to step over one of them in the crush to get into Target or The Gap first thing Black Friday morning.) We were driven to go out and collect twig-kindling for the stove, taking the high road up above the bluff. This is NOT the path of least resistance. Bluff View West-Goose Creek This view from the top of the bluff looks down on Goose Creek just where it is joined (out of view to the left-center) by Nameless Creek. Behind the tree, the sun is just setting below the western ridge at local sunset–about 4:00, but even earlier in another three weeks at Winter Solstice. We have to import sunshine from up top, and it gets here the next day. We are, however, not plagued by the winds visited upon our elevated neighbors last week! House at Local SunsetIt was just about here below the house that the temperature dropped as the sun settled lower in the west and cold air began to slide down into Goose Creek Gorge.

Both shots taken with the iPhone 5s–the top with the very good pano function of the default camera app. It does a very good job of (almost instantaneously) stitching images without merge lines or exposure lapses. There is a little color noise in the sky. Picky picky.

The bottom shot was taken with the Pro HDR app, that actually takes then processes two separate shots exposed for highlights and shadows. I’m noticing on this shot there are some ghost edges in the larger version, but I was pretty shaky by that time of day. A tripod adapter for the iPhone is in my future.

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