I bought one of Apples new Ipads and was amazed at what it could do.My wife
and I use it mainly to talk to our daughter in Amsterdam on facetime . It is
so reassuring to see her and talk in real time. The world is changing fast
and its hard to keep current on anything.
I'm on my third iPad, and in my third year running day to day operations
in construction/remodeling using an iPad (DropBox and Priority Matrix
are my main goto apps, among others).
There are three iPads in this immediate household; recently helped my 89
year old father to purchase one; and my daughter and SIL in the UK each
have one, which we all use, with FaceTime, to stay in touch with each
other over long distances.
Basically, the iPad has revolutionized the way I do business on a day to
Is or was your Dropbox free for a limited period and/or are you paying
for it now? My recently purchased Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a 50
gig (I think) free Dropbox account for two years and then they'd start
charging for it.
So far, I've resisted the urge to use the Dropbox because I know I
wouldn't be interested in paying for it after those two years lapsed.
I just don't what to get into the habit of using and relying on it,
despite all the advantages that it offers. But then, I don't have
anywhere near the organizational needs that you have with your
Actually, I'm still using the free version of DropBox.
As a project ends, and I no longer need to access that specific
information out in the field, I simply copy the associated folder/files
back to my office hard drive(s) (where a copy is also automagically also
uploaded to Carbonite), and delete them from DropBox.
A plus is that I can also access the files that were removed from
DropBos with Carbonite's iPad app if need be, although that need rarely
has arisen, and then it is just for a quick reference, with no need to
perform any operations.
That way I have been able to keep my Dropbox account within the limits
of their free service, and have not even come close to bumping the limit.
I use Excel for all spreadsheet work. I maintain the specific project
Excel file(s) in the live, mirrored, DropBox folder on my office laptop
(which is also backed up to Carbonite, and a local network hard drive,
Any changes made to the Excel spreadsheets in the field, using either
"OnCloud" or "HD Office" apps on the iPad, are automatically synched to
DropBox on closing the iPad app.
This insures that all the files in DropBox are current and automatically
synched regardless of the device with which they are accessed in the field.
I also use my DroidX, using the same apps that are available in both
Android and IOS, on occasion, but will be phasing that device out as
soon as the new iPhone comes out.
.... the iPhone being IOS, plays nicer with the iPad, although that has
not been an issue keeping files synched between all devices (laptop,
iPad, DroidX) and DropBox.
The other IOS iPad apps that I use daily for other tasks are "EverNote"
(a good place to keep information from websites when ordering materials
online), "NoteShelf" (for handwritten stylus input during meetings with
clients), and "Project Matrix" (for management and prioritizing project
I also automatically upload all photos taken with either the iPad, or
the DroidX to Google Picasa.
I have not taken a laptop to a construction site in two years ... it is
all done from my iPad while offsite (or laying in bed at night when I
remember something that needs to be addressed ... ;) )
FWIW, I'm currently using a 64GB Verizon WIFI/4G iPad3 ... 4G/LTE here
is almost as fast as a WIFI network, but I can usually piggyback on a
clients WIFI, so mostly keep the cellular network turned off until needed.
Current technology provides a huge boost in productivity over previous
methods, just in the last three years, and the iPad has been
instrumental in me taking advantage of that boost.
Congratulations on finding a wonderful new tool. :-)
I am on my second iPad and my only regret is I had to wait decades for
Apple to finally create one. I use mine to stay in touch with family
and friends, read books, watch tv/movies when exercising, listen to
music, play an occasional game of solitaire, write, keep track of my
schedule and addresses and search the internet for information. I
can't tell you how many times I have searched for something on the net
and found great information that saved me tons of money. I hope you
get tons of enjoyment out of yours. Keep waving to your family!
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