Book “Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-To” Reviewed

CommentFebruary 26, 2013 by ssdesign

My review of the book Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-To, by Renee Valdez, is here. Check it out.

Article first published as Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-To on Technorati.com.

Edit: Here is the review, since it disappeared due to Technorati’s completely renovating itself:

Just got yourself a new iPad? Don’t really know how to use it, but impatient to learn how? Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-To, the quick-start book written by Renee Valdez, will introduce you to the iPad in a way that will get you up and running.

First, you become acquainted with new iOS 6 features, and the apps that are already included in your iPad. Then you learn how to set up your email accounts in your iPad’s settings, use the Mail app, and add an iCloud.com email address. Subsequent sections cover importing PDFs into iBooks and downloading from the iBookstore; editing and sharing photos using Photo Stream and iPhoto; capturing, editing, and sharing footage using iMovie; creating and recording music using different instruments in GarageBand; and using the iWork apps Keynote, Pages, and Numbers, and sharing and syncing documents between them.

Be prepared to spend money if your iPad doesn’t already have the last six apps. As of this writing, the prices of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers have been raised from $4.99 to $9.99.

One of my favorite things about this book (which is divided into sections, not chapters) is the way Renee Valdez marked each recipe in the table of contents “Must know,” “Should know,” or “Become an expert.” This helps readers tailor their iPad use to their specific needs — especially different media needs — and determine how basic or how advanced they want their iPad knowledge to be.

This book does not only do a good job teaching novices the iPad; it does a great job showcasing the different uses of media the iPad offers. Artists, musicians, designers, and media professionals like Renee Valdez, who is a producer at MTV’s Comedy Central, should especially find it helpful. One thing I wish the book discussed a little more was the App Store, since there are so many other iPad apps out there readers might want to explore. Other than this, I found Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-To a very useful hands-on guide.

Some tips when doing the recipes in this book:

  • If you’ve just downloaded Keynote, Numbers, Pages, and GarageBand and are opening them for the first time, you will be taken through introductory screens where you can create new documents. In GarageBand, the swipeable menu of instruments appears first, enabling you to choose an instrument and create a song from it.
  • Please note that changes have been made in the following apps since this book came out last month; which I hope Renee Valdez will update if she gets a chance:
    • To make transitions in Keynote, tap each slide once, and a bar with the words “Cut, Copy, Delete, Skip, and Transition” will appear. Tap Transition, and a window titled Transitions will appear. Then tap each slide, and a bar saying None with a plus sign next to it will appear. Tap the plus sign to choose a transition. Then tap the blue Done button in the upper right-hand corner of your iPad’s screen once you’ve chosen the transition you want for each of your slides.
    • In iBooks 3.0.2, the bottom bar has changed. Instead of Featured, NYTimes, Top Charts, Categories, Browse, and Purchased buttons; now this bar contains Books, NYTimes, Top Charts, Top Authors, and Purchased buttons. When learning to use iBooks, you can now just tap the Top Authors and Top Charts buttons.
    • In GarageBand, you can no longer upload your song to iCloud. Instead, if you tap the share icon when your songs are shaking in Edit mode, you have options to share your song to Facebook, Youtube, Soundcloud, or iMovie, via iTunes and Mail, or as a ringtone.

Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-To is published by Packt Publishing.

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