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Jeff Richardson
New Orleans
Interests: piano, technology, apple
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It works. -Jeff
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Apple isn't selling the Smart Cover, and I don't think that they are going to. With the new squared off edge, I'm not sure that a Smart Cover would work with the new iPad Pro. It wasn't accidental that I didn't mention a cover in this review. I bought the Apple Smart Folio, but I'm just still not yet sure what I think about it. Rather than complain in this review that my first impression is negative, I thought I should stick with it for a little bit longer before I publish a review and an opinion. What do I think so far? After using if for about a week, it is growing on me somewhat. My issues with it are (1) I see no need to cover the back; it's just the glass screen that I want to protect and (2) putting a cover on the back makes everything a little thicker and ever so slightly heavier. -Jeff
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I've been using GoodReader for years, but if you are starting out I recommend that you instead use Readdle's PDF Expert (because GoodReader hasn't been updated in a long time). Whichever app you use, consider using Dropbox to share files between a computer and your iPad. -Jeff
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They are showing up for me. -Jeff
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Yes. I am very aware of this as I continue to use the app every day. As I've been saying for years, I hope that the update is soon! -Jeff
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2018 on The latest on GoodReader version 5 at iPhone J.D.
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I prefer using a "real" keyboard so my current plan is to continue using my Apple Magic Keyboard. But I’m not yet sure if I will still be able to use the Studio Neat Canopy with the new iPad Pro. https://www.iphonejd.com/iphone_jd/2017/09/review-canopy-studio-neat.html -Jeff
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I’ve used an iPad with cellular in the past, and it is really nice to be able to use the iPad right away regardless of where I am. But I haven’t purchased one in many years because I cannot justify the extra price. First, I am usually using an iPad in a location that has WiFi. Second, when I am not, it only takes a few seconds to tether to my iPhone. It is a nice luxury, but for me is something that I can live without. -Jeff
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I don't have a good recommendation. Sometimes I use Scanbot, which does the job but it makes the file size much larger. I prefer to use Nuance Power PDF on my PC because it keeps the file size smaller and it also straightens the document. That means that I need to remote access from my iPad to my PC, but I can do that pretty quickly. Having said that, it has been a while since I have looked at what else is out there on the market. Maybe there is something better than Scanbot which can take a PDF file and perform an OCR on it. I don't know. -Jeff
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If your digital piano has a headphone port, it seems like you would have no problem plugging in the AirFly and then using your AirPods to listen to the keyboard. Without testing I cannot say for sure that there would be no lag, but since this product is designed to let you listen to audio while watching video on an Airplane, and considering that it would be noticeable if the video and audio didn't sync, my strong suspicion is that lag would not be a problem. -Jeff
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I would for myself, and indeed that is exactly what I do, but the answer will differ for others. I always carry an iPad when I travel because it is useful for so many reasons -- reading briefs, watching movies on a plane, etc. Carrying a laptop means I carry two things, whereas carrying an iPad means that I carry just one thing. And even if I am out of the office but not traveling, the iPad is so much more useful. A computer is certainly more powerful, but the iPad is more portable. When I am out of the office, portable is more important to me. Although I have a laptop in my office (a Dell), it might as well be a desktop computer because I virtually never move it. It is the iPad Pro that I carry around with me everywhere. If there were significant things that I could only do on a computer, my answer might change. But the iPad Pro has all of my documents, it has Word to edit, it has email, calendar, Safari, etc. And for those rare times when I need to do something that only a computer can do, I use LogMeIn to remote access my work computer and just remote control it. For example, I prefer the software on my computer for doing an OCR of a PDF file, so I will sometimes use remote access to perform OCR on my work computer, but then save the file and go right back to the iPad to work with the file. -Jeff
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I don't think it will be an issue because the iPad senses when you have a hand close to the edge and ignores that as input. I'll need to try it myself to confirm this, but my strong suspicion is that this will not be a problem. -Jeff
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Thanks, Jay. And I use that tip with my Fifth Grade daughter all the time. She will hear a song at school -- or hear her friends singing a song -- and then ask me to play it, having no idea of the artist or title. But she will know a line of lyrics, and so far that has alwaysbeen enough for me (or I should say for Siri) to find the song. Then I get to be the hero dad who found the song to which she wants to sing and dance. :-) -Jeff
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2018 on In the news at iPhone J.D.
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Yes. List view is a feature of the watchOS, introduced in 2017 in watchOS 4, and is not unique to the Apple Watch Series 4. I'm sure that list view is also useful with the Series 3 because the Series 3 is faster than prior versions, but list view is particularly useful with the much faster Series 4. -Jeff
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Laura, I stopped using my iPad Air when I upgraded to an iPad Air 2 in October 2014. And I have since moved on to an iPad Pro. I suspect that the iPad Air would still run both of those apps, but I no longer have one that I can test, and I don't know if it would be so slow that it would be frustrating to use with modern software. Sorry that I cannot be of more help on this! -Jeff
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2018 on My experience with the iPad Air at iPhone J.D.
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I continue to use Scanner Pro every week. It is a fantastic and very useful app. Having said that, the ScanBot app mentioned in this review is also quite good. They are cheap so you can get both and just decide which one works better for you. -Jeff
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Absolutely. If you have a Series 3, the upgrade may not be worth it for you -- although you would appreciate the larger screen and faster processor. But for a Series 2 or older, it is a fantastic upgrade. -Jeff
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They come out later this year, according to Emojipedia: https://emojipedia.org/emoji-11.0/ -Jeff
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While I really like the new design of Dark Sky on my iPhone, I will say that it doesn't look good on the iPad. Too much empty space -- it's like the iPhone app is just stretched out. -Jefff
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On both your old and new device, go to settings in Scanner Pro and turn on iCloud and share with iCloud Drive. I think that will start the syncing going forward, and I believe that it will also go back and sync prior items. -Jeff
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Yes. I usually use TripIt Pro on my iPhone, but when I use the iPad app all of my trips are there too, and you can update on either device or on the computer. -Jeff
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Cell phones. -Jeff
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I agree ... this was a great app back in its day. I'd love to see an update for modern iOS. -Jeff
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It sounds like you have an older version of GoodReader. The app was updated to version 4 in 2014. My review: http://www.iphonejd.com/iphone_jd/2014/05/review-goodreader-4.html If you are using an earlier version, you need to purchase the new version. As noted in this post, the developer has said that version 5 will be a free upgrade, so you should not have to worry about paying for version 4 today and then having to pay for version 5 soon thereafter. It will give you some prompts to migrate your data from GoodReader 3 (or whatever version you have) into GoodReader 4. I have not heard whether a similar migration will be necessary whenever GoodReader 5 is released, but that wouldn't surprise me. -Jeff
Toggle Commented Apr 23, 2018 on The latest on GoodReader version 5 at iPhone J.D.
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When the Do Not Disturb function is turned on in iOS 11, you should not receive phone calls. The only exception is that you can manually select to allow calls from certain people. In the Settings app go to Do Not Disturb, the scoll down to the word "Phone" and just below that you will see Allow Calls From. Is yours set to "No One"? Mine it set to Favorites, and I wonder if yours is too? -Jeff
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2018 on The iPhone's Do Not Disturb feature at iPhone J.D.
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Rebecca, this feature works great in the Westlaw app. You can select text in a case, and then either use the pop-up menu to copy it, or you can use the new iOS 11 drag and drop features to drag the text into another app, such as Microsoft Word or email. Selecting text on a computer can be faster than doing so on an iPad because you can use a mouse or trackpad on a computer. But this feature also works just fine on an iPad, so your currently workflow should translate to the iPad just fine. Unfortunately, the Westlaw iPad app is not currently optimized for the 12.9" iPad Pro. For example, you don't get the larger keyboard that many other apps use. Hopefully this will be addressed soon in an app update. You can still use the app today, but it will be nicer when the app is updated. -Jeff
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