Monthly Archives: October 2014

Saving time in IOS8 Mail published an article on using Mail and iMessage in IOS8 that you might find useful.

CLICK HERE to read it

THe tips covered include

  • how to write multiple emails at once [handy if you are in the middle of an email and need to refer to something that was previously sent],
  • How to set what happens when you swipe left or right [you can swipe to flag, trash, or even archive messages]
  • plus some tips regarding iMessage – how to leave a group discussion, etc.

After your iPad was wiped out….

[January 2017 update]

Sometimes your iPad has to be wiped clean of all your data….here is a list of everything you need to make sure everything gets setup and recovered.


  1. AppleID/iCloud
  2. Google Drive
  3. Email
  4. Notability
  5. Other Accounts
  6. Kindle, iBooks, eTexts [may not apply to everyone]


  • Settings –> iCloud
  • do NOT create a new AppleID – just sign in to the existing one.

 Google Drive

  • Fire up the app and login.


  • Settings –> Mail/Contacts/Calendars
  • Add Account    >
  • Select GMAIL account
  • Type in your info.
  • Email Address is your FULL email address, including the part
  • For Description don’t leave it at the default.  I suggest MDS.
  • Click NEXT
  • If you get 4 checkmarks, go to the next step.
  • If there’s a problem, doublecheck your typing. It is very common to misspell, to add an extra space at the beginning or end, or to mistype your password.


This is a bit tricky, so pay attention!

  • Fire up Notability. All of your notes are gone – but you have a backup on Drive, right? 
  • Setup your Dividers and Subjects [also known as the lines and folders] in Notability. Remember you should have a “Divider” for each class, and several “Subject” folders inside each divider. The exact list will change depending on the class.
    • Fire up the Drive app.
    • Navigate to the folder “Notability”
    • You should see a bunch of folders there – each folder in Drive = a folder in Notability…. but the Dividers don’t exist in Drive, so I hope your folder titles give you a clue to what’s inside.
    • Write down what folders you’ll need, and inside which Divider/Class
  • Get to the main screen in Notability [the Library].
  • Setup the connection between Drive and Notability by clicking on the gear icon [bottom left] –>Manage Accounts, and click the LOGIN button next to Google Drive. DON’T SETUP AutoBackup yet!
  • Exit out of Settings.
  • You’ll have to download your backups one folder at a time
  • In Notability, select a folder to start and click it.
  • Then click the IMPORT button [looks like a rectangle with an arrow point INTO it].
  • Click Google Drive
  • Click the folder you want to import. You should see a list of docs inside.
  • At the top right is a link that says “Import foldername“. Click it.
  • All the documents in that Drive folder should import into the Notability folder you selected.
  • NEXT, select a different notability folder, then download the documents from Drive…. keep downloading until you get all of them you need.
  • NOW, setup autobackup.
    • Get to the Library/opening screen,
    • click the Gear icon on bottom left,
    • click Auto-Backup,
    • then Google Drive.


You’ll also have to setup any other app accounts [eTexts, kindle, ibooks, etc]

 iBooks [optional for most students]

  • Some students will want to setup an account for iBooks, for a variety of reasons. MOST of the time you’ll want to use your PERSONAL AppleID [not your school one].
  • Settings –> iTunes & App Store
  • If you already have a personal AppleID, then use it.
  • If you don’t, you COULD use your school one, but remember that any material connected to that AppleID will disappear once you leave this fine institution.
    •…. or you could create a new AppleID using your personal email address.

Moving Pictures around

If you have pictures/videos and need to move them around, here are a couple of processes.

To get a photo from Drive to Camera Roll:
• On the iPad, open up the Drive app.
• Click on the filename to view it.
• Click on the image – a dialogue box should pop up.
• Click “Save image”.

The file is copied over to the camera roll.
To get a photo from Drive to Photoshop [or another app]:
• On the iPad, open up the Drive app.
• Click on the “i” icon, to the right of the filename.
• Click “Open In” icon, select Photoshop or the app of your choice.
To get a photo from Camera Roll to Google Drive:
• On the iPad, open up the Drive app.
• Navigate to the folder where you want to stash the photos. Create a new folder if needed.
• Click the + icon, top right.
• Select “Upload Photos or Videos”
• Click on the files you want to upload. You’ll see a blue checkmark on the ones you select.
• When done, click the bigger blue checkmark at the top of the window. Wait a minute – or several minutes if you have selected a whole bunch  of files to upload.
NEVER assume they got uploaded – always doublecheck!