Category Archives: iPads

Notability: Drag-n-Drop in IOS 11

Imagine being able to drag and drop pretty much anything from another app into a Notability Note.

With  IOS 11, you can! [well, almost all the time.]

 It’s a fast way to move handwriting, text, and even entire notes into, out of, and within Notability. This guide describes everything you can do with Drag and Drop so far.

Dragging and dropping an item takes three steps:

  1. Select: Press and hold an item to select it.

    • Optionally, tap more items to select them, too.
  2. Drag: Drag the items into an app that supports Drag and Drop.

    • While dragging items, you can switch notes in Notability and even switch to completely different apps.
  3. Drop: Let go of the item to release it.

CLICK HERE for all the details.

You can save a LOT of time using this feature!

iPad out of room

Here’s how to tell how much storage you have used on your iPad, and how to tell what is using it up:


To see how much storage you have already used up on your iPad, go to

Settings –> General –> About

Look for the line Available.

Anything less than about 400 MB means you need to clean out your unused stuff.

To see what is using up your storage space, go to

Settings –> General –> Storage and iCloud Usage –> in the Storage section, click “Manage Storage”

You will see a list of the apps after a minute or so, with the apps taking up the most room at the top of the list.


Some general advice:

Photos

  • Assuming you have setup Google Drive correctly to automatically upload your photos and videos, you’ll still have a copy of them in Drive, even if you delete them from your iPad. [They’ll be the Google Photos folder on Drive].
  • To ACTUALLY delete photos/videos from your iPad, open up Photos –> Camera Roll.
    Click SELECT.
    Click on the photos/videos you want to delete.
    Click the Trash icon, top left.
    Click the  message “Delete these x photos?”
    Click “Albums”, top left
    Open up “Recently Deleted”
    Click “Select”, top right
    Click “Delete All”, top left.
  • If you don’t clear out the Recently Deleted folder manually, it will empty itself in about a month.

Google Apps [Drive / Sheets / Docs]

  • The Google apps all have an option to store your document “locally” on the iPad. If you no longer need docs available when you don’t have an internet connection, then check the Docs part of this article:  iPads –> what’s taking up all my storage?

Miscellaneous Space Hogs

  • Messages – those messages with pictures and videos take up ROOM. Delete them.
  • Mail – sometimes the Mail app takes up a ton of room. Actually, it’s all those emails that you never deleted. Delete them.
    –> If deleting the mails sound like too much, then delete the account
    [Settings –>Mail–> Accounts–>Select the account–>”Delete Account”
    –> This does NOT actually delete your account from the Mail server – it just deletes your “window” into your mail account.
    –> Then re-create it. For the MDS email, it’s a Google account type.
  • iMovie – delete your projects. You can export them into your Google drive if you’d like a copy of your final project.
  • Notability – anything deleted in Notability goes into a trash can which is emptied after about a month  [similar to the way Photos works]. Click on the trash can to empty it manually.
    Remember that deleting a note in Notability does NOT delete it from Drive.

 

IOS 11 – quick overview

Much of the info below was taken from THIS ARTICLE.

How do I know if I can update to IOS 11?

Not everyone on campus can. The easiest way is to go to Settings –> General –> Software Update and see if it is available. Note that you can see if you can update while on campus – but you won’t actually be able to update until you get off-campus.

What’s different?

There are tons of articles on-line with that info, but here’s a quick rundown of the important day-to-day stuff:

Multi-Touch with Drag-n-Drop

 Get into Split-screen mode, with two different apps on each side.

You can now drag-n-Drop data from one app to the other.

 

 

 

“Multi-Touch with drag and drop may seem like a small addition, but it makes a big difference in the day-to-day. Being able to split screen and drag and drop files makes a more compelling reason to use iPad for work in both business and an educational context. Adding attachments to an email is much smoother and quicker than it once was and even when adding photos to a blog … has become a better way to get work done on the go.”

File Explorer

 

 

Organizes the files on your iPad just like on your regular computer.

 

 

 

“Files is a new native app for iOS that is integrated directly into iOS 11. Whether searching through local files, iCloud, Box, or Google Drive users can organize, open, and delete files from the comfort of their iOS devices. … This is a win for those used to navigating through file structures and is again focused on enabling users and enhancing productivity.”

A new dock, app switcher, and Control Center

 

Swiping up from the bottom of an iPad running iOS 11 shows the app switcher.

The new dock in this view makes switching between apps much faster and is the basic hub for multitasking on iPad.

It shows the recently used apps and offers access to the also new Control Center.

Swiping up on previously used apps will clear them until they’re opened again.