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Hidden iPhone gems

If you have an iPad that can run iPadOS 13 […and if you haven’t updated your OS lately, PLEASE DO!], here are some “hidden” features you might find useful.

1. Optimized Battery Charging

This will prolong your battery life.

2. New Scroll Bar in Safari

When you’re scrolling a webpage in Safari, a new Scroll Bar shows up on the right side of the screen. Only instead of just being a handy way to see where you’re at on a page, you can now use it to scroll faster. Try it out by starting to scroll on a page, then long-press on the scroll bar and drag it up or down. The faster you drag, the faster Safari will scroll. 

3. Scan documents with the Files app

The revamped Files app now lets you scan documents and save them directly to your device or cloud storage with little effort. Open the Files app, select the Browse tab, tap on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner, then Scan Documents. Hold your device over the document you want to scan, and it should automatically capture the page. You can scan multiple pages into one PDF file and then save to iCloud, or import it into another app once you’re done. 

4. iMessage search now works well.

To try it, open the Messages app, swipe down to reveal the search field and type.

5. Use a mouse with your iPad

As of iPadOS 13.4, you can use a mouse or trackpad to navigate your phone or tablet. Apple added support with the latest update, and it’s a much-improved experience over the somewhat hidden mouse support we previously saw. 

Pair a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad with your iPad in the Bluetooth settings, just like you would a pair of wireless headphones, and then you’ll see the new pointer show up on your iPad’s screen. Customize how it works in Settings > General Mouse/Trackpad.

6. Safari has a download manager now

You can now download files when using Safari on an iPhone and iPad. The Download manager icon won’t show up unless you have an active (or recently active) download. Your download is automatically saved to a Downloads folder in your iCloud Drive account, which you can access in the Files app.

7. Long screenshots of websites

If you’ve ever had to take multiple screenshots of a webpage in order to capture the text of an article, you’ll be happy to know that iOS 13’s screenshot tool has a new trick. Open Safari and take one screenshot of any website and immediately tap on the thumbnail preview. Above the screenshot will be two options: Screen and Full Page

The feature works in Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Mail, or Apple Maps.

Selecting Full Page will turn the entirety of the webpage you’re viewing into a PDF file that you can then crop, annotate and save to the Files app.

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Notability: You won’t believe what you can do

Since it is our primary go-to app for getting stuff done on your iPad, it is REALLY worth your time to learn it well.

First, some pointers from MDS Tech:

  1. Setup your autobackup correctly. THIS TECH ARTICLE has the details.
  2. Get your Notes Organized. CLICK HERE for more info.

Want to know what else Notability can do? Click the links below!

Notability 8.0 new features – several that you don’t know about

Notability 9 New Features

Notability for IOS – Drag-n-Drop? Side-by-side notes? Indexed Handwritten notes so you can search them? Handwritten notes to text conversion? Zooming in? Typing Math Symbols?

Did you know Notability can do all this?I


Using the Recording Feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyWjRq85D0Q

Using the Recording Feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyWjRq85D0Q

Notability PDF Features: https://youtu.be/2SmAbRInMUk

How to Use Notability [Good overview of all the features]: https://youtu.be/6S66NPvCNSU ParagraphStart with the building block of all narrative.Font SizeDrop Cap

Toggle to show a large initial letter.Search for a block

Notability PDF Features: https://youtu.be/2SmAbRInMUk

How to Use Notability [Good overview of all the features]: https://youtu.be/6S66NPvCNSU

Textilus part 0: What it is & what it will do

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Textilus Pro is the word processing app that Mount de Sales is rolling out campus wide for use on the iPads. It has all of the standard word processing features needed in the 21st century, talks with several different cloud services [iCloud, Drive, Box, etc], and enables creation of MLA style documents.

Here is an overview of the features in Textilus Pro:

✓ Easy to Use, Stay Organized

✓ Powerful yet very easy to use rich-text word processor for iPad

✓ Create, edit and share your documents effortlessly. No settings. No cluttered interface

✓ Document Folders: Drag&Drop to create. Use different color covers for different projects

✓ MagicCursor: Quickly move around the cursor and select text

✓ Typewriter (Focus) mode. Distraction-Free mode that keeps only the paragraph you’re typing at the center of the screen, letting you focus on what you’re writing

✓ Create and edit documents for Microsoft Word, Open Office, Scrivener, Nisus Writer, etc.

✓ Insert photos, comments, footnotes, charts, signatures and drawings in your documents. Compose sketches

✓ Sign your documents realistically with your finger

✓ Export and mail your work as PDF , RTF , RTFD , TXT, PNG , Markdown and HTML

✓ Sync your documents with Dropbox , Google Drive, Box, iCloud , Scrivener or Evernote

✓ Text to Speech and Voice Dictation support

✓ Over 32 supported languages including Japanese , Chinese , Arabic , Hebrew

Powerful RTF Rich-Text Engine

✓ Rich-text formatting: Bold, italic, underline, highlight, subscript/superscript, alignment, line spacing, first-line indent, type size, page breaks, pre-defined styles, text and paper color, etc.

✓ Insert inline photos, charts and drawings in your documents. Compose sketches.

✓ Over 60 high quality (Retina ready) fonts included. Insert special symbols, math symbols, date, current GPS location, pictographs and web links in your documents

✓ Extra keyboard row with direct access to styling and punctuation functions. Quick keys for tab, forward delete, up, down, left, right, etc.

✓ Easily set custom 25 toolbar buttons to your commonly-used keys, special symbols, text snippets or hard to reach characters

✓ Multi-language: Over 32 languages supported including Japanese, Chinese, Arabic and Hebrew

✓ Markdown support

Essential Writing Tool

✓ Find and replace: Quickly search within a document, and it gives you the option to replace those terms with another

✓ Instant text statistics and counters: characters, words, reading time, sentences, average word length

✓ Direct search on Google , Wikipedia , Dictionary , Thesaurus, etc. So finding external online information, synonyms and related words is quick and easy

✓ Security Passcode: Only you will be allowed to open documents in your iPad

✓ Built-in Text to Speech will read aloud your documents and selected text in more than 30 languages (No Internet connection needed)

✓ Create backup snapshots of your documents anytime

PC/MAC Compatible

✓ Universal RTF based document file format (Rich Text Format)

✓ Textilus standard RTF documents are compatible with hundreds of word processors and text editors: Apple Pages, MS Word, Office, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Nisus Writer, Textedit, Wordpad, Scrivener, Evernote, Mail, Pages, Word, Notes, iA Writer, Bean, Abiword, QuickOffice, TextMaker, Documents To Go, Jarte, etc.

✓ Export your documents to RTF , RTFD , PDF , Plain text, PNG and HTML

Auto-Syncing with iCloud , Dropbox , Google Drive, Box, Scrivener and Evernote

✓ Includes automated iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and Scrivener Syncing, Evernote posting and iTunes File Sharing

✓ Open-in email attachments (MS Word or RTF documents). Send multiple documents in the same email

✓ Open-in your Textilus documents with other apps

New and powerful PDF document Reader & Processor

✓ Textilus PDF support allows you to read, annotate, edit, fill out forms, sign, insert bookmarks, comments, text, images and stamps, validate Digital Signatures and even markup with different highlights and handwriting in your PDF documents, books, papers, journals, magazines, etc. Now you can create PDF documents right on your iPad too.