Cool tips and tricks for iPad Users

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1 Using iPadThis past year, iPad users on campus have become numerous and many have come over to the Bookstore to gain more knowledge of shortcuts or good apps to use.  I have found these useful hints and tips to help cut down on time while using the iPad or the iPad Mini.  You can find more useful hints and tips in the future on our Apple Desk Blog.

Advance to new songs or pause or volume control by clicking home button twice and sliding finger from left to right at bottom of screen.

Even change brightness of screen with an iPad Mini by the same procedure as above since brightness level is to the left of music control in this screen.

On the new Retina Display iPad, this is where the Screen Orientation Lock is, next to the music controls instead of the brightness control.

Connect to HDTV either using a Digital AV adapter from iPad to HDMI cable to TV or using the Apple TV.

AirplayUse Airplay whenever you see this icon appear on your iPad and you can watch whatever is on your iPad right on your HDTV. The icon, shown below, looks like a triangle in front of a rectangle. Use this with Apple TV.

Instead of flipping through pages of apps on your iPad, use Spotlight to search for the App you want to use. Spotlight is over the keyboard that appears on page at farthest left, but slide finger from left to right to find it.

Pages is still the best writing tool App which lets you save or send the document as a Word Document or a PDF as well as a Pages document. Very convenient.

Do your fingers get tired when typing? Try Dictation Keyboard which is the coolest by far of the iPad Mini features. Simply tap on the key with the microphone image on it.  Then say whatever you want typed.  To view what you want written, tap on the microphone again and the typing will magically appear.

Some people hate hearing the typing “click” while using the iPad; it may be distracting.  You can change this feature if it bothers you.  Go to Settings, then Sound where you can change Keyboard Click to on or off.

AirprintOne of the apps that is most useful to anyone who uses their iPad for work is the AirPrint App.  First you have to make sure that your printer is wireless, then make sure it supports AirPrint by doing a web search of the make of printer you have and looking up the model you own.  Then reading up your printer model  specifications.  Sometimes just going to the make of printer and looking for the support page and typing in AirPrint support works.  Hewlett Packard allows you to type in a question on their support page underneath the make and model of printer.  The link below is a list of AirPrint compatible printers.

AirPrint Compatible Printers

Apple Desk Reminders and Quick Tips

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saving monyGraduating Seniors are suddenly realizing that their days as a students are becoming fewer rather quickly.  One student wanted things to slow down so she could really enjoy her last semester here and now that spring break is upon us, she is frantic about making every moment count.  She also wants to make sure that she receives all the benefits of being a student while she is still a student.

One of those benefits is the educational pricing on computers and software.  As many of you may know, Apple offers great educational pricing on their Mac’s and as a Middlebury Full Year Student, you get free MS Office on that new Mac and educational pricing on Adobe products like Creative Suite 6, normally priced at over $1200 and for students is $449.00 in the College Bookstore.  Also educationally priced here at the Middlebury College Bookstore is AppleCare for your Mac which is from over $50 to over $100 in savings compared to prices at the Apple Store.

Friday Mac Quick Tip

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I was recently updating Flash Player on one of our Demo Mac’s to view some You Tube videos.  The update was in the form of a download of course, and I then had to search the system for the download file.

I then discovered that my Mac is 10.8.3 also known as Mountain Lion, but the demo that I was using at the time was 10.6.8, also known as Snow Leopard.  I was used to my Mac with Mountain Lion which has the Downloads Folder right in the Favorites Folder in Finder. On the Mac’s with Snow Leopard, you will notice there is no Favorites folder as shown in the photo above.  Therefore no easy to find Downloads folder.

However, there is a way for that downloads folder to appear on the list in your Places folder in Finder.  Click on your computer name which will appear in the Places folder just below “Desktop”.  Find the Downloads file on the list that appears in the box on the right and drag this over to the Places folder. Now you can easily locate the downloads you just added in your easy-to-find Downloads folder!

Friday Quick Tip Reminder!

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Many students forget- or are just too lazy- to back up their work. When they come in with failed hard drives or computers in need of repair, they have no way to access their files. We wanted to remind students how to put the Middfiles shortcut in the dock. This makes for a fast and easy way to save works-in-progress  or valuable files in case of future computer emergencies.

1. Click on the link below to connect to the server.
http://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/Using_File_Servers_%28Macintosh%29

2.Type smb://middfiles.middlebury.edu/middfiles into the server address box.

3. When the Middfiles folder is up and you can see the title as Middfiles on the Middfiles folder

4. Drag the icon next to that title to your dock next to (but not in) the trash icon in your dock.

Now you are ready take on the task of backing up starting with just a click on the icon in your dock!

More Mac Shortcuts!

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Apple shortcuts

Often times, taking the time to move your hand from the keyboard over to the mouse or down to scroll with the trackpad can make a project seem to take longer than it should. Here are some more Keyboard Shortcuts that can make your life easier while working on your Mac.

You can view all the windows you have open or hide them by clicking F11.  Then you can go to previous open window Command-Shift-Accent (‘)  or go to next open window with Command-Accent (‘).

Command-Shift-Control-3 lets you Capture a screen to clipboard or Command-Shift-Control-4 to Capture a selection to clipboard and then Command-V to paste clipboard content at the insertion point (where cursor is).

If you use Voiceover, here are some good shortcuts:

Command-F5 or FN-Command-F5  to Turn Voiceover on or off.  Option-Control-F7or Fn-Option-Control-F7 to Display Voiceover Menu.

If you are working in a program such as Adobe Photoshop, you can use Command-Option-T to Show or Hide Toolbar.

Some of the more often used and favorite shortcuts that I use include:

Command-M to Minimize a window or Command-Option-M to Minimize all windows.

To Print Screen, I use Command-P.

Command-Colon(:)  lets you Display the Spelling Window and Command-Semicolon(;) helps you Find Misspelled Words in the document.

I hope these shortcuts are very useful and aid you in your endeavor of a more fluid approach to working with your Mac.  I am including a link to even more Mac shortcuts below.

Apple Shortcuts

Local Apple Authorized Repair Service

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Apple Tech

We have heard, “Wow, I did not know you repaired Mac’s here” countless times by Staff, Faculty and Students alike!  We would like to introduce our Apple Authorized Tech to you, Ark Lemal,  pictured above at his work station in the College Bookstore.  He is a local self-employed Apple Licensed Technician who works through our Middlebury Apple Campus Store directly in the store at the Apple Desk area Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s in the afternoon providing immediate on-site repairs for 5 years now.  He has 20 years of experience working with Mac’s repairing them and he knows the ins and outs of the Apple World by keeping on top of all Apple Service training and Mac updates.

On-site repairs mean that he works on them right here in the Bookstore with an average of about 3 to 4 days turn around time for diagnosing the problem, getting the parts in and installing/replacing, then fixing the Mac.  If you were to call or contact Apple regarding any problem, they would either suggest you go to the nearest “Genius Bar” which is in Albany, NY or send the machine to them.  This requires waiting for them to send the shipping box to you, you sending your Mac far away to be diagnosed and fixed before it is finally sent back, possibly with an empty Hard Drive (there goes all your work, photos, programs and saved data) to arrive back with a week or a two-week turn around time.

As you can imagine, having the Apple Authorized Tech right here on Campus in the College Bookstore is much less stressful for Faculty, Staff and Students.  The time frame alone is better since most people cannot live without their computer for more than a few days.  Having to deal with an empty Mac after all that wait would send most individuals over the edge then, from loosing all their saved data.

Ark always asks the Mac owner up front if they have backed up their computer, making sure they do not loose any of their data before doing anything that would require loosing it. He offers suggestions and generally tries to save money for the owner in any way he can.

So the next time you have an issue with your Mac, go to the Apple Desk in the College Bookstore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Apple Area

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We have been busy creating a new Apple Area for a more enjoyable experience checking out our Mac’s, iPad’s, iPod’s and accessories. We now have more room for you to try out the Apple merchandise and there is more merchandise to get your hands on with the new addition of the iPod 5th Gen on display and the iPod Nano soon to follow along side the iPad Retina and the iPad Mini to check out.  Also, do not miss the chance to see the Mac Retina Display, on the New Mac Display Table, with newly discounted pricing.

mac retinaThe 13″ Mac Retina is now $1399.00 (128GB Drive) and $1499.00 (256GB Drive) dropped from $1599.00 and $1899.00 and the 15″ Mac Retina is now $1899.00 (256GB Drive)and $2299.00 (512GB drive) dropped from $1999.00 and $2599.00.

 

The MacBook Air 13″ (256GB Drive) price dropped to $1349.00 from $1499.00. Mac Air

Come in and check out our Great lower Pricing while you check out the new look to our store.

Welcoming Incoming Feb’s!

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Mac Family

The College Bookstore would like to welcome all of the incoming students! Congratulations on a job well done in getting here!

We want to let both students and parents know about the educational savings the students get here at the College Bookstore on Mac’s as well as AppleCare and other Apple merchandise like the Time Capsule which is a Wireless external hard drive that backs up automatically so students never loose there important work or photos!

There are extra savings to be had for purchasing your Mac with us.  Purchase a $1000 Panther Gift Card that you can use toward the purchase of your Mac and receive the additional $50 from Panther Points up front on the Panther Gift Card which would then be worth $1050.  That is good dollar sense!Panther Gift Card

Along with receiving the educational pricing on the Mac and other Apple merchandise, the student receives a free download of Microsoft Office as well. Just another benefit the Middlebury College provides.

 

A Reminder to Graduates

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With graduation for the Febs just around the corner, we wanted to remind you of all of the deals you are eligible for as a student at Middlebury-once you graduate, you are no longer eligible!

As a student, you receive education pricing discounts on Apple computers and ipads. Additionally, when you purchase your computer at the college you receive a free download of the Microsoft office suite. And, if you are looking for more professional software, the bookstore also has education on the adobe suite as well! These make purchases from the apple desk make the perfect graduation gift, either for the Feb in your life or for yourself before entering the next step of your journey beyond Middlebury!

Thinking about getting an iPad?

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iPad 3rd GenerationIf you have been thinking about getting a new iPad because you are seeing so many others working with them, you have great luck.  Apple is having a special sale on them from January 13th though January 26th.

iPad 3rd Generations Sale!

$20 off black iPad 3rd G 16GB Verizon  Wireless Discounted at $579.00,

 now $559.00

$40 off White iPad 3rd G 32GB Discounted at $549.00,

now $509.00

$40 off White iPad 3rd G 64GB Discounted at $649.00,

now $609.00

$60 off Black iPad 3rd G 32GB Verizon Wireless Discounted at $679.00,

now $619.00

$60 off Black iPad 3rd G 64GB Verizon Wireless discounted at $779.00,

now $719.00

$60 off White iPad 3rd G 64GB AT&T Discounted at  $779.00,

now $719.00 

iPad Give-a-Way

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iPad Give-a-wayWe gave away a brand new iPad 3rd Generation during our Student Appreciation night before the Holiday break to a very grateful Senior.  When asked if she was going to give that as a gift, she replied that she thought she would like to keep the iPad for herself.

The iPad is a light-weight alternative to bringing your Mac to class.  You can take notes, check email, write your papers and give a presentation by hooking up directly to overhead projectors with them.   We have many selections including the iPad Mini which was the hottest new item for the 2012 Year.

Look for more student appreciation events in the future.

News for our Apple Authorized Tech, Ark Lemal-

We are seeing many laptops coming in with water and/or “sticky substance” damage which could have been prevented by purchasing a keyboard cover to help reduce the possibility of liquid getting at your keyboard when cramming for finals.

Ark Lemal’s hours will remain Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons this semester.