Content of the material
- Introduction and Overview
- Recently Used Apps Section
- 10. Procreate
- 04. Evernote
- Disable Recently Used Icons
- Slide 4: Opening the App Selection Menu in Mail
- Turn Split View into Slide Over
- January 10, 2012
- iPhone / iPad Tip: Missing apps in “Open In…” menu
- Using the shortcut with your Clipboard
- Use Siri
- Contact Me
- Wrapping it up
Introduction and Overview
Hi everyone this is Michael from TouchPie TV with a quick video tutorial explaining… How To Open PDF Documents On The iPad.
The idea behind this video tutorial came from readers on my blog after I wrote a post entitled: Create PDF on iPad: Save Documents, Web Pages, and Emails to PDF. The post basically explains how folks can convert documents from different file formats (e.g., a Microsoft Word document or a Photo inside the Camera Roll) to a PDF document using the app PDF Converter by Readdler.
So now that you have this little bit of background information let’s move on with this tutorial on how to open PDF documents on the iPad.
Recently Used Apps Section
The Dock reserves space for recently accessed or suggested apps; they appear on the right on the other side of the horizontal divide.
As you open new apps, you’ll notice that their icons appear in that section of the Dock, replacing one of the older icons. This section can hold as many as three icons, including those available for Apple Handoff, though the permanent fixtures in the Dock can eventually start squeezing them out, depending on how many you have.
Procreate is the king of iPad Pro natural media apps, and the addition of the Apple Pencil offers a wonderfully fluid analogue-like experience. In part, this is due to the Apple Pencil’s fine tip, its low latency and double-speed sampling rate, and in part it’s because its palm rejection is nearly flawless. But all the technical stuff fades into the background when you experience the joy of sketching with a 6B pencil, turning it flat to block in big areas of shade, or playing about with paints.
When we tested Procreate 5.2, we were blown away by its new 3D painting features (including compatibility with other 3D apps like Zbrush and Blender). Find out more about those, and the other remarkable updates, in our Procreate 5.2 review.
- Requirements: iOS 13.2 or later
- Double-tap support: Yes
- Price: $9.99/£9.99
- Download Procreate from the App Store
- Requirements: iOS 13.2 or later
- Double-tap support: Yes
- Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
- Download Evernote from the App Store
Another notetaking iPad Pro app, this one isn’t for everyone. Some find Evernote to be an indispensable app to gather together websites, sketches, notes, to-do lists and other detritus of modern life with inspiration and creative work. Others find it to be a baffling experience that doesn’t quite click with them.
It’s rich and capable, and the ability to record audio while you sketch ideas is great (handy for during a briefing with a client for example, though this isn’t the only app to offer the possibility). It’s also pleasing how the eraser tool creates nicely rounded ends to the ink strokes rather than just slicing them into sharp points. Using the Apple Pencil rather than a dumb stylus or your own finger allows you to create a more expressive line thanks to its pressure sensitivity, and palm rejection means you can lean your hand on the screen like you would on paper.
Disable Recently Used IconsDon’t want to see recently accessed apps in the Dock at all? Disable that feature. Open Settings > Multitasking & Dock. At the bottom of the screen, turn off the Show Suggested and Recent Apps setting. Return to the home screen, and you’ll see that your recent apps no longer appear in the Dock. Now you have more space to add additional icons.
Slide 4: Opening the App Selection Menu in Mail
To open and view your attachment just tap on the file. Then very quickly after another menu will prompt you with a list of (compatible) apps that can open your PDF document.
If you look closely at the menu selection, you’ll notice that right inside this pop-up you’re presented with a variety of actions to take.
Turn Split View into Slide Over
When you have two apps or windows open in Split View, you can turn one of them into a Slide Over window—a smaller window that slides in front of the first.
Tap at the top of the window you want to turn into a Slide Over window, then tap (the rightmost of the three buttons).
January 10, 2012
iPhone / iPad Tip: Missing apps in “Open In…” menu The iPhone and iPad let you take a document from one app and open it in another app that can handle the same file type. If you are like me, you use this feature most often when someone sends you an attachment to an e-mail. Just hold down your finger on the attachment for a second or so, and you'll be give the option to open the attachment in some other app. For example, I often like to open up a Word document in the Documents to Go app because that app lets me see redline edits and footnotes, plus the app makes it easy to increase the font size by just pinching. For some file types, you may have many apps that can handle the file. For me — and perhaps for you as well — this is especially true for PDF files because a large number of apps can handle PDF files, and I have quite a few of them installed on my iPhone and iPad. I have two tips today. First, keep in mind that you can see a list of up to 10 apps that can open a file type, even though this is not so obvious on the iPad. Second, here is a solution for when the app that you want to use to open a file doesn't appear in the list of ten. Seeing all ten apps in the menu In iOS 5, Apple will show you up to 10 apps that can handle a file type. This is fairly obvious on the iPhone, but can be confusing on the iPad On the iPhone, the list of apps that can open a file type appears in a large, full-screen list, and if you have more than seven items, the last item on the list is somewhat cutoff, indicating that there are more items if you scroll down. Scroll down to see the rest of the list: On the iPad, even though the screen itself is larger, the iPad only shows four apps in the list. Even worse, there is little indication that there are additional items beyond those four. When the menu first appears there is a scroll bar on the right, but it quickly disappears. If you think to touch the menu and start to scroll it, you will again see the scroll bar to alert you that there are more items, but if you don't touch the menu you may just assume that only four apps can handle this file type: So my first tip is that if you want to open up a document in another app, keep in mind that you can select from a list of up to ten such apps, even though on the iPhone you only see seven at first, and on the iPad you only see four at first. Using apps that are not in the menu What if you have more than ten apps that can handle a certain type of file, and the app that you want to use is not in the list of ten? There is a solution, but it is not obvious, nor is it all that elegant. I had to deal with this issue yesterday because I updated the GoodReader app on my iPad. GoodReader is my favorite app for handling PDF files on my iPad becuase it is such a powerful app, and indeed one reason that the app can do so much is that the developer frequently updates the app to add new features. But after updating the GoodReader app on my iPad yesterday, I then tried to send a document attached to an e-mail to the GoodReader app, only to learn that GoodReader was no longer one of the ten listed apps for a PDF file. Until yesterday, GoodReader had always been in my list of ten. The solution is to delete some of the apps in that list from your device. I looked at the list of ten PDF-reading apps and deleted one of them. This caused another app that could handle PDF apps to appear on the list — but unfortunately, it wasn't the GoodReader app. I deleted a second app, and again no luck. When I deleted a third app, suddenly GoodReader was once again on my list, at the very bottom. What about those apps that I just deleted? Fortunately, you can always re-download an app from the App Store, and even if it is not a free app, Apple will not make you pay for the app again. Thus, I re-downloaded the three apps that I had just deleted. That put all of the apps back on my device, and none of them showed up in the "Open In…" menu; GoodReader remained in the last position. The mystery of the list How does the iPhone or iPad decide which apps to include in the list of ten? Frankly, I don't know. At first I thought that the list was simply organized by date, with apps that had been purchased or updated more recently appearing lowest in the list (and off the list completely if beyond the tenth position). But no date that I could associate with an app — date added, date modified, purchase date or release date (all fields that you can see in iTunes) — explained the order of the apps in my list of ten. The developer of GoodReader states on its troubleshooting page that it is completely random whether an app shows up in the list or not: The Open In functionality is controlled by iOS, we have no active control over it, we just declare GoodReader to be capable of accepting certain file types. iOS is known to show only a limited number (10 or so) of randomly selected apps for any given file type when you invoke the Open In action in any app. The actual maximum number of apps depends on a device type and on a version of iOS. The only way to resolve this issue is to delete some apps that you don't need that expose themselves for a particular file type, to make way to other eligible apps. I suppose that could be true, but there does seem to be some rough (albeit imperfect) association between when an app was added or updated and where it falls on the list on my iPhone or iPad. A bunch of Google searches didn't give me any answer for how apps are listed (or not listed) in the menu other than what I just quoted from the GoodReader website. Perhaps someone reading this post knows the full answer, and if so I'd appreciate it if you commented on this post or sent me an e-mail to answer the mystery of which apps appear in the list of ten and the order in which they appear. An area for improvement I love using the iPhone and iPad because the smart folks at Apple do such a good job at paying attention to the tiny details. Having said that, there is always room for improvement, and that's why Apple frequently updates the iOS. My hope is that Apple improves the way that the "Open In…" menu works in a future version of the iOS. Specifically: 1. It would be nice to have a way to control which apps appear in the list of ten, most obviously by using the Settings app. I would like to be able to select (1) which apps show up in the list of ten, (2) the order of those apps on the list and (3) the default app for each file type (i.e. the first item in the list). Right now, Apple gives the #1 spot to its own apps. Thus, iBooks is always the top choice for PDF files, Pages is the #1 spot for Microsoft Word files, etc. 2. Apple does a good job of using the full screen on the iPhone to show apps that can handle a file type. The iPad has a much larger screen, but we can only see four apps at a time in the list. That makes no sense. The screen is more than big enough to show all ten apps at one time. 3. Do we even need the limit of ten? I presume the thinking is that it gets confusing to have too many choices, but it is even more confusing when the app that you want to use doesn't show up in the list at all. Why not include every app that can handle a file, and even if the user is not allowed to control the order, how about just using alphabetical order, or perhaps the order of which apps have most recently been used to handle that file type. With the ten app limit, you need to delete apps to get other apps to show up in the list of ten. This "solution" is not obvious, nor is it desirable if the app you delete has a document stored in the app. Deleting the app deletes all of its documents, and when you re-download the app, the documents are gone unless you also stored them somewhere else. For example, one of the apps that I deleted to make GoodReader appear was the Amazon Kindle app, and after I re-downloaded the app, I was given the option to restore my purchased Kindle titles to the app. But very few apps include this feature. Permalink
Using the shortcut with your Clipboard
The first way to use the shortcut is by combining it with your device clipboard and a Home screen icon you can add. This way, you don’t have to open the Shortcuts app to use it.
1) Open Shortcuts and tap the three-dot icon on the top right of the shortcut in your Library.
2) Tap the settings icon on the top right.
3) Select Add to Home Screen.
4) Follow the prompts to add the shortcut.
Now, when you copy a link to your clipboard, just tap the shortcut on your Home screen and the link will open in Chrome.
Here, I copied a link from Facebook, tapped the shortcut on my Home screen, and the link opened in Chrome.
You will see it go through the process of opening by moving through the Shortcuts app. But, no action is required on your part and it only takes a few seconds.
Adding the shortcut and including it on your Home screen is the biggest part. Once you do that, you just tap to use it.
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Wrapping it up
If you prefer Chrome over Safari, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to use it on your iPhone or iPad. And these two methods using a shortcut let you open links in Chrome whenever you please.
Are you a Chrome user who’s ready to add the shortcut? Let us know how it works out for you!