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Easily manage PDFs from the web on the iPad, iPod and iPhone

Ever run into a PDF with information you actually need while surfing the web on your i-device? You can read the PDF, but that’s it… when you leave the web page, you’ve left the PDF behind as well, and there hasn’t been much you could do about it.

That kind of thing was really a problem for me, as I’m often surfing technical and/or reference documents and these are commonly in PDF format.

Well, problem no more: Here is a simple app for IOS that adds the ability to email yourself (or anyone else) any PDF you encounter while surfing with Safari.

Once installed, a simple touch on “Open In”, then “PDF Emailer”, and off the document goes — making surfing the web for information a great deal more productive. All for just a few pennies. This kind of productivity enhancement is why I own a tablet in the first place.

That’s not all, either; the app keeps PDFs until you tell it to get rid of them, so you can review the document later on your IOS device — two extremely useful and productive additions to the IOS platform.

All it takes is one use to justify the tiny price. As far as I’m concerned, this is a can’t-lose proposition. Highly recommended.

Requires iOS 5.1 or later. 17.9 mb. 99 cents.

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Predicting where IOS and OS X will go

Every time I read one of the sycophantic articles predicting OS X is going to become like IOS, I have to laugh. That’s not going to happen, at least, not in the long term. So in the spirit of the new year, when every fool (I’m speaking most definitely of myself here) proceeds to stuff foot deep into mouth, I offer the following IOS, OS X, iPad and iPod predictions:
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What I’d like to see on the iPad 2

Pretty much like everyone else, I’ll start with cameras – two of them. One that faces the same way as the display, for use in video back-and-forth with other people. The usability of this is obvious, and the cost is low (if Apple can’t find a small, high performance video camera, they simply aren’t trying.)

But I’d also like to have a rear-facing camera for taking shots of the things around me while I can still see the display. This way, you can properly frame the pictures. This would be extremely useful for driving bookshelf, shopping, inventory and look-up software, such as Delicious Library, which keeps track of all your DVDs by looking up the UPC codes, or Red Laser, which gives you the high and low prices for anything you scan using the Internet to do the search.
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Publishers and the E-book Ecosphere

leap-pubIn e-tech, publishers look to be an obsolescent cog. They exist(ed?) with books in a legitimate role because someone needs to take on the cost of printing a physical book, shipping it to a store, etc., and your typical author can’t afford to do that. With an e-book, the costs – such as they are – are handled by the retailer (Apple, Amazon, smaller sellers – even the author.)

Speaking as someone somewhat familiar with the industry, publishers, long known for providing only minimal advances and the smallest possible royalty to the actual artist (the author(s) and illustrator(s)), appear to have no role in the e-book ecosphere.
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The iPad – Not perfect. Here’s why.

In and amongst the fevered pro-iPad ravings today, I thought I’d throw a bit of a wrench in the works, as I’m not of the opinion that the thing is all it could have been. Mind you, I’m definitely pro-iPad, I think it’s a great device, I just think it could have been a lot better.

With that in mind, here are some things I really think can be done better:
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