Hi, Stephen,
I'm on my third iPad and first iPhone, so I can relate. (My phone is an 
itty-bitty 5S also, so computing on it is a no-go). Love my iPads for 
all the reasons you indicated. I keep my oldest one clamped to my 
drawing table in my basement studio. When I need reference pix, I can 
get them from the internet or plop my own into Dropbox and have them 
handy, no printing as you indicate.

My latest iPad is all-purpose, love it on a trip as it's GPS, library, 
portfolio and entertainment hub all in one: I do 99% of my reading now 
on the iPad, as I love to be able to look things up quickly as I am 
reading, or follow along on a map (even for fiction, that's fun); you 
can, of course, watch full programs and movies, and the iPad screen is 
far better than a phone screen for that.  I have Keynote presentations 
if I want to show off my portfolio (I have several different ones, 
sketches, full portfolio, botanical, etc). With a long HDMI cable and an 
adapter, I can display my portfolio or photo albums on a TV (the adapter 
has an HDMI plus a lightning port, and a short lightning cable end to 
plug into the iPad; with the lightning port I can plug in a long 
lightning power cable and keep it fired up while the presentation is 
running. I believe with Apple TV you can broadcast directly without the 
cables but that is a wild guess, as I have Roku.

You can also get an adapter to load up photos from a sim card. and I 
just put a lightning/USB flash drive on my Christmas list, that will be 

I have never gone very far using the drawing programs but that's on me 
for lack of trying. they are fun but require practice to be able to do 
anything good. I bought a Brydge bluetooth keyboard for it and love it, 
super quality and it acts as a case to boot.

I have various stylii, including one that has a brush head on it (yes, 
it works like a brush!) but I've never used any of them very much.

the biggest problem I've had is switching from the iPad to Bob's laptop, 
I'm constantly trying to move stuff on the screen and gosh, it doesn't 
work that way!!  LOL.

If I think of anything else I'll let you know. enjoy!


(PS - I passed on the 2nd iPad to Bob, he enjoys the games)

On 11/24/18 11:15 AM, Stephen DiCerbo wrote:
>      Hi  friends....
> its been a while since I have been on this side of the Rrrippped
> column,  but it is always good to know this listserve resource is here
> for us.
> After a very long time with some thin spots in my technology blanket,
> especially with Apple products, I took advantage of a Black Friday deal
> yesterday while upgrading my iPhone, and I
> have  filled a gap, specifically  in the tablet position, and procured
> (currently back-ordered) an iPad.  12.9 inch iPad Pro (2018) 256GB
> I expect it to fill most of the technical duty gap between my laptop
> (PC) and my iphone and offer me more flexibility, especially in my
> work.   I do not like using my phone for "computing"  and aside from
> scrolly scrolly scrolly checking Facebook in the doctors waiting room,Â
> I use my phone mostly for phone calls, reluctantly texting on a tiny
> screen with stubby fingers, and "emergency" quick and dirty photos- more
> so as he camera functions has improved over time.
> So I am excitedly exploring the possibilities that the iPad might bring,
> and I am looking for ideas and suggestions based on your usage of the
> same or similar tablet products in your daily life and for your art and
> illustrations.
> At this  point, I see myself using it at the kitchen island on a "stand"
> or clamp   (  I seem to remember a thread on clamping/mounting solutions
> for tablets in the past) for my recipes, stored digitally, and
> eliminating the annoying need to print hard copy recipes out  for use.
> Similarly, I use reference photography at lot in my work, particularly
> with my fish, and anticipate the same use in the Studio as in the
> kitchen with the iPad, and elimination of the same time and material
> spent on printing.
> I image that it would serve very well as a carry around digital
> portfolio folder that I can use while pitching woo.
> I look forward to it functioning much better as a "cash register" with
> the Square up  App than my iphone currently does while selling my work
> in field locations.
> I also have experienced past disappointment in seeking out a particular
> app for work or entertainment use only to find that there was no PC
> version to use on my laptop or desktop, both PC  . (did I mention I
> don't like to compute on my phone ?)   So I hope the new equipment will
> help there.
> Having spent a "apple" bushel full of money for this thing-a-ma-bob ,  I
> wish to get as much functional use out of it as possible.  So  I beseech
> you all to share how, and for what, you use your tablets to help you
> with your work ad everyday life.
> Ideas about adaptations, accessories, apps and creative out of the box
> uses are also much welcomed.
> I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoys the upcoming
> holidays. I look forward to much increased in studio and creativity time
> during the "off" season in the North Woods.
> Yours in artistic expression,
> Stephen Mutsugoroh DiCerbo
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