No, you just have to select the HDMI port that the cable is plugged in to, and the iPad screen pops right up. [We use this is hotel rooms now, too, to watch what we want. The catch there is that most hotel TV remotes don't have that selection capacity; I'm considering buying a universal remote to take along.]


On 11/25/18 12:57 PM, Stephen DiCerbo wrote:
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Thanks Gail

     the adapter and HDMI cable for presentations sounds like something important for me to work out, for remote site presentations, and also for my workshops, I have a flatscreen on the wall for that purpose...  Is there something special software wise that is needed for the TV to mirror the iPad?


On 11/24/2018 11:55 AM, Gail Guth wrote:
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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 handy.

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:
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    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,  
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 

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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