PAGES and envelopes

29 12 2012

In the latest version of Apple’s iWork suite (Dec 7, 2012, Ver 1.7.1) objects can be locked.

Locking means that objects (tables, shapes, images, …) and their positions cannot be changed until they are unlocked again.

It’s a powerful feature for avoiding unwanted displacements of objects particularly for small displays and ‘bulky’ fingers.

Here is a brief description how to create a marker line in Apple’s PAGES for folding the letter paper at the right position so that it fits into a panel window envelope.

To view single slides tap on the slideshow and use the well-known icons.

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As a newbie I have to try out all the awesome features of and made a video with Apple’s app iMovie and DispRecorder from Smart Baby Co., Ltd.
Please accept my apologies for this exciting and brilliantly designed video.

Visit How to do it without any device
if you are struggling with letters and envelopes and the contents of my blog.

Poll: Disadvantages of iOS

27 12 2012

The investigation of whether an iPad can replace a computer leads to a wide variety of results. Pros and cons are discussed in many forums. People try to find many arguments for a peaceful ‘iPad/Computer’ coexistence and others deny the computer’s chances of survival.

I don’t really understand the discussion.
Was there ever a discussion of whether you better use a truck or a pickup to supply a supermarket?
If you have the appropriate driver license you can do both but you won’t do it often with a pickup except your truck has got a problem.

Use the appropriate device at the right time for a task, the device was designed for.

I you have both, iPad and computer, you will see that there is no difference between the digital world and the real life. Replace something and you will miss something.

Another question is of more interest for me.

Please participate in my survey..
(powered by an AUTOMATTIC experiment)

Fighting against the partition law

22 12 2012

The strong benefit of a database is the synopsis of otherwise widely spread informations. Apple’s App Store offers a lot of apps suitable for productive operations but all the informations saved by theses apps are cut into pieces saved in app-specific folders. That’s a consequence of the iOS-Filesystem.

See my blog Every app is an ‘iLand’.

So it’s time to analyze the usability of apps working on databases to fight against the partition law of iOS.

See my blogs about databases coming January 2013.


From USB to camera roll

20 12 2012

To compare some settings on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus with those of an iOS-Device, my son made some screenshots of his Android-Device and gave it to me on a USB-Stick.
To use the photos in a blog, I had to copy them to my iOS-Device.

My home configuration …


The right app …

There are plenty of options for getting files on and off your iOS-Device, from adding them to specific applications using iTunes, to using cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Box and SkyDrive.

But its always the same problem with this giant App Store.
How to find the app that meets the requirements, does’t crash, is updated to new versions of iOS in a timely manner, provides an understandable and fast support and is consistent with Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines.

The app FileBrowser adds to a lot of (mostly useless) apps for transferring files.
The good news is, it supports the Windows-friendly SMB-Protocol.

Essentially, FileBrowser lets you access any SMB share, whether that’s on a Mac, Windows PC or network attached storage device, on a local network or across the internet. You can browse and download files, send them by mail and easily transfer them from one location to another.

It’s quick, and easy to use once set up – but if you’re not familiar with SMB, that set up can take a while (although the app tries to help you as much as possible with clear instructions).

Steps to do the job …

Set up the connection …


Copy …


WebDAV basics

17 12 2012

For my readers, who are not experienced with all these technical aspects of today’s digital world I want to describe WebDAV and how to use it when working with iWork-Applications.

WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) is a method that allows you to edit and manage files stored on remote servers. By linking to a WebDAV location from your iWork for iOS app, you can easily copy documents to and from a remote server or web service.

The protocol …

Quote (Wikipedia, modified)

A communications protocol is a system of digital message formats and rules for exchanging those messages in or between computing systems and in telecommunications. A protocol may have a formal description. Protocols may include signaling, authentication and error detection and correction capabilities.
A protocol definition defines the syntax, semantics, and synchronization of communication. Communications protocols have to be agreed upon by the parties involved.

Example …

The most popular protocol is our language with some fine distinctions:
It’s not digital and non-standardized. Nevertheless I hope you will understand this article.

The HTTP-Protocol …

If you access the internet e.g. put in the address field the communication between your computer and the webserver is based on http-Protocol. In simplified terms: You computer sends a message to the world wide web and normally gets an answer, the display of the requested website.

The HTTPS-Protocol …

Quote (Wikipedia, modified)

HTTPS provides authentication of the web site and associated web server that one is communicating with. Additionally, it provides bidirectional encryption of communications between a client and server, which protects against eavesdropping and tampering with and/or forging the contents of the communication. In practice, this provides a reasonable guarantee that one is communicating with precisely the web site that one intended to communicate with (as opposed to an impostor), as well as ensuring that the contents of communications between the user and site cannot be read or forged by any third party.

The WebDAV-Protocol …

This protocol is an extension of the HTTP-Protocol.
With a WebDAV-Connection (almost always via HTTPS) you can not only display informations but also manage files on webservers e.g. creating folders, copy files from your local storage to the webserver and delete files.

Getting access to a WebDAV-Server …

Via your browser go to a provider where you can get storage capacity.
If you want to use WebDAV-Protocol to save your iWork-Documents in the cloud ensure that your provider supports this protocol.
At the time Dropbox does not, but e.g. iDriveSync.
Later on you can configure access to the webserver in an iWork-Application like NUMBERS in order to be able to save and open documents.
Your benefit is:
You easily can share documents with other people, have full access via an iOS-, Mac- or PC-Version via client applications or via internet without installing any software.

Further information about Cloud-Services …

Application …

You can use a WebDAV-Server for saving iWork-Documents.


Details …

After you’ve signed in to a WebDAV server, you can copy documents to and from the server without signing in again. You’ll remain signed in to the server until you tap Sign Out in the upper-right corner of this same window.

You can sign in to a different WebDAV server by signing out of the current server and linking to another one.

This description sounds easy. But do you have addresses and complex passwords in mind? Configuration of more than one WebDAV-Access is strongly recommended.

Fetching files from a WebDAV server …

With all your iWork for iOS documents closed, click the “+” icon at the top left of the display.
If necessary, navigate to the presentation you want to copy by tapping the folder in which it’s located. If no files or folders are listed, the server is empty.
Tap the name of the document you want to copy. The document downloads and opens in your iWork for iOS app.

Availability of WebDAV-Access…

The availability refers to the free versions of cloud storages.

GER HiDrive
CH MyDrive
SWE CloudMe
GER CloudSafe
USA iDriveSync
GER DriveOnWeb
GER Telekom
USA TrendMicro n/a
USA GoogleDrive n/a
USA Drobox n/a
USA SugarSync n/a
USA Amazon n/a
CH Wuala n/a

Work out low-fat gestures

15 12 2012

Touch screens are not lipophobic.
Here are workarounds to reduce fatty deposits.
So jump-start your postgraduate training by learning these gestures.

Working on iPhone …


Working on iPhone and iPad …


Avoid abrupt drops of websites so that they are not ripped into pieces.
The angle between the planets surface and iPhone’s vertical border should be less than 37 angular degrees to slow down the process. If you need support visit the App Store and install a free version of a Bubble Level-App.

iWork and iCloud

14 12 2012

iCloud is a powerful feature provided by Apple for syncing, backing up and managing documents on Apple-Devices. If you use more than one iOS-Device you cannot believe how much benefits you will have when iCloud is turned on. It’s the highest integrated service for Internet capable devices ever provided by a company.


Configure your device …

To use iCloud you must ensure that the following settings are made on all of your devices.

  • 1 Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen, select iCloud, then enter your Apple ID.
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  • 2 Tap on Documents and Data and switch it on. This allows apps to store documents and data in iCloud.
    (Later you can switch this feature off for individual programs e.g. a Banking app for that you don’t want to store its data in iCloud. You find this feature under iCloud – Storage an Backup – Manage storage – Your device – Backup options.)
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  • 3 In Settings scroll down to the list of apps and slide the Use iCloud switch from Off to On for all of your iWork-Apps (Pages, Numbers, Keynote).
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Once iWork is configured, you can collaborate with yourself on all of your devices.

Activity indicators …

If you now open an iWork-App e.g. Numbers you will see an Arrow-Up-Symbol in the upper right corner of the documents you already created. The symbol is an indicator for ‘Uploading to iCloud’. During upload of the file you will see a progress bar.


Look at this document status which is largely unknown and keep in mind that you cannot access those outsourced documents without an active internet connection. If you don’t have access to a WLAN it’s a good idea, to allow syncing via 3G/LTE connections (see Step 2 below ‘Configure your device’).


Essentials …

Here are a few things to keep in mind about using iCloud.

  • If you organize your spreadsheets into folders on one device, you see the same folder organization on all your online devices set up to iCloud.
  • If you change the title of a spreadsheet on one device, the title is changed on all your online devices set up to iCloud.
  • If you save a spreadsheet to from another device, it appears on this device only after you open Numbers while connected to the Internet.

Deleting a document …

If you delete an document, it’s deleted from iCloud and from the applications folder on all your online devices set up to iCloud. The deletion is definite. There is no trash and no accessible history of older versions which could be restored.


Conflicts …

Normally you will not get a conflict between different versions of the same document except yuor devices are not connected to the internet while editing the documents. Look at the following issue.

On an iPhone the document ‘Checklist’ was modified while the device had no internet connection. The document shows an upward-pointing arrow. That means the file is in the queue for uploading to iCloud.
If this device connects to the internet again, the document would be uploaded.)

If the same document now is edited on an iPad with internet connection, while iPhone is still unconnected, the document will be stored on iCloud in a newer version. If iPhone reconnects to the internet the following dialog comes up:


In the Resolve Conflict window, tap the circle next to each of the spreadsheets you want to keep.
You can select as many of the spreadsheets as you want. The Keep button reflects the number of spreadsheets selected.

If you select more than one of the spreadsheets, all of them are saved to this device. A number is appended to the spreadsheet’s filename, so that no two files have the same name. For example, if you keep two spreadsheets called ‘Checklist’ they appear as ‘Checkliste’ and ‘Checklist 2’.

All the saved spreadsheets are automatically pushed to your other online devices that are set up to use iCloud.

Deactivating iCloud for iWork …

To complete the description:


What you should always keep in mind is that iCloud is bound to your Apple ID.
If you sell a device your iWork documents (and all other data) are still accessible in iCloud via your unique Apple ID.

Thanks for your attention.

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