The Apple ID

11 04 2013

If you purchase an iOS device an Apple ID is required. It’s an E-Mail address and a related password. With an Apple ID you are able to use all services provided by Apple with this one and only one ID.

This image shows the properties of an E-Mail address used as an Apple ID.

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These are

  • iCloud

    getting 5 GB free storage
    backing up and restoring your device
    syncing data from Apple’s apps
    Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, iWork
    finding, locking or deleting your device if it was stolen
    determining the location of one of your devices if you cannot find it
    finding friends

  • iMessage
    Apple’s free messaging system for text and media messages via internet without using special services of your carrier
  • Facetime
    Apple’s free video call between Apple devices
  • Apple Store
    purchasing devices and accessories
  • Apple iBooks
    purchasing eBooks and downloading free documents about different topics, e.g. manuals for the devices, for iWork products, the filesystem or the UI Guidelines
  • iTunes
    purchasing media
  • Apple hardware and Apple Care Protection Plan
    for extension of warranty and hard- and software support
  • Concierge (for Genius Bar appointments)
    needed to make a reservation at the Apple Genius Bar. Apple Genius Bar is a tech support service that is offered inside every Apple Retail Store.
  • iTunes U
    accessing and downloading teaching and learning aids
  • Apple Support Community
    engaging in discussions and asking questions

Locations of the ID …

On your device you will find the Apple ID at the following locations.

  • Settings – iCloud – Account
  • Settings – Messages – Send + Receive – iMessage
  • Settings – FaceTime
  • Settings – iTunes + App Stores
  • Apple Store (built-in app) – More – Account

There are several issues here to consider in terms of how Apple IDs work for the various services. The first and most important thing to keep in mind is that you can use different Apple IDs for some of the different services—they don’t all need to use the same ID. The ID that you use for the actual iCloud service (Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari, Find My iPhone, Documents and Data, Photo Stream and Backups) does not need to be the same as the Apple ID used for the iTunes Store, iMessage, FaceTime or Game Center; you can use a separate Apple ID for each of these services.

The Apple ID used for iCloud determines your 5 GB free space offered by Apple for using iCloud backup and syncing of Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari, Find My iPhone/iPad, Documents and Data and Photo Stream.

A frequently asked question is how you can locate devices e.g. of your kids if they use different Apple IDs. Open the app ‘Find my iPhone’, tap on Sign Out and sign in with the Apple ID for the device you want to locate.

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Managing the Apple ID …

You don’t need iTunes on your PC/Mac to manage your Apple ID. All changes can be done by using SETTINGS on your iOS device.

Go to Settings – iTunes + App Stores, tap on your Apple ID and enter your password. Look at this gallery for further information of some functionalities.

If you want to purchase items from Apple Stores you additionally have to select a payment method e.g. your credit card number and a three or four digit code engraved on the front or rear side of your card, the card verification code. Apple just calls this code Security Code.
The payment method can also be edited in Apple’s app App Store.

Make sure to update your credit card information within your Apple ID settings if you get a new card where date of validity and card verification code are changed.
To do so go to Settings – iTunes + App Stores – Payment Information.

Different abbreviations are used for this code

card security code (CSC)
card verification data (CVD)
card verification value (CVV or CVV2)
card verification value code (CVVC)
card verification code (CVC or CVC2)
verification code (V-code or V code)
card code verification (CCV) or
signature panel code (SPC)

These codes are not stored on the magnetic stripe of the card and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) also prohibits the storage of the code post transaction authorization.

If you don’t want to use a credit card look here

Creating an account without a credit card

More than one iOS device …

If you use more than one iOS device it’s recommended to use the same Apple ID on all devices because this is the prerequisite for using the sync feature e.g. for Contacts, Reminders, Calendar and documents created by the Apple’s iWork suite.
A different Apple ID on one device admittedly gives you another free 5 GB storage on iCloud but syncing is no longer available.

Security …

At the time it was not reported that Apple’s security levels have been compromised. Nevertheless it’s highly recommended to increase security by using a strong password with a minimum of 12 characters. If you purchase apps at the App Store or music from iTunes you are asked to enter your password at irregular intervals. For this reason many users define weak passwords. Don’t do it! A general rule for all passwords is to change them regularly even though it’s not comfortable.

See below how to change the password.

Note

Regarding the data stored on your device you should specify an Unlock Code because it’s the only way to encrypt data when backing up to iCloud.

For added security go to Settings – General – Restrictions to prevent anyone else to turn off Find my iPad/iPhone.

Note
When enabling Restrictions you have to enter a password for this feature which should be different from your Unlock Code for this device. So if anybody knows your Unlock Code he is still not able to change the Restrictions.
Set ‘Don’t allow changes’ in Settings – General – Restrictions for ‘Deleting Apps’ and ‘Location Services’.

Another security feature is the disabling of an Apple ID if the account password is incorrectly entered numerous times. This affects some services you may access with your Apple ID (iCloud, and iTunes Store, etc).

If the account was partially disabled for security reasons, you have to reset your account via

iForgot

This should restore your access to the disabled services. You can also click the ‘Reset Password’ or ‘Forgot Password?’ buttons that appear in the alert message.

Best practice …

Use an E-Mail address for your Apple ID which you don’t use for communication or other purposes like usernames for websites or online shops. So this address is basically unknown in the tremendous daily stream of bits around the world.

If you already use an E-Mail address which does not follow this suggestion you might want to know how you can change your E-Mail address.

Follow these steps …

Apple Support Document HE40

Change Apple ID or password …

Manage your Apple ID

Reset your password

Apple communicates with you via your primary E-Mail address which usually is identical with your Apple ID. If you change data within your account Apple will send an E-Mail to your primary E-Mail address which confirms the changes.

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Summary …

The Apple ID is a comfortable way to use all services of Apple.
Apple is often criticized because of it’s restrictive corporate policy.
The are many pros and many cons. I think everybody can agree with my opinion that no other company developed such an efficient infrastructure like Apple. With the App Store and the iOS filesystem Apple’s devices are also secure devices which is getting more and more important as smartphones will kick off purses and credit cards in the near future. One day it will also be used as our ID Card.

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Device To Device Transfer

10 03 2013

Why should I transfer my data over thousands of miles using an internet connection although my devices are only a couple of inch apart!

Normally nobody takes care of an efficient transfer method but sometimes there is no WiFi or Cellular connection. In this case you cannot transfer data from one iOS device to another except you use iTunes on your computer. That’s certainly not comfortable.

Connections between two devices in general can be established via WiFi, an internet connection (e.g. syncing via iCloud) or a connection method called Bluetooth (henceforth referred to as BT).


Wikipedia
Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short-wavelength radio transmissions in the ISM band from 2400–2480 MHz) from fixed and mobile devices, creating personal area networks (PANs) with high levels of security. Created by telecom vendor Ericsson in 1994, it was originally conceived as a wireless alternative to RS-232 data cables. It can connect several devices, overcoming problems of synchronization.

While most people think of BT as the way that wireless earpieces get connect to phones, it’s actually a more general purpose technology that allows many kinds of devices to be used.

This post will give you some detailed information about BT and its application from within BT capable apps.

Turning on Bluetooth …

Complete this procedure to connect with accessories for iPad/iPhone e.g. BT Keyboard or BT Headset:

http://ipod.about.com/od/iphonehowtos/a/Iphone-Bluetooth-Pairing.htm

The process of connecting a BT device to an iPhone is called PAIRING. Regardless of what kind of device you’re pairing to your iPhone, the process is basically the same. Follow these steps to complete the iPhone/iPad BT pairing process.

Begin by making sure your iPhone and BT device are near each other. BT signals can only extend a few feet.
Next, put the BT device you want to pair with the iPhone in discoverable mode. This allows the iPhone to see the device and connect to it. Making a device discoverable requires different steps on different devices. For some it’s as easy as turning them on, for check the manual.
Go to Settings, tap BT and turn it on. A list of all the discoverable BT devices will appear.
If the device you want to pair with is listed, tap it.
To pair some BT devices with the iPhone, you need to enter a passcode. If the device you’re trying to pair is one of those, the passcode screen will appear. Consult the device’s manual for the passcode and enter it.

Keep in mind that BT is a short-range connection (distances up to 164 feet/50 meters) and will be lost if you move the connected devices too far apart.

While BT doesn’t drain as much battery as Wi-Fi, keep it turned off when not in use.

Using Bluetooth …

You cannot pair iPhone and iPad.
Nevertheless BT can be used for the ‘Personal Hotspot‘ feature for providing an internet connection for iPad via the cellular connection of an iPhone or vice versa.

Even if you could pair these devices you wouldn’t have any benefit because there are no apps provided by Apple (Photos, iWork, iMovie, Calendar, etc.) which support data transfer via BT.
I may be wrong but that could be the reason why pairing of two iOS devices makes no sense from Apple’s point of view. Anyway, a programming interface is available so that app developers are able to support BT if needed.

Applications using BT …

These apps for example support BT:

Safety P+V (Photos management)
Safety Notes (Notes management)
Phone Drive (File Management)
Wireless Drive (File Management)

How it works …

Let’s have a look on Safety P+V by 83Technology, an app with a perfect UI.
This app is for managing photos and videos in folders which can be created by the user. You additionally may define a password to secure the data. Further features are:
transfer photos from and to the camera roll
move photos and videos from one folder to another
print photos and open them in another app

Here is a description how to transfer photos or videos between two iOS devices.

Note
On both devices WiFi is turned OFF and BT is turned ON.
The devices must NOT BE PAIRED.

  • Open open SAFETY P+V on both devices.
  • Tap the Sync icon on the device which is the sender.
  • Select iOS Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Transfer. The other device is then listed under ‘Devices nearby’.
  • Select the objects you want to transfer and tap on Send.

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The selected files are transferred into the ‘Image Sharing’ folder from where you can move them into other folders.

Other apps supporting BT …

There are some other apps available in Apple’s App Store supporting a BT connection between two iOS devices. But on my point of view all these apps make no sense.
Why? Consider the following situation:

You want to transfer an iWork document to another device.
If an internet connection is available the best way is to use iCloud as the documents are synced automatically. If there is no Internet and no WiFi connection available you have to firstly transfer the document to the local folder of the BT supporting app via ‘Open In’. Then the file must be transferred from the BT supporting apps local folder via ‘Open In’ to the iWork app.

My rating: ZERO STARS FOR USABILITY

Summary …

BT is a reliable, powerful, fast and secure wireless technology for data transfer with minimized power consumption. Apple’s BT implementation on iOS devices is mostly incompatible with smartphones or tablets from other vendors.
For some inexplicable reason it’s not available as a standard feature for data transfer between iOS devices.

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Out of memory

1 03 2013

If your iOS-Device is beginning to run out of memory it’s time to look for files, their sizes, and their locations. And it’s time to clean up the mess.

Can I upgrade the memory of my device?

That might be your first question when your device is beginning to get less and less free space.
The answer is, no. The memory of an iOS device is fixed to that value you once had when you purchased your iPhone or iPad.

Where can I see the the memory usage?

Go to Settings – General – Usage.

The image is taken from an iPad 3 with 64 GB.

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What you see is that the sum of Available and Used is 57,2 GB. The difference to 64 GB is 6.8 GB and used for the operating system. On an iPhone you will get a slightly different value of 6.6 GB for iOS.

What you also can see is the space used by the installed apps. If you tap on a non built-in app the App Size is and the size of it’s data are displayed.

The used space is displayed in a descending order. This enables you to quickly identify the apps which are on the heavy side.

On most of the devices running out of memory the total size of movies, music, podcasts and (with reservations) photos are responsible for the problem.

Type of Media Mean Size MB
Photo 1.3
Song 7.6
Video 1m 25.1

(These values have been calculated as mean values on an iPhone with 197 songs, 430 photos, and 17 videos.)

What you can see is that the problem usually does not come up with photos. 800 photos would use 1 GB unless your device is an 8 GB version.

Disadvantage of the iOS filesystem …

There is a disadvantage in the concept of the iOS filesystem often not taken into account.

Specific folders are assigned for each app on your device. An app only can work with these folders and not with folders of another app. This is what Apple calls ‘The sandbox mode‘ and it’s designed for security reasons. An iOS app’s interactions with the filesystem are limited mostly to the directories within the app’s sandbox. Because it is in a sandbox an app is generally prohibited from accessing or creating files outside its home directory.

That’s why Apple implemented a functionality called ‘Open in’ to enable transferring a file from one app to another.

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If you use ‘Open in’ frequently it may take a lot of space and, what should always be avoided, there are redundant copies of files. After a short time you won’t know where to find the original version. But this is only the case if you use many apps which in general provide the same features.

Refer to my blogs

Every app is an iLand

iTunes and File Sharing

for basics of the iOS filesystem.

Intermediate result …

Frequently cleaning up your device in total saves time.
If you make an extensive use of the ‘Open in’ command delete the transferred files either at source or final destination, that means in the local folder of the source or the finally used app.
I recommend to do so anyway regardless of whether there is a low memory problem or not.

Keep in mind that iOS provides no ‘Finder’ respectively ‘Explorer’ to perform a full-text-search on your device to find out where the required file is located.

My personal opinion …
You remember a famous dictum of Steve Jobs?
It just works. Agree, but the user has to fire on all cylinders as well.

Suggestions for the come-back of memory …

STEP 1

Go to Settings – General – Usage.
Tap on apps you do not need any longer and then tap on Delete App.
Keep in mind that whenever you delete an app the related data are deleted too. They only cam be restored from external copies (iTunes, cloud storage, hard drive, USB).

STEP 2

Open frequently used apps and delete unwanted files stored in the app specific folders (folder for documents and folder for images).

STEP 3

Transfer rarely used files to a cloud storage e.g. iDriveSync or Dropbox or a local hard drive via iTunes File Sharing.

STEP 4

Take your time to delete apps from your device.
Nobody needs 50 or more apps, except bloggers who check them all for you.

You might say I need them all because none is fully developed and meets my requirements.
Agree. iPad is ready but at the time the software is still a bit embryonic. So update all apps on your device and read the update feature description of apps you use. Some apps have got important extensions to their feature list so that other apps may be obsolete.

STEP 5

Apple’s apps iBooks, iTunes U, and Podcasts are space consuming apps.
Delete media you don’t need any longer. If you need some of them again later you can download them again. You don’t have to pay another time for as Apple manages your list of apps and media and allows repeated downloads as often as you like.

Files overview …

To het an overview of files on an iOS device I used the demo version of iExplorer by Macroplant with some limitations. After installing the application on a Windows PC or a Mac and connecting your iOS device to your computer via USB it allows you to access the app specific folders on the iPad or iPhone. You can use this app to delete files on your device that are no longer needed.

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Curious stuff

15 02 2013

Some curious stuff I found on iPhone, iPad, App Store and in the internet.
Even developers are human beings and therefore do cloudy things.

That wouldn’t be a problem for users if there is a well-functioning internal control system.
Let’s be sympathetically with all the developers. I know they are always flat out like a lizard drinking.

If you are a proud owner of an iPad or iPhone mark the following text, tap on Speach and listen what R. Niebuhr tells us

God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Not related to Apple’s devices …

I found this in a German forum for bikes:

Thread
My torque-limiting-wrench is only good for 100 Nm.
I have to fix the screw with 115.
Can I first fix it with 100 and after that with additional 15?

Reply
If you have to drill a hole with 8mm diameter
you can do it with one 3mm and one 5mm drill or even better, you take two 4mm drills than you must not change from 3 to 5.

Poor programming …

An application should delete following blanks. If it does not you may get a problem.

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Note
The E-Mail address was entered as a shortcut in
Settings – General – Keyboard – Shortcuts
with the phrase apple.id@icloud.com and the shortcut ‘aid’.
If you want to use the shortcut you have to tap on the space bar to overtake the phrase. So a blank is appended, 1Password saves it and Apple’s website informs you about wrong credentials.

This is not always the case. Some apps and websites ignore following blanks as anybody would expect. What should a blank character be for? Nobody can see it and applications therefore should ignore it at least for usernames and even for passwords.

Mostly unknown features …

A mostly unknown feature which additionally makes no real sense.
But it follows the wisdom ‘Time is money’. So if you have an appointment at 10:32 you are able to set your calendar event on your iPhone to 10:31.

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Tapping and Holding …

Safari and Home Screen …

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Safari’s automatic website shrinking …

Look at this curious behavior of SAFARI on an iPhone 4S. After 30 secs the website begins to shrink and no other website can be opened afterwards.
The phenomenon did not appear on an iPad and it did not appear on the iPhone when using Google Chrome or Mercury browser.

(Video recorded in Jan 2013 by iNotes4You)

Apple’s Mail app …

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An accurate description …

This is a very accurate description of an iOS-App-Update in November 2012.
But there are still intensifications:
The app has changed or Nothing.
Sorry developers. This was the reason why you didn’t get the pole position.

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The Pareto Principle …

The Pareto principle (also known as the 80–20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

80-20 Rule Applies To Bugs, Not Just Features by P. Rooney, Microsoft CEO

80-20 Mind Map by Liam Hughes, UK at Biggerplate.com

If this is true Apple should change 20% of code in iOS 7 to satisfy 80% of it’s customers.

I tried several times to validate this principle by working 20% of my time in the office, drinking coffee the 80% remaining time to settle 80% of the tasks. I tell you all, I did not work.

The WiFi problem …

Royce Eddington
Sometimes my iPhone will refuse to “see” any WiFi connections.
There are some times on the iPhone when I can go to GENERAL, then SETTINGS, then RESET and then choose RESET NETWORK SETTINGS. After the iPhone reboots, sometimes the WiFi comes back. Sometimes. But when that doesn’t work, there’s one trick that always does.

I power off my iPhone. Put it in a Ziploc bag. And put the bag on the top shelf in the freezer. About an hour or two later, I take it out and let it sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Then power it on … and WiFi is back.

The first post …

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Updated intelligence …

This new iPhone automatically adjusts to the length of a website.
Apple’s knowledge and innovation skills led to a unique new feature which prevents expanding of the device if the website’s content is bullshit. And with a new sensor technology it automatically resizes if a jacket pocket is coming closer.

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The good news for iPad owners: Automatic form factor resizing up to 52″ on iPad 48.





iCloud Backup fails

28 01 2013

The last backup could not be completed.

This message may occur if you back up your iOS-Device on iCloud.
It’s unrewarding like many other error messages shown on any devices.

I get this message every time I delete the last iCloud backup for my iPad or iPhone going to Settings – iCloud – Storage + Backup – Manage Storage – (device name) – Backup options: Delete Backup
It never occurred on any later incremental backup regardless of whether it was started manually or automatically.

At the time you cannot find any support document on Apple’s support website explicitly mentioning this error message.

Apple iCloud: Troubleshooting creating backups

Apple never publishes support documents about not fully investigated issues.

For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available.

So it is not fully investigated and there are many potential reasons for failing backups.
If the involved hard- and software works normally and there is enough free space in iCloud it’s usually a problem of accessing one or more files on the device or on Apple’s servers.

As iCloud backup is an incremental backup access problems are rather likely especially for temporary files created by iOS apps. This problem is well-known also on Windows PCs (Office leaves a temporary beginning with ~).

An incremental backup is one that provides a backup of files that have changed or are new since the last incremental backup; it is one that backs up only the data that changed since the last backup. When a full recovery is needed the restoration process would need the last full backup plus all the incremental backups until the point-in-time of the restoration. Incremental backups consume minimum storage space and are quicker to perform than differential backups.

A test from Jan, 2013 …

The test environment

  • Backup of data of all apps configured
  • iPad and iPhone both connected to power supply
  • Backup size: iPhone 1.9 GB / iPad 2.7 GB
  • Backup started simultaneously on both devices

The results …

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On both devices the error message was displayed.
After repeating ‘Back Up Now’ the error was still displayed on both devices.
After rebooting both devices and repeating both backups one after another both backups were completed successfully.

Note
While backing up iPhone showed a reminder, got 2 new mails and one phone call.
Nevertheless the backup was completed successfully.

Solutions from forums around the world …

  • Do not include data stored in the Camera Roll
    Settings – iCloud – Storage + Backup – Manage Storage – (device name) – Backup options – switch the slider to off
  • Restore the device from an iTunes backup and start the iCloud backup
  • Exclude data of ALL apps and back up
    Add data of apps back one by one and back up manually to find out the offending app
    Note
    This process may last until Apple presents its new device!

Best practice …

Do not believe all these statements in the forums.
They are all not really verified and based on special prerequisites and therefore not necessarily valid.

I start a manual backup every month since the release of iOS 5 after deleting the backup via Settings – iCloud – Storage + Backup – Manage Storage – (device name) – Backup options: Delete Backup. The following procedure works since more than one year.

Reboot the device and start a backup manually while the device is connected to the power supply and locked. If the backup fails repeat it. If it fails one more time repeat it.
Don’t worry. Retaking a backup will only last some minutes unless there is already stored data of former attempts.

Note
When you back up the device shows an estimated time to finish.
You should know that these minutes are measured in DAMs (Dynamical Apple Minutes).
An Apple Minute may last an old fashioned minute or two or just 30 seconds.

Attachments …

Reducing space of backups

  • Settings – iCloud – Storage + Backup – Manage Storage – (device name) – Backup options: Exclude data of apps you do not need any longer.
  • Settings – iCloud – Storage + Backup – Manage Storage – (device name) – Backup options: Delete Backup
    Current backup sizes: iPhone 1.6 GB/iPad 3.2 GB
    Backup sizes after deletion: iPhone 1.2 GB/iPad 2.5 GB
    Deleting the complete backup for my 2 devices saved 1.1 GB

Rebooting an iOS-Device

Press Sleep/Wake button and Home button simultaneously.
Keep holding the buttons until the Apple logo appears.
Release the buttons.





Printing from iOS-Devices

25 01 2013

When people are evaluating mobile printing solutions, one of the options is to buy a new printer.

If you already use a printer (even if it’s not AirPrint capable) it cannot receive print jobs from your iOS device. FingerPrint by Collobos addresses this problem.

The application finds your printers automatically and makes them available to your iOS devices.

How to …
Consider a network with an attached printer and an iOS-Device in the same network. Install FingerPrint on a Mac or PC connected to this network.
For your iOS-Device no further action is needed that means no special app has to be installed.
FingerPrint finds all network attached printers automatically and they can be selected on the iOS-Device the SELECT PRINTER dialog of every app which supports printing.

This image shows the situation after selecting ‘Open On My PC’ in the printer dialog of the iOS app (e.g. printing from Apple’s presentation app Keynote).

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Open On My PC …
Whenever an app features the PRINT button you can choose any of your printers attached to the same network.
‘Open On My PC’ will open a document stored on your iOS-Device with the appropriate app on your Mac or Windows PC.

Virtual Printer …
Normally we think of printing as sending a document to paper. With Virtual Printers FingerPrint can send documents to locations e.g. Dropbox.
To do this a new virtual printer has to be defined just by setting the property ‘Folder’ to the location of a synced Dropbox folder on your desktop computer. The virtual printer is then available in all iOS apps by tapping on PRINT and selecting this virtual printer. The document then is saved to the specified folder and synced with the cloud storage via Dropbox client application. This is very useful for apps which do not support your special cloud provider.

iWork …
iWork cannot directly save to Dropbox because Apple only supports WebDAV access which at the time is not available for Dropbox.
As an alternative use iDriveSync (7GB free) which supports WebDAV and even a client for Macs and PCs is available.





Scanning documents

19 01 2013

With the integrated camera both iPhone and iPad may be used for scanning documents like letters, construction drawings, receipts, contracts, etc..

What are the requirements for a perfect scanner app?

  • Integrated camera usage
  • Saving photos as images or PDFs
  • Combining several photos as pages to a unique document
  • Connection to different well-known cloud storages as well as WebDAV-Connections
  • Setting of meaningful filenames for images respectively PDFs
  • Organizing scanned objects in folders
  • Mailing of scanned objects
  • Availability of iOS-‘Open in…’ command
  • Access to the camera roll and the photo stream
  • Password protection for the app
  • Encryption of documents when uploaded to cloud storages and sent by E-Mail
  • Syncing of scanned objects across iOS-Devices using the same Apple ID
  • Printing of scanned documents

What are the general requirements for business suitable apps?

  • UI design following Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines
  • Reliable developer updating his apps regularly
  • Universal app (running on all iOS-Devices)
  • Further apps from the same developer for related tasks
  • Understandable and fast support
  • Code stability

There is an app available at Apple’s App Store which meets all these requirements. It’s Scanner Pro from Readdle with an impressive user interface.

There are some open questions about the encryption of documents when sent by E-Mail or transferred to a cloud storage. I want to discuss these aspects later after getting detailed information directly from the developer.

Consider the following situation which might be a daily upcoming task:

A printed document has to be stored for later use and concurrently sent to a business associate by E-Mail.

For the slideshow I used an iPad for a richer illustration. Because of its form factor an iPhone is probably more suitable for promptly daily usage. As Scanner Pro is a universal app there are no differences in their usage.

How to do the job with Scanner Pro? See this slideshow.
To view single slides tap on the slideshow and use the well-known icons.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

As the app is suitable for business use security features are indispensable.
Documents are encrypted using 40 Bit RC4 encryption. That is not state of the art.

Wikipedia RC4 Encryption

The disadvantages …

  • No display of file sizes
  • Access to photo stream not supported
  • No direct printing
    only Printer Pro from Readdle supported via ‘Open in’
  • No landscape mode on iPhone

The competitors …

  • FinarX
    not available for iPad
    no iCloud support
  • JotNot Scanner
    PDF not supported
  • CamScanner
    confusing UI
    cloud storage not supported
  • Genius Scan (Free)
    no encryption
    no WebDAV support
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