One thing you don’t get as part of your lovely new iPad package is a manual on how to use it. Luckily, the iPhone operating system (which the iPad also runs) is wonderfully intuitive and simple to use – so you really don’t need one. This is one of the strongest features of the iPad and the iPhone platform – its interface which is not only easy, but also a pleasure to use.
Having said all that, there are some very cool things you can do on the iPad that you may not immediately discover. Things that will help you work faster with and get more out of your iPad. I’ve found two excellent guides that you can read right on the iPad itself, that will help you discover lots of these useful iPad tips and tricks. Hit the jump for some detail on these and a few more screenshots …
Tips & Tricks – iPad Edition
The cover page of this one is shown in the screencap at the top of this post.
Tips & Tricks – iPad Edition (the same developers also publish and excellent guide for the iPhone) is just short of 90 pages on the iPad.
It offers very good content, with strong tips in areas like:
The content is very well presented with good use of images to make things clearer.
Here are just a couple of example tips:
You can find Tips & Tricks – iPad Edition in the App Store now. It is priced at just $0.99 right now – a 66% discount for its first week, which runs out on May 8th.
Macworld iPad Starter Guide
Another top-notch guide from a top site, Macworld.
This one is just under 80 pages on the iPad, and is delivered in epub format as a free eBook, to be read in the iBooks app.
It offers a great overview of iPad basics, as well as sections covering using the iWork apps for iPad (which go for $9.99 each and offer effective word processing, spreadsheet, and slide presentation for the iPad) and even mini-reviews of some suggested third party apps.
Again, content is presented very well and there are plenty of images and screenshots to liven up the pages. Here are a couple screenshots:
The Macworld iPad Starter Guide is available now as a free eBook download that can be added to iBooks via iTunes. For easy instructions and the download, go here:
Another good resource is Apple’s own set of guided tours for the iPad, which you can find here:
I hope you find these guides useful in getting to know your lovely new iPad.