One way to print from Pages

Okay. So I understand that the ipad is not a laptop, that it was not conceived as a word processing device. I get it. However, we are asking our students (and not just us- many other schools as well) to purchase it instead of a laptop. In many ways it makes sense:

  • lighter,
  • more than enough power to handle the needs of the average student
  • lots of cool educational apps 
  • many innovative uses in the classroom
  • and yes, with the purchase of pages and the rest of the iwork suite, can be used as a word processing device.
But, let us not forget: word processing is an AFTERTHOUGHT.

I also want to be clear: Even though this is a tech blog, in that I am logging my adventure with the ipad here,  I am in no way more technologically inclined than the next person(which would account for the difficulties of the last few days). Although I have a willingness to play with these new devices,  it is considerably tempered by my need to have it work and work NOW.

Alas, this was not the case with trying to print a document from Pages using my cheap-o print option Eprint. The print option given in Pages kept on saying “no printer detected.” And when I open the eprint App, it would not give me an option to open a document in Pages. My goal was to find an easy way for students to create and share a document using their ipad.

After researching the issue and finding nothing (nothing meaning many articles detailing how it wasn’t intuitive. Duh. Or how to connect an airport printer- which is also useless for the majority of people) I started playing around with it.

Here were the options:
1. Save it to your itunes account and sync it with your desktop. (BOOOH. I want to print NOW.)
2. Email it to yourself and this is where I discovered that: DOCUMENTS IN YOUR INBOX CAN BE PRINTED WITH EPRINT!

 I seriously feel like a genius right now.

So. Here is my backhanded but nonetheless efficient way of printing a pages document with Eprint:

1. Create your document in Pages.
2. Once created, go to the toolbar icon on the right and choose “Share and Print”:

3. Then click on the “email document” option:

4. Choose the file format you would for the document and email it to yourself:

NOTE: YOUR MAIL APP MUST BE CONFIGURED WITH YOUR EMAIL.

5. Go to the Mail app and check your mailbox (I found that the messages I send to myself via the ipad appear in the sent mailbox). Click on the message and then on the document:

6. Open in eprint. A message will appear saying you are trying to open a document from another application. Click OK and it disappears without any ill effect. Press print!

Woohoo! Take that mister sync from itunes! (there is no actual mister- I am just assigning a gender to my ipad frustration-sexist, I know).

Of course, syncing to your itunes is still a viable option for all those with more patience than myself, or those who start a document on their ipad and who want to finish it at home.

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Pages Acquired!

Here is the beginning of my blog that I wrote with pages and then copied and pasted into this blog:

Okay. So I am writing this post via my newly downloaded pages. I tried and tried to get Googledocs to work, but I kept on getting an error message. I did manage to see the editing options when I switched to desktop mode, but it still wouldn’t let me edit it. So. In order to be a useful librarian, I need to re-create the tasks the students will need to use. So far the major issues I have seen with the iPad is printing, and word processing.

Both of these capabilities cost money. I like things to be simple so when it isn’t, I get a little frustrated.

So far, the pages is working quite well, barring my own sausage fingers….

Not bad! I just figured out, after swiping my fingers over the screen like a madwoman, how to select and highlight text. It seems to work the same in Pages as in this blog:

1. Tap the screen at the end of the text you want to highlight: ( had to switch to my desktop to write this as blogger on the ipad does not support inserting images, or the compose mode-it is html all the way).

2. HIghlight text. The copy option should show up:

3. Click on the place you want to paste the text you selected (in my case it was in this blog). The paste option should show up. Paste!

Inserting an image is also fairly easy:

This is also where you will find the shapes (arrows, circles rectangles) as well as charts and tables.

Now let me see if I can print my document…not easily with eprint…Hmmm. A question for tomorrow I think.

Issues I hope to get to in the coming week:

  • Printing from Pages
  • Sharing documents with your itunes
  • the promise and failure of Evernote

Printing From Your Ipad and a Grey Safari Screen

I had two questions at lunch today from a poor student who could no longer access the internet because her safari screen had greyed out and wouldn’t let her do anything. After googling the helpful ipadforums, I found the answer.

When your Safari screen greys out on your computer:

  • Reset it by pressing the on/off button and the ipad button in the centre until you see the apple icon. It will restart it and it should work when you open Safari again. It did for the student!
Why does it do that? Who knows, but it does feel like the ipad version of when a computer freezes up ( a site takes too long to load, etc.) Perhaps our IT guru could weigh in?
The second question was more difficult and required me laying down some cash. 
How do you print from your ipad?
Hmmm. This is complicated as it depends on what kind of printer you have. If you are lucky enough to have an airprint supported printer (which we are not), then you are good to go. However, we at the school are not that lucky. I found this very helpful article on printing on the ipad from Macworld that gave some options for printing without airprint. I, of course, chose the cheapest, eprint at a whopping 3$, my first app purchase.
I downloaded it and opened it- it looked like this:
Then I went to the Add a printer icon and the library printer was already listed. I clicked on it and made it my default. 
Then I returned to main menu and clicked on settings, where I made sure the default paper size was letter, created a borderless extension area.
Then I opened my dropbox to find a document to test it out on. To connect the document with the printer I had to star it and store it in my favourites. I then clicked on the framed arrow on the right hand side and it gave me the option to print.

I clicked on print settings, made sure I was only printing the first page, made sure it was only printing the body and voilĂ ! My document was printed!

Hope this helps!