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:
- 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.
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.
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.