Tuesday, May 24, 2011

How to Turn your IPad into Computer Screen

Now if you happen to work in an ultra productive, never-not-working office like we do at TIME Magazine, it'd probably be in your career's best interest to get a leg up on your coworkers wherever you can.

"But how?" you ask, iPad listlessly in hand. One way is to turn your new tablet into a handy extra screen. Now more than ever—in an era where a 60 open-tabbed window is nothing to write home about— desktop retail is a valuable commodity. The benefits of having an extra monitor almost go without saying: Maybe you need to camp an extra window for reference, or maybe you like having your email client open for easy access—the possibilities are all there!

Here are two options, one for Mac users and another for PC users.

If you're primarily a Mac OS user, Air Display is your best bet. After downloading the app on your iPad and installing the Air Support software on your Mac (which you can download at the bottom of the page), follow the onscreen instructions and you're ready to go.

Air Display requires that both your iPad and Mac be on the same Wi-Fi network, which can pose problems if you're trying to sync them at a work computer using an Ethernet connection. There's an easy way to circumvent this, though, and that's to create an ad hoc wireless network just for your iPad.

After activating the app and restarting your Mac, activate Air Display from the upper-right toolbar. Your screen should go blue and take a few seconds to sync up. What's nice about Air Display is that it reorients your screens whenever you need to move your iPad. Dragging windows between the two monitors is a little laggy (videos are a no-no), but if you want to keep an extra email or Twitter client open it's surprisingly fluent. Plus, Air Display lets you take advantage of the iPad's native touch screen, meaning you can use your finger to move your mouse around. Pretty cool, especially if you drag a window with a Flash site onto it.

The only other problem I had with it was that my Icon Dock would shrink down from my Mac onto my iPad screen, but that's only because I prefer having it run along my left-hand side (the only spot on my desk there's space for the iPad). But it's a minor gripe, unless you're militant about having everything (your iPad, Icon Dock) all on one side.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Words 2010

Microsoft Word 2010 makes it easier to collaborate and to navigate through long documents. For more impact, new features focus on the polish of your finished document. With this new version, you can access the richness and familiarity of Word in your browser and on your mobile phone.

Work in Word anywhere
In Word 2010, you have the power and familiarity of Word everywhere you need it. You can view, navigate, and edit your Word documents from the browser and from your mobile phone without compromising your document's richness.

Word Mobile 2010 for Windows Phone 7.
If you have Windows Phone 7, you can use Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 to work with your files from anywhere—whether you’re at work, at home, or on the go. Word Mobile 2010 is part of Office Mobile and already on your Windows Phone 7 in the Office hub, so you don't need to download or install anything else to get started.

You can use Word Mobile to view and edit documents stored on your phone, sent to you as email attachments, or hosted on a SharePoint 2010 site through SharePoint Workspace Mobile 2010. When you edit a document via SharePoint Workspace Mobile, you can save your changes back to the SharePoint site when you’re online.

With Word Mobile, you can create or update your documents using many of the same formatting tools that you already know and use in the desktop version of Word, add comments, and use the new outline pane to quickly jump to a heading or comment.

Word Web application
Even when you're away from Word, you can store your documents on a Web server and use the Word Web application to open the document in your browser. You'll be able to view it and even make changes.

Bring your best ideas to life
Word 2010 pairs its functional features — such as tables, headers and footers, and style sets — with eye-catching effects, new text features, and easier navigation.

Format text and images together for a seamless look
Word 2010 provides artistic effects for both pictures and text. And when you apply the effects to text, you can still run spell check.