iPad Printing

I have a great printer.  It does everything I need it to do except it isn’t AirShare compatible. That means I can’t print from my iPad using AirShare.  I also use my iPad away from from my normal WIFI connection quite a bit.  Enter Dropbox, my Mac with an Automator folder action and an app on the iPad – PDF Printer.

How to Print from your iPad from Anywhere with an Internet Connection

1. Create a folder in Dropbox.  You can call it anything you like, I called mine PrintQueue

2. Open Automator and choose Folder Action

3. Select the Choose folder dropdown and select the folder you created in step 1

4. Select Utilities/Print Finder Items and drag it over to your workflow

5. Select Files & Folders/Move Finder Items to Trash and drag it over to your workflow

6. Save it

7. Purchase and install PDF Printer for iPad onto your iPad

8. Open PDF Printer for iPad

9. Click on the settings icon on the left

10. Enter your credentials for your Dropbox account

Anytime you want to print from your iPad

1. Click on the browser icon on the left (Its the second one down)

2. Enter the URL you want to create into a PDF and print (Copy the URL in the Safari browser)

3. Tap the convert button in the upper right

4. Tap Convert to PDF

5. Enter a filename (Anything will do, you’ll be deleting it later)

6. Tap OK

7. Tap the Adobe icon on the left, it will have a NEW notification alert on it

8. Tap the share icon on the right next to the item you want to print

9, Tap Send to Dropbox

10. Select the PrintQueue folder (Or whatever you called it)

11. Tap Put Here

When you return to your default printer, you’ll find anything that was in the Dropbox folder is now on your printer.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Jobs – Rest in Peace

Steve JobsMany years ago I did a bit of programming on a hugely expensive computer named Lisa. Years later, i saved up to buy my first Mac. It had no hard disk, just double floppy drives and an amazing ability to outshine my PC. It actually spoke. A colorful IMac and laptop followed. My first Macbook Pro lightened my backpack weight, eliminating my need for a heavy PC laptop.

Today, i have an iPhone, an IPad 2, a 27 inch iMac and a Macbook Pro. One or more of them are always with me. Steve Jobs is responsible for making technology accessible and portable. His innovative ideas and his ability to lead others to implement them changed our lives.

Steve Jobs died peacefully with his family around him. I hope he was able to die knowing his innovations had a huge impact on our day to day lives. He goes down in history with many others who changed our lives.

Apple, the company he co-founded, was removed from, rescued from near bankruptcy and ultimately led to being one of the world’s most valuable companies, will go on without him. I hope that it will pick up the vision and move beyond it, above it. I hope they learn to stop asking themselves ‘What would Steve do?’. Instead, concentrating on solving the problems that technology can solve and sometimes creates.

Steve has a lesson for us all. He loved what he did for a living. He rose every morning and lived it to the fullest. Steve, you will be missed, but thanks to your visionary mind, you will be remembered and your legacy will live on.

iPhone 4 in Hand

iPhone delivered at 11:25am today. Out of the box and plugged into iTunes to activate. Session expired. Huh? I called Apple. Sure enough, he tells me that I won’t be able to activate the phone until tomorrow because that’s the official date.

He tells me that the people on line that have already received and activated their iPhones must be boasting and lying or they must have special access because they are bloggers. What is this guy smoking?

Disconnect from iTunes, restart and reconnect. All is well. I’m syncing as I type.

Still Using GTD?

I’m still using GTD methods – have yet to find anything that replaces it. But I’m constantly looking for more information about it.

I found the master of GTD indexes:

via Marvelz.com

And a list of GTD applications:

via Priacta

If you’re into GTD, but still love paper, David Allen is now selling paper based planners.

via Davidco

Rethinking, Restructuring

Merlin Mann, of 43folders.com fame, has been rethinking his site. I can really relate to his restructuring and rethinking of how he wants his business and site to work. We can all relate, or at least we should all relate to his thoughts and actions. If you haven’t thrown all your hard work into the trash and started over lately, I can highly recommend it. In fact, Merlin takes the approach on the site to remind us to re-learn how to use it.

Merlin, please, if you’re going to take this approach, what all of us readers would like is for you to journalize it. Toss around your ideas on the site so we can learn with you. That’s been the exciting part of watching your site grow and change. That goes for anyone who is going through a transition, let us learn your trials and tribulations as you change.

If you’re restructuring your business, let us restructure ours with you. If you’re becoming a public speaker, let us in on how you are doing it. Writing a book? We can learn to write one too, if you let us know the steps you’ve used and what you’ve learned along the way. We can offer one another encouragement, support, share in the headaches and successes. Isn’t that what building a website community is all about?

Word!

1. Where is your cell phone? charging
2. Your significant other? Jim
3. Your Hair? Blonde
4. Your Skin? Fair
5. Your mother? Beverly
6. Your favorite thing? Kids
7. Your dream last night? none
8. Your favorite drink? tea
9. Your dream/goal? health
10. The room you’re in? office
11. Your ex? none
12. Your fear? drowning
13.Where do you want to be in 6 years? alive
14.Where were you last night? home
15.What you’re not? old
16.Muffins? blueberry
17.One of your wish list items? CGM
18.Where you grew up? California
19.The last thing you did? code
20.What are you wearing? shorts
21.Your TV? HD
22.Your pets? cat
23. Your computer? mac
24. Your life? crazy
25. Your mood? pooped
26. Missing someone? no
27. Your car? accura
28. Something you’re not wearing? shoes
29. Favorite Store? borders
30. Your summer? hot
31. Like someone? yes
32. Your favorite color? magenta
33. When is the last time you laughed? today
34. Last time you cried? yesterday
35. Who will respond to this? you?
36. Who’s Answers are you anxious to see? everyone

Login Looping

My MacBook Pro suddenly decided to popup the login and refuse to allow me to enter anything. No login, no entry, just a looping login dialog. Its under warranty, so I called Applecare. She took me through everything I had already tried and we agreed it was time to bring it in. Local store had no openings until Thursday. She referred me to a local company called Cry Wolf.

After a quick double check of my backups, off we went. I was greeted by Gus, and he quickly took me through a couple of questions and the tech desk took the looping laptop to the back. Hopefully it won’t be anything outside of the warranty. I came home empty handed and already miss it.

But I’ve found a new place to come to for Apple products. Great folks, wonderful looking place, all the staff in black shirts. Knowledgeable, courteous. I’m very pleased (and hopeful).