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iPad to the Rescue

Just the other night my wife was on the phone with a client who had e-mailed her a file to review. He knew we were on macs and he was on a mac so, no problem reading the file, right? Not so much.

He had created a table in Pages, but my wife doesn't have Pages on her iMac. No problem. I fired up my iMac which has Pages installed, only to get an error message indicating  that I don't have the most current version and can't open the file. Ugh!

But wait. My iPad has Pages. I open up the e-mail click on the attachment and bingo there it is. Except now I have to print it. I could e-mail it to myself as a pdf and print it, but don't need to because I have Air Sharing HD installed. I touch the icon in the upper right hand corner of the Pages document and choose open in Air Sharing. From there I touch the icon in the lower left corner and choose print. It magically links to all of my shared printers via wifi and presto! Problem solved.

I could have even saved some time by simply touching and holding the attachment icon in the e-mail. The pop up gives a choice to open in Air Sharing right from there. So I didn't even have to have Pages on my iPad to save the day.

....and who said the iPad was simply an entertainment device?

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Steve Overton has been working with and providing tech support for realtors for more than 20 years. He was a Dale Carnegie Instructor in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont for 10 years. During that time, he bought his first handheld device — an Apple Newton — and hasn't looked back since.

Currently a realtor in Vermont at Keller Williams Green Mountain Properties, Steve owns four Macintosh computers, as well as an iPhone, and iPad. He is happily married and lives on 25 acres with his wife of 16 years.