AVI videos wont play on the Mac - you get a Quicktime error. Videolan
OS X are
standalone video players for Unix that have been ported to OS X. Disappointing
from Lord of the Cows (URL gone!) - Indeo Codec
is a legacy format and is
unlikely to ever be supported in OS X (but see the Apple
for using OS9)! Dr Tim Ferguson: Video
Codecs. MacInTouch Reader Reports: Playing
DIVX and AVI Movie Files "Intel's Indeo Video 5, which as far
as I have been able to determine is wholly unsupported under OS X..."
- Perian QT
plug-in allows extra formats to be played. Also has a video
demonstrating how to download and play Flash video files that Perian
enables with Quicktime. In brief: as soon as the video appears in
choose Window/Activity, select the get video file (or largest file
listed), Edit/Copy, choose Window/Downloads, Edit/Paste. Change the
name of the downloaded file to something useful and include an FLV
extension. It should play in Quicktime after the Perian plug-in
to play some troublesome AVI videos on a Mac. Other Quicktime
6.3 Reinstaller for Mac OS X:Information and Download.
- Note that Quicktime is part of OS X - if it becomes
you may need to reinstall
OS X but at least this is not as painful as a Windows
This happened to me when the "Expert Settings" option of Quicktime
export stopped working.
- To play MPEG2 movies you need to buy (!) the Apple MPEG2
- it was released for QT6 but seems to work with QT7. Australian users
can buy it here.
A nuisance is that the plug-in won't allow you to convert an MPEG2
video to another format using Quicktime. MPlayer OS X
videos without additional plug-ins but has no conversion features.
- To convert
Quicktime movies to
"Presentations" (opens in full screen mode) use this Droplet
from Apple (works with QT6). Just save the droplet to your
disk and drag the MOV file to the "Save as presentation" droplet -
tips for Quicktime.
- You are can play
Video CDs (VCD)
with Quicktime (search Help for "play vcd"). However it will not play Super VCD (try MPlayer OS X)
- the cross-platform media player and streaming server. Update Dec09:
development of VLC nearly dead.
- DVD extractor with Apple TV conversion (see these
- DVD extractor
- mount DVD volume on the desktop then use Elgato
Turbo 264 to create Apple TV files (thanks Erica
- copy non-encrypted DVDs, compresses video to fit onto normal DVDs.
- play video from networked TS_VIDEO folders (thanks Stephen Withers)
Control Tunes - control iTunes from Menu Bar
- To capture video in Mountain Lion, including webcasts with audio, try Voila. You will need to download and install their audio driver. You may need to uninstall Sunflower first (restart you system after running the uninstall script). ScreenCap does not seem to work correctly with Mountain Lion.
Eye TV &
- Play HD-TV broadcasts on your Mac and/or
record on DVD. Note that the
digital version does NOT have video analogue input so it is no good for
transferring VHS to DVD - pity! Use the included Toast to
convert an EyeTV recording to DVD.
- Converting EyeTV recordings to DVD
1. Select the video recording from the
EyeTV Programs list
2. Choose from the menu FILE/BURN WITH
TOAST - this starts Toast
3. Try burning to DVD using Toast
4. If you receive a warning that the
video is too
large to fit on a DVD you will need to compress it, using another
feature of Toast
Choose FILE/SAVE AS DISC IMAGE
b. Enter a filename for the temporary
disk image (over 4Gb in size!)
c. Using Finder, locate the disk image
file, Control-click and select MOUNT IT (might not need to do this)
d. From the Toast draw select DVD-Video
e. Select the mounted disk image file
f. Ensure that "Fit-to-DVD" is checked
g. Click on the RECORD button
Captain - utilities for EyeTV
- Due to the use of an unusual frequency, Australian
customers will NOT be able to receive digital Channel 9 unless they
take these steps (Fixed with EyeTV3):
1. Open the EyeTV Programs window
2. Click on the Channels section
3. Click on any channel in the list
4. Click of the action menu (gearwheel)
5. Select MANUALLY ADD CHANNEL
6. Type 191625 into the frequency field (note it is in kHz)
7. The signal strength bar should show that the frequency is being
8. Click the ADD button to return to the Program window - there should
be several new Ch9 channels at the bottom of the list. Try them out by
double clicking on them*.
9. If desired, drag the new channels to near the top of the
list for convenience
* Note that for some unknown reason, after this type of maintenance I
sometimes have to restart EyeTV2 for the Twinhan unit to
- remote control of EyeTV.
- If you have the Twinhan Alpha for Mac and EyeTV do NOT follow the Twinhan
advice to update the drivers from the MMInput website.
You will need to
uninstall these drivers in order to get EyeTV to work with
the Twinhan unit! The MMInput drivers only work with iTele.
allows you to remotely programme your EyeTV from any networked Mac
Turbo 264 hardware to create Apple TV files
- more features than Front Row (but see
the forum for compatibility issues)
- Add Salling
Clicker for control via bluetooth phones. (thanks Stephen Withers)
- If EyeTV (2.4.1) appears to freeze or will not start
scheduled recording, try leaving the internet connected. It seems there
is component that tries to access the internet, even if "Check for
updates" is unchecked and it takes minutes to realise there is no
connection. If you are in Australia also change the default EPG service
from IceTV to, say, "none" (V3).
- Elgato support: How to
completely uninstall EyeTV - not for the faint hearted!
FAQ: Work on your primary display, while using all aspects of
EyeTV on a second display (thanks Stephen Withers).
- Watching EyeTV on a secondary display (eg projector)
an iMac G5. First see this advice from Elgato about enabling the use of
the secondary display for full-screen mode: How can
I use PiP or the Full Screen Menu on a secondary display?
(Note that the Property List Editor method works for EyeTV 3 but not
the terminal command). The next problem is that the iMac G5
only "mirrors" the main display on the secondary display. Screen
Spanning Doctor disables
mirroring on the iMac G5 and so the Elgato tip will work. It
seems to work OK with Leopard but see the warning about
warranties. Under System Preferences/Display make sure the menu bar is
set to the primary display. Also there seems to be no easy way to have
EyeTV revert to the primary display when in full-screen mode (maybe a
good job for Applescript?). For now I use fullscreen on the projector
and maximum window display on the iMac (ie the dock and menu bar show
on the iMac). In this way, turning EyeTV fullscreen off or on toggles
between the primary and secondary displays.
tool for further dimming a screen (or screens) past the capabilities of
the OS X brightness display settings. Can be used to dim the main
display while you watch video on a secondary display. You need to
toggle this on and off via the menu bar.
- Apr 2010: Macgear now sells the EyeTV Remote (remote control that only comes with the Deluxe version of EyetTV)
digital hub enabling you to connect a full range of video devices using
the Coaxial, Composite S-Video inputs. Thanks Stephen
theatre using a Mac - thanks Stephen
- AV Video Capture: Canopus
ADVC55 firewire device looks to iMovie like a digital camera.
you to view the ADVC55 output (eg TV show) on your Mac.
is a new, free and
open-source platform for internet television and video
- Macworld: Front
Row streaming secrets - Here’s how to successfully
stream movies over a network via Front Row - thanks Stephen
Video for OS X (beta) - thanks Gary
- Front Row is not (at least for iMac G5s) set up for
secondary displays. The iMac G5
only "mirrors" the main display on the secondary display. Screen
disables mirroring on the iMac G5. It
seems to work OK with Leopard but see the warning about
warranties. Under System Preferences/Display make sure the menu bar is
set to display you wish to use. There is no built-in way to toggle
between primary and secondary displays. There are blogs
about doing this
BUT the "cscreen" application that gets mentioned is no longer
available/supported and it could do damage to your system. For now I
suggest leaving the iMac as mirrored and dimming the primary display
Now if only I had the same screen-swapping hotkey as the F7 key on my
- Apple Discussions: Playing
Front Row on TV
- has some tips for using CSCREEN. The point is made that Front Row
runs in the backgroubnd and must be restarted in order for it to
recognise that the "menu" display has changed.
Row might make this easier. TV Row 2
now only affects Front Row settings.
Media Center for OS X - Front Row alternative that is a
little difficult to set up but has an impressive interface
- complete Front Row replacement that includes digital TV support BUT
you will need to buy The
Tube software AND, it seems, have internet access in order to
record any TV programs.
- After trying out the clunky user interfaces of commercial
PVRs I decided to get, for nearly the same price, a Mac Mini after
successfuly experimenting with PyeTV - a
small app that adds EyeTVto
the Front Row menu. When selected, there are similar menus to the
EyeTV full screen menus including the interactive electronic program
guide. Shows can be selected from the guide for recording or watching.
Now live TV, movies, TV shows, music and slideshows are accessible from
the same menu (in my case, displayed on a TV). It works well with a Keyspan
Remote Control for Front Row - which has large buttons that
are better for disabled hands. It also has mute and sleep (but not
There is a temporary
problem with PyeTV and EyeTV version 3.1.1. Users must revert
to version 3.1 for
it to work properly. Update: fixed with EyeTV 3.1.2! Note that PyeTV
can lead to some confusing menu actions as there is a mix between EyeTV
and Front Row menus. One day maybe Front Row will support EyeTV!
- Need to switch between internal and external (hi-fi) audio? iMic works great. I found this web page
and used the Applescript by RobLewis to toggle between the internal and
iMic system (you need to change the two property items to the words
used in your System Preferences Sound Output). I have saved the
Applescript as an App so I just need to click on it in the Dock to
toggle the sound system. Now if only I could toggle Front Row between
internal and external displays in the same Applescript... I currently
use TV Row for selecting the display for Front Row:
Apple TV is a great format for home entertainment
systems. It works well with Front Row. Quality is as good as DVD
and file sizes can be much smaller. Apple TV videos will play on any
Mac with the latest Quicktime, as well as AppleTV hardware (of course).
- Use Elgato
USB "dongle" to create Apple TV files from unencrypterd VIDEO_TS
folders or from any Quicktime-readable file. Queue the files up to do
the conversions overnight. Go to Turbo264 Preferences to change the
default location for saving files (they are named automatically).
extract a video or audio clip
from your DVD, and save it in a format compatible with standard
multimedia editing applications such as QuickTime, iMovie, and
Cut or (update 1 Oct 07) Apple TV format.
- Version 2.4 on converts digital TV recordings to Apple TV
Turbo 264 speeds up the process
- Quicktime can generate Apple TV files but Elgato
Turbo 264 is quicker and simpler.
- Several applications save the Apple TV (m4v) file in
iTunes music folder and add the item to iTunes. You may want to copy
the video to another drive and delete the file from iTunes or else
backups of iTunes could become unmanageable.
- To change the iTunes category from Movie to TV Show:
click on the movie file in itunes, choose get info, and from the video
kind tab change it to tv show. Also make sure you fill in something for
the show name. (thanks downinitjr).
- For changing a batch of files use Doug's Set
Video Kind of Selected Applescript (you have saved me hours -
v1.0 - Encode any YouTube video for your iPod + iGetMovies
v2.2 - gets save-disabled QuickTime files. (thanks Stephen Withers)
- converts to iPod format
- See these
forum tips for using Handbrake to convert
DVDs to Apple TV
- ProAppStuff: Multple Aspect Ratios
- Evom (free) - Convert your movies and download flash videos from the internet.
- To add "pillars" to the side of a 4:3 video to view it on a widescreen TV (16:9) without stretching use MPG Streamclip.
Drop the 4:3 onto the MPG Streamclip window, select File/Export to
Other Formats and set the options as shown in the snapshot (Apple TV
16:9 SD and Zoom X/Y 0.75). Thanks kyoppic. (right click and view images for full size). You can also use the Adjustments button to increase the volume of the video.
More MPG Streamclip tips (because I won't remember them)
- To convert multiple videos - Select List/Batch List.
Drag several videos to the Batch List window. Select a destination
folder. Use the above conversion settings and click Go. Good for
overnight conversions of several videos.
- To extract a portion of a video drag the file onto the
edit window. Drag the cursor to the start of the section. Hold down the
Shift key and drag the cursor to the end of the section. Now select
File/Export to Other Formats. The selection should appear in the batch
window. Repeat for any other sections of the original video. Click Go
on the Batch List window to start the conversion.
- Problems using EyeTV Export command? (poor conversion
quality, audio probelms etc). If you right click on the .eyetv file and
select Show package Contents, you can find the .mpg file in there that
is your movie file. If you want to convert it to other formats using
MPG Streamline right click on the MPG file and choose Open With. Find
MPG Streamclip in the list and set it to export in Apple TV
iTunes keeps its
playlist information in one XML file
(<home>/Music/iTunes/Itunes Music Library.xml).
is updated every time you use iTunes. As I found out, it can get
corrupted and you lose your playlists. I have not found an easy way to
recover them. What is worse, if you connect your iPod, it will probably
automatically "update" with the corrupted list and you will lose all
the songs on your iPod. DO
CONNECT YOUR iPOD IF THE iTUNES PLAYLIST IS CORRUPTED.
Frustratingly, all of your songs should still be in the Music
folder, all neatly arranged by artist and album. iTunes does have the
capability of "importing" all of these songs, including artist and
album information but it seems you have to trick it into thinking it is
the first time you are using iTunes. Here are the steps (might not
apply to the latest iTunes!):
- Rename Itunes Music Library.xml (eg Itunes Music
iTunes preferences file - not playlist)
- Start iTunes and follow the new user prompts.
- Choose to search your hard disk and add tunes to your
this takes several minutes
- From the iTunes menu choose Edit / Show Browser
- The browser window shows album and artist information
- From the browser window, drag each album to the blank space
the playlists column - this creates a playlist of each album.
You will have to manually recreate custom playlists. It is possible
that you will be able to skip steps2 and 3 and your music might still
appear in your library and browser for steps 5 to 7.
You can try keeping a backup copy of the XML file but there is a chance
it will not work due to changes to the folders. Apple
advice on backing up iTunes music
Another way is to use iPodrip
to copy songs from the iPod back to iTunes [no longer seems to work
You can really confuse an iPod user by turning Music "off".
go to Settings, select Main Menu then turn Music "Off". "Music"
disappears from the main
menu! Check this setting before assuming your iPod has become corrupted
(it happended accidentally to me!). You can add or delete other Main
Menu items using this process.
If your internet connection is off and iTunes is taking ages to load go
to iTunes Preferences / General and uncheck "Automatically check for
iSync  works "seamlessly" with the iPod BUT it sends all the
your OS X Address Book. If you only want to send contacts from a
particular group then follow these steps:
- Open Address Book
- Select (or create) the group that you want to transfer to
- Ctrl Click to display the item menu
- Select Export to vCards
- Fill out the save file form (give it a name such as
- Close Address Book
- Open the iPod in Finder (it should appear on the Desktop
plug it in)
- Open the Contacts folder
- Drag/copy your newly created file to that folder
- If necessary, delete/trash the iSync.vcf file from the iPod
folder (Note that the iPod does not work with groups. If there are any
files in the folder then it simply combines them all into one long
list. That list is limited to 1000 contacts.)
Hopefully Apple will automate these steps in the next update to
While on Address Book - the latest version has a very annoying
auto-fill feature when you add a new card. It tries to guess the field
data from other cards, which is not much use for a new card. To
turn it off
your have to start MAIL and change its
(Address Book preferences don't list the feature)!
The 2005 iPod has an
item in the Music list but no
advice on how it is used. The following is based on helpful advice at Apple
In order for an item to appear in the Audiobooks menu it needs to be
saved on the iPod as a "bookmarkable" AAC file with the Genre
"Audiobooks". To do this:
- Open iTunes
- Create a new playlist called, say, Audiobooks (not
- just helps you keep track of the files)
- Go to iTunes Preferences and change the import format
- Either import your book item into iTunes or, if it is
already saved as, say, an MP3 file, Crtl-Click and select "Convert to
- Add the newly created AAC to the Audiobooks playlist
click and select Get Info to check that they are the AAC file type)
- Click on the Genre field and change it to "Audiobook"
- Download Malcolm Adam's Applescript makebookmarkable
(thank you Malcolm). Follow the installation instructions to add it to
your iTunes menu. Check out Malcom's other iPod
scripts and consider making a donation for his efforts.
- Select the items you wish to modify (make
run the script
(The "scroll" icon in the iTunes menu)
- Connect your iPod and let iTunes transfer the files
- The items should now appear in the Audiobooks list on
iPod. I hope
that this also excludes them from being played when Shuffle is
selected! Update: yes
does - maybe!
- Return your iTunes Import preference to MP3 (or
Data files can be easily stored on your iPod using Finder. Open the
iPod icon in Finder. Create new folders in which to save your data.
Drag/copy the data folders from your hard disk to the iPod. See Apple's
use your iPod
as a hard disk for storing files
for more (I found the iPod
X (10.3) were automatically set up to do this). You cannot manage audio
files in this way - you must use iTunes.
You might want to secure your data, since the iPod is so "portable".
For example, see Podlock
Using an iPod with
You can play music and videos via iTunes directly from an iPod, if it
is set to "manually manage music and videos". This checkbox is on the
Summary tab in iTunes when the iPod is connected. If this item is
unchecked then all music and video content on the iPod will be grayed
out (ie cannot be played). Unfortunately, the setting is saved on the
iPod and when you plug it into the main Mac (that is used to manage
music and videos on the iPod) it will also be ste to manual. You will
neded to uncheck the item to manage the music and videos (and check it
again if you wish to play the items on the second Mac).
driver for Windows 98
(includes Shuffle) - XP will see the
a memory stick but Win98 needs drivers.
its power from any Firewire port and sends high-quality audio to Apple
. Audio input is any headphone socket. The iPod
adapter has a Firewire port for connection to the iPod. This port can
be used to power the iFire instead. You can therefore set up a portable
hi-fi system using an iPod, iFire and Apple Pro speakers, as shown in
Add a Griffin
ProSpeaker Breakout Cable
(possibly a discontinued line) and
can use any unamplified speakers with your iFire, including car speakers
being disappointed with an FM transmitter (see below) for use in the
car I decided to do just that, using a
to power the iFire instead of the iPod. I now have a
of mono headphone
sockets in the glovebox that disconnect
and connect the iFire
to each of the speakers in the car door. The sound quality is
excellent. Note that you need to keep the left and right speaker cables
totally independent so cannot use a stereo socket with common earth.
Other ways to send iPod music to your car's hi-fi using an FM
transmitter such as:
New for 2007: LaCie
. Oct 08: Unfortunately the new Macbook does
not have a Firewire port
- To turn off the annoying, Microsoft-inspired
auto-correction of words as you type:
- Go to Settings / General / Keyboard
- Then turn the auto correction to off
- To control your iMac iTunes from your iPhone using Wifi -
try the Remote
App from Apple.
to create custom ringtones in GarageBand 4.1.1 - any clip of
music up to 40s can be converted and sent to iTunes
- Print from an iPhone - New Print
App BUT it has its own web browser - you cannot print
from Safari Mobile.
- To control a Keynote presentation from your iPhone try
but make sure the firewall (System-Prefs /Security/Firewall) allows
Keynote to connect. Also, it could take over a minute for the
connection to be established once you enter the passcode on the Mac.
jfControl is an alternative which covers more applications
but has less control.
- Google Mobile voice search error message: "Voice
not available. Check network or try again" - Try Settings app ->
General -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings (thanks "Fofer")
- Search Garageband Help for tips on creating custom
If your ringtone is only a few seconds long you will need to copy and
paste it several times to get the total length up to about 17 seconds
before choosing Share/iTunes as ringtone. When the iPhone is
connected to iTunes select the new ringtone on the Ringtone tab page.
Finally, on the iPhone, go to Settings/Sounds and select your new
ringtone as the default.
- Telstra (Australia): How do I unlock my Apple iPhone to use on other networks? There is no fee to unlock your Apple iPhone from Telstra...
Tethering to the iPhone
26 Jul 09 Benm.at: Activate
tethering without jailbreaking - risky as it changes your
iPhone configuration and your carrier might charge you for the
25 Jul 09 iClarified: How
to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G (or 3) on OS 3.0 Using RedSn0w -
10 Jun 09: iPhone OS 3.0 will allow tethering - but carriers will
likely charge you for it
There is a long-running Apple
Discussion about "tethering" your laptop to the iPhone 3G to
obtain internet access. There are good
tips on doing this at Wired.
A problem is that this depends on the availability of an iPhone App
called Netshare. Apparently it appeared briefly on the Apple iTunes
Store App list and a few thousand americans downloaded it.
Unfortunately the exclusive ATT deal in the USA meant that tethering
was not permitted and the App was withdrawn (with no explanation from
Apple or ATT). Worse still, it seems that the Netshare.App
is being automatically deleted from iPhones during regular
updates. Update: it seems the person who reported this had
a computer glitch but the capability for Apple to "nuke" apps
may be there.
There might be reasons for not making Netshare.app available
the US iTunes Store but this is not the case with other countries like
Australia where there are several iPhone service providers. Here
that include a data allowance (and more "data" can be purchased). It
does not seem to matter whether the data allowance is used up
from the iPhone or a tethered computer. Trouble is that
has no current support for tethering. There is a hack
("jailbreaking") that can be used to allow apps to run on the iPhone
which are not "approved" by Apple (ie not downloadable from the
iTunes Store) and these include apps that can facilitate
. However I would not recommend this approach as it could wreck your
iPhone and, even if it works, it could be undone by the next iPhone
software upgrade. ARS Technica: Jailbreaking
and unlocking an iPhone: What you need to know (read the
comments) + QuickPwn
with the latest downloads and tips
iPhone appear frozen or stuck?
To reset iPhone, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home
button at the same time for at least 10 seconds. During this time, a
red "power off" slider may appear and the screen may go black, but do
not release Sleep/Wake and Home buttons until the Apple logo appears.
It seems the best way forward it to resist the temptation to
iPhone and make it clear to the retailers that you are
tethering to be supported.
is now available for the iPhone but it requires jailbreaking (not
lets you transfer files between iPhone and your Mac wirelessly
(also requires jailbreaking)
Watch the iTunes Store Apps for voice-over-internet-protocol
applications that will allow you to make phone calls when connected to
the internet via wi-fi. So far only
is available (see reviewers comments). Hopefully Skype will have an app
there soon! Update June 09: Skype is now in the iTunes App store BUT it
will only work when the iPhone is connected to the internet via wifi.
It will not work via 3G (where it would compete with the carrier's
I just read the Apple Pro Tip about adding tasks to your login
(start-up) items. It gave me the idea of automatically taking a
snapshot of the user when logging in. A little searching came up with
an application called iSightCapture
and some tips
The steps are:
1) Create a SNAPME folder in Applications and add the iSightCapture
executible to it
2) Create a LOGIN_PICS folder in <Home>/Pictures
3) Start Script Editor and paste the following code
tell application "Terminal"
do shell script
close the front window
4) Save it as a runtime script application SNAPME.APP in the
5) Test it (run the script then look in the LOGIN_PICS folder for the
snapshot - the filename is cleverly date and time stamped)
6) Add the script to your logon items (System Preferences - Accounts)
iPad (April 2010)
Initial comments/complaints based on an Apple
iPad News & Tips
- No camera! For an ultra-portable, internet-browsing
not have video-conferencing capabilities (eg Apple iChat) is a huge
disappointment. However the current iPad case does have a spot for a camera! Update May 2011: iPad2 has a front-facing camera and works with Skype.
- Video out capabilities to display Keynote presentations
external projectors/monitors look well-supported with wi-fi, VGA,
composite and compenent video supported. BUT you cannot charge the iPad
and use a video adapter. Furthermore HDMI output does not seem to be supported. Update May 2011: Apple Digital AV Adapter works with HDMI screens and has a socket for the iPad charger cable.
- No USB socket
- No SD Card slot. Still no indication if the Camera Kit
card reader will work for non-picture data. I was thinking about
loading some movies on an SD card to get around the minimal internal
memory. (might work USA Today - "Apple says it only supports the lower-resolution 720p video...meaning most Apple TV video will need to be converted before being viewed on the iPad). See this discussion about Canon video.
- Even if this (SD card for movies) works, it will
have the same charging limitations as the VGA adapter (cannot charge
the iPad and use an adapter).
- Accessibility features look promising e.g. "iPad comes
screen reader Voiceover?, support for playback of closed-captioned
content, and other innovative universal access features..." (Update - PC World: Apple iPad Helps Businesses Meet Needs of Disabled Employees.)
- No multi-tasking (most apps must be closed before
another is opened). Update: Limited multitasking in OS 4.0
- Tethering? I now tether my iPhone to a Macbook to gain
internet access for the Macbook on the road. I prefer using USB
tethering for this. In theory you should be able to tether the iPad to
an iPhone in the same way. The advantages (at least in Australia) are
one 3G data plan (the iPhone) and no need to buy the more expensive 3G
iPad. I suppose the latter means tethering probably won't work! [Update: Steve says "No" (tethering)] Also
Skype will not work over 3G so I expect it will not work via tethering. 5 Jun 10 Computerworld: iPhones cannot be tethered to an Apple iPad, AT&T has also confirmed. Update May 2011: Tethering now supported (depending on the phone service) - see Apple tips for "Hotspots" and Mobile Broadband below.
- Printing?? (Update - USA Today "You can't connect a printer to the iPad.
In our briefings with Apple, executives suggested e-mailing the
document to a computer with a printer, and printing from there...") Update May 2011: Printopia runs on a Mac and emulates Airprint so your iPhone or iPad can print or save as PDF (on the Mac)
- No support for Adobe Flash (could be an advantage!)
- Basic 16GB memory is too small. Update: iPad2 has up to 64Gb
- Ability to play movies from a server via wi-fi? Update: Yes - with Air Video (streams AppleTV, EyeTV and other video formats to an iPad or iPhone). Air Video will also stream EyeTV recordings.
- The wi-fi only version of the iPad 2 does not have a GPS chip - it cannot be used for navigating if not connected to the internet
- and then with only partial success. You will need to invest another
AU$140 for the 3G version in order to use the GPS system for
navigation. In Applespeak this is known as "Assisted GPS"
- If you update apps through iTunes and have "Automatically
install new apps" uncchecked then the updated apps will not install on
you iPhone or iPad. Each updated app will show "UPDATE" and if you
click on it it will change to "WILL UPDATE". To quickly do this for all
updates hold dowm the Command key when you click the first UPDATE
Mobile Broadband - using a MiFi device with iPad
- 2 Apr 10 Reuters: Reviews praise Apple iPad battery life, ease of use
- USA Today: Reader questions about Apple iPad
- SMH: Despite some flaws, Apple's iPad sets a benchmark.
- PC World: Jailbreaking the iPad: What You Need to Know - risky!
- iScreen allows the iPad to be used as an external display for an iMac or Macbook.
- June 11: The iPhone can now be used to control a Keynote
presentation on an iPad (so you can walk around the stage and leave you
iPad connected to the projector): Install Keynote on the iPad. Install
Keynote Remote on the iPhone - The app works via WiFi (both the iPod
and iPad need to be on the same network), or via Bluetooth (in which
case both devices must have WiFi turned off and Bluetooth turned on in their settings - but do not pair your devices in General Settings).
The Keynote Remote app needs to be paired directly with the iPad
to work -- to do this launch the Keynote Remote app, select "Settings",
then "New Keynote Link". You will see a four digit passcode.
Launch Keynote on the iPad, go into its settings (the wrench icon
at the top right of the screen), then in the Settings option, choose
Remote. Turn the "Enable Remotes" option on. If your iPod
remote is working, you should now see an option to "Link" to the remote
-- press this button, then enter the four digit passcode you got from
the Keynote Remote. The passcode will be verified, and then the
remote should be linked to the iPad. Thanks Tulse.
- Viewing PDF documents on the iPad: Open iTunes and
attached your iPad to the Mac. Drag the pdf from a finder window onto
the iTunes window, top left in the section labelled Library. The PDF
will be added to the iTunes library in the Books section. Then you sync
your iPad with iTunes and in the books tab in itunes for your
ipad make sure books are synced. Then in you iPad in iBooks you
will see your pdf (go to Collections and choose PDFs). There is also
Adobe PDF Reader for the iPad. Thanks Bobwild.
- The Netcomm MyZone - 3G24W wireless broadband modem
is a pocket wifi server that connects to the internet via 3G 850/1900
networks. This means it should work with many telcos around the
world. This includes Telstra
in Australia - just buy a $2 data SIM and a recharge (eg $30 for 3G
over 30 days?) and you are away. The MyZone is configured to
automatically connect to Telstra and many other Telcos.
- The Netcomm website lists the MyZone 3G24W device as being compatible with these 3G networks in North America (850/1900):
Canada: Bell, Fido, Rogers, Sasktel & Telus
To create an iBook see this Apple Discussion & this one.
Disclaimer: These tips are
really my record of ways to do things on the
Mac and might not be suitable for your system. If they work for you -
great. Backup your data regularly, particularly before trying
major changes to the system.