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Re: iPad and Genealogy
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Thank you for the tip. I have a Imac version of Reunion and like you I am not impressed with it.
I am however impressed with the Ipad. I didn't think I would like the iBook feature but it is wonderful. I can see someone taking advantage of being able to get their email from any account from any where there is Wi-Fi and or AT&T coverage; I know these are available on iPhone and iPod touch. Most of all, it is light and helps avoid lugging the laptop around.
I can see the practical one use of iPad in business. It does eliminate the need for pen and paper. Apple choose to separate Pages, Keynote, Numbers in the iWork suite so that they can be used individually or you can buy all three to work in concert on iPad. Putting together a report is very simple and they aren't terrible expense like on iMac.
I am sure that once someone assembles a report of some sort they could convert that report into A/V presentation because of the ports and cords that are available for iPad. I think I learned this as I sat in the iPad presentation class at the Apple Store. I wish the session could have gone into more depth but they do have one on one sessions available too.
The only problem I see with the iPad is the lack of ability to print. As I am typing this I am sure Apple or someone who wants to develop an app is working on this. But I believe the ability to use the device as an A/V tool helps in that area. I also believe that there is already a pdf function or pdf app which might assuage this problem.
It is a 'bell and whistle' that I am learning to use in other ways. It forced me to learn--more like re-activate-- the ability to convert video from one format to another. And when I took ownership of--reclaimed-- this skill, I learned that converting, let's say, DVDs for iPad, is an opportunity to learn to do it for Iphone and Ipod Touch.
There are a couple of genealogy software packages on iTunes app section. I really want something like Ancestry.com has that gives a more robust family tree. I just haven't taken the time to evaluate the pros an cons of each offering.
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