Sunday, September 14, 2014

Moving Files (epub) from Mac to iPad

In my endless effort to find an app to transfer epub books to and from my Mac to my iPad without hooking up cables or using iTunes sync, I have found a fantastic app called "Flick" that is easy to use and currently free for both.

The Flick app for Mac OS laptops and computers can be found here:  Flick app for Mac OS.

The Flick app for iPad/iPhone can be found here:

The website instructions and descripton are given here:

Within nano-minutes, I was able to install both apps, tap on an epub book on my Mac laptop, flick it to top of my menu bar, select it on my iPad and open with iBooks.

Have to give this one an A+ rating for ease of use and convenience.  There also appears to be an Android and Linux version.

I was able to successfully transfer an mp3 file, epub file, and jpg without a problem.  Enjoy!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Using Documents App (by Readdle) to transfer epub files to iPad

Today, I downloaded an app called "Documents" by Readdle.  "Documents" is a full-fledge ePub reader, similar to iBook.  The reader option has font size adjustment, bookmarking, and searching options.  It is a very good app that is similar to another favorite app, GoodReader.  I use GoodReader currently to transfer ePub books from my Mac to my iPad using a USB cable and iTunes -- dragging and dropping books into the GoodReader app. 

"Documents" also allows me to transfer PDF and ePub books from my Mac to my iPad via iTunes, just like I do currently with GoodReader.   "Documents" offers an additional way to transfer my files employing a WebDav method.  A local WIFI connection via web browser is used.  The nice thing about this is that files do not have to be uploaded to the cloud to be transferred between devices and you do not need to connect a USB cable between the devices.

To get the "Documents" app for your iPad, click on this link:

Transferring files (audio, mp3, txt documents, ePubs, PDFs, and other file types) from a Mac to an iPad utilizes the following steps:

(1) Run "Documents" app on your iPad.  Tap on the "gear icon" in upper left-hand corner of the app screen.  Tap on Wi-Fi Drive and take note of the URL given in the text.  For example,

(2) On your Mac computer, run a browser (Firefox is good) and type in the URL.

(3) A message will appear on your iPad asking for permission to connect to another device with IP address similar to  Allow connection to this device.

(4) The documents that are stored on your iPad should appear in the web browser page.

(5)  To move files from your Mac to your iPad, click on the "Browse" button at the bottom of the browser page (scroll down to see this button).  You should see a directory of your Mac files.  Select the file you wish to move to your iPad.  The name of that file should now appear next to the "Browse" button at the bottom of the web page.

(6)  Click on "Upload File" button. 

(7)  The file you wish to move should appear in the list of files on the web browser page and should also appear on your iPad.

(8)  You can close the tab in the Browser window when finished moving files.  This will disconnect the Mac and iPad.

You can read the ePub or PDF file directly from the "Documents" app on your iPad, by selecting its icon on your iPad.

Note:  you can also select the file and then select the "share" (up arrow icon) from the upper right hand corner of the iPad screen.  From here, you should see an option to "Open in" where you can then move the file to iBook if you wish.

Read more about Documents by Readdle at website:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mac Tip for Getting Arrow Keys to Work with Google Docs Spreadsheet

I use Google Docs a lot to share spreadsheets with other workers.  This allows workers to collaborate on the same document from different computers, devices and from different places.

The other day I was trying to quickly review some information on a very large Google Docs spreadsheet and found that my arrow keys were not working to let me quickly move from right to left horizontally through the spreadsheet.

Found out that if you switch the view of the spreadsheet from the spreadsheet view to the list view and back to spreadsheet view that arrow keys became functional again.

Hope this helps someone else who has had this same problem.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

If you want to remove someone from the auto-fill option in Mail app

If you want to remove someone from the auto-fill option in Mail app, you can delete them from your address book or contact list; however, there is another solution that might work that let's you keep the contact info just in case you need it later.

If you remove the email address of the person from your contacts or address book, then this eliminates them as an auto-fill in mail.

But you may want to keep their email in the notes section of the address book, just in case you need to have that email info at a later time. Use edit option to copy their email and paste in notes section on their card info in Address book and then select the - to remove it from emails.

You may also want to make sure their email is not also listed somewhere in the Previous Recipients' list in the Mail app.

To remove a name from the previous recipient's list, 

Select "Window" from the menu bar.

Select "Previous Recipients" from the pull down options.

A list of names that you have typed in or chosen before will appear in a popup window.

You can remove any by selecting the name and then clicking on the "Remove from List" button in lower corner.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wiggle gifs a great way to view some cool 3D photos.

Been enjoying my Poppy 3D camera, an iPhone accessory that allows me to take 3D photos and videos.  The latest Poppy 3D app for the camera allows users to make cool wiggle gifs, so others can view their 3D photos in an unusual way without using the Poppy. is a creative community for 3D photography.
Check out my Poppy GIF -

Another one of my Poppy GIFs -

Friday, March 07, 2014

How to Change Mac Mail Subject Line

Trying to find an email can be a undaunting task if the email doesn't have a good subject. Have you ever wished that you could edit the subject for emails that come into your IN box. There doesn't appear to be a way to do so in the Mac Mail app.

Well, here is a tip to help you do just that.

Select the email that you want to change subject. This can be an email in your Inbox or some other folder (mailbox you have created for storing and organizing your emails).

Note: The date and time of email will be changed. You may want to put a reference to the date/time in subject or content as a note if needed for some reason.

Drag that email message into your Draft folder.

Double click on the email on the left side column. A window will open that displays the email you have selected.

Make changes to the subject for that email.

Click on the red close button in upper left-corner of email.

Email will be saved with new edited subject.

Now, you can move that email back to your Inbox or other folder (i.e. mailbox).

Time to Get Serious about Taking 3D Photos

Now that my production Poppy has arrived, it is time to get serious and take some 3D photos. But what exactly is the best way to shoot bang up 3D photos. Shooting 3D images gives you that feeling that you are right there in the moment, adding a new dimension to your memories and allowing you to get close up and personal with your images.

The following are some tips for first time Poppy 3D photographers:

• Poppy photos should be taken horizontal or in landscape mode, as the resulting images need to be side by side horizontally to view correctly.

• Lighting should come from behind you. Lights in back or over the object to be photographed can result in a sudden burst or flare of light that interrupts your image.

• For the best results and to achieve a dramatic 3D effect, try to shoot your photo with several depths or multiple subjects at different distances in the frame.

• Remember the best 3D effects are those closest to you, rather than objects or subjects farther away. Try standing close to your main subject to achieve the best 3D effect.

• A good time to try out a tripod with your Poppy is in low light conditions. When lighting is low, you need a steadier hand and slower shutter speeds to avoid blurry images.

• Remember to keep your camera horizontal when shooting to avoid a tilted image, which may not be correctable later.

• Remember that when photographing objects that are less than 3 feet away, the background objects should be within a 3X range or no further than 3 times the distance to the foreground object.

Now, you are ready to produce some great 3D images with your Poppy that will amaze and delight your family and friends.

Word is that a new Poppy3d app is on its way that will allow some image improvement for those of us still using iPhone 4 devices. In the meantime, practicing the tips I've outlined will help secure some great composition for those 3D photos.

Thanks Ethan and Joe for a fun new iPhone accessory!