Years ago, I taught a class on technology for genealogists. In this class I discussed the value of new technologies for genealogists, like those new USB thumb drives, some having as much as 256MB or memory, if you could pay for such. During these classes at genealogical events, I would discuss with the group new products and concepts under development and how they may help genealogists. While not every technology we discussed has become a reality, some products the were mere concepts are now mainstream tech tools. The iPad and tablets are such devices. Now, however, that the iPad is in its third generation, many genealogists are still asking the questions we discussed long ago, how can the iPad and other tablets help the genealogists.
Fortunately, there are some dedicated professionals who have pondered that very question. When the first iPad came out Lisa Louise Cooke couldn’t wait to buy one. However, after some persuading, her husband convinced her it would not take long before a second, more robust and vetted version, would find its way to market. Sure enough the iPad 2 was not long in the waiting. Even before it hit the stores, Cooke had her’s on order. Then her iPad arrived. Like so many, she played with the apps the unit came with. Then she downloaded a few more. Then, she discovered what so many others have found, no support for Flash media. How was she to watch videos? Now what? In her words, “Eventually I found myself playing Angry Birds, wondering what I was going to do with it.” She was perplexed.
“As I sat on the couch and flung yet another pudgy red cardinal at a pile of pigs my husband walked by and asked? ‘Did you just buy the most expensive email checker EVER?’
At that moment my mission became clear: Figure out how to make this amazing piece of hardware a genealogy workhorse!”
And that she did. Now Lisa Louise Cooke has shared her discoveries in a new book, Turn Your iPad into a Technology Powerhouse. Like all her writings, this new book is personable. Her writing style is both friendly and easy to read. Plus, she does waste time on lofty irrelevance. She gets straight to the point. Apps are summarized clearly, and their value to genealogists explained distinctly. In the first section, she briefly covers table thinking for genealogists. From there the book includes:
- Over 65 ideal apps for genealogists
- 32 fantastically helpful tips, tricks, and power user techniques
- Ways to handle the absence of Adobe Flash
- Recommended online videos
For those with a non-Apple tablet, comparable apps available in Google Play are included.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Most Expensive Email Checker You Ever Bought
Part One: Getting Started
Chapter One: The Tablet Mindset
Chapter Two: The Genealogist “To Do” Wish List
Part Two: The Apps
Chapter Three: There’s an App for That!
Chapter Four: Audio/Visual Apps
Chapter Five: Apps That Help You Captivate the Non-Genealogists in Your Life
Chapter Six: Collaboration and Communication Apps
Chapter Seven: File Storage and Sharing
Chapter Eight: Genealogy Apps
Chapter Nine: Note Taking Apps
Chapter Ten: Organization Apps
Chapter Eleven: Photography Apps
Chapter Twelve: Reading Apps
Chapter Thirteen: Repository Apps
Chapter Fourteen: Travel Apps
Chapter Fifteen: Utility Apps
Part Three: Become a Power User
Chapter Sixteen: Power Boost Your Table with Remote Access
Chapter Seventeen: Fabulous iPad Tips and Tricks
Part Four: Conclusion
Chapter Eighteen: Adventurous Genealogy
About the Author
Turn Your iPad into a Technology Powerhouse can be yours. Order today, from Family Roots Publishing, Price: $18.76.
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