Canon 70D appreciation (and an iPad workflow)

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I love having my iPhone with me to take shots when I’m out and about but for me nothing beats my Canon 70D. I’m off work at the moment and out and about on day trips and been using it quite a lot. For me the thing I love the most about the Canon range is that for me they reproduce the colour that I remember seeing when I was there taking the shot.

We went to Cotswold Wildlife park yesterday and I did my normal iPad workflow. I took the SD card out of the camera and used the Apple SD Card dongle to impart the images onto my iPad Mini. These then get uploaded to iCloud Photo Library and I can access anywhere.

My editing app of choice is Darkroom. I edited the one above using my iPhone XS and exported as a fresh copy.

This combination of a great DSLR and a really portable iPad Mini works great for me. They both fit in my camera bag easily (Lowepro 22l hatchback) when I’m away on holiday and want to get images off the card for backup.

Do you manage photos via an iPad? What’s your workflow?

My 2019 iPad Setup

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It’s been a while since I posted about the current state of my iPad’s. As you know the iPad is my main device and after doing some iOS restores yesterday I realised I have my perfect setup.

iPad Pro 10.5

It keeps on going, has TouchID and I have all the accessories I need in the Smart Keyboard cover and pencil. Yes the new Apple Pencil is much improved in my tests at the Apple Store but at the moment I can’t justify or to be honest afford to dump this setup for a new one. It’s not so much the price of a new iPad it’s the fact I’d need to buy all the accessories again. The performance of this two year old iPad is still amazing and even when testing iPadOS 13 it ran absolutely fine. It’s still a great deal if you’re after an iPad Pro in the used market.

iPad Mini 5

I treated myself to the mini this year and it’s a great device that gets the most use out of my iOS devices, including my iPhone. I don’t use the pencil much on it but I do read a lot of comic books and manage my to do list on it. If you’re after a small powerful tablet you can’t go wrong with this model. Also going back to my 10.5″ after using it is making me less tempted to get a new 12.9″ iPad Pro.

iPadOS

I’ve been testing the beta on and off but being only weeks away now from a new iPhone and official release I’m back off it. I lost all of my watch data again yesterday so I’ve decided that I don’t want to risk losing my photos in iCloud so for me I’m out. It’s a game changer on the 10.5″ with mouse support and more keyboard controls so I can’t wait to use it in anger again.

Testing the Logitech Crayon

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I’m using my iPad Mini full time these days and finally picked up a second Pencil. This time I went for the Logitech Crayon, at £59 for my uses it seemed the best option. First impressions are it feels lighter, it’s more comfortable to use (than Pencil 1) and less slippery.

I’ve just used Noteability to sketch out a few ideas and seems great so me so far. I’ll update once I’ve had it for a few weeks.

Some initial thoughts on iPadOS

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I managed to avoid spoilers this year before the keynote and was pleasantly surprised by Apple creating a fork of iOS just for the iPad. It’s long overdue and I’m hoping it means each year now we’ll see improvements to the iPad. As someone that lives on the iPad I was really excited to give the beta of iPadOS a try. In the 48 hours I’ve had to play with it here are some of my favourite things about using it.

New home screen

Not a huge change but significant enough to make a difference to how I use it.

I have my most used apps on the right, now it’s more compressed they fit nicely. On the left I have Calendar and Reminders widgets reminding me about my day. This is a positive improvement and although I’d like to see the option to remove app names I’m pleased with the implementation.

Reminders

Reminders has had a big overhaul and in my time using it I loved it. Very buggy at the moment as to be expected but fitted the way my brain thinks about tasks. I enjoyed being able to create a Today list free from having to pick a specific time. I’ve raised over 15 radars with Apple on issues and suggestions so I’m hopeful it’ll become my only to do list manager come September.

Quick path typing and small keyboard

I was surprised at how much I loved using this little one handed keyboard on my 10.5″ Pro. I’ve also come to love (and miss now I’m off the beta) the swipe keyboard.

Sidecar

I installed Catalina on my MacBook and was very impressed with being able to use my iPad as a second screen. I didn’t use the pencil but simply as a second screen for info.

Photos

Big update for Photos and it looks particularly great with dark mode. Took me a while to get used to the new default view when you launch the app but definitely missing the beta. Looking forward to using it again when the public beta launches.

Dark Mode

Again took a while to get used to but found it easier on my eyes. I enjoyed using the default apps in dark mode, particularly Reminders. It’ll be a mode a lot of people will enable and then go back to white I imagine but for those of us that prefer a darker look it’s been implemented well.

Performance

I’m running on my 10.5″ iPad Pro and even though its beta 1 I had no performance issues. That said I can’t recommend running the beta at the moment. It’s so buggy right now and I’ve experienced several iCloud issues.

Overall thoughts

There are a tonne more improvements including files and multitasking but to be honest I don’t use those apps or features much. I’ve tried to highlight the ones that made a difference for me using iPadOS. I’m planning on a full review as we get through the beta cycle. I’m so pleased that Apple have recognised that the iPad is its own thing and needs a dedicated development path away from the iPhone. Now iPadOS is a thing we can expect to see improvements year on year and fingers crossed will push the iPad forwards at an increased pace.

How to use a mouse with the iPad on iOS 13 (iPadOS)

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I was very surprised when I saw mouse support being rumoured and it also wasn’t the keynote so I forgot about it. Then I saw a few things on Twitter including this amazing tweet from Andy.

I’m amazed that already I’m loving it and so will my RSI hopefully. I ended up getting a cheap wired mouse that I plugged into the camera connection kit. I wrote this post up with my Smart Keyboard and mouse attached.

Now I had it connected I needed to head into SETTINGS,ACCESSIBILITY, TOUCH and then turn on ASSISTIVE TOUCH.

Once enabled you see a round cursor (that fades when not in use) that you can move around and click on touch targets.

Within the ASSISTIVE TOUCH above you can tweak the settings to your liking including reducing the tracking speed and what each mouse button press does. I use left to click and then middle to go home. Oh and if you have a scroll wheel then you also use it in settings and some apps.

I’ll write up more but just wanted to share some initial thoughts.