Using iBooks in the workshop

As part of most shop projects I need one or more bits of information that I’ve pulled from my computer or from a website. With iOS4, and iBooks, it has become easier than ever.

All i do is Google for what I want from the iPhone and if I find a PDF I get the option to view it directly or open it in iBooks. If I do the second option, the PDF is saved on the phone and appears in iBooks!

I then have it for reference in the shop.

I have notes on cabinet construction, manufacturers install guides (custom drawer slides and the like), tool setup, and even scans of my notes from prior projects.

This evening I searched for a “router jig for making dados”. Up came a PDF and I saved it in iBooks. I’ve already started the construction of the jig and in the morning, I can reference the PDF when I get to the hardware store to insure I get the necessary parts.

The iPhone 4 “retina display” has great resolution and I’d bet the iPad would be even better for this use!

4 Comments

  1. Tamara says:

    I want one. I want one. I want one. I want one. I want one. Actually I want an iPad with a built in phone. A humongous cell phone. And not for SKYPE! I am sure plenty of people my oge and older would want one humongophone too. My near vision requires reading glasses lately. I can barely see my phone screen without them. An iPad sized phone, I could use for reading books and knitting patterns , but that tiny tiny little iPhone screen is the same size as my current HTC Touch and reading much of anything on it is out of the question. Did I mention tiny? Can you really see those little diagrams on your iPhone screen?

    Also I have a fear I would never find any useful apps. as a self employed person, I find I really miss out on all the chatter about nifty useful and pertinent developments in the world – including apps. It might be like a second job to find new apps all on my own, yes? Maybe there are no cooliphone apps for dogwalkers, knitters, snowboarder and kayakers. I might be too antisocial for an iPhone?

    I fear if I did get an iPad or iPhone I would use it like a 2001 PDA. All i use my smart phone for is phone, text, email, GPS, watching a bit of TV on occasion, the calculator, a game or two, mobile banking, google maps, minor note taking and paying my utility bills and watching the river levels during the flood season to make sure i can get home.. And, of course, reading your blog. I am basically a luddite – techoclutz. but I really really want an iphone…and a personal apps finder/ manager. Maybe my accountant can hire me one?

    • Glen says:

      The iPhone 4 screen is small but at 960×640 it’s close to the resolution of the iPad. As for not using your smartphone for much – “All i use my smart phone for is phone, text, email, GPS, watching a bit of TV on occasion, the calculator, a game or two, mobile banking, google maps, minor note taking and paying my utility bills and watching the river levels during the flood season to make sure i can get home.. And, of course, reading your blog.” you do a lot more than most iPhone owners ! LOL

      • Glen says:

        For comparison:

        iPhone 3G/3GS = 3.5in @ 480×320
        iPhone 4 = 3.5in @ 960×640
        iPad = 9.7in @ 1024×768

        As long as you can see (or magnify) the iPhone 4 screen, you get 80% of the pixel real estate in less than 20% of the space.

  2. Taffy says:

    As for the iphone having a Small resolution I keep a pair of stitching glasses at all chairs, ( elcheepo 3X from cosco ) I just put them on over my regular glasses, they look funny 6 eyes) but work great