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!