How to Use iPad as Second Display


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While traveling with my MacBook Pro and trying to get some work done this past week, I missed having the large external display in my office. Sitting in the hotel room, with my aging eyes, I needed more space to see various windows.

Then, I remembered my iPad Pro was sitting in my backpack and recalled a way to use it as an external monitor. Sidecar is a feature that allows you to use your iPad as a display that extends or mirrors your Mac desktop.

Why would you want to do this or how can the Sidecar feature help in other ways?

Maybe you want to do a presentation at a table or other area. You can use the iPad as an external monitor to have others see the slideshow you are presenting from your Mac. You can even mirror what you are doing on your display to show others what or how to do something on your Mac.

Here’s what you need to do to use the feature wirelessly or wired via a USB cable.

Make sure your Mac and iPad meet the sidecar system requirements. (Basically, newer computers, operating system and iPadOS as explained in the article referenced below.)

Then, make sure the following steps are taken.

  • Both devices signed into iCloud with the same Apple ID using two-factor authentication;
  • If using wirelessly, both devices must be within about 10 meters or 30 feet of each other and have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Handoff turned on. (Make sure the iPad and Mac are not sharing cellular connections with other devices).
  • If using a USB, make sure that your iPad is set to trust your Mac. Basically, when you connect the iPad to your Mac, you may get a popup asking whether you want to trust the Mac. Tap trust and enter your iPad login information to confirm.

Next, on your Mac, depending on which version of MacOs you are running, do the following:

MacBig Sur or later, click on Control Center at the top right and then choose your iPad from the menu.

macOS Control Center Display options with Connect To: iPad selected
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If using macOS Catalina, click the AirPlay icon in the menu bar, then choose your iPad from the menu.

Another option that may work is to go to System Preferences > Displays > Add Display on your Mac and select your iPad.

Once this is successfully done, your iPad appears as an external display and extends your Mac’s display like any other monitor to provide you with more screen real estate. Because it is an iPad, its not like just any other external monitor as discussed below.

You can adjust which “side” your iPad appears on by using Displays in System Preferences. You can drag the iPad screen image from the left or right side so that your cursor naturally travels in the same direction from your computer screen to the extended iPad screen. Using the above image as an example, you could drag the iPad image on the left to the right side of the display that appears. This would be appropriate and feel better if your iPad was physically sitting to the right of your computer.

To learn more about the extended features and benefits of adding an iPad as an external display and the availability of gestures, the use of an Apple Pencil and ways to change settings, read this Apple article.

The next time you need a little more screen space or want to do a presentation from your Mac to an iPad, try using Sidecar to improve your workflow and convey your ideas.

iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1


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Apple Inc. has issued an update to iOS and iPad devices. In part, the update addresses a “[p[rocessing a maliciously crafted HomeKit accessory name may cause a denial of service.”

As always, you should follow these steps when updating your iOS and iPad OS devices.

Tip – Hey Siri…Remind Me…


It is amazing at all of the features or tips that I think, no need to tell anyone that because they have to know it and later learn it is not known. With that in mind, to help everyone with their own New Year’s resolution to increase productivity, planning and organization, consider this tip and scenario.

You have an inspiration, thought or idea you want to capture and remind yourself about later and you think…I’ll remember that, no need to write it down or enter it…and then later you think what was that thing I wanted to do or worse, you forget you even had that thought.

What if there was an easy way to capture and remind yourself about an idea that takes little to no effort…? There is…and it’s as simple as using your iCloud reminders with Siri but you do not even have to type anything.

An iPhone showing the New Reminder screen, where you can add a title, notes, and other details to create a reminder.
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You can ask Siri to schedule a reminder for you using your iOS device or your Apple Watch or while wearing connected AirPods while you are doing things like taking a walk, at the gym or going somewhere.

Here are a few examples of things to try after saying “Hey Siri”:

“Remind me at 11 am tomorrow call Bob about the Project.”

“Remind me when I get to the office draft letter to Anna about payment.”
“Remind me to feed the dog every day at 7:30 a.m.”
“Remind me when I get home to check the mail.”
“Remind me when I leave here to stop by the grocery store.”
“Remind me tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. to call Tara.”

You can add your home and work addresses to your card in Contacts to allow Siri to help you set location-based reminders. To do this, open the Contacts app, then tap My Card. Tap Edit, add your work or home address, then tap Done.

Try it now…”Hey Siri, remind me at 7 tonight, create a reminder to work on something tomorrow.”

iPadOS and iOS 14.8 Security Update


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Apple has released a series of updates to address maliciously crafted exploits. Users are encouraged to update promptly. These updates include WatchOS and MacOS.

Some of the details can be found here and include:

CoreGraphics

Available for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation)

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted PDF may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.

Description: An integer overflow was addressed with improved input validation.

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation)

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.

Description: A use after free issue was addressed with improved memory management.

To learn more about how to update, read here.

Apple Event September 14, 2021


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Apple has announced an event that will stream on September 14, 2021 at 10 a.m. PDT. You can view the online event at Apple.com or on the Apple TV app.

No official products have been announced. There is speculation that Apple may announce iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7, new AirPods, or other hardware including iPad Mini.

It does not appear likely that iOS 15 or Monterey, the latest MacOS will be released on this date. But, as with most Apple events, you will likely not know until you know.

You can learn more here.

iOS 14.5.1 Update


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Apple has issued an iOS update. Users are encouraged to install this update as it fixes several security issues.

The update applies to iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation).

The WebKit fixes impact “maliciously crafted web content [that] may lead to arbitrary code execution.”

There are various updates to other Mac and Watch OS devices as well. As with any update, you should make a backup first.

Word Tips and Shortcuts


If you are looking to speed up and customize some ways to work with Microsoft Word, you may find the recent article 5 Ways to Customize Word very helpful. On the iPad, there are limited wasy to customize settings while using Word.

Word Settings

In Word, tap on the gear icon on the bottom left and you will be presented with settings related to Storage, Notifications, and (currently) two settings related to auto format as you type and whether the Apple Pencil always draws ink.

The ability to customize the iPad version of Word is limited. Should you find yourself wanting to use Word on the iPad with some regularity, Apple’s Keyboard or an external keyboard is recommended as certain keyboard commands to speed up the process are easily utilized. For example, copy, paste, select all, italicize, bold, etc. are recognized with the keyboard input. This saves time by not having to tap on the screen to select the text, the select the action to perform.

A subscription to Microsoft is required to edit documents on the iPad. No subscription is required to read documents that may have been sent to you to review.

If you use Microsoft Word, the iPad is a great tool to help you focus on getting the words down on the screen. By using cloud sync services, such as OneDrive, you can then save your work in the cloud and continue later on your iPhone, Mac or other device. You can also save your work to a file on the iPad.

TrialPad (Lit Software) Updates


It’s been a while since posting but that (hopefully) will change with this latest update from Lit Software to their suite of litigation software. There are three separate apps that can be used to help you with your litigation practice. There is TrialPad, TranscriptPad and DocReviewPad.

Each app can help you with a separate part of preparing for and presenting information at trial.

In a nutshell, TrialPad is an app that allows you to organize and present evidence at trial, mediation or during motions.

TranscriptPad is an app that allows you to review and markup transcripts that are in text format to help you organize relevant testimony.

DocReviewPad is an app that allows you to do similar functions for documents involved in the discovery process.

With court rooms beginning to open, there is so much to discuss and show with the latest update that it cannot be limited to one post. I plan on posting specific ways to use the updated tools. For now, this will be a quick post to alert users of the apps or those interested in learning more about them that the software and payment for it has recently been updated.

In the past, one could buy the apps and receive updates. The new model is a subscription plan. You can download any of the apps from the App Store and start a 7 day free trial, with no limitations or restrictions and using your own documents and evidence.

It is strongly recommended that you not wait until the day or even week before trial to start learning these apps.

If you want to learn more about these apps, visit the Litsoftware website and review the videos that are currently available and help center.

Recently, Jay Vaughn and I walked through using TrialPad on Trial Lawyers University. There are various upcoming seminars that will be put on to show you how to use these apps. Check your local bar or trial lawyer schedules.

Notes, Lists and Sharing


It’s the start of a new year and time to get organized. How about use the built in Notes app with iCloud to create lists of things you need or need to accomplish and share them with others who can update them?

Let’s use a simple example…A grocery list. Let’s say you have family or a significant other who needs items from a grocery store. Instead of keeping a paper list or sticky notes in different places, consider using the Share This Note with Others Feature built into Notes.

How does it work? It’s simple.

After opening the Notes app, click on the pencil icon to create a new note. Then, type in the top line something like Grocery List and hit return.

Now, start making your list…Apples, Carrots, Milk 2%, Oatmeal, Bread, Toothpaste, etc. Hit return after each item, then select all of the items and tap the circle with the check mark in it at the top. This will create an empty circle next to each item that allow you to tap in the circle to make a check mark.

If you tap or click in a circle, a check mark will appear. That way, while you are shopping, you can check off the items as you get them.

Next, let’s share the note to allow others to edit, add or delete items to the list. To do that, tap on the person with + icon. When you hover over it, it may say share this note with others.

Now, you can select the method to share your notes to be edited by those you invite. If you do not want them to make changes, then select the permissions Only people you invite can view by clicking next to Permission: Whether you choose Mail, Messages or something else, those you invite can then see, edit and delete information in the note.

After you share your list, assuming the recipient has an iCloud account, they will then be able to see, edit and modify the shared list. When they do so, your list will be updated and if you make changes, so will what they see.

From your iOS device, you easily can tap next to the item, tap on the smiley face and then type the item and look for an emoji to enter.

Other examples of share list can include items needed for a project, to do items for a task, things to order from a restaurant, etc.

Start using Notes with the shared feature to make your new year more productive. Tap to learn more about the Notes app.

Zoom Update – Share Multiple Programs


The latest update to Zoom Desktop (5.4.3) adds several new and enhanced features. The ability to share multiple open programs at once has been added. The new feature is described as follows:

  • Share multiple programs at once 
    Users can select multiple desktop programs at once for sharing, instead of sharing their entire desktop. Other programs and unoccupied areas in the desktop will not be visible to the viewer. The sharer will always know which applications they are sharing by an extensible green border. Only the user employing this feature will need to be on version 5.4.3, viewers can be connected with older versions.

To do this, tap on the share button and select a window to share while holding down the shift button.

Now, you will be sharing several open apps at once, each with a green border around them. This new feature is helpful when you need to show several apps simultaneously.

Try it out.

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