iPad Great Tool For Voice Actors ...
Read Copy From Screen, Many Apps
By Linda Ristig
Back in late May of 2010, I purchased an iPad. Truth be told, I was delighted to be one of the first in our area to get the 3G/WIFI version.
I wasn't sure what that was, but I was really tickled to have it on my iPad.
Knowing little to nothing about the capabilities of the iPad, I originally set out to use my iPad for blogging within the week.
All I really knew was that the keypad was much larger than on the iPhone, but that feature above all others really appealed to me!
FIRST TRIP ...
On my first traveling adventure with the iPad, I realized the hotel I stayed at did not have a reliable internal Internet service (WIFI). Also, my AT&T service (3G) must have been in a dead zone.
Ah well, so much for the "best laid plans."
I was able to take some notes from various conference speakers without needing the Internet, so all was not lost.
I even was able to input many new contacts into my little app right there on my iPad screen.
Needless to say, I was frustrated with my iPad and considered returning it. Was it really a worthwhile investment if it was going to be too complicated to use?
When I returned home, I knew I needed to take the time to learn about the capabilities of the iPad.
I immediately took advantage of my one-to-one Apple membership, and visited our local Apple store to get answers to my questions.
They patiently guided me through several lessons to get me up-to-speed on the iPad. They even learned a few new things as well.
In the world of technology, as all of us know, change is the only constant.
How do I use the iPad now, after months of experimenting with it?
First thing in the morning - over my one token cup of coffee of the day - I read my emails.
The iPad has a great, easy feature for me to group-edit those emails that need no response.
I truly like keeping up with some subscribed blogs to which I belong. Since my iMac is synched to my iPad, if I delete an email on my iPad, it deletes the emails I no longer need.
It works the same way if I delete emails from my iMac or iPhone, thus avoiding overstuffed mailboxes with redundant information.
By grouping the emails that need a response, I can respond more in depth later. It helps me focus my day.
RECORD COPY, RUNS SILENT
The iPad is silent, making it a great choice to have in a recording studio from which to read scripts.
A cool feature is the ability to scroll silently along with the touch of a fingertip, while paperlessly reading copy when performing a voice over.
I especially love the way I can enlarge the text by pinching two fingers over the touch screen.
If you wear reading glasses, you'll really like that feature!
I have uploaded several Keynote presentations and audio/video commercials that I've voiced onto Mobile Me, the "cloud" of storage information for the iPad.
I've shown several examples to potential clients. For marketing in the real world, it's an awesome tool to have.
Creating and giving Keynote presentations (Apple's version of PowerPoint) is a snap, because an iPad can be hooked into an ordinary projector.
There is a limit as to how big the files can be, though. You have to actually be in the Keynote software before the screen will appear on the projector, since the projector won't mirror the home screen on the iPad.
In my opinion, this is one of the most powerful features of the iPad.
FOLLOWS SOCIAL MEDIA
Quickly following the updates in social media sites can be quickly accessed through either apps or the WIFI abilities of this device.
It's a great way to keep up with personal and VO friends.
The keyboard is larger than on an iPhone, for responding with a comment.
TOUCH TYPE FASTER
I tend to use the iPad in the landscape position, because I can touch-type on the glass now.
I admit that I did need a lot of practice, because I had the tendency to rest my fingers on the keyboard. I was typing a lot of gobbledy-gook at first. Now, I'm slightly better at it!
It's lightweight to carry around, too. I tuck it in my large purse and tote it with me.
I've played around with several apps.
Did you know that Twisted Wave has an app you can use to record right into the iPad without an external microphone for quick auditions?
I can read the Washington Post, download iBooks, play around on the piano with the Virtuoso app, keep up with the weather around the world, Google to my heart's content, and watch You Tube and Netflix videos.
Keeping up with appointments for my business and family has become much easier by using the iCal app.
I’m able to sync all calendar updates, whether they are made from my iPad, iPhone, MacBook Pro, or iMac on one master calendar. No more trying to remember which device I originally made the appointment.
Evidently, the info gets “pushed” into the “cloud” and remembers for me … I think it’s magic!
I've even used the iPad as a GPS by typing in an address in the Maps app. Yep, all that from my little iPad.
Definitely a great investment, after all! And yes, I've now learned how to blog with it! I'd love to hear how other folks are using their iPads!
ABOUT LINDA ...
Linda Ristig is a freelance voice talent for The Fairfax (VA) Public Access television and radio station, LibriVox.com, and a contributor to The Metropolitan Washington Ear. She is also a full-time voice talent with a studio in the Washington, D.C. area, providing voice overs for corporate phone voice messaging, interactive voice response, PowerPoint, Internet media and website business presentations from the local Chamber of Commerce to international corporations.
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