I use an iPad as my main daily platform.  It works for me.

I’ve been drawn to the iPad, or iOS in general since I got my first iPod Touch.  I did not have an iPhone since I was given a BlackBerry by the company I worked for at the time, but the iPod Touch really got it all going.  Then I got an iPad 2nd gen and really began to see that I could do so many more things easier and quicker.

What I noticed was I was really starting to get this entire app-centric way of computing.  Lots of smaller apps and each doing something unique instead of a fewer number of massively bloated desktop applications that took forever to learn how to use.  If I wanted to apply some coloring to an image, just find an app that did that.  I’m an IT professional, I do databases and Linux every day, but this new way of computing was nice.  This was simple.  Things just got done.

Now I’m on an iPad Air 2 and iOS has come a long way.  I am using ssh clients, database clients, RDP clients, etc.  I spend a great deal of my time in Pages, Numbers and Keynote.  They handle all of the office chores that I need to complete.  They are not as full featured as the desktop versions, and they are no where near as powerful as a full-blown MS Office install on a desktop or laptop, but I don’t need that.  I’m not managing pivot tables.  I am constantly making presentations and I’m leading meetings, and I have found that Keynote is all I need.  I get my presentation decks made quickly and efficiently and I think I’m more productive.  

Work just gets done.  It works for me.


CAD on the iPad

In my day job I’ve been able to migrate most of my work to the iPad….  Honestly now about 90% or more of my work is done on my iPad Air 2 with a bluetooth keyboard.  I love the the mobility, long battery life and frankly everything just simply works easily.  I use Pages, Keynote and Numbers for my office suite and they nor nicely integrate with Dropbox.  I use Cathode as a terminal to SSH into the needed machines and I’ve got various database clients, etc.  All is good.

Move on to after-hours and personal time I was still stuck on my Mac or Linux machine using QCad for drawing and stuff.  After a long time searching I found BiiCADoo Pro.  It is a full CAD program for the iPad that works in DXF file format, integrates with DropBox.  This is a full CAD program with all the features you’d expect, at least for me.  I’ve been able to open my Skeeter 40 DXF file and start cleaning up and updating the design, picking up from the work I had started in QCad.  Pretty darn cool.

Now, I just need to upgrade to an iPad Pro for more screen area.