Book tip: iPad manual with 5 hours of video content for iPadOS 14

iPad Manual for iPadOS 14

Anton Ochsenkühn from amac-buch publishing house Has kindly provided me with review copies for years, which I work through and post on my blog. Rest assured: I also get books from other publishers and authors that don't end up on my blog because I just don't like them. What you find on the blog is usually a recommendation.

This time I got a package with the brand new one iPad manual, which also deals with the new functions of iPadOS 14.

The iPad manual by Anton Ochsenkühn covers iPadOS 14 and contains references to 5 hours of video material (photos: Sir Apfelot).

The iPad manual by Anton Ochsenkühn covers iPadOS 14 and contains references to 5 hours of video material (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Premium video book with video content

The amac-buch Verlag has been using video books for some manuals for some time: In practice, it looks like you have a normal manual, but you can find a QR code here and there in the book. If you scan this with the camera app of the iPhone or iPad, the app suggests calling up the linked Internet address.

With a tip on the information window you land on a page of the amac-buch Verlag, on which the corresponding video for the corresponding book content can be found. In this way, around 5 hours of video material are included in the iPad manual, which can be viewed in addition to the book.

The QR codes in the book can be scanned with the iPad or iPhone and you can directly access the corresponding video on the subject (photos: Sir Apfelot).

The QR codes in the book can be scanned with the iPad or iPhone and you can directly access the corresponding video on the subject (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Why a video for the book? Because some gestures or processes in the operation of the iPad are so complex that they can be explained much more easily for laypeople in a screen video. Personally, I still have to look up which gestures I can use to use two apps side by side in the split view function. If you are wondering that, you will find the short explanation here:

Open an app. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the dock. In the Dock, press and hold the second app you want to open, then drag it out of the Dock to the right or left edge of the screen. (Source: Apple)

But a video that exactly shows this process on the iPad is much easier to understand - especially for iPad newbies. For this reason, I would like to give you a thumbs up for the concept of video books.

iPadOS 14 - widgets, sidebars and scribbles

Actually, you could say you get an old iPadOS manual that explains iPadOS 12 or 13. With iPadOS 14, however, Apple has brought so many innovations to the iPad operating system that it is advisable to use an up-to-date reference work here.

Functions that require explanation - but are very practical - such as widgets are brand new and even for iPad veterans like me they are not entirely clear if you don't have instructions.

The cover pages contain the most important gestures for controlling the iPad - very practical for quick reference.

The cover pages contain the most important gestures for controlling the iPad - very practical for quick reference.

Completely four-colored with detailed screenshots

Apart from the videos, the book itself is also very appealing. All 216 pages are completely produced in four-color printing and the content is clear and appealing.

Small info boxes provide information on application and setting options and the screenshots are made so that you can see immediately which buttons trigger which function.

The inside is clearly and informatively designed - completely in four-color printing.

The inside is clearly and informatively designed - completely in four-color printing.

Complete package from setting up the iPad to troubleshooting

I think the scope of the content of the book is very nice. It explains how to set up the iPad for the first time, how to get an iCloud ID and how to migrate data from an old iPad to the new one.

This is followed by chapters that explain the setting options and how to use the pre-installed Apple apps. For people like me, of course, terms like slide over, split view and the like are also explained. I still haven't got used to the 1000 gestures that the iPad understands. The comprehensive index at the end of the book is a treasure trove for this.

The table of contents is quite extensive and contains everything there is to know about the iPad.

The table of contents is quite extensive and contains everything there is to know about the iPad.

Further information is also very helpful, explaining, for example, how to make ends meet with a low data volume or what to do if the iPad no longer wants to.

The “Troubleshooting” section describes how to do a hard restart, “kill” an app or completely erase and reset the iPad. All important things you should know as an iPad user in order to help yourself in an emergency. And if there is any question left open, there is Sir Apfelot who will pass you. He then looks up this iPad manual and tells you what to do! ;-)

The color markings on the book cut help you to find the right chapter quickly.

The color markings on the book cut help you to find the right chapter quickly.

My conclusion on the iPad manual

Bottom line, I would say: The book is a clear purchase recommendation for anyone who wants to exhaust the iPad. I am very happy that the book is now on my shelf, because there are so many functions of iPadOS 14 that I have not yet tried out properly that a printed manual like this is very helpful to discover.

Super-good: There is also a short chapter on troubleshooting, if the iPad no longer responds and you need help.

Super-good: There is also a short chapter on troubleshooting, if the iPad no longer responds and you need help.

The videos, which are integrated via the QR codes, explain complicated functions and the versatile setting options very simply and graphically. A feature that I haven't found in any other manual so far.

For example, if you want to open the app switcher, you can only swipe from the bottom up to the middle. This is not easy to understand for beginners with text instructions. If you wipe too far, something else will happen and the reader will be frustrated. With the video instructions you can understand exactly what should happen on the screen and immediately see whether you did it correctly.

If you want to look at the book, you can here via Amazon or use the product box here:

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2 comments

  1. Do the “OCR videos work with the Kindle version?
    LG Walter

    • Jens Kleinholz says:

      Hello Walter! They are just normal videos. If your Kindle can play videos, so will them. But I have no idea if he can do that and if he can scan QR codes.

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