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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! ;-)
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.
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:
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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