There are hundreds of cases offered for the new iPad Air, but I find that I particularly like the Prodigy iPad Air case from ZooGue.
I am always interested in reviewing products from ZooGue because I know they will be both well made and well designed. It seems that each case I see offers some improvement over the previous one. Their new case for the iPad Air lives up to my expectations.
The case weighs only 14-oz, features a sleep/wake function, and corner edge protection. It is a notebook style case in that it covers the entire iPad when not in use. It offers six viewing angles and when placed in the position you want, it is very stable and remains in place. As long as you have it on a stable surface it will not tip over. The case is made from durable polyurethane.
I expected the case to have adjustable viewing angles and to be sturdy and well made. What pleases me most beyond that is the fastener that keeps the case securely closed when not in use. It is a magnetic closure that snaps in place. The fastener will not come open unless you specifically open it yourself.
The Prodigy case for iPad Air has an MSRP of US $59.99.
It is very easy to insert and remove the iPad Air from the case. It is held in place within the case with a fold-over flap that is located at the center fold. The flap is held in place with a velcro fastener. When the case is in a viewing angle that supports typing, it neither wobbles or tips. All buttons and ports are easily accessible. It is also important to note that the pebbled finish on the case makes it easy to carry. It does not provide good support for vertical viewing.
I started having a strange problem with iMessage. I could get messages on my i-devices, or on my Mac, but not on both of them at once. Since I rely heavily on iMessage this was a problem. I figured out that if a message was sent from a Mac, I received it on my Mac and if sent from an i-device I received it on my i-devices. Since this started around the time iOS 7 was released I figured my problem might rest with iOS 7.
Sure enough, it was an easy fix. You have to tell your i-devices to accept messages.
Start by opening the Settings app on your i-device. Select Messages.
Clicking on Messages takes you to the Messages window.
Select Send & Receive and you get this window.
Under the heading “You can be reached by message at”, be sure you enter all the email addresses associated with your Mac addresses. For example, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org. This should solve your problem.
It solved my problem, hope it does the same for you.
You can use Preview on your Mac to make scanning easy. I have been stove up in the hospital with a broken hip (note to self – don’t do that any more) and have had the time to put the finishing touches on a video training to show how this is done. My video is a part of a collection of video’s produced by members of Capital Macintosh Users Group (CapMac) in Austin Tx. You can find the whole lot of them at http://vimeo.com/capmac.
For this particular video just click here and you will go straight to it.
Smart Mailboxes have one advantage, they help you keep up with, and, find stuff. I have one acquaintance who has 17,000 messages in her mail box. Most of us are not that obsessive. And, I hope most of us are not counting on Mail to serve as a storage facility for all of our mail. Very bad idea. I’ll cover that issue in another posting soon.
But back to Smart Mailboxes. Lets say that on average most of us have a few hundred messages saved. Searching for items in that kind of arrangement can be very time consuming. Using Smart Mailboxes saves all that time. You just have to set them up in a manner that meets your needs.
Here are the steps:
- Open Mail and click Mailbox > New Smart Mailbox
- A window will open. Give the Smart Mailbox a name in the indicated field.
- Use the Any Recipient field to narrow down the option
- Use the Modifier field to the right of Any recipient to modify the options.
- Click the Add (+) button to the right to add a second filter
- Repeat the first steps to add a second filter.
- Every message that fits your criteria will be listed in that new box.
Since I am going to Macworld/iworld 2014 as a journalist I will be getting lots of messages between now and March 27th.
Here is a Smart Mailbox I made for Macworld/iworld 2014.
Check out all the options you have in the “Any Recipient” field.
You also have several options in the “Contains” field.
This Smart Mailbox should meet my needs for the event, but I am also creating Smart Mailboxes for my flight and for my hotel. I could probably include all that in the first box, but it would be too cluttered for me. If someone asks me my flight number I don’t want to have to look through all the press requests to find it.
Try Smart Mailboxes and see if they don’t save you a lot of time and aggravation.
Tips From The January 25th Special Event. Mail Tips
You can add someone directly to your Contacts or mark them as a VIP from your Mail list on your iOS 7 device
I find this tip to be particularly helpful since I have a habit of reading my mail first on my iPad.
This is a one-step process. Tap the person’s name or email address. This box opens and you can choose the option that you need.
There is a built-in search option in iOS 7 that allows you to search your mail on an iPhone or iPad. Scroll or tap the top of the message list to reveal the search field. Searching looks at the address fields, the subject, and the message body. To search multiple accounts at once, search from a smart mailbox, such as All Sent.
Search Option in iOS 7 Devices