- Nov 3, 2010
A Note About Conventions
Unlike most computer books, this one is short on technical terminology and conventions. Still, there are a few things you need to know.
To begin, even though the iPad works with both Windows PCs and with Macs, all the authors are Mac users. Therefore, the screen shots we provide from computers are from Macs. PCs and Macs are looking more alike all the time, however, so we don’t think these screen shots will be a problem for our Windows-using readers.
Also, we tend to use Mac terminology, referring to dialogs instead of dialog boxes and pop-up menus instead of drop-down lists. We’re sure that you can figure things out, and we do note when Windows and Mac instructions differ (fortunately, fairly seldom).
Sometimes, we say things like “Tap Settings > General > Network.” This is a shortcut way of saying, “Tap the Settings app. When Settings opens, tap General, and then, in the General screen, tap Network.” Again, we’re sure that you can figure this out.
Finally, you need to know a few basic iPad action terms:
Tap. This means touch your finger to the screen and then quickly lift it.
Tap and hold. This means touch the screen and don’t lift your finger.
Swipe. This means touch the screen and quickly drag your finger up, down, left, or right. (We tell you the direction in which to drag.)
And now, with that out of the way, on to the projects.