Using iOS Devices With Exsisting Content – Outside The Box, or Inside The iPad

29 11 2011

Have you ever looked at a worksheet and wondered how to digitize with not much hassle? Or have you wanted to create content that can be annotated on an iOS device? Well, it’s not as hard as it looks. All you need is an iOS device with a camera, and a couple of apps.

The first thing to do is to take a picture of the content that you want to use. in this case, I am using the Handwriting Without Tears template.

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I took a picture of this template using my iPhone 4 camera. Here are a couple of tips when using your iPhone camera.

1. Make sure that you are vertically above the item you want to take a picture of.

2. Make sure that all elements of the item you want to take are in focus.

3. Make sure there is no glare from overhead lights or from the camera’s flash.

I then used a free app called DocScan to scan the picture and “clean it up” a bit. While there may be better scanning apps out there, for free, this one does a nice job of doing what I need to do.

Once the image is cleaned up and you have it sized and formatted properly, then it’s time to test it in an annotation app.

While there are many different annotation apps out there, I found that for this purpose DocAS Lite works just fine. Open DocAS Lite to a blank page. Insert the image. The image can be either portrait or landscape, and can be rotated, resized, etc. by using pinch to zoom.

Once the image is set within DocAS lite, select edit in the upper right hand corner to activate the pencil. Tap on the pencil icon in the lower left hand corner of the screen. Select the appropriate width and color by tapping on the paint icon. From there, users can use a stylus or their finger to write their name.

The end result looks a little something like this:

Pretty cool, huh?

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