Sunday, April 29, 2012

Day One (Review)

Day One is a journal or diary application for the Mac, iPad and iPhone. It syncs beautifully between devices. It is a universal application for the iOS devices and it cost $1.99 for the iPad/iPhone. The Mac version is a little more expensive at $9.99 but worth every penny. It offers password protection on both iOS and OSX platforms, it uses iCloud or Dropbox to syncs notes/entries between devices.

In my opinion this is the best journal application in the app store.


Day One (Journal/Diary) for iPad/iPhone- Bloom Built, LLC

Day One (Journal/Diary) - Bloom Built, LLC


Day One for Mac - Bloom Built, LLC

Day One - Bloom Built, LLC


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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Automatic Downloads on iOS

p>This is more of a general iOS tip rather than just an iPad only tip, since the iPad is the focus of this site I will be using it to demonstrate how to get apps to automatically load onto your iPad. If you own an iPhone or you like browsing the apps store in iTunes on your desktop vs. iTunes on your iPad, you can easily install the apps you download on your computer or another iOS device without the need to sync your iPad. Follow these instructions:

Open Settings > Store > Automatic Downloads > Apps = On

Anytime you download an app on your iPhone or download an app in the iTunes store on your computer it will also appear on your iPad if it is able to run on the iPad. A couple things to note though:

  • You must be using the same Apple ID on both devices or signed into same account in iTunes on your computer
  • If you turn automatic downloads on your iPhone, iPad apps will not install on the iPhone of course
  • Some apps may not install over 3G, any App over 50MB has to be downloaded over Wi-Fi

For more great iPad tips, follow me on Twitter @icrizzo

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Share to Google+ from Safari on iOS

A great little bookmarklet for sharing to Google+ from the iPad. This works great on Chrome and Safari on the desktop also.

Create a new bookmark called "Share to Google+"

Add this as the URL:

javascript:void'' + encodeURIComponent(location.href), '_blank', 'width=500,height=500')

This is not my script, all credit belongs to Matt Mastracci.

Monday, April 16, 2012

How to restore your iPad from a previous iCloud backup

If you have been backing up your iPad to iCloud and you need to restore from a previous backup, below you will find step by step instructions on how to do so.

First you will need to open the Settings app on your iPad, once inside the Settings app navigate to the General tab, with the General tab open you will need to scroll to the bottom where it says Reset and tap that.

Now you have several options to choose from, the option you are wanting to choose is Erase All Content and Setting. Once you select this you will be prompted to continue, basically asking you if you are sure you want to reset the iPad. Click okay. Once the iPad reboots you will see the screen go black with the white Apple logo, after that you will see the gray screen with iPad in big white letters, you will have to do the following:

* Pick Language
* Pick Country
* Enable or Disable Locations Services (either is fine)
* Connect to iTunes or Setup Wi-Fi Network (select Setup Wi-Fi Network). You will have to enter your SSID name for your network or you will be prompted to choose your Network if it is not hidden/private. Then enter your password if your network has password security enabled.
* Once you have connected to the network the iPad will now activate

After the iPad is activated, you will have several options:
* Setup as a new iPad
* Restore from iCloud (THIS IS THE OPTION WE WANT)
* Restore from an iTunes Backup

Choose restore from iCloud, you will now be prompted to login to iCloud using your Apple ID (your Apple ID is your email address registered with Apple) and your password. Now that you are signed in you will be prompted to Agree to the Terms and Conditions for using iCloud/iTunes, select agree and proceed.

After agreeing to the T&C you have a couple of options for restoring:

* Restore form the Latest Backup
* Other Backups, here you will find a list of older iCloud backups as well as iTunes backups.

Choose the iCloud backup you are wanting from the list, with that selected tap the blue Restore button on the top right. The restore will now start.

Okay, you have now successfully started to restore your iPad from a previous backup. A few things to note, since you are restoring wirelessly, it maybe take quite a while depending on:
* How many apps you have on your iPad
* If you have a lot of videos or music
* Pictures (these do not take that long but if you thousands of pictures it might)
* Data stored within the apps
* Some Games take quite a while, depends how large they are, example: Real Racing 2 HD is over 1GB in size
* Remember you are having to wait for every app on the iPad you had installed from that backup to re-install on the iPad

Be patient, it can take up to several hours, my last restore took about 2 hours, restoring from a backup from iCloud is slower than restoring from an iTunes backup connected to your computer with a cable.

If you have any problems or a question, feel free to send me a message on Twitter @iCrizzo

How to extract a previous iCloud backup

Earlier today someone asked me on Twitter if it was possible to locally extract a previous iCloud backup? Well the answer is YES and NO, technically you can't because iCloud backups would be stored "in the cloud" but there is a work around for this, possibly.

You are able to access the iCloud folders that move data back to your Mac, such as Keynote or Pages documents, OSX Daily has a great write up on how to access that data. But the actual iCloud backup resides somewhere on Apple's servers and the only way to get that data is to restore your iPad/iPhone from a previous backup, I posted step by step instructions on how to do this a few day ago. So if you wanted to access data from a previous backup you would need to restore your iPad using that iCloud backup, once you restored the iPad using that backup you could then connect your iPad to your computer, open iTunes and backup your iPad to iTunes. This would then give you local copy of your backup.


To access that data you will need to open your Library folder, Click on an empty part of your desktop and use the keyboard combo = Command + Shift + G:

This will put you in the Library folder, now navigate to Application Support > MobileSync > Backup. If you know the exact date of the backup you are looking for you can right click on the folder and choose "Get Info", you will see the date the backup was created.
A few things to note about this:

* You should backup your iOS device to iCloud before starting this, that way you can restore it to its current state after you are finished.
* I am not sure if you can access every single iCloud backup that has ever been sent to iCloud, you will get a list of previous backups but from my experience it does not look like the complete list.
* This procedure will take quite a while depending how much data you have on your device that you are restoring, so be patient.
I understand this is not an ideal way of handling recovery of data, but if you are using iCloud instead of iTunes for your backup methods, this is the way it works. A couple of weeks ago on Total iPad, Patrick expressed his dismay at the way backup and recovery was handled. I guess until Apple comes up with a way to handle situations like this, work arounds are what we have to do.

If you need help or have a question, try me on Twitter @iCrizzo.

I originally wrote this post on my personal blog.