Apple's iPad is just a week away from hitting UK shelves. The highly-anticipated slate PC is loaded with all kinds of features you've probably heard about, but look a little deeper, and its extra abilities might surprise you. We look at 10 ways to get more from your iPad.
8. Print from an iPad
iPad printing might arrive in the future, but you can still print hard copies today.
Several apps download network or online files to the iPad and can send them to a printer. Some apps even edit documents first, but many are difficult to use.
I had the best luck with PrintCentral (£7.49), one of many printing tools from the same developer. (The vendor created a chart to explain all the different offerings, but it would have been most helpful to make a single, great app.)
You'll install a print server utility on a Mac or PC, and PrintCentral uses it to reach your local or network printer.
PrintCentral's cluttered interface obscures many settings. But after troubleshooting, it worked. Give it a shot if you have to print today.
9. Browse web content offline
Whether you have a 3G version or not, your iPad faces certain situations where it can't be online: planes, train tunnels, and other network-not-found destinations.
You can still keep up on all of your favourite websites with Instapaper Pro (£2.99).
This tool manages content you want to read later and caches articles for times that you're offline.
Instead of directly browsing content you want to save, Instapaper interfaces with several PC and iPad apps.
Within those tools - Safari, Google Reader, NetNewsWire, Twitterrific, Tweetie, and more - you'll hit a Read Later button that sends details to Instapaper.
Load Instapaper once, when you have a network connection, and it downloads all of those stories. Then, you can dig deep into those articles from any location, with or without a network.
10. Remotely control PC applications
A keyboard-and-mouse combination remains the best way to control a PC, but those days might be numbered.
What if you could use the iPad as an interface, changing PowerPoint slides while reading your notes, or even touching faders and dials to interface with pro audio-production tools? You can!
I have several favourites among the many different input-device apps. i-Clickr PowerPoint Remote for iPad (£5.99 )helps deliver great presentations. TouchOSC (£2.99), DiddyMidiDJ (£2.99) and AC-7 Pro Control Surface (£5.99) control audio-editing tools.
Meanwhile, Folabs makes several high-end virtual controllers, like ProRemote, that let the iPad control audio production software like ProTools, Apple Logic, and Ableton Live.
See also: Can you use the Apple iPad as a laptop?