Monday, July 4, 2011

Can't Read that File on your iPad ? Bet you can with LeapDoc

How many times have you had the most brilliant idea for a lesson that will re-inforce an important learning outcome only to be thwarted by technology at the last minute. I think this has happened to all of us at one time or another, no matter how organised or prepared we think we are. This is a app that will make walking into a lesson or staff meeting a little easier. It is an app that converts files of any type into a PDF and then sends it directly to your iPad. 

LeapDoc allows you to take thousands of common file types, and quickly and easily converts them for viewing on your mobile device or iPad. Simply press print on your Mac or PC to automatically convert files to PDF and push them to your iPad.

LeapDoc makes it much easier to get files such as iWork and MS Office documents to your iDevice. It instantly pushes files from your computer to your device. No emailing, syncing, wires or Wifi required.

But it actually does more than just that. Now you can read anything, anywhere, any time. There are many types of files iPhones and iPads usually can't open, for example...

  • Text files
  • Project plans
  • Graphic design files
  • Desktop publishing docs
  • CAD
  • Databases
  • and thousands of other common file types
This often means you can not access important files on the go and therefore have to print to paper - this takes time, costs money and is hardly very green in this environment of the paperless office. It's a problem you'd rather not have when you're running for a class, or want to take important files into a staff meeting. LeapDoc solves this. Promoting itself as an alternative to printing, this app does make it very easy to carry a library of documents with you to meetings or class that you may otherwise have needed a hard copy to review and share.

LeapDoc even helps when you're not at your own computer. You can go to to push common file types to your device.

LeapDoc saves you the time and hassle of thinking about different file formats and makes sure your important files are always with you. It can help you vastly reduce the amount you print to paper at a fraction of the cost of a single printer cartridge.

Features include:

  • The ideal alternative to printing
  • Read offline; documents are stored on your device
  • Instant Push Alerts; no syncing, wires or Wifi needed
  • Push common file types from the desktop app to your device with drag and drop
  • Push common file types from the web to your device
  • No extra costs; the print app for your desktop is free
  • Open documents in other mobile apps with “Open In..."
  • E-mail documents from within the app 
This is a handy app for those documents or files that the iPad does not support but that you really want to use with your class. It makes sense to have access to all of your files when you are on the go, especially on those days when you run from one class to another then on to a meeting all before lunch.

What would make this an even better app is if it had the ability to write on the PDF documents once they were on your iPad. I hope the developers Deep Cognition might consider this as a possible future upgrade feature. It would make this the ultimate app for the classroom.

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