I learned something today that blew my mind in two ways:
- I finally learned how to save / print an email in iOS mail as a PDF without using a third-party app.
- It is so remarkably unintuitive I can’t believe it came out of Apple.
Saving email as a PDF is something I do a lot — travel itineraries, receipts, confirmations, invoices, all kinds of things. Over the last six months, I’ve naturally transitioned from doing almost everything on my laptop, to doing almost everything on my iPad, which means being able to convert my emails to PDF from iOS is an important feature. I was surprised when it seemed you couldn’t do this from the default mail app. Most people said you needed to install a third party app that pretended to be a printer, or use one of the third party mail apps that has the feature built in.
Today I discovered Apple has added this feature to iOS Mail, but it’s hidden. So, here’s the trick:
- Print the email (at least, bring up the print dialogue).
- Magic trick.
Bringing up the print dialogue
This is easy, but still I’m surprised at the design choice. The print button is hidden under the curved arrow symbol everyone associates with reply, which isn’t terribly intuitive.
Put to fingers on the print preview (bottom half of the dialogue) and push them apart (the same motion you would use for zooming in). Doing this makes the print preview full-screen — and it turns out the preview is a PDF document.
Tap the share button in the top right-hand corner to send the PDF wherever you want (dropbox, etc).
Seriously, why would Apple think this was intuitive?
Using em-dash in iOS
As a writer, the em-dash is one of the most common characters I use that isn’t available easily on keyboards. Most word-processor applications will automatically convert two consecutive hyphens “- -” (no space between) into an em-dash, but there are lots of other scenarios where you might want to use one.
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KM Weiland has an informative post on using contractions in writing over on Helping writers become authors. I recommend checking it out.
Clear definitions are critical in consulting – we are often introducing organisations to new concepts as part of the organisational change we introduce. The following post provides a pretty good definition for data visualisation: A Cauldron of Terminological Confusion http://www.perceptualedge.com/blog/?p=2496
The visual display of quantitative data to facilitate understanding.
Whilst researching some previous work, I ended up collating a list of various groups whose mission it is to help improve diversity in IT – in particular gender diversity. I’ve been sitting on that list for a while now, but have realised it may be a useful resource to some, so here it is.
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Raconteur has published an interesting article titled The future of blockchain in 8 charts.
The article poses some fascinating possible uses for blockchain and how it could disrupt current models in the financial services sector. One thing it doesn’t drill into, is how questions such as privacy might be effectively handled with some of these services.
This is an explanatory post triggered by a forum conversation about sending out group emails and the importance of using the BCC field.
What is the BCC field?
BCC in this case stands for “Blind Carbon Copy.” It allows you to send an email to multiple people, whilst keeping the recipient list private.
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