Jan 31, 2011

Building Instructions on Small Screens


With Apple's new magnification software that comes with iOS 4.1 and later, I found it easy to build NXT models using my iPod Touch. (Click the above photo for a larger look).

Has anyone else built models by displaying documents on your mobile device? If so, what was your experience? What software works best when importing PDFs into your mobile device?

4 comments:

Mark said...

Hi Rick,

The primary reason for me buying an iPad was to have all of my building instructions (and Brickshelf models from others) at my fingertips, without the clutter of a laptop. I loaded all of PDF BIs from LEGO into iBooks, but decided that GoodReader is a far superior PDF reader.

As there is no native LDD/Ldraw format viewer native on iOS it takes some creativity to print to PDF to view on the iPad.

I also use Evernote to store things I see as inspiration models while browsing, whether on NXTLog, Brickshelf, MOCpages or Eurobricks. I tag these with "lego", "inspiration" etc. and then have instant access to all my LEGO inspiration models no matter what device I am carrying.

Mark

Rick Rhodes said...

Mark,

Thanks for the reminder that the iBooks app can import PDFs from other sources. (I'd forgotten that).

Based on your comments, I'll check out the Evernote app.

Mark said...

Rick,

I wrote a simple tutorial on some of the tools I use for LEGO on my iPad on my website at: http://www.mastincrosbie.com/Marks_LEGO_projects/LEGO_on_the_iPad.html

It's by no means exhaustive, but a starting point for others to build from.

Regards,
Mark

Rick Rhodes said...

Thanks, Mark.

I'll make a post highlighting your link.

Rick R.

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