Making iPad Checklists
I recently turned all my paper checklists into iPad forms that would allow me to use a checklist on the iPad and then email or save the file for future reference. Many readers have been asking how I did this. I’m not a computer guru, but these steps may help you do the same for your important CCR papers.
Create your document or download a checklist from the manufacturer.
I am a Mac-baby, so I use PAGES for all my editing. If you use WORD, I suspect the process is similar.
Add boxes where you want items that can be checked off. Add underscores where you want to fill in information using your keyboard.
Save the file to your computer.
Download the app PDF Exert to your iPad.
This program allows you to fill forms, write on them with your finger, email or save documents for later without destroying the original form.
Use ACROBAT PRO to turn this document into a form. You may use an alternate program if you are a PC user.
In Acrobat, use the CREATE selection under the FILE menu to automatically turn this document into a proper check-off form. Make any edits if needed.
Transfer the files to your iPad (or iPhone) via iTunes.
Plug the iPad into your computer with the USB cable.
In the left hand column on iTunes click on your device name.
Click on the APPS tab in the top center of the iTunes screen and scroll to the bottom of that page.
Select PDF Expert.
Click ADD and select the files you want on your iPad. The form may now be used interactively within PDF Expert.
If check-off forms are more than you can figure out, it is still nice to have a copy of your forms on your iPad. To put a copy of a PDF form in your iBooks folder do the following.
Under the FILE menu, click ADD TO LIBRARY and sync device.
DISCLAIMER: As I mentioned… I am no IT expert, so if you have any trouble with this, please consult Google and go from there. That’s how I got it all figured out. If you pose a question on the “Ask Jill” tab I likely won’t be able to help, especially if you are on one of those PC type computers!
- Jill Heinerth