iPad Browsers: Going Beyond Safari

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Presentation detailing a few of the iOS alternative to Safari.

Safari isn't a bad browser, and it's the default which can't be changed, but there are plenty of other browsers available to give your iOS device flexibility.

This slide deck was presented live during a SimpleK12 webinar on 8/5/13.

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iPad Browsers: Going Beyond Safari

  1. 1. Which iPad Browser Is Right For You? - Going Beyond Safari Simple K12.com webinar - 8/5/13 Chris Casal Technology Coordinator/Teacher P. S. 10 Brooklyn (15K010) ccasal@ps10.org Twitter: @mr_casal Monday, August 5, 13
  2. 2. Preface Download the following to help save money on paid apps: AppsGoneFree AppShopper App Price Drops by Apple Sliced Monday, August 5, 13
  3. 3. iPad Browsers Safari is Apple’s own it is the default not possible to change the “default browser” Browser alternatives abound free, cheap, and expensive Download some & find the ones with features that best suit your needs Monday, August 5, 13
  4. 4. My browsers... Monday, August 5, 13
  5. 5. Browsers (alphabetical, not preferential, order) Atomic - free for “Lite” or $0.99 for “Full” Chrome - free - Google’s iOS browser Diigo - free - formerly called iChromy Dolphin - free iCab Mobile - $1.99 Instaweb - $2.99 Mercury - free for “Lite” or $0.99 for “Pro” Opera - free Puffin - free for “lite” of $2.99 for “Pro” Rover - Free Monday, August 5, 13
  6. 6. Atomic Free for “Lite” $0.99 for “Full” Lots of options for customization tabs Private Mode Multi-touch support As a user, the “Lite” version has always meet my needs, have yet to hit the “lite wall” and need to upgrade Monday, August 5, 13
  7. 7. Additional settings Easy to customize Search box Monday, August 5, 13
  8. 8. Settings - Plenty of ways to customze Monday, August 5, 13
  9. 9. “Full” version features Very helpful to see the differences, within the app, before deciding to upgrade Monday, August 5, 13
  10. 10. Chrome Free Google’s iOS version of their desktop browser Same features on iOS as in desktop sign-in syncing viewing other devices If you are a Google fan, a Google Apps user, or just someone with a GMail account, this is a must have Monday, August 5, 13
  11. 11. Looks exactly like the desktop version - works the same too... When signed in, browser options can be synced across devices Monday, August 5, 13
  12. 12. Quick option settings such as “Incognito” or private browsing, plus more full setting customization Full Settings menu Quick Settings Monday, August 5, 13
  13. 13. Full Settings menu Sign-in for instant access to all Google properties Monday, August 5, 13
  14. 14. “Other Devices” menu See what tabs you have opened on other devices you are signed in to Chrome on... Monday, August 5, 13
  15. 15. Diigo Browser Free Diigo, the social bookmarking site’s browser Extremely customizable Excellent integration with Diigo, Twitter, etc Annotate webpages within the browser Identify as other platforms If you are a Diigo user this is a great browser. Before Google released Chrome for iOS, the Diigo Browser was the closest thing to the desktop version of Chrome Monday, August 5, 13
  16. 16. Very similar to Chrome in look, feel, and function Search from the address bar... Tons of seting options... Unique tools... Monday, August 5, 13
  17. 17. ALSO - Various tools for customization - Diigo sign-in, privacy (Incognito) mode, iCloud integration, etc SEARCH: type a term once, search multiple engines wiht a tap Monday, August 5, 13
  18. 18. Various options for customization - make it function like your desktop browser Monday, August 5, 13
  19. 19. More options, such as “Identify browser as” which is useful for browsing sites that don’t work well with Safari Mobile Monday, August 5, 13
  20. 20. Annotate a webpage Monday, August 5, 13
  21. 21. The annotation screen opens in a new tab Lots of standard annotation options Monday, August 5, 13
  22. 22. Once your annotations are finished you have various output options Output options Monday, August 5, 13
  23. 23. Multiple services for quick sharing integration Monday, August 5, 13
  24. 24. Dolphin Free Very adept at handling sites like a desktop browser Customizable gestures create gestures for shortcuts Webzine feature - a built in version of Flipboard or Zite Monday, August 5, 13
  25. 25. Sync with Facebook, Google, or Dolphin’s own web service Monday, August 5, 13
  26. 26. Gestures Monday, August 5, 13
  27. 27. iCabMobile $1.99 Tons of customization options Very robust and extremely customizable browser Monday, August 5, 13
  28. 28. Great opening page with overview Monday, August 5, 13
  29. 29. Tons of available integration Monday, August 5, 13
  30. 30. Tons of settings Monday, August 5, 13
  31. 31. Instaweb $2.99 Save webpages as PDF Export PDFs to other apps such as GoodReader for annotation Simple, clean, easy to use Monday, August 5, 13
  32. 32. Convert to PDF View PDF’d pages Monday, August 5, 13
  33. 33. Pages I’ve converted Monday, August 5, 13
  34. 34. Viewing a page as a PDF Able to easily export via “Open In” Monday, August 5, 13
  35. 35. Mercury Free Slightly customizable Very easy to use Monday, August 5, 13
  36. 36. Opera Free Very similar to desktop version of Opera Basic interface but very functional Monday, August 5, 13
  37. 37. Puffin $2.99 Plays Flash If you need Flash, invest in Puffin They offer a free “Lite” version with a limit of 7 days of Flash support Monday, August 5, 13
  38. 38. Website recognize “installed” versions of Flash Monday, August 5, 13
  39. 39. Rover Free bills itself as “browser for education” lots of pre-loaded educational sites Plays Flash Has displayed some Flash sites I’ve tried that other browsers wouldn’t but not all Little slow & tends to crash - but that might be more our firewall & network than the app... Monday, August 5, 13
  40. 40. Monday, August 5, 13
  41. 41. Summary Many options beyond Safari don’t be afraid to try a lot don’t be afraid to use more than one within your workflow My preference iCab for customization, integration, ability to download & upload Chrome - most natural fit for Google users Diigo - longest use aside from Safari, very comfortable with functions, abilities, and ease of use If tons of customization isn’t for you Snowbunny, Opera, Terra Monday, August 5, 13
  42. 42. Post-script Sandbox - $2.99 Allows you to restrict sites it will open Requires a bit of coding plist files... I haven’t had the opportunity to experiment Monday, August 5, 13
  43. 43. Remember... Download the following to help save money on paid apps: AppsGoneFree AppShopper App Price Drops by Apple Sliced Monday, August 5, 13
  44. 44. Contact Christopher M. Casal Technology Teacher/Coordinator P. S. 10 (15K010) Email: ccasal@ps10.org Twitter: @mr_casal Diigo: mrcasal www.mrcasal.com thecasalos.blogspot.com ps10ipads.wikispaces.com Monday, August 5, 13

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