Seven sassy ways to use Pages for iOS for creating content

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Microsoft Word and its Apple counterpart, Pages, are two of my favorite software applications. But I admit, I’ve barely scratched the surface on what either can do. I sometimes think, “Well, it’s a word processing application — that’s what it does.”

Unfortunately, that attitude sometimes keeps me from using applications to their potential. That’s why I like Lynda.com’s essential training courses, because they’ll often cover features I’ve totally missed.

Suppose I told you that Pages for iOS could do more than just word processing, but in fact you can use it for creating seven different types of content for your business. 

25 kinds of content you can create using Apple’s iOS apps

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If you run any business you probably create content for various marketing, promotional and informational reasons. Perhaps you’ve struggled with ways to create content, or wanted to experiment with different kinds of content, but weren’t sure where to begin. I want to show you some of the many ways you can create different kinds of content using Apple’s iOS apps.

A newspaper, radio station and TV studio in your hands

If you’ve got an iOS device, such as an iPad or iPhone, you’ve got a powerhouse capable of creating tons of content, perhaps using apps you haven’t thought of. Packed inside, you’ve got almost all the capabilities now what a newspaper, radio station, television station and website.

Just the Apple iOS apps

There’s more iOS apps out there than I can possibly cover, so I’m going to focus on Apple’s iOS apps only. I plan to cover Adobe’s content creation apps in later articles.

Also, there are some features that macOS apps have but their iOS counterparts lack. For example, the macOS apps have export features that aren’t be available on the iOS versions, even though they can both access the same documents. These export features give you the power to use Pages for creating social media graphics, or Keynote for creating video promos. I’m going to focus on what the iOS apps can do alone and plan to later cover the macOS apps and additional things you can do with them.

Apple’s iOS apps that give you content creation power

Pages

  1. Blogs, reports or white papers
  2. Fliers and Posters
  3. Postcards and business cards
  4. Brochures
  5. Newsletters
  6. eBooks

Keynote

  1. Presentations
  2. Screensavers

Numbers

  1. Charts and infographics
  2. Calculators and checklists

Photos

  • Video promos

iMovie

  1. Video blog/podcast/vlog
  2. Trailers
  3. Video presentations
  4. Narrated screencast

Garage Band

  1. Podcasts
  2. Background music for promotional videos

Clips

  1. Video blogs
  2. Promotional videos

Camera

  • Product photos

Notes

  1. Blog content
  2. Outlines for presentations
  3. Scripts for videos

Photo booth

  • Product photos

11. Preview/iCloud files

  • Customized graphics

*While you can create the graphics, Pages and Keynote for iOS won’t export directly to PNG, JPEG, or GIF format, but PDF (which would need another step of conversion). Also, the iOS version of Pages is more limited on document sizes, so you can’t set the optimal size for sharing.

Did I mention these are just the Apple iOS apps. Granted, there are tons of other apps out there, some which have a better user experience or better features in my opinion, but I wanted to show what’s possible just with the basic Apple apps. And as I mentioned earlier, I plan to cover Adobe’s apps later down the road.

Thanks for the list, but…

I know, I know, that’s some list, but what good does that do. Well, I plan to go through each of the apps and show how to create each type of content and share my successes and struggles with each app.

The first app I plan to cover is Pages, which is a powerful editing application similar to Microsoft Word. Not as feature-rich as Word or Adobe InDesign, but there’s many things you can create with it.

Did I miss any apps or kinds of content that you would have had? Please let me know.

Hold Shift to export PDFs faster from InDesign

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Here’s a neat trick I learned about when watching some courses on InDesign from David Blatner on Lynda.com:

If you’ve ever used InDesign to export PDFs to send to a coworker or client, perhaps you’ve used the PDF presents available in the main menu under File > Adobe PDF Presets. Click one of the presets and after selecting a filename, you’ll see a dialog box with a bunch of options. 95% of the time, I never change these options, so seeing them and going through another step to export the file takes a bit of time.

Shift to shave

Just hold the Shift key when you click one of the Adobe PDF presets. You’ll still see a dialog box to choose a file name, but you won’t see the PDF settings dialog which will save you a bit of time. Thanks David!

Eleven to Executive

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According to a survey conducted by Young Living in 2015, the average hours worked per week by independent distributors broke down like this:

  • Distributors: 3 hours per week
  • Star: 8 hours per week
  • Senior Star: 9 hours per week
  • Executive: 11 hours per week

According to the survey, it's not until someone reaches Silver (earning average $2,221 per month) that the average hours per week exceeds 10-15 hours per week. At Silver or above, being a Young Living distributor feels more like a full-time job (of course, you're making plenty of money too)

Why I'm set on Executive for now

I can handle carving out 10-15 hours per week, but not much else. That's why this survey is useful (unfortunately the new Income Disclosure Statement doesn't have the average hours worked, perhaps because they haven't conducted a more recent survey)

I hope to get more into how I'm spending those 10-15 hours next week.