How to read a PDF from an iPad?
By AP EditorBy AP EditorAP WriterAssociated PressAUGUSTA, Ga.
(AP) An app that lets you scan and copy a PDF has raised a lot of money online and has become a staple of college classrooms across the country.
It also could be the first thing you learn in the new year.
The new technology called iDocs, which is being developed by a company called Ink, is not yet available for sale but the app has already been downloaded more than 300,000 times.
The company said Monday it’s now getting around 1 million downloads a day.
“This is not the end of the world,” said Andrew P. Brown, who leads the company’s mobile research.
“There is going to be a lot more of this technology and a lot less people are going to have to be taught about it.”
Pete Campbell, an associate professor at the University of Southern California who is also a writer for The Associated Press, said he’s not convinced that a PDF app will be an immediate hit for students.
“There’s not a huge market for it,” Campbell said.
“We’re seeing more and more apps, but they’re not as popular as we think.”
It’s not the first time that an app has helped students learn.
Last year, an app called the “bookmark” for students’ schoolwork was a hit, with the app’s authors selling more than 3 million copies of their book, said Paul W. Schmitt, president of the nonprofit publisher Macmillan Publishers, which published the app.
The company behind the app, the company called iBooks, said it’s trying to do what a student textbook does better: give students a personalized reading experience and encourage them to read in class.
Students are already familiar with the way to use iBooks and many people already use it, said John Fagan, the executive vice president for business development at iBooks.
But students don’t want to learn everything at once, Fagan said.
“We’re not teaching them how to read at the same time,” he said.
Fagan said the company hopes the app will teach students about different types of text, and that the app is more accessible for young people.
“If you want to read an academic text, you need a device,” he explained.
“You can’t just use your iPad or a smartphone.”
Fagan also said he expects to see a lot fewer apps that use Google Translate and other translation services.
“I’m really hopeful,” he added.
“I think it’s a very good idea to keep in mind that it’s not just text.”
The new iPad is expected to be released in late November.
The iPad is still considered a more popular tablet for students than the new MacBook Pro, which has the same price tag as the iPad.
Apple also has an iPhone version called iPhone X that has a higher price tag, but Fagan believes students will be able to get the app if they use a third-party device that has an iOS app.
Ink is trying to expand its reach in education.
A company called The Education Fund has pledged $3 million in funding to make the app even better.
It said it hopes to have a product out for schools by Christmas.
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