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Well, and an iPad. I wasn’t able to write an article last week as I was on the road for work (and I didn’t have much in the way of “free time”). But while I was on the road, I decided to try an experiment. For the first time in quite a number of years, I left my laptop at home on a road trip. I wanted to see if I would be hampered on the road by using only my iPad.

I did have my work laptop with me, but that is strictly for work, and doesn’t have any of my software on it (and, being a Dell, wouldn’t do me much good in any case). So, could I get every (personal) thing done with just the iPad and iPhone while away fro the week?

The answer turned out to be “mostly.” Email and web browsing were no problem (although there were a few times I needed to switch off the hotel WiFi and go cellular to get a fast and reliable connection). I was even able to watch my videos on the large flat-panel TV thanks to the HDMI adapter for the iPad. I received some PDFs with comments and was able to easily see everything in Adobe Reader.So where did I get hung up?

Terry White asked me for a couple of screenshots from my iPhone 5 having to do with using the phone as a Personal Hotspot. (His data plan doesn’t allow for this.) Taking the pictures wasn’t a problem. But on one was my Personal Hotspot password. No problem, I’ll just blur it out in Photosh…oops.

That’s ok, I must have 4 or 5 different photo editing apps on the iPhone and iPad. I’m sure I can fog out a selected area of the photo with Photoshop Express…

Well, Photogene will surely  let me do that…

iPhoto must have the ability to…

Rats. Nothing. Either none of those can blur a portion of a photo or I just can’t figure out how. So if anyone out there knows how – or if there’s another app I need to do this, pipe up in the comments, please! This turned out to be the only thing I couldn’t do while away.

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  • JP Clough

    Hi Jack, One way around this would be to use Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro – not strictly speaking a photo app of course, but you can import photos from the camera roll or Dropbox, then draw all over it to your heart’s content! 🙂

  • Bob

    Question about the hotspot. If you are using the iPhone as a hotspot, will the phone ring is somebody is trying to call you?

    • Yes. But on Verizon, where the iPhone can only do voice or data, not both, at the same time over the cell network, the Personal Hotspot will be suspended during the call. Connected devices will still be connected to the Hotspot, but the Hotspot will not provide Internet access until the call ends. On AT&T, it all just continues to work.

      At some point, when the carriers agree on a standard, LTE on Verizon will allow for voice and data over the cell network at the same time (provided you are on LTE and not falling back to the older CDMA connection).

  • Phyllis Evans

    Skitch will do it, Jack.