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Benefit of PDF Readers
PDF (portable document format) readers are a file management app that allow you to view documents on your iPad. PDF readers allow you to:
Read - Read documents and search the text
Annotate - Edit, insert notes and add highlights to the document
Convert - Convert files between PDF and other file formats
Manage - Organise documents by creating file names and folders
The following PDF readers can be downloaded from the App Store
*Denotes apps where a cost applies.
The Home button
The iPad home button is the small round button on the front of your iPad. Press the home button once to get out of an app and return to the home screen. Press the home button twice to close apps.
Create an Apple ID
This is required to download apps on your iPad. You can create an Apple ID here: https://appleid.apple.com/account.
Organising apps on your iPad
To rearrange apps on your iPad, touch an app and hold down until the app icon jiggles. Then arrange the icon by dragging it across the screen.
Creating a folder on your iPad
Tap and hold the app you want in a folder until all the apps jiggle. Then drag that app on top of another app that you want in the same folder. This creates a folder. A default name will be created for the folder. This can be changed by tapping the cross that appears to the right of the default name. A keyboard will appear allowing you to type a name. Tap ‘done’ and then press the home button.
Saving a website to your iPad home screen
Open the website in the Safari browser and tap the share button (a square with an arrow pointing up) found in the top right corner next to the address bar. Tap the option ‘add to home screen’.
Remember to check the iOS (operating software) is current.
Go to Settings > General > Software Update, tap Download and Install.
If there is no option to install you are up to date.
Make sure you have a file management app installed on your iPad in order to read PDFs and other file formats.
iPads come pre-installed with the iBooks app for PDFs and ebooks.
Turn your iPad into a wi-fi hotspot (when using a mobile connection) and connect other devices to the internet.
Go to Settings > Personal Hotspot, and tap the ‘ON’ icon so it displays green. The wi-fi password is written underneath.
To connect another device go to its wi-fi settings and choose the name of your iPad in the list of wi-fi connections. Enter the wi-fi password when prompted.
Provides access to all AustLII content. Browse by jurisdiction, AustLII libraries or search across the AustLII site.
Provides access to LexisNexis commentary titles. Annotate with notes, highlight text, access without internet connection.
A paid subscription is required.
Thomson Reuters Proview
Provides access to Thomson Reuters commentary titles and e-books. Annotate with notes, highlight text, access without internet connection.
A paid subscription is required.
File management apps allow you to view, annotate and manage PDFs and other file formats.
Good Reader – can be purchased from the app store
iBooks – pre-installed on iPads
Adobe – free from app store
Access cases, legislation, citation reports, and alerts. Jade Professional is available to judicial officers and court staff. Register with your court email address to access.
JCV website and publications. Remote access to JOIN intranet.
Access state and commonwealth legislation, commencement and amendment tables, second reading speeches, alerts and more.
Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents
Includes the Victorian Law Today database, the Victorian Statute Book, and parliamentary documents such as bills, Hansard, and notice papers.
Adobe Acrobat (Free via App Store)
Good Reader (Purchase via App Store)