Mike Adams

You have questions, we have answers!

You have questions, we have answers!

Welcome to another TechTalk Q&A session. We have a small backlog of questions that have been asked of us so let’s take a look at some of them right after the break.

Q. Can the iWork apps on the iPad Read/Save in the Microsoft Office format?

A. This is probably the most common question we are receiving at the TechHub right now, and it is a fairly simple issue to solve. You can email it to yourself and open up that email on your iPad. You can copy it over to your iPad using MobileMe. You can download it from the web. If you don’t have the ability to do any of those options though, and you just want to move your files freely between your iPad and your computer, Apple has written a great “how-to” that shows exactly that. You can find it over at

Q. How do I format an external HD to go between a Mac and a PC?

A. The biggest thing to remember is that if you want to do this, make sure that you do not have any data on the external hard drive that you do not mind using. With that in mind, the format that you will need to use is FAT 32. And you can format the hard drive using Disk Utility in Mac OS X. If you are trying to do this from a Windows environment, just right click on the drive and choose “format”. Click on the drop down menu under “File System” and choose FAT 32, then click start. You are now ready to transfer those videos, photos, etc. from your Mac to your PC and vice versa.

Q. How do I move my photos from my cell phone to my Mac?

A. Well, hopefully you have a microSD card installed in your phone. All you would have to do then is pop that out, put it into an SD card adapter and use a card reader. If you don’t want to do that though, there is another option for you involving Bluetooth. Make sure that your phone has Bluetooth turned on, and also make sure that the Bluetooth is turned on, on your Mac. Then, on your Mac, choose “Set up Bluetooth Device” from the Bluetooth dropdown menu on your menu bar. When it asks you “What type of device?”, choose “Mobile Phone” and make sure your phone is in discovery mode. After your Mac discovers it, and you click forward, you should see several numbers come up on the screen. This is your pairing password that you then enter into your phone. Once it is paired, you can then choose “Browse Device” from the same Bluetooth dropdown menu described a moment ago. A list should pop up containing your phone, so select it and continue. And that’s it, you should now be able to browse and save all the files from your phone, to your hard drive.