I like using an iPad in the lab while testing a new design. It is easier t o find a place for it on my crowded bench than the notebook computer I used to use.
Goodreader works well for keeping datasheet PDFs readily accessible.
And my colleagues at NIST introduced me to OneNote as an usable electronic lab notebook. (A large fraction of my lab notes are tables, and it is real ly easy to create tables in OneNote.)
But I have not yet found a satisfactory way to view a PCB design. The obvi ous solution of converting to a PDF does not work because it is necessary t o toggle visibility of the irrelevant layers to make sense of a multi-layer board.
Fundamentally, I just need a vector graphics viewer with decent layer suppo rt. Which seems to be surprisingly lacking on the iOS platform. In theory , PDFs can do vector graphics and layers, but viewers that allow one to tog gle the layers are hard to find for a desktop, and apparently impossible fo r a tablet.
I have played with using a RDP/VNC client to remote into a machine running Altium, but that was about as unsatisfactory as you would expect.
(Before buying this iPad I considered buying a Surface tablet, which would have allowed me to just run Altium to view the design. Which would provide nice benefits like net identification and highlighting. But the demo one I played with in Best Buy crashed every time I handled it, and looking onli ne revealed that Microsoft had serious driver issues.)
Has anyone found a solution I missed?
Steve Quantum Physics Research Instruments