Posts Tagged ‘iPad’

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WordPress iPad App Update

January 11, 2011

I have to mention that the new version of the WordPress iPad app, which I just downloaded today, seems to work much better than the last. Embedding images is easier, but resizing them gives unpredictable results at best. Italics and bold are still not supported and I don’t know how to embed a link, but the rest is at least improved a little.

I’m using the on-screen keyboard tonight as well. I tend to hit the wrong keys occasionally because of the lack of tactile feedback, but on the other hand the autocorrection function is a useful tool, most of the time!

Update January 29, 2011:

I tried to do the Chris Christie post (above) with the iPad and when trying to type the last paragraph, the app repeatedly crashed. I don’t know if there is a word limit (if so, why?) but it’s really frustrating. It’s still not ready for prime time, folks. Sorry. I love WordPress otherwise, but I would really like an app that made it easier to work with on the iPad. The iPhone, not so much…too small. WordPress guys, please? I’d pay for it! It doesn’t have to be free!

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Blogging from the iPad

January 9, 2011

Grrr...just use Pages and punt!

The short of it: you can’t really do it. The WordPress app won’t let you do links or any rich text functions without writing HTML. In that case, just write the frackin’ HTML in a text editor! I tried something called BlogPress that looked promising and was getting pretty good reviews. Maybe it’s OK for short posts. I got about 500 words into the “V” post below and it crashed. It did so repeatedly, every time I opened it. I tried using the WordPress web page from iPad Safari, and from Mercury, Atomic Web, and something just called “Browser.” None will let you embed links, and the copy/paste function Apple implements on the iPad is sort of OK, but frustrating unless you expand the page.

Finally I punted. I wrote the post in Pages, determined to blog on the iPad, dammit. Then I got LogMeIn Ignition, and logged onto my Mac. It costs $ 30, but it’s worth it for any time you need access to your machine from someplace else. It was very easy to set up and it was reasonably fast. I need the mouse icon to be a bit bigger to insert, cut and paste properly, because most of the time I was moving the screen around by accident. (I had expanded it because the iPad screen is smaller.) I got a link inserted and an image, but it took about twice as long as normal. I’m sure my speed will improve with time. I just wish WordPress would fix their app. Put some programmers on it and charge some money; it’s OK. I’d rather have a $ 5 – 10 app that works than a free one that’s worthless! Duh!

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iPad vs. other book readers, etc.

December 30, 2010

I’ve had the iPad for a few days now, and here’s my take on it as a book reader:

The display is beautiful, very, very readable, and too heavy and cumbersome. I know, I’m picky. I like reading on it better than on my second-generation Kindle. However, I’ve noticed that there are several companies that sell handgrips that fasten somehow to the back of the iPad to make it easier to hold. That shows that there is a little bit of an uncomfortability factor here.

Kindle version 2

Now, let me be clear: it’s an absolutely beautiful piece of technology and one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen, let alone used. As I mentioned in a previous post, I think it’s the future of computers/information appliances/communications devices for most people. I also think it is to the really usable form factor what the original iPod was to the current models.

Am I unhappy I have it? Hell, no! It’s frackin’ gorgeous, and I love it! I think I’m going to love the iPad 5 even more in 2015, though!

My wife just got a Barnes and Nobel Nook for Christmas. It has a really decent screen, is about the same size and weight as my Kindle, but backlit. For many folks it will be the perfect compromise. It has a web browser and will have other apps coming out soon. We’ve not tested much of this yet, though. It cost about half as much as my iPad, and it probably has about half the functionality. For a lot of folks that’s enough.

My old Kindle is best used for reading in bed with an LED booklight. It has great battery life because it’s not backlit, and it’s fine for reading books. (However, I’m starting to see “ghosting” on the screen. I don’t know how long the screen will last on these devices.)

The iPad user has several book reader apps to choose from. You may want to use more than one. I have the Kindle app, because I have about 70 items in my Kindle library, and buying books from Amazon is easy. I’m trying the Apple iBooks app, and it’s pretty, but it seems kind of slow. I’ve not tried the Nook app on the iPad yet. I have used it on the iPhone 4, and it works, but it’s just OK. I’ve not tried them all, certainly!

Right now I’m leaning toward the Kindle app. It’s readable, easy to use, and pretty fast at rendering pages. The best part is the way Amazon is set up to sell books. I can share my Kindle purchases with all my devices – iPhone, computers (Intel Mac and PC), iPad, and even the Kindle! My wife also uses my Kindle account so we share books. The iBooks store is new and will get better with time, of course. I’m just more comfortable with Amazon and it’s the one to beat right now. ZD Net did a review of ereader apps for the iPad back in June 2010. You can find it here.

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Living In The Future

December 27, 2010

I’m writing this on an iPad. It will take me some time to get used to the lack of tactile feedback from the on-screen keyboard, or I’ll just resort to using my Bluetooth Apple keyboard. In either case, I’m living in the future!

No, really! It feels like that. I’m sitting here, typing on a half-inch thick plate with a sheet of glass on top. While I’m typing I’m listening to Cannonball Adderly, played on the same device. It may not seem like q big deal to you, but this is almost flying-car future stuff for me.

When I finish writing this will be stored someplace, I don’t really know where, and people from all over the world can read it. Do you realize how truly amazing this is?

I’m beginning to believe that the iPad is the first real personal computer. At least it’s the first one that is intuitive enough for the masses to really use successfully. Prediction: by 2015 we won’t have flying cars (sorry, Doc Brown), but most everyone will be carry something like an iPad around the way we now carry smart phones. The price of these devices will drop to half what they are today, and Microsoft’s version will be less elegant than Apple’s – and the user interface from Redmond will use color choices picked by kindergarteners.