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ThayerNet - iPad http://www.thayernet.com/taxonomy/term/29/0 en iPad as conference tool http://www.thayernet.com/content/ipad-conference-tool <p>I&#39;ve been at <a href="http://sf2010.drupal.org/">DrupalCon in San Francisco</a> for the past few days and I thought it might be helpful to talk a little about what I&#39;m finding in the process of leaving the laptop at home and using the <a href="http://www.apple.com">iPad</a> as my primary conference tool.</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(194, 148, 107);"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Battery life is key</strong></span>.</span><br /> There are 3000 technology folks at the conference, mostly with power hungry laptops. &nbsp;Good luck finding a power source during the 10 hour day. &nbsp;In contrast, the iPad keeps going without the need for charging, or the need for additional batteries or power cables.&nbsp; I had used it all day Monday, recorded a number of talks while taking notes and I had 41% battery life when I got home. &nbsp;Today I elected not to record and that gave me the chance to bounce around to different apps (yea, yea we don&#39;t have multitasking yet) and my battery life is suffering a bit more at 29% after a solid 10 hours of use. &nbsp;If I push it I suspect this thing would last another few hours, and much longer then I can go!</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(194, 148, 107);"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Keyboard still rocks, cursor position UI feels slow.</strong></span></span><br /> I had very little issues getting text into the device in all of my notes.&nbsp; When I made mistakes, it took me a longer then desired to fix and edit my text. &nbsp;I would suggest editing be done after the fact and perhaps on a normal keyboard based computer. &nbsp;As a simple note taking device, this thing is fantastic. &nbsp;Please be careful with the auto text fixing functions with the OS. &nbsp;I had a number of times it would change something for me that I didn&#39;t want changed. &nbsp;You have been warned.</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(194, 148, 107);"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Weight is ideal.</strong></span> </span>&nbsp;<br /> A number of people have made comments on the weight.&nbsp; I was one of them. &nbsp;As a book reader it does seem a little heavy, but as a conference/meeting tool, it is so nice to toss the iPad into a small case, or just carry it from meeting to meeting. &nbsp;I can&#39;t stress this enough, when there are 3000 people coming and going from 8 different rooms, being portable makes things so much easier on life.</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(194, 148, 107);"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>We need a better note app.</strong></span> </span>&nbsp;<br /> While the built in <a href="http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/notes.html">Notes app</a> does the job for a quick note, I want something a bit more powerful.&nbsp; I&#39;ve tried <a href="http://www.evernote.com/">Evernote</a> and a few others, but the one that seems to be the best mix of functions and stable releases seems to be <a href="http://soundpaperapp.com/">SoundPaper</a>.&nbsp; What I like about sound notes is the ability to record the meeting at the same time as taking notes. &nbsp;This is not new in this class of apps, but what sound notes does that others don&#39;t is the ability to tap on a word of your notes and have the recording auto jump to the time point when that word was typed. &nbsp;This is a killer feature! &nbsp;That is not to say the app is not error free. &nbsp;There seems to be issues with some of the core OS functions of text entry, but the developer mentioned in a private email that updates are coming soon that address some of the issues, and additional updates in the next month that should help.</p> <p>Some notable runner-ups would be <a href="http://app-apps.com/audiotorium/">Audiotorium</a>, but the bookmark feature is not as clean as <a href="http://soundpaperapp.com/">SoundPaper</a> and the app is very unusable with bugs that would not allow me to scroll, or do bookmarks in the app. &nbsp;I&#39;m also not a big fan of the script font so having some settings to change the font to something a tad more readable would be nice. &nbsp;The developer also mentioned an update coming very soon that would address some of these issues, so I would like to reserve judgement on this app until I see some updates. &nbsp;Who will win my heart in the end? &nbsp;I&#39;m pulling for <a href="http://soundpaperapp.com/">SoundPaper</a> as I really like the ability to tap on a word and have the recording jump to that time point. &nbsp;<a href="mailto:support@soundpaperapp.com">Send an email</a> to the developer to mention that you would like to see this app continue to see updates, and new features added.</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(194, 148, 107);"><strong>UPDATE</strong>:</span> <em>in the process of editing this post the <a href="http://app-apps.com/audiotorium/">Audiotorium</a> app was updated and it looks like they too added the same feature of tapping in text to auto jump in the audio I&#39;ve found that is the killer feature of <a href="javascript:void(0)/*359*/">SoundPaper</a>.&nbsp; I&#39;ve not had the chance to field test it during the conference so look for an additional update in the future.</em></p> <p><strong><span style="color: rgb(194, 148, 107);">UPDATE 2</span>: </strong><em>Still having issues with scrolling, and the new feature does not seem to be working.&nbsp; I suspect this app needs to bake a bit more.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.evernote.com/">Evernote</a> is also an option.&nbsp; I&#39;m not a fan of the UI so I dropped that app pretty quick. &nbsp;I find that <a href="http://www.evernote.com/">Evernote</a> users really like the option to sync between different devices, but in my use case, I would love to have a notes app that would have some option to integrate with Google docs and primarily the ability to edit and save up to Google Docs universe. &nbsp;This would kill <a href="http://www.evernote.com/">Evernote</a>.</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(194, 148, 107);"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>We need a better Twitter client. &nbsp;</strong></span></span><a href="http://www.tweetdeck.com/ipad/"><br /> TweetDeck</a> is my choice presently, but the app is not the same as the iPhone or desktop app.&nbsp; Version 2 will give us similar options, but not much has been said on the timeline on the release.&nbsp; There are others, but what I like about TweetDeck for the Mac and even the iPhone is the feature rich options that allow the management of both Twitter accounts <strong>and</strong> Facebook.</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(194, 148, 107);"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Laptop or iPad?</strong></span></span><br /> At this point, I suspect I will likely never need to bring my laptop to conferences again.&nbsp; Meetings are also a no-brainier.&nbsp; I feel the battery, and weight loss totally outweigh the small negatives that come up when the pad is your primary device.&nbsp; As apps improve and we get an update to the OS that will allow multitasking, it will be even more useful and further reduce the need to for a laptop.</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(194, 148, 107);"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>What do you think?</strong></span></span>&nbsp;<br /> Feel free to add your thoughts in the comment section.&nbsp; Would love to hear how you use the iPad in similar situations, and if you have additional apps that might be better choices then what I suggested, please speak up.</p> http://www.thayernet.com/content/ipad-conference-tool#comments iPad Technology Wed, 21 Apr 2010 04:49:49 +0000 clint 111 at http://www.thayernet.com iPad Day Two Thoughts http://www.thayernet.com/content/ipad-day-two-thoughts <p>Still enjoying the device itself. &nbsp;Here are further thoughts as I use it more.</p> <p>Having the <a href="http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC361ZM/A">case</a> really helps with typing.&nbsp; It allows for just enough angle sitting on your legs that improve typing ten fold.&nbsp; I might just be getting quicker with the keypad as well.</p> <p>Apps I&#39;m using the most are <a href="http://blog.netflix.com/2010/04/netflix-available-on-ipad.html">Netflix</a>, and <a href="http://www.goodiware.com/goodreader.html">GoodReader</a> which is a PDF reader/manager. &nbsp;The PDF reader is by far the star for the week, and that says a great deal as there are a number of really good apps out this week. &nbsp;<a href="http://culturedcode.com/things/ipad/">Things</a> also seems to be very useful as an extension to my <a href="http://culturedcode.com/things/iphone/">Things addiction on the iPhone</a> and the Mac.</p> <p>I think a disappointing app this week is <a href="http://www.tweetdeck.com/ipad/">TweetDeck</a>. &nbsp;I love this app on the iPhone and desktop but the iPad version is rather lacking on the features and I find that I don&#39;t even want to use it. &nbsp;A feature I use often on the desktop and phone versions is the Facebook feature that allows me to stay connected all in the same interface as the Twitter updates. &nbsp;To date, the iPad version is lacking this feature. The developers mentioned this feature is coming in version 2 so I hope this will be coming soon.</p> <p>Watching video is much more enjoyable on the iPad then the laptop. &nbsp;I found the heat of the laptop to be slightly distracting so having the ultra cool iPad and the super long battery life a welcome option.</p> <p>Not much of a fan of the iBook app as I work more with <a href="http://www.goodiware.com/goodreader.html">GoodReader</a>. &nbsp;I believe books that you buy in the store will find a great home in iBooks but if you are converting other documents (like pdf&#39;s) then you might find that formatting might distract from the overall reading of documents. &nbsp;I need to use it more, but first impressions are so so.</p> <p>The last, and most critical reason in using the device is image viewing. &nbsp;I had the chance to use it with clients this afternoon and handing them the iPad with the images loaded and allowing <u><strong>THEM</strong></u> to navigate was very powerful. They went back and forth, zoomed, and commented without the need to instruct how to navigate.&nbsp; They just got it, and I think that speaks to the simple, yet amazing power this interface holds. &nbsp;Powerful stuff.</p> http://www.thayernet.com/content/ipad-day-two-thoughts#comments iPad Technology Wed, 07 Apr 2010 02:12:53 +0000 clint 110 at http://www.thayernet.com iPad First Thoughts http://www.thayernet.com/content/ipad-first-thoughts <p>Just a few quick thoughts on my first 12 hours with the iPad.</p> <ul> <li>Much faster then the iPod.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Keyboard is good, just need to find the right angle which is tougher then you might think. Once you get it nailed, seems to type well for me.&nbsp; Key placement just different from iPhone keyboard to slow me down as well, expect for that to improve.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Screen is amazing. Images really snap on this thing which is why I got it. &nbsp;Very excited to use it for Focal Flame.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>iBook is cool but needs more content. Much more content. I hope this goes the way of music and not movies in iTunes. I want to be in a world where I think or hear about a book and I can buy it on the spot. We are not there yet.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Did I mention the screen is amazing?</li> </ul> <ul> <li>To say this is a large touch is like saying adults are large kids.&nbsp; Having the larger screen and apps that take advantage is an amazing experience. Weather-bug app is like having a weather man in your house.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Finger prints are everywhere. Dust is everywhere. &nbsp;If that bugs you, be ready to be upset.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>It&#39;s heavier then I thought it would be.&nbsp; Holding it long term makes my technology weak arms strain.&nbsp; :)</li> </ul> <p> More will come as I play with it today and tomorrow.</p> http://www.thayernet.com/content/ipad-first-thoughts#comments iPad Technology Mon, 05 Apr 2010 14:05:16 +0000 clint 109 at http://www.thayernet.com