iPad writing app
Jan 5th, 2013 by Ken Hagler

Since I bought my first iPad I’ve tried a num­ber of dif­fer­ent sim­ple writ­ing apps,but none of them have last­ed as they were all too lim­it­ed in what you could do with what you’d written.I final­ly came across an app called Drafts, which lets you export what you’ve writ­ten to any­thing. There are even dozens of export options for apps I don’t even have (turned off by default to avoid clut­ter). Now I can write a blog post using Mark­down, send it as HTML to the clipboard,and paste it into the Word­Press app, which is how I wrote this post.

Paper Test
Jan 1st, 2013 by Ken Hagler

I’ve been read­ing many good things about an iPad app called Paper, so I decid­ed to give it a try using my iPad 3 and a pres­sure sen­si­tive sty­lus. It’s a very well thought out draw­ing app, and while I’m total­ly lack­ing in artis­tic abil­i­ty I do some­times need to make dia­grams and oth­er sim­ple draw­ings for work. Paper comes with a “foun­tain pen” tool, which emu­lates the flex­i­ble nibs that foun­tain pens used to have before the wide­spread use of copy paper. I found it to be very dif­fi­cult to use:

Paper's fountain pen tool

Paper’s foun­tain pen tool

I don’t have a real foun­tain pen with a flex­i­ble nib for com­par­i­son, so I used one with an ital­ic nib instead:

Actual fountain pen

Actu­al foun­tain pen

Dictation amusing but worthless
Mar 24th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

I decid­ed to test the Dic­ta­tion fea­ture on my new iPad to see if it actu­al­ly worked. Here is my sam­ple text:

I say to the gods and the sons of gods the things that whet my thoughts; by the wells of the world there is none with the might to make me do his will.

Dic­ta­tion ren­dered that as:

Mes­sage the gods and the sons of guns the love my thoughts for the Wilson’s the world there is none with­in the com­mit­ment do his will

It’s a good thing I’ve got­ten bet­ter at touch-typing with an iPad.

Quote of the Day
Apr 9th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

The news isn't there to tell you what happened. It's there to tell you what it wants you to hear, or what it thinks you want to hear. They already have their stories worked out. They just wait for events to fill in the blanks. When they don't fit, they get sidelined or twisted till they do.

Astonishing X-Men #7

I came across this while playing with the (frequently plugged) Marvel Comics reader app for my new iPad. It's rather nice to see professional journalists recognized for what they really are in popular culture. At first I was a bit surprised, but then I remembered that this series is written by Joss Whedon, creator of Firefly.

Various iPad reviews
Apr 7th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

I found some inter­est­ing iPad reviews from Ars Tech­ni­ca, Mac­In­Touch, Adam Tow, and John Gru­ber.

A bigger iPhone isn’t just an iPhone
Mar 5th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

iPad Appli­ca­tion Design. The iPad may be a larg­er ver­sion of the iPhone in terms of the hard­ware and oper­at­ing sys­tem, but treat­ing it as the same device would be fool­ish. It turns out that increas­ing the dis­play size of touch-screen hard­ware can trans­form it into an entire­ly new class of device. [Matt Leg­end Gem­mell]

It’s true that the iPad is basi­cal­ly a larg­er iPod Touch, but the dif­fer­ence that extra size makes is actu­al­ly pret­ty sig­nif­i­cant. The author looks at some of the ways that being big­ger mat­ters.

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