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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