Kind of like the Kindle, eh?
Some other things not so cool:
1) No flash support
2) Only allows you to run a single application at a time
More like an iPhone on steroids than a real computer.
From the name to the features, this doesn't seem like one of Apple's best
thought-out ideas. Come on, *nobody* in marketing thought through the
implications of naming this the "iPad"?
There is never a situation where having more rounds is a disadvantage
Flash is the largest cause of freezes in web browsing. Now, If we're
also going to kick about Apple's DRM controlling/limiting access to the
known world, it's worth noting that Flash is proprietary to Adobe.
Plus, Flash just generally sucks, even when used in other Abobe
products. http://adobegripes.tumblr.com /
As of yet, iPod on steroids is a fair summation of the first (and as
yet not on the market) generation iPad. It's not intended as a
computer; it's an information appliance that fits between two market
segments -- the smart phone and the laptop. And Apple has lined up 5
major publishers, and has brought a ray of hope to magazine and
In spite of all that, I doubt I'll be buying an iPad. I know I won't be
buying a Kindle. I prefer my books on real real paper, not on aetheric
But let's see how it shakes out.
BTW, Sun Microsystems (remember them?) is history.
According to Dvorak, et al, in "Cranky Geeks" this week, Adobe is dying
to get flash onto the iPad, but the megalomaniac Jobs will have none of it.
I personally think the iPad, or more to the point, its future
iterations, may have a better shot at overall acceptance as an e-book
reader, among its many other capabilities, than the Kindle or Nook in
the long run.
I've been into e-book reader technology since the early 90's and am
continually amazed at the re-inventing of the wheel of the likes of
Amazon, B&N, and Sony, and their failure to take the past "lessons
learned" of Nuvo Media, Franklin and GemStar into account in their
current business models.
In my opinion, the iTunes store, with its content delivery, will make
the difference with the iPad, despite the DRM concerns.
I have two albums myself for sale on iTunes, and a number in which I was
involved in the production, and have been more than happy with their
returns with Apple's "DRM free" performance on Itunes.
It should also lend itself to future use in schools, with textbook
content a likely possibility, and with a much better chance of adherence
to the ADA than the current crop of devices.
I also like the fact that the iPad is NOT e-ink technology. The LED
screen means I can view it at night, in bed, without a separate night
light, and that it will turn itself off after a period of non use. It is
also more eco friendly ... IME, it's the little 'convenience of use'
issues like that can make the difference between success and failure
with this type of technology.
Basically, it appears to me that the iPad could well be the first step
on the path to making this type of techology, and it benefits, ubiquitous.
Jobs, unlike other players in the game, seems to always build upon past
successes ... it is this "standing on the shoulders of the giants who
came before" that seperate his particular vision from the pack, like him
Yabbut, it's the dumb ass kiddie web designers using the wrong tool for
the job and trying to build the entire farking website with flash that
give it much of its bad name, although I agree that it, and Silverlight,
are pretty much toast for the far future.
The price will fall. Today the iPhone can be had for $99, down from $599
when originally released.
You're right about pdf format. I love pdf for its 'portability' in my
A couple of years ago all of our invoices were sent and received via FAX.
I'd say that 98%+ are now done via e-mail in pdf format.
And with a free app like BullZip:
... it is even easier to "pdf" documents, maps, plans, invoices,
Sure makes "doing business" easier, quicker, and a damn sight more
All my Mac's will allow you to 'print' to .pdf. Handy as a bag of
chips/pocket on a shirt.
PDF in vector mode are far more reliable than any of the 100 .eps
formats. It has made my workflow from Vectorworks to my CNC seamless.
Another workflow expediter is my wireless Brother printer that will
"copy" to pdf format and send it via wireless to any computer on the
network ... handy for those faxes that come in and need to be e-mailed
to someone else.
Indeedie. PDF's have simplified my life reliably, effectively and
these days justabout anybody can open them.
Well done Adobe.
I cannot say that I am too impressed with Adobe in other areas, but
that is for another thread.
hint: I own all current licenses for Illustrator and Photoshop...but
for my macs. Now that my CNC has pushed me into running PC gear, do
you think those Adobe people would simply issue me a couple of
licenses so that I can run my paid-for software on the platform of my
On Sat, 30 Jan 2010 16:13:00 -0600, the infamous Swingman
Seen the new Apple iBama yet?
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves
after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
-- Marcel Proust
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