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Status of planetiPad

As you may have noticed, I’ve been absent for long periods of time. Sorry about that. Here’s what’s been going on in my life.

Not long after I started planetiPad, I was given 60 day notice that I was losing my job of 32 years. That led to long bouts of wondering what I was going to do to bring in money to feed my family. At that time I was also running planet5D (which you may already know about). planet5D was doing so much better in terms of income, and I didn’t really want to go looking for a new employer, so my wife and I decided to focus on planet5D.

And so I spent the vast majority of my time in the last year focussing on planet5D and getting that to a point where it is indeed feeding me and my offspring. But in that time, I lost focus on planetiPad.

While I’m not going to commit to being able to write a ton of stories, I will be working on reviewing a few products (see the one I just posted on the HandStand). And I will be trying to talk more about ways I use my iPad.

So I appreciate your understanding and I hope to provide you with continuing good information.


ps. the photo is something I shot at Antelope Canyon a few weeks ago on our family vacation.

What the iPad needs is better keyboard shortcuts

Hi y’all!

It has been a while since I published anything here – I’ve been very busy with planet5D – tho I’m continuing to use my iPad daily! I’ve got a few updates to post and I’m determined to write more… so hopefully this won’t be such a quiet place.

I wrote this post a while ago (I think it was last fall on vacation) and never published it… however, we might be in luck – there was a mention in the iOS 5 presentation the other day about some kind of keyboard shortcuts. From a story on macrumors:

• Ability to create keyboard shortcuts (autotext) to replace custom phrases. The default entry is omw which is replaced with, On my way!

That’s exactly what Typinator does! Maybe we’re in luck!?

Here’s the original story I wrote:

Typinator is a program i have on my mac that i absolutely positively love and use hundreds if not thousands of times a day and i really miss it when working on the ipad. Typinator is a great utility that intercepts the keystrokes you type and compares them to it’s database to see if it should replace the text you typed with something else. For example, in a prior rant i may have mentioned how i think the ipad should replace ” i ” with ” I ” since everyone knows I should be capitalized. The ipad should know that too. In what other English speaking world does ” i ” not really mean ” I “?

Well, on my iMac, i don’t have to hit the shift key when i type i all by it’s lonesome self. That’s because Typinator does it for me! Typinator also does plenty of other things that i’m used to not typing myself any more (does that mean i’m lazy??? HA! Of course i am!) Like “i’m” becomes “I’m” and ipad becomes iPad and i don’t have to take the extra effort of hitting the shift key.

Now, where it really shines for me is in your own defined shortcuts. For example, i’ve asked Typinator to change ipad to iPad as a common thing to do… but it also let’s me do some amazing things that are much more involved. For example, i type “c5r” and Typinator puts in “Canon 5D Mark II (reviews)” and also embeds hyperlinks to my amazon affiliate and to the planet5D review site for the 5D2. It looks like this when I use the shortcut… “Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews)” — that’s obviously a lot to type and since my planet5D (another shortcut – ‘p5d’ = ‘planet5D’) blog is all about the Canon 5D, you can imagine I type it a lot! So typinator is saving me a lot of time.

Now, why can’t we do the same thing with the iPad? Apple? Are you listening? I should be able to go into a dictionary or application on the iPad that will let me create my own shortcuts. The iPhone/iPad software is already trying to interpret what I’ve typed to make spelling corrections/suggestions, why can’t it also do exactly what Typinator does?

I don’t believe anyone can write an application that will do this – Apple won’t let applications run full time in the foreground listening for keystrokes and it won’t work as a background application either. This has to be done by Apple!

Now THAT would make the iPad software stand out if you ask me.


Blogger’s disclaimer – I am not affiliated with Ergonis (maker of Typinator) nor do I get a commission from any sales (tho I would if I could LOL)

iPad iOS 4.2 really coming out today – Apple says so and ‘Find my iPad’ now free

Ok, so we thought we were gonna get the iPad update a couple of weeks ago, but now Apple confirms we’re going to get it today! See this Apple iOS 4.2 page for much more info. Tho at the time of this writing (9am CST) the update wasn’t available from iTunes. UPDATE: Macworld says the update is due at 10am PST

Apple’s iOS 4.2 Available Today for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch

Major Software Update Brings Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay & AirPrint to iPad

CUPERTINO, California—November 22, 2010—Apple® today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint.

“iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit.”

iPad users can now run their favorite apps and switch between them instantly, while preserving iPad’s legendary battery life. Users can organize their apps with drag-and-drop simplicity using Folders, and Mail now features a Unified Inbox, fast inbox switching and a threaded message view.

Game Center allows iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to challenge and play friends or be matched automatically with new opponents, showcase their scores and achievements, and discover new games their friends are playing.

AirPlay is a new feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to Apple TV®, transforming Apple TV into a great accessory for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. iOS users also will be able to use AirPort Express® and AirPlay to stream wirelessly to any stereo or powered speakers, or directly to AirPlay-enabled speakers coming to market in the months ahead.

AirPrint is a next-generation Wi-Fi print architecture that dramatically simplifies printing by completely eliminating printer drivers. A selection of AirPrint enabled printers including the HP Photosmart, HP LaserJet Pro and HP Officejet will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to any printer that supports AirPrint.

Find my iPad

And in a bit of a surprise, the “find my iPhone / iPad” feature is now free to everyone (with an iOS 4 operating system device that is).

The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe℠ subscription and helps you locate your missing device.* The Find My iPhone app is a free download on the App Store℠ and lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can even remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy.

I’ve been using iOS 4.2 for a little bit (I won’t say where I got the software) and I know you’ll be happy with the upgrade. More on that later.


Is the iOS 4.2 release for iPad coming out tomorrow? *Updated*

Update: Macrumors is reporting that there’s a delay (and there are several reports of a new ‘golden master’ going out) – and indicates that the update is due on November 24th. Their source (The Telegraph) posted this update:

The iOS 4.2 software update had been expected today, but Apple has delayed it release until Nov 24, a reliable source has told the Telegraph.

Apple has refused to comment on the speculation, stating only that it had said the software update would be released in November.

But a source that works closely with Apple said that the company had shelved its original plan to release the software update today, and had instead pushed back the launch until later this month.

*original post:
Is the wait finally over? Is iOS 4.2 finally bringing multitasking and other cool new features to the iPad tomorrow? According to this story on CNET, the answer is yes!

“For iPad owners envious of the iPhone’s multitasking abilities, you won’t have to covet any longer.

iOS 4.2–software that will update, improve, and repair a variety of features and bugs for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad–could be available by Friday. Steve Jobs said last month that it would arrive sometime in November, and this week the rumormongers are pointing to the end of the week for the day it will drop. The near final version of the software was released to developers last week, and Apple has already started accepting iOS 4.2-compatible apps.

Now, this isn’t just another incremental update. iOS 4.2 is, at least from a development standpoint, an evolutionary step for the iOS platform, as it finally brings the iPhone and iPad in step with one another. Previously their OS releases were slightly out of sync, due to the iPhone software and hardware upgrades coming in summer and the iPad hardware and software getting introduced in April this year. With this upgrade the two will share the same software.”

This is one thing i’ve been waiting for! I don’t so much need to have the multitasking, but i am looking forward to so many of the other advancements.

One of the things i’m wanting is the unified inbox. Because of the websites i manage, i have several email inboxes and it is such a pleasure on the iPhone 4 to just have to look at one inbox! I know it is a little thing, but it is very important to me.

Another really frustrating issue for many that will be fixed in this release is the ability to print! We haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but many folks have been begging for this for a while. I see it would be especially important to those who might be using the iPad as their only computer.

A concern – tho minor is eloquently said by the CNET article:

“The Great iPad Lock Switch Controversy

It sounds innocent enough, that iOS 4.2 will turn the slider on the top right corner of the iPad from a screen orientation lock to a mute button. But it’s riled up some hardcore iPad users. They’re not happy that what was once a simple flick of a button to keep the screen locked in landscape or portrait mode now requires pulling up the new multitasking bar, swiping to the left, and selecting the screen orientation lock.

The change adds more steps, but what it really does is make life easier for Apple since the switch’s function will be consistent across the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch models now.”

Jobs stated a while ago that the iPad update would be out in November and if it comes tomorrow, that would be a real pleasure as they usually don’t make it until the very end of the month.

Now, there are many other little features and fixes, but let’s hope that tomorrow gives us a chance to play with them!


P.S. This post was written on an iPad

(Photo credit: “Blue in Black and White” by planetMitch (yes, I’m using my Canon EOS 5D Mark II to take stills too! HA))

iPad Size: Does it Work for You?

Today, a guest post…

Whether you purchased, pre-ordered, received one free or even If you’re still drooling over unboxing videos on Youtube, there is no doubt, Apple has blew the market for Tablet PCs wide open. Even despite the fact that Windows Tablet PCs have been on the market for a great deal of time before anyone heard of the iPad or iSlate as some called it back in the rumor stages. At one point, free ipad offers and contests were showing up even before the businesses had possession of them to give away in the first place. There’s no mistake about it, Apple knows how to market.

What about the iPad itself, the screen size specifically. To be honest, when i first saw it, it was almost comical to me. I shared the same opinion as many analysts, the iPad would never sell to the loyal tech followers Apple had built. Then the game changed, as it seemed to have been all along, Apple was beginning to focus more on the average person rather than tech enthusiasts. Slowly i began to come around to the idea of having a very large iPhone to consume media. The size of the screen always played out an issue though.

Some say it’s too small to do anything productive on, i tend to agree. If i want to email, write a blog post or leave a comment on an article that may be more than a short sentence, i feel handicapped. It’s much easier to walk over to my desktop. On the other hand, some would argue that the iPad is intended only for consumption of media, rather than creation. Though i understand this viewpoint, it still seems to limit what the iPad could be by branding it as a one-way street type of device.

How do you feel about the size of your iPad? Does it work for you?

Ed note: Notice there’s a new poll on the right side of the page – thought it was appropriate with the post and with the rumors that Apple is considering adding a smaller iPad to the roster.

Josiah Staggs

Moving up to a 3g iPad

Well, initially, i said that i wasn’t going to need a 3g ipad… and things have changed in my tech world in the last month, so i’ve changed my mind a bit and i ended up buying an ipad with 3g.

In the next month or two, i’ll be going on several business trips as well as a short vacation. After my last trip where i felt lucky that i’d found a place to stay that had wi-fi. On my vacation with the family, we’re renting a houseboat and i know there isn’t any wifi and tho i will be on vacation this blogging thing seems to require about 7 day a week effort. I know many think that this is so darn easy, but it does take a lot of work.

Anyway, i decided to buy a 3g ipad and i decided that while i was at it, i’m frustrated enough with the on-screen keyboard that i would buy the apple wireless keyboard. And, let me tell you, if you do much typing at all – a wireless keyboard is a MUST! I’m much happier working with the ipad for a couple of days before leaving on a trip. And, for example, i’m writing this post while my wife drives the car.

I’ve learned sterveral new tihings with this keyboard. I’ve always had wired equipment before this. When you get a wireless keyboard and try to hook it up the first time, the ipad didn’t instantly recognize it. You have to go into the bluetooth settings and “pair” the ipad with the keyboard. That was a bit strange to me because it wasn’t quite obvious. I had to actually look that up on the web on my mac (shocking i know! ha!). You have to tap on the setting for the new device on the ipad bluetooth settings and only then does it prompt you to type in a 6 digit number on the keyboard for the ipad to pair the two.

Most people might already know this, but i just learned another lesson – putting your wireless (bluetooth) keyboard in your knapsack/backpack where the keys can be pressed by bumping into other items in your bag will cause your i’ad to wake up and be using battery. I couldn’t figure out why my ipad was awake when i took it out of the bag and the battery was down to 90%. I’d charged it fully before putting it in the bag this morning. When we were getting ready for lunch, i started packing everything up and noticed that when i pressed a key, the ipad woke up. D’oh! Makes total sense, but i wasn’t thinking about it before. Now, i’ll have to remember to turn bluetooth off before putting the ipad in the bag.

I also live in a large city where there is 3g service everywhere. I’m not used to thinking about places where i don’t have 3g service. Well, here i am driving in a car to a location on the lake where there isn’t 3g service anywhere nearby. I’m going to have to live with downloading email via edge! Shocking isn’t it? HA. I really am very blessed!

So far tho, i haven’t really had much trouble with getting emails and maps. I bought the 2gb plan for the next month figuring that since there won’t be any wifi on the vacation, that i might end up using quite a bit of bandwidth. We’ll see. I figured that if you pay $15 for just the 200mb plan and you go over, then you’ll only get another 200mb… why not go for the gusto in situations where you’re pretty sure you’ll use it a lot. Now, the game plan tho is to keep an eye on my usage. I’m having real issues on my iphone 4 with how much data it uses (and so are many others around the world). Good thing AT&T has an app for that – one where you can see your usage on a regular basis instead of waiting till the end of the month.

I still am going to have some issues working on the planet5D blog while i’m gone. With this blog, the ipad one that is, i’m not embedding lots of videos and images so it isn’t too hard to just use the WordPress application to write a post. Tho i sure do wish that i could get the spell checking to do some of the things that i’m used to with Typinator (oh, i promised to write a post about that some time ago and haven’t done it yet). I think even the ipad should figure this out tho… why can’t i just type an i and a space and have it capitalize it? Doesn’t everyone know that space i space should be space capital i space? i don’t have to take the time to hit the shift key on my imac, so why do i have to do it on the ipad? And why doesn’t the ipad autocorrect ipad to iPad???

Anyway, i’m rambling… i’m enjoying watching the countryside out the window as i touch type on the keyboard on my lap. The ultimate screen saver!

I’m looking forward to telling you more about how well the 3g works for me while i’m out of wifi connections.


(Photo credit: snap from my vacation! Copyright planetMitch)

iPad Flash frustration

I know, I know, I’m barking up a tree that won’t do any good. I’m still mad at Apple for deciding not to include Flash on the iPad. Yes Steve, I bought an iPad, but I could be happier if Flash were included. You warned me about issues that it might cause and I’m willing to live with those risks for now!

Today, I downloaded the application “Pulse” – which is advertised as the new iPad RSS reader that is going to shock the world… and it is very nice. I like it. However, it seems that much of what I’m interested in reading includes Flash content. Lots of the content is videos from the Canon HDSLRs that I blog about over on planet5D. And, as far as I know, most of the video players are Flash based… boo hoo!

I’ve also had lots of requests for iPad / iPhone versions of my blog posts (again because of the videos). And I haven’t yet been able to find a way to accomplish that.

So here I am trying to use Pulse to catch up on reading, and 2/3 of the posts I’m wanting to read include flash content. Making it very difficult to do my job properly. Steve! I’m having trouble!

Well, even tho I wrote him to complain, I don’t think we’ll get our Flash back and I’ll be frustrated until the world bends to his plans.

Anyway, if you are looking for an RSS reader for the iPad, check out Pulse!

Apple announces 3 million iPads sold in the first 80 days!

Wow! That’s a lot!

CUPERTINO, California—June 22, 2010—Apple® today announced that it sold its three millionth iPad™ yesterday, just 80 days after its introduction in the US. iPad is a revolutionary and magical product that allows users to connect with their apps, content and the Internet in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.

“People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month.”

It is interesting to note that (according to wikipedia) Apple sold 6.1 million original iPhone units over five quarters. So they’re on a huge run selling a ton of iPads as compared to the launch of the iPhone. Now, I would expect that Apple would be selling more iPads than they initially did with the iPhone because even tho it is a ‘new’ product, with all of the experience with the iPhone now in the world, people are more likely to buy the iPad simply because it is easily understood. And of course, Apple is selling them in more countries than they initially did with the iPhone.

Steve recently said that Apple was selling an iPad every 3 seconds. And they sold 2 million in the first 60 days – and the speed seems to be increasing since it only took another 20 days to sell another million. I can just imagine that the folks working in the shops over in China are working their tails off with the new iPhone 4 and the iPads going out!

Anyway, congrats to Apple for the huge sales! (read the whole press release)


The new iPhone 4 and the impacts to the iPad

As I’m writing this, I’m watching the Apple Keynote from the Developer’s conference (WWDC) (I should have counted the number of times Steve said “amazing” LOL). The keynote was primarily about the new iPhone 4 – but if you ask me, it does have many ramifications for the iPad.

First, Steve announced a new iBooks version that will run on the iPad as well as the iPhone and the most significant thing to me was that it will handle PDFs! There have been lots of little applications written for the iPad/iPhone to handle PDFs and many of them have been good, but mainly, it seems that people have had trouble with them. I’m eager to see how well the iBooks app deals with getting them in and out of the iPad. One of the best seems to be GoodReader if you’re looking for one. The new iBooks app won’t be available until later this month.

The biggest questions of the day for me after watching the keynote is what are the potential ramifications of the new iPhone 4 and the new iOS 4 to the iPad.

New Display

First, is the new display technology on the iPhone – they upped the resolution on the iPhone 4 to be almost as big as the iPad but yet the screen size itself didn’t change. So is that going to be moved up to the next gen iPad? (And how soon will that be? LOL we want everything now right?). They talked about the new “Retina display” as being as close to reading on a printed page as you can get with a display. I expect that same technology to come to the iPad. They touted the iPad as the best display around with the fastest processor and now the iPhone 4 has the same processor and a display that tho it is smaller sounds like it will have a better display performance.

New Cameras

The other thing that intrigued me with the iPhone 4 was the new cameras (and everyone believes the next generation of the iPad will have a camera right?). Not to mention the new iPhone software for editing video – iMovie for the iPhone. Just imagine using that on your iPad! All of this is possible because Apple has put the same processor in the new iPhone as is in the iPad. So it should be very fast and able to handle tasks like editing and displaying movies. So the question is this… does Steve think that the iPad should have a camera or not? My personal belief is that it should – especially with the new idea of using FaceTime – and the fact that you don’t need an account anywhere and you can use FaceTime over wi-fi. The question however is how the signals are getting out… is it using the phone or is it using wi-fi for the whole conversation? There’s some description in this post, but we’re just not sure yet exactly how it will work and whether an iPad with a camera would be even able to do FaceTime.

iOS 4

When Apple announced the new iOS 4 a month or so ago, they said it would be brought to the iPad in the fall of this year. That’s great news but I’m still wondering why there’s a delay between the release of the iPhone 4 now and bringing out iOS 4 for the iPad in the fall. The best thing to me is the ‘multitasking’ – tho we all know that the iPad and iPhone already do multitasking, it is the new implementation of the ability to leave applications open in the background and to easily switch between them that is sadly lacking in the current OS. I’m really looking forward to this new tool on the iPad.

Movies and editing with iMovie for iPhone

Wow. Imagine having a camera on the iPad and being able to record movies like the new iPhone 4 can do. Especially with the new iMovie for the iPhone. The larger screen of the iPad would absolutely rock for editing movies if the processor can keep up with the video. Obviously, you won’t be importing video from the Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) because of their size, but editing 720p movies on the iPad should be fun and easy.


In this post today – it is revealed that the new iPhone indeed has more RAM than the iPad! “Our friend Arnold Kim of MacRumors has verified that the iPhone 4 contains 512 MB of RAM, up from 256 MB in the current iPhone 3GS and the iPad.” That’s good news for the iPhone 4.


So, all of this new stuff in the iPhone 4 makes you really jealous (and yes, I’ve ordered one), but as we know, Apple (as most companies do) will be improving the iPad as time goes on and all of these new features of the iPhone 4 and the next release of the iOS 4 only indicates that the next version of the iPad will rock even more than the current version! I’m eager to see how good the iPhone 4 is as compared to the iPad. Having the iPhone 4 may make me use the iPad even less? At least until the iPad gets iOS 4.


Using an iPad on a movie set

Vincent Laforet has posted an interesting report about how he’s using an iPad on a commercial set (same could be done on a movie set obviously). He says:

“As is often the case with commercial shoots – storyboards, shot lists, and schedules are constantly changing until the last minute (if not during the shoot itself). In this case critical information changed and was e-mailed to everyone just ten minutes before I arrived on set – the clients and creatives made some important changes to the storyboard.

Here’s where that can get tricky: I always like to arrive early to any job – at least 1-2 hours before my “call time.” Doing so helps me to relax and to feel ahead of the curve, it also allows me to chat with people and also to avoid any potential traffic nightmares in LA. The problem with doing this is that I am often out of touch during that time – i.e. away from my computer and printer for a few hours.

If schedules change, I can always deal with that on my iPhone, and the same goes for shot lists. But when storyboards change – that’s another issue entirely. Downloading storyboards in a trailer and printing them can take 10-15 minutes – way too long on set. And that’s where the iPad 3G comes in – I can download the files and view them on screen immediately – plus they are ALWAYS on hand from that point on (no more rolling them up and putting them in my back pants pocket…)”

There’s much more a href=”″>over on his blog but we thought we’d include the video he posted as well.

iPad On Commercial Set from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

A quick video that shows how the iPad is becoming a viable tool to bring on set – as we know, scripts, storyboards, shot lists and schedules are always changing until the very last second. Being able to download this new material while on location – and being able to reference them (and other videos/reference photographs) on set is a great to have at your fingertips. It sure beats having a stack of papers or folders of images – that are somehow never around at the critical moment that you need them.

Next, we’ll probably be seeing daily rushes etc on the iPad right?