TUAW showed off this cool new application for making notes with your finger on the iPad – it is called “ShetchNotes”. Granted, it isn’t a handwriting recognition tool (tho there are hints that there may be a handwriting keyboard in the iPad), but it could be a good way to simply take handwritten notes in a meeting or when you have a brainstorm at the coffee shop.
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In this story over on Macworld, Apple has told iPad developers that if they want to have their apps in the app store by April 3rd, they’d better submit them by March 27.
“Most iPad developers may not yet have touched the actual device, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy working away on software for Apple’s newest invention. But, according to an e-mail obtained by Macworld, if you want your iPad application to have a chance of being in the App Store for the iPad’s arrival, you’d better have it ready for Apple’s review by March 27.”
There’s more to read over there.
I do find it good that Apple has set a deadline and notified folks. That gives us some hope that there will be iPad specific apps to snoop thru when we get our grubby mits on them on April 3rd. Hopefully the iPhone SDK that includes the iPad layouts will work perfectly. There is an interesting article over at Appleinsider “Apple’s iPad secrecy leaves many developers handicapped” indicating that very few developers have actually had their hands on an iPad yet. I’m guessing the ‘virtual development’ with the SDK provides a good enough environment for developers. Maybe I need to get my hands on that to see.
There are still lots of unanswered questions tho that we’ll have answers to eventually… I wonder if the iPad will let me sync with Apple’s MobilMe service. So far, there hasn’t been any official word that I’ve found on that.
Ok, not specifically iPad news, but it is significant to the e-reader space. Amazon has released a beta version of its Kindle application for the mac. This new tool will allow those folks buying books for their Kindle to view them on their mac desktop.
“Read Kindle Books on Your Mac
- Get the best reading experience available on your Mac. No Kindle required
- Access your Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you
- Automatically synchronizes your last page read and annotations between devices with Whispersync
- Create bookmarks and view the annotations you created on your Kindle”
Amazon has already released a Kindle book reader for the iPhone.