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!
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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)

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Testing a new version of the WordPress iPad app

Hurray! A new version of the iPad WordPress application is out. So, I thought I’d better give it a try and so I am writing this post with it.

My earlier issues with the program (read the post where I made those comments) are largely still here.

The local draft can be saved, but the option to move it up to the server is still somewhat hidden.

They’ve fixed the copy/paste issues which makes it a bit more livable.

Still, the only way to get images in the post is to have them inserted at the end and I guess you get to copy and move the HTML around to move the images. And, vie been using the caption option more often on the web version of the software and I can’t find a way to do that here.

And lastly, there’s still no visual editor and therefore you still have to type HTML for links etc manually.

So, overall, tho there are a few bugs fixed, the biggest issues for me still exist and therefor, thie only way to use WordPress on the iPad is still with safari.

This might work for some folks, but with as many things as I do with WordPress and posts with images, this just won’t work for me yet.

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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.

RAM!

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.

Next?

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.

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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=”http://planetipad.com/9j5″>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?

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the iPad and Velcro – as well as the idea of a “moving portrait”

Well, I might not want to put velcro on the back of my iPad, but I might put it on my Apple case… this video is just going crazy around the web and I think it has some valid inputs! [Source – I first saw this on misagarcia.com]

iPad + Velcro from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

Two of mankind’s greatest inventions, together at last. Note: this is an exploration of what is possible, not necessarily what is practical. Tweet from the street at your own risk!

And, imagine where this is going by the way… you see the shot where they velcro the iPad to the wall. Now imagine doing a ‘living portrait’ — instead of a still photo, you take a short 20-30 second video of a person… this could really catch on!

Moving Portraits from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

A few shots from a vertical moving portrait fashion shoot.

I have a friend, David Harry Stewart who has a couple of moving photographs on his site that he did back in 2009, so it isn’t a new idea, but with the advent of devices like the iPad that can show off movies, maybe the idea of a moving portrait will take off! Here’s one of David’s that I really like:

(Photo credit: snap from the David Harry Stewart site)

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My iPad status

Ok, so now it has been about a month since the iPad hit my door (gee, it is actually longer than that isn’t it? My how time flies). And that means I need to really describe my usage of the iPad. I bought it to help be get away from the computer for longer periods of time (and my wife says “yea, get away from your computer with another computer – geek!”) – is it working?

Well, yes and no.

I am getting away from my iMac a bit, but because of some of the limitations of the iPad for writing blogs (see my comments on the WordPress iPad app post), and because of my love of typinator (a text replacement tool for the mac – more on that in a bit), I’m too addicted to the desktop and the keyboard for writing blog posts. It really still is more comfortable to work in front of the iMac full time.

I’m also currently still failing at time management – and tho I try to use Things for the iPad, I still just haven’t made the right workflow and stuck to it. I have stuff all over the place and way too many things to do. I’m better at organization (I think) but I have got to find a simple way to process all these things I have to do! (That will be a post all by itself)

Ok, overall, what are my iPad feelings?

I love it – but it isn’t done cooking yet. And Apple knows it and I can’t wait to see some of the improvements in 4.0.

I love the sexy feel of the iPad without a cover – (you’ll think I’m crazy or a perv about this one…) – at times, I take the iPad out of the Apple cover while I’m sitting watching TV or something and I’ll just caress it. It is like having one of those polished stones in your hand for fidgeting (and I’m a fidgeter — I constantly have something in my hands – you should see the little toys all around my desk that I pick up and toss around). But (and there’s always a ‘but’ right?), actually working with the iPad sitting in the TV chair requires something like the Apple cover because the iPad is too slick to hold comfortably. Especially if you like to sit with your knees elevated, you’ve got to have something less slick to hold the darn thing against your legs.

Another great use of the Apple iPad cover is that it fits perfectly over the dashboard (no not on my car – that would be silly!) of our elliptical exercise machine in the basement! And with the Netflix app, I can now watch TV episodes (there’s nothing like old “24” episodes to get your blood pumping while exercising! HA) or a movie while exercising. No need for a TV! And as an additional plus, the flap of the case folds over the back of the dashboard and holds the iPad firmly. I am worried that with headphones attached that I’ll yank it off the machine… so I firmly wrap the headphone cords around the handles on the machine.

Another great thing about the iPad is that I know I can travel and still know I have access to a large screen mobile device. As my experience showed me when I went to the NAB conference a few weeks ago, it isn’t perfect, but it is workable – and it will only get better. The biggest problem I had was the problems with the hotel internet and the WordPress learning curve. Now that I don’t have that day job any more – I sure don’t have to drag my windows laptop around. Tho, I can see that if/when I travel again, having a keyboard will be a must. I just type too fast with a keyboard as compared to the iPad virtual keyboard. The virtual keyboard can get me thru when needed, but I’m just too comfortable with a real keyboard. I’ve still got to think about the iPad camera connector – I may need it for long trips to offload images from my Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

I’m reading a bit more (tho sometimes that limited to reading in the smallest room in the house LOL). I have two books on the iPad and right now, I’m reading the “Four Hour Work Week” to try to learn how to free myself more. I also have a mystery novel that I’m working on. Tho I don’t drag myself away often enough to just read! It is all part of the learning how to blog full time that I’m trying to get used to.

Another thing that frustrates me – and so much so that I even wrote to Steve about it – is the lack of Flash. I know it is a lost battle and Apple will never put flash on the iPad/iPhone, but in my book, with all of the websites that still use flash to deliver content, it is unbearable that Apple/Steve are putting themselves in such a position. There are plusses and minuses to Flash, but not having it is a bigger detriment in my book than any bugs it could bring to the platform.

Ok, I’m going to focus on writing some individual posts on things like Typinator… I’ll be back in a bit (and no, it won’t be weeks this time – I’ve gotten so many of the ‘business’ things of becoming a full time blogger out of the way that I can actually write more!).

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

The WordPress app for the iPad

Ok, many of you may not have a need for a WordPress app unless you’re a blogger. But since I’m a blogger, I tried the WordPress for iPad application out and unfortunately I’m disappointed. I wanted to be able to use it exclusively away from this darn computer, but it isn’t quite there yet.

In my blogs, I use themes from woothemes and I didn’t really expect the WordPress app to be able to handle the special features of the themes, and I wasn’t upset when it didn’t. However, for me to really use the app, I would need to have more functionality in handling the images for the woopress themes. I’m using “Busy Bee” (from woothemes) for this blog and my planet5D blog and each post gets a special image – and there’s a field in the admin dashboard to upload that image – well, that whole functionality isn’t in the WordPress app (and again, I didn’t expect it to be there). So, for me, the only way to really use the iPad for blogging is to use the dashboard in Safari. But that requires an Internet connection.

I tried using the WP app to create a blog post offline – and it did indeed let me create a blog post and saved it ‘locally’ to my iPad. But guess what? I had a hard time figuring out how to move the post off of the iPad and to move it up to the Internet where my blog is hosted! After many minutes trying to find out how to move the local version up there – and it turns out that there is a hidden options there where the status of the post is displayed. Tap on it and you get the option to save it on the server. That wasn’t exactly intuitive.

And, even worse, they’ve implemented the ability to select text (because the only way I could think of to move my new blog post up to the net was to copy and paste it into safari) but once you select the text, there isn’t a ‘copy’ button to tap on! I had no way to take the text I’d typed and save it other than a local blog post. Maybe I missed something (which is entirely possible) but I was darn frustrated!

I was indeed pleased to learn that I could insert photos, but alas, the current version only inserts them at the end of the post! You can’t embed them inside the text.

And of course, the last nail in the coffin for me is really two things – one, you don’t have the ‘visual’ editor you have on the web dashboard (which fills in HTML stuff for you automatically – bold, heading font sizes etc) and then once you have the post typed up, there’s a preview mode, but alas, it reports “the theme for your blog could not be retrieved” and then just displays a simple text version of your post.

There are some good things and I do expect that they’ll improve the app soon (heck it is free after all!). It is great to have one application to handle the blogs I run away from the computer. They did include a good set of features for managing comments that come in (I moderate all the comments on all blogs – you just never know what garbage might come in!).

Hopefully, in the near future, we’ll get some updates to improve the functionality and this will become more viable, but for now, I’m having to pass on the WordPress app for iPad.

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(Photo credit: snap from the WordPress site)

Ok, I’m back

Sorry for being absent without leave the last week or so, many things have been happening in my life and I needed to just put planetiPad on hold for a tiny bit. Rest assured tho, my life has changed and now I have more time to work with my iPad and report to you. So now that I’m working full time as a blogger, I don’t have to worry about getting in my 40 hours for ‘the man’ but now I have to put those hours in to serve you 🙂

The iPad is still rocking my world – tho quite frankly, there are some things that I wish worked much better (and we’ll get to those in a few posts coming up). In the last few weeks, I’ve pretty much wiped my iPhone of applications and only use it for a few things when I’m away from home and don’t have wi-fi access to connect to the net. The large screen on the iPad has just absolutely captivated me and my family.

I am reading books a bit more than I have in the last few years (in fact I can’t recall the last physical book I ever bought). Right now, I’m reading “the 4 hour workweek” because I want to use my new opportunity to get off of the rat race 40 hour week if I can. I am not however reading them at a long enough stretch yet to decide if the iPad screen is tiring.

I have been contacted by a couple of manufacturers and app developers for new products and I hope to be bringing you some news on that front in the coming weeks so please stay tuned.

And thanks for your patience!

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(Photo credit: snap from the planetMitch photo library)

iPhone OS 4 announcement this Thursday April 8th

It appears good news is coming this week – tho we only have sketchy details at this point… macrumors just posted this “Gizmodo reports that Apple has sent out media invitations for a preview event scheduled for this Thursday, April 8th, to show off iPhone OS 4.0. The event is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM Pacific Time in the Town Hall on Apple’s Cupertino, California campus.”

As we mentioned before, Apple will give iPad owners the first major update (which would be 4.x) free and beyond that, there should be a small cost.

There have been rumors of multitasking and possibly other features, so it will be good to get an early idea of what is in the update. I think the developers would really like to know what is in there as well… so early warning might be very good for them.

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(Photo credit: snap from the Macrumors site – which is a snap of the Apple announcement)