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!
When trying to sync photos from my Apple Aperture library to my new iPad, I found iTunes thought most Aperture projects were empty and thought I would give you my lesson learned (and I suspect this is true for the iPhone and iPod Touch as well).
the short answer: Update/generate Aperture previews!
The iPad has the ability to sync photos with both iPhoto and Aperture on the mac. Cool I thought! Ok, it is cool, but you have to realize that the sync only works with PREVIEW files from Aperture. If you don’t have Aperture set up to build preview files, then when you select the projects in the iTunes sync, you’ll see zero next to the project name… meaning there aren’t any photos to sync. But yet you know there are photos in the project! Well, that may be because you haven’t asked Aperture to build previews for your project.
So, how do I fix this?
First, update your preferences in Aperture:
2) If you didn’t have the setting turned on to generate the previews (and I suspect you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you did have previews), you’ll need to go into Aperture and ask it to generate previews for the projects you want to import to your iPad. Note that since the iPad resolution is 1024×768, there isn’t much need to generate the huge previews, so go with the smaller options.
So there ya go – if you’re not getting the photos you thought you should, check the previews.
Not long ago, the iTunes store started selling iPad apps! Yep, it is true. You can start downloading apps even before your iPad arrives this Saturday. This really is a great idea so that I can be ready – thanks Apple! Now, I still have to figure out what my iPad’s name is going to be so I can name it in the sync.
And they’ve changed the terms and conditions yet again, so you have to agree to it again before you download – oh boy!
I’m still not totally clear on how some applications will work – have to wait to see the iPad I guess. For example… I own a copy of the 1password app (and absolutely love it) for the iPhone… I assume it will work for the iPad but be pixelated if I run it full size. Yet I see an iPad version of 1password in the app store for $6.99. Do I have to buy that too if I want all the iPad screen size? I haven’t found any info on their site yet so I’m not sure. I just found a couple of posts on their blog so I’m reading up.
Of course, I’m buying the iWork apps and will pick a bunch of free ones to try them out.
iPad Board made a phone call to UPS and confirmed that Apple has an agreement with UPS to deliver iPads on Saturday.
“A UPS Import/Export representative has confirmed that their agreement with Apple guarantees iPad delivery by end-of-day Saturday. She had my tracking information in front of her, and the fact that my address is way out in the sticks will “make no difference”.”
Macrumors posted an interesting tidbit that shows that Apple may charge for major releases of iPad OS software. But before you get all in a tizzy, remember that this is the way that they do upgrades for the software on the iPod touch (and it is only $10). The indications are that the first major release after the one you get when you buy your iPad will be free, but major releases after that will have a charge. For example, 3.1 will probably be on the iPad when it arrives this week, and when 4.0 comes out, that will be free, but version 5.0 (sometime in the future) would have a fee.
From macrumors: “The iPad licensing software provides the usual legal documentation for use of Apple’s software, Google Maps and YouTube videos, but also reveals one interesting aspect of Apple’s plans for iPad OS updates:
Apple will provide you any iPad OS software updates that it may release from time to time, up to and including the next major iPad OS software release following the version of iPad OS software that originally shipped from Apple on your iPad, for free. For example, if your iPad originally shipped with iPad 3.x software, Apple would provide you with any iPad OS software updates it might release up to and including the iPad 4.x software release. Such updates and releases may not necessarily include all of the new software features that Apple releases for newer iPad models.”
That sure won’t cause you not to buy the iPad, but it is good to be prepared for.
Along with a press release today describing the Apple iPad release this Saturday, April 3rd, and the ability to buy iPads at Best Buy as well, Apple released a whole slew (yea, that’s a technical term for ‘lots’) of guided tours for the iPad.
These are really nice overview presentations of the functionality of the major apps included with the iPad. I’m not finding many surprises here, but they are fun to watch and certainly tease the taste buds of those of us wanting to get our mitts on one ASAP.
There are tours for:
(Photo credit: snap from the Apple site)
“Build rates have increased, according to a report by Morgan Stanley’s chief Apple watcher
In a report to clients issued Monday — six days before the iPad goes on sale — Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty says Apple’s (AAPL) Asian suppliers have revised their shipping forecasts for the tablet computer, suggesting strong initial demand.”
Katy’s report continues with:
“iPad suppliers now forecast shipments of 8-10 million iPads in calendar 2010, up from their previous estimate of 5+ million.
Suppliers now expect to ship 2.5 million in the first three months alone (March to May), considerably ahead of Huberty’s estimate of 750,000 by the end of June.
Shipments are not sales, however, and Huberty is sticking with her sales estimate of 6+ million iPads in 2010. The Street’s consensus, she says, is closer to 3-4 million”
So if indeed Apple sold out of their initial build for the iPad (see our worldwide first report from Saturday), and if they’re increasing build rates, then Apple is anticipating a higher demand than even they initially forecast. And that’s good news for those of us believing the iPad will do some amazing things because if there’s a lot of demand, then the developers will write more software and we’ll have a lot of cool things to try out!
I was contemplating maybe upgrading my iPad order from the 32gb wi-fi to the 64gb wi-fi this morning and when I went to the Apple store, low and behold they’re quoting “Ships by April 12th”.
That’s good news for Apple I suppose – it could mean that they’ve sold out their initial inventory. Of course, we don’t know how many that is, but for them, I suppose it is good. I’m sure they’d like to have enough inventory for someone to walk into the store on April 3rd and pick one up (that didn’t pre-order) but it appears that the demand for the iPad is high!
Oh, this story on 9to5Mac indicates that orders may be nearing 1/2 million (which doesn’t include ‘reservations to pick up at the store’).