Daily Archives: March 25, 2010

Are You The iPad’s Orson Welles?

Time’s Managing Editor: iPad Content Awaits ‘Its Orson Welles’

Mr. Stengel acknowledges that early iPad content may not meet the hype. He compared it to the era after sound first came into motion pictures. For a while many movies were more like filmed plays, until directors really learned to take advantage of the opportunities of the medium. For the iPad, too, “the medium is waiting for its Orson Welles,” Stengel said.

Whoever wants to try to fill those shoes better start with these prior posts of mine:

Digital Books: From “The Kiss” To “Avatar”

Writer 3.0 For Book 3.0

How To Properly Integrate Video Into Fiction Digital Books

Digital Books: More About Video Use

Studs Terkel Will Save Publishing

The Internet Lets Us Learn From A Master

And my money is still on John K. to do it. Someone fund him, for god’s sake!

Bonus: Himself. Orson Welles Meets H.G. Wells

Three Apple iPad Image Trademarks

These are all from January, but still interesting.

Three Apple images filed for trademarks.

See them after the break.

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The First iPad Bible?


Are you a pastor? A theologian? A Master of Divinity? This app is not for you.

holiwrit is not Logos, it isn’t a “Study Bible”. We forwent word studies, comparison modes, Greek & Hebrew, and much more. Why? Because we wanted to read the Bible! Since when did that need to be complicated? It can be really simple, and holiwrit proves that!

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Check out what that page image leads with.

Pretty RSS For iPad: Spreads

Meet Spreads

For years we’ve had a love/hate relationship with our RSS readers. We love the blogs we read. So much so, that we subscribe to their feeds. We want to get their new posts directly to our desktops, but something is a bit off.

We feel the feed reading experience isn’t as much fun as it’s supposed to be. The content is sanitized. The blog’s design is lost and everything is laid out badly, in an endless stream of text. Add to this the intimidating unread count badges and the whole experience becomes too stressful.

I don’t use RSS.

For one, it requires an app. I don’t want something else clogging my weak machine.

Second, if you don’t go the app route, it’s via the web. And most people say use Google Reader. Tried that. Forget it!

If they nail this …

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Sneak Peeks Of More iPad Apps!

An iPad App to Make You Smile…or Doodle

What’s interesting about this one is it will allow marking up PDFs — as well as saving files as PDFs.

And Bento is coming for the iPad!

Zach Waugh has an unknown iPad app coming.

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Ustream For iPad: Killer App

I love Ustream.

But my crap PC doesn’t.

What used to be a guaranteed smooth experience has become progressively chancy due to Windows Updates sabotage. (It’s no wonder people strip off Windows for OS X on netbooks!)

Today I was reminded of how valuable Ustream will be for the iPad thanks to Scott McKain.

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Sneak Peek: Audiotorium App

This looks very interesting:

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What’s particularly shocking is to see the word Folders there in the upper left. Not Categories or something else. Folders.

I wonder how this will sync with a desktop?

A nice touch, the icons for each item in the Folders list.

And here’s another snap:

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Next Week: New iTunes With iBooks!

Next week Apple will release a new version of iTunes software to coincide with the launch of the iPad.

This will bring eBook purchasing and reading into the software.

Is this mockup what it will look like?

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Note that I blocked out my iTunes ID.

I’m also not going to try to simulate the desktop reading portion.

Just a little over a week to go!