Category Archives: Software

Kobo App Easter Egg

It looks like this:


Click = big

All I know is that exists. I don’t know how to call it up, and still don’t have an iPad myself.

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Adobe Reader For Android: But Likely Not For YOU!

Introducing Adobe Reader for Android

This would be a great development except the System Requirements immediately bring the Not Happy:

  • Android v 2.1 and above
  • 550 MHz processor
  • Currently Supported Devices: Motorola Droid, Motorola Milestone & Google Nexus One (While we have not yet tested against other Android devices, we expect they may also run the application just fine.)

Well, I tweeted this news and asked someone with an Archos 5 Internet Tablet to try it. Pal jkk obliged and here is what he got:


Click = big

So, that’s one less device to be tested.

Also, this won’t run on the upcoming Archos 7 Home Tablet, either. That’s also Android 1.x-based and has a slower and less-powerful CPU than the A5IT.

I’d really like to know how Adobe’s software would handle a PDF from Google Books. Do they dare do a video demonstration of that, as they like to for Flash?

iPhone App: Walking Cinema

Walking Cinema: Parkman, Murder on Beacon Hill

This looks good. And I can see why it’s best suited for the iPhone too: that portability is needed (plus, someone is less likely to rip an iPhone out of your hand than an iPad … right now).

Hit the link above to see some interesting videos and text.

It’s $4.99 at the App Store [iTunes link]. If you’re going to Boston, this is something you should get. After seeing the website, now I want to go to Boston, just to use this!

Press release (from months ago!) and two screensnaps after the break:

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Newsy.com App For iPad

I got a press release in my mailbox for this. Good thing, since I won’t dip into the mess of the App Store without an iPad to shield me.

There’s a great 90-second demo video that I can’t embed here. That can be seen here (but possibly not on an iPad; it looks to be Flash and I don’t know if they’ll dynamically swap in an HTML 5 video — try it anyway.)

What I can do is show a lo-res screensnap from the video:

Every single video app by others should have the social features shown in the demo.

This app really looks great and I’ll be getting it when I have an iPad.

See the press release after the break:

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Twitepad Looks Good!

I’d seen a demo video of this early on but somehow lost the link.

Today @jane_l on Twitter told me she’s been using it.

I use TwitterFox (now EchoFon) with Firefox. I like how I can use a browser and Twitter at the same time. I don’t want a Twitter client on the iPad to run by itself and force me to jump to Safari.

So Twitepad looks like it will do what I want.

Jane provided some screensnaps, after the break.

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iTunes ePub eBooks: Display Options

OK, I could kick myself across the room for not seeing this sooner.

In my lame defense, I plead for mercy in that I did not expect to be doing any of this sort of testing/investigating until later. Also, I do not use iTunes except for peeking into the App Store every now and then.

Anyway, see what I finally tripped over after the break.

Note: iTunes experts will not find anything here new. This will be of interest for those who haven’t used iTunes much. I hope.

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iTunes 9.1.0: Add But Not Read ePub eBooks

iTunes 9.1.0 is out. I expected it — just not for today!

There are two key changes:

1) Category in the right sidebar
2) The ability to add ePub eBooks to the Library

See changes and testing via screensnaps after the break.

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Fourteen iPad App Demo Videos!

Go past the break to see videos for these:

Clockwork
smartNote
Carters Encyclopaedia of Health and Medicine
Bluditch
dPad – Drum Sequencer for iPad
Sheet Music Live
Namaste
COD
iSigns HD
Mixr – iPad DJ App
DashApp
Coolibah
Fruity Slots Deluxe
The Wrong Side of the Bed 3D!

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From MacDraw To iPadDraw?

A million years ago I made my coin doing documentation for a banking system. I had to do charts like this:

In those primitive days, I used MacDraw 1.x for that.

Which was great. It was so easy to align objects and to combine several items into one.

Then MacDraw 2.x came along and it was a real PITA to use.

Then MacDraw went away altogether.

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More iPad App Screensnaps

How did we ever live without the Internet?

And how did we ever dredge up stuff before Twitter?

Devs are springing leaks on Twitter. It seems like I’m the only person not working on an iPad app!

After the break, new screensnaps, some which have never been published widely before.

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