One of my hopes for the iPad is that I would use it for presenting my photography to clients, friends and family members. While the built-in Photos App is great for doing basic slideshows, you can do so much more with Keynote including adding text, graphics, movies, sounds and wide variety of transitions and builds. While you can build presentations right on the iPad and include the photos in your iPad photo library, I'm most likely going to build most of my presentations in Keynote and the Mac and transfer them to the iPad to run in Keynote. However, If I need make any last minute changes or additions I'd most likely do those right on the iPad itself. I could also see using the iPad to do presentations on the road for work. Although I usually have software to demo on my Mac, sometimes those presentations start out with a slide presentation. Now I can see having the slides on my iPad and the software I'm demoing on my Mac. This way I could go back and forth between the two as needed.
Presenting from the iPad
Of course if you're going to present from an iPad you're probably going to want a way to hook it up to your projector. Apple sells a iPad to VGA adapter. I'll have a review of this adapter and other iPad accessories on my tech blog this week. The VGA adapter may disappoint some. Unlike your computer, it doesn't mirror everything. It will only display the Apps by Apple (to date). I've tried Keynote, YouTube, and the Videos App with great success. However, 3rd party apps like Netflix and ABC Player get no love on the big screen. So if you were thinking of broadcasting any of your other Apps or the Home screens to do iPad demos on the big screen, think again. However, for what the adapter was designed for it does a great job. I connected the iPad to one of my Epson projectors.
Getting your presentation on the iPad – Like I said I plan to do most of the authoring on my Mac. So the question I had right off the bat was how do you get files onto the iPad. I was fully expecting a WiFi transfer like so many other Apps do. However, Apple insists on making everything sync through iTunes including Keynote, Pages and Numbers documents. Once you have Keynote installed on your iPad and you plug your iPad into your computer, you'll see the special Keynote section in iTunes. This is where you can drag your documents back and forth.
Keynote goes for $9.99 here on the
Adobe has released their Adobe Ideas app that was last week released for the iPad, for the iPhone and iPod Touch as well. It is free and available on the App Store, letting you use your device as a digital sketchbook.
If you are on the iPhone but not the iPad, give the app a try and see how you like to sketch using your fingers on the touch screen.
The popular Twitter client for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Tweetie has been acquired by Twitter, developer Loren Brichter announced on his website yesterday. He will begin a position in Twitter's mobile team and the iPhone application will be renamed Twitter for iPhone and be made available for free in the coming weeks.
Perhaps this also means that an iPad client will be available sooner, now that he is part of a team? Many are already longing to see the application on their iPads and for Twitter now, this would be a smart move to make, quickly.
At its special event today, Apple has just announced their new iPhone OS 4.0 which will be shipping this summer for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G as well as the iPod Touch 2nd and 3rd generations (older models, not supported). Apple are saying that there are over 100 new features in the update, as well as about 1500 new API tools for developers. Let’s have a look at what is in there, starting with the big ones:
Finally, Apple caved in for the pressure and have added multitasking to the new OS. You can finally run multiple 3rd party apps at once. Just by double-clicking your home icon, a row pops up with your open icons, which you can also close from within there.
Not to drain your battery life too fast, Apple has made rules on only certain API types, when it comes to the multitasking, but you should be pleased to know that VoiP and background audio streaming is available, plus more!
You should note that only the iPhone 3GS and the iPod Touch 3rd generation (late 2009) in sizes 32gb and 64gb (alas, not the 8gb) can handle multitasking and thus, the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2nd generation, will not have it.
When I reviewed the original Bento App for iPhone I was actually pretty psyched about it back then because I thought the technology was neat to be able to carry around custom personal databases on my iPhone and even do some data entry if necessary. However, I found that I really wasn't using it as much as I thought I would. Don't get me wrong, the App definitely works. It's just that I didn't really have a need for it. Yes I need to manage data every day, but the light never came on for me as to what the Killer App would be in my life
Bento for iPad changes the rules
I don't know what it is, but I'm guessing it's the large display. When I first saw Bento running on my iPad my jaw hit the floor. Why? Because it looked like Bento running on my MacBook Pro! It was gorgeous and while the iPhone App was functional, it just didn't come across as well as the iPad version does. The iPad version is so good that it made me look for a reason to use it and I found one. The one thing that I'm struggling with managing these days are the details behind all my travel. The more I thought about it the more I realized how much I could benefit from using Bento on the iPad as my event planner. I love the fact that it's just what I need and not too much and yet not too little either. I could start with one of the NEW built-in Libraries and then add in the fields that I need. Although I'm just getting started with this new database I'm seeing the potential and pay off right off the bat. I need to keep track of things like the event name, location, dates, times, coordinator and expected attendance. I also need to keep track of my travel to these events and since they are international events in many cases I need to know things like the status of my Visa application and whether or not I've booked all my travel. Right now all of that information exists in different places like my calendar, email, contacts and notes App. However, I bring it all into one ELEGANT place with Bento for iPad!
Bento for iPad goes for the low price of $4.99 here on the App Store.