Countdown to iPad – Wordsmith (Use Case 37)

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credit: Final Draft
credit: Final Draft
While reading iPad: Screenwriter’s best friend? by CNET editor Scott Stein, I had one of those why-didn’t-I-think-of-that moments. Scott recognizes the iPad as a logical augmentation of the writing process. He states, “… though I love using a laptop to write, I absolutely hate using a laptop to read. Hundreds of old stories and drafts sit in a folder, largely untouched, because they’re not easily readable or sharable on a laptop, and I’d rather not waste the paper to print them.”

While reading Scott’s post I glanced at the paper printout of my lastest post sitting on the foot of the bed. I could easily picture an iPad in it’s place. Just as I use printouts today, I can track down my favorite editor, my bride, and have her critique my work wherever she is. Why not just take her my laptop? I will let Scott’s response to one of his commenters answer for me: “It’s not the ‘lug the laptop’ issue, it’s the ‘read comfortably enough to take notes properly’ issue. Laptop displays are horizontal, and don’t show the dimensions of a regular sheet of paper to their best advantage. A vertical e-reader display, however, can. I know it seems simple, but that alone is a big factor- reading drafts of long documents on a laptop is quite difficult.”

The inspiration for Scott’s post came, at least in part, from the app Final Draft for iPad being developed by Final Draft, Inc. If you are interested in screen writing you might want to take a look at their site after you have a had chance to read Scott Stein’s complete post, of course.

iPad – a revisionist’s future

Countdown to iPad Series – There are countless articles and posts citing what the iPad isn’t or won’t be good at. We think they are wrong. Join us as we celebrate the countdown to iPad’s debut by posting a daily iPad use case. Think of the possibilities!

We have many iPad use case scenarios queued up, but could always use more. Please comment and share your iPad ideas below.

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4 thoughts on “Countdown to iPad – Wordsmith (Use Case 37)”

  1. This is BIG news for me. As a producer, I don't write all that much, but I do occasionally do a pass on a script. Also, a built-in note-taking function would be incredible. I've long since stopped printing most scripts to read (hello Kindle), but I'm thrilled that this last missing piece will be made available. Now my plan to use an iPad as my primary computer is very much intact :)

  2. I think Instapaperwill become a killer app for the iPad. When using my news reader, I often use it to keep longer blog posts or articles. I read them later when I have time. Reading in bed with an iPad would be a perfect use case.

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