PhotoFramePlus for iPad is an app that helps you turn your iPad into a lovely digital picture frame when it’s not in use – with a clock and calendar added into its display.
I love the idea of using the iPad as a photo frame when it’s not hard at work, I’ve been looking forward to this app since I first heard it was coming to the iPad, and I bought it and installed it as soon as I had a chance.
Sadly, although the app ‘does what it says on the box’ it is a disappointment to me in its 1.0 version. Read on for some quick reasons why …
Ah, the satisfaction that can be obtained just from the addition of a simple button and filter. The iTunes App Store has just added just such a button. The cute little toggle shown above, that lets you filter your view and see only iPad or iPhone apps while perusing the store.
This was one of my first complaints in rounding up my first impressions of the iPad App Store – as previously you would select to view iPad apps, look at an individual app’s details, and find when you returned to the parent section (Featured or What’s Hot or wherever) you were back to viewing all iPhone and iPad apps.
Nice to see Apple has provided this filtering feature so quickly.
The latest version of 1Password Pro hit the App Store the other night – and it includes its iPad specific version as part of the package. I’ve been using 1Password Pro on my MacBook and my iPhones for a long while now – it has performed great and is now an essential app for me.
I waited for this 1Password Pro update, as it provided the new iPad version of the app to existing owners for free – a very nice thing to see. The app itself looks great on my iPad – just as expected after seeing some of its pre-release mockups.
I’ll have more to say soon on 1Password Pro on the iPad – but for now I’m just very glad to see an old friend on my shiny new toy / workhorse.
Apple has hinted at the prospect for direct printing from the iPad in its support documents for iWork apps, suggesting the feature may appear as part of iPhone OS 4.0.
Support pages for iPad’s Pages, Keynote, and Numbers apps each note that "printing directly from iPad is not currently available," rather than simply stating that the apps do not print.
Hopefully any new direct printing feature would be accessible to most / all apps, not just the iWork suite. I’ve tried a couple HP and similar wireless print solutions for iPhone in the past, but never had the right model of printer to give them a proper go. I believe those guys in the image above are early beta testers for the new direct printing feature. :)
The lovely folks over at Evernote have offered up ‘two snazzy options’ sized just right for the iPad. The second one has the word Evernote across the center. I prefer just the good old elephant.
What I’d like even better is if they get an update out so that their iPad app will actually launch for me. In the meantime, if you’d like to grab an Evernote wallpaper for your iPad (and they have iPhone versions as well) here’s where to go:
Having spent stupid amounts of time, and gone through untold amounts of frustration, courtesy of the not-at-all-ready for primetime iDisplay app, and after around 36 hours of recovering from the mess made by the app, I have one further observation about it. Or at least one more that is postable at a family friendly site.
I’ve heard many folks talk about forgiving some iPad apps’ 1.0 bugs because most developers did not yet have hardware prior to releasing their first versions – but worked just with a simulator. The thing is, the immense damage that iDisplay inflicted on me was all to my MacBook Pro. It was their desktop app that caused stupid amounts of hassle and unwanted system changes.
So yeah, they had the hardware – no simulator needed, just a Mac. For me, this makes their app’s appalling ‘performance’ even more unforgivable. Read through the App Store reviews on this app – you’ll see there are tons of users shouting about it wrecking their systems. And they DID have the hardware prior to releasing this.
myPhoneDesktop provides an effective way to send data from your desktop directly to your iPad. This app is great to use and let me tell you why. I am constantly sharing information back and forth between my computer and my iPad, and this application provides a perfect way to make it easier and less time consuming: I can now place calls and send out SMS messages via Skype; transfer long text notes; copy/send URL links; and save images conveniently from my computer to my iPad.
PogoPlank – the slick springboard / home screens replacement for jailbroken iPhones – will soon be coming to the iPad.
I have to admit that, as much as I enjoy jailbreaking my iPhone, I am not keen to jailbreak the iPad. That’s not to say I might not succumb to temptation, but I’d like to hold off for a bit and hope that iPhone OS 4.0 will deliver some things that will reduce the urge to jailbreak.
I’ll be putting my iPad to work a little harder today than originally planned. Things went from bad to worse for my MacBook yesterday following my horrendous experience with the iDisplay app. Long story short, ended up needing to do a full system restore – and the MacBook now completely fails to boot.
So until I get a chance to take my MacBook in for a Genius appointment this afternoon, I’ll be posting from the iPad. Continue reading →
The idea behind this review of Pages for iPad was to see how quickly someone could get something done without having used it before. In the interest of full disclosure, I have used Pages on Mac, so your rate of adoption may vary. I tested two different types of documents, a text document and a poster.
The Text Document
The text document was a simple invoice for one of my customers. I emailed an old invoice that had been created in Pages on my MacBook to my iPad. Once I opened the attachment in Mail I was given the option to “Open In Pages.” It shows as a button in the top right corner of the document if you have Pages installed. Continue reading →