April 11, 2012
"iPad Pocket Guide, 3rd Edition" now on Kindle
Just one week after I finished The iPad for Photographers, Apple announced the third-generation iPad and I embarked on a heads-down, super fast update of my iPad Pocket Guide. The paper version of that book is still being printed, but I noticed today that the Kindle ebook is now available from Amazon! It's only $9.59, and covers all the important information about the new iPad and the latest iOS 5.1.
September 02, 2011
Great Review of ‘Take Control of Media on Your iPad’
My wonderful editor Tonya Engst sent along a clipping—yes, paper!—of a review of my book Take Control of Media on Your iPad, Second Edition that appeared in the August 2011 issue of Recording magazine. It’s a fun review by Mike Metlay, with several quotable gems:
Take Control of Media on Your iPad (v2.0) is 158 pages of good advice, step-by-step tutorials, background information, occasional snarky comments about digital rights limitations and stupid design blunders, and sneaky workarounds to the above (with at least one carefully boxed sidebar entitled “Is It Legal?”)—all concerning the iPad as a media consumption device.
and this extensive bit:
I fancied myself a decently-knowledgeable iPad media user before I picked up this book, certainly on the basics of “easy stuff” like watching movies and listening to music. By the time I put it down, I had to hang my head in shame, because I’d learned a good twenty or thirty tricks that would have saved me hours of sweat and a fair bit of money, too. Did you know there’s a freeware program specifically designed to help you import movies from your DVD collection to your computer, with optimization settings for iPad use? (See the “Is It Legal?” sidebar first, naturally.) What’s the difference between the PDF and EPUB formats for electronic document delivery, and in which areas does one format win over the other? And are you aware of the seemingly innocuous dialog box in iTunes that can pop up when you’re adding a video to your library that can destroy everything on your iPad before you know it? How about “The Best iPad Camera Tip Ever”?
Reviews are good (yes, even critical ones) and I have to admit that even after publishing dozens of books and probably hundreds of articles in this electronic age, getting a review as a clipping, tri-folded in a #10 envelope (and better, nestled against a royalty check) gave me a little electric thrill. It was like a delicate artifact had been transported from the past.
March 16, 2011
My Review of iMovie for iOS 1.2 at Macworld
A stomach bug kept me from completing this a day earlier, but now my review of iMovie for iOS 1.2, the latest version that works on the iPad 2, iPhone 4, and fourth-generation iPod touch, is now online: Review: iMovie for iOS 1.2. I found some holes and limitations, but overall it's a great, friendly app.
March 11, 2011
My book, Meet the iPad 2, now at the iBookstore!
I'm ecstatic to announce that the first ebook about the iPad 2 on Apple's iBookstore is my book, "Meet the iPad 2"! It contains 48 pages of essential iPad 2 information, and costs just $1.99. Follow this link to view more information, or, go to iBooks on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, tap the Store button, and do a search for "iPad 2" or "Meet the iPad 2". (You can also download a free sample to check out before you decide to purchase the book.)
(Note that this link takes you to a Web page about the book; you need to find it in the iBookstore via iBooks on your iOS device. However, as of March 18, Apple was promoting the book on the front page of the iBookstore; scroll down and click the button.)
Honestly, I'm amazed it was available on the launch day of the iPad 2. I expected it would take longer to work through the iBookstore process of submission and approval. (The iBookstore isn't exactly known for being responsive sometimes.)
However, in this case I give a huge amount of credit to my publisher, Peachpit Press. They have a great working relationship with Apple and the iBookstore team. Apple was eager to have an iPad 2 title available quickly, and my editors at Peachpit and I were able to make it happen.
As a result, I submitted the final book to Peachpit yesterday afternoon as Adobe InDesign CS5 files; their in-house team did the EPUB conversion quickly and submitted it to Apple; and the iBookstore folks made the book available.
The ebook is based on material from my iPad 2 Pocket Guide, which I'm working night and day to finish to get into bookstores and e-bookstores as soon as possible. The larger book contains a lot more information about using the iPad 2, from using Mail and Safari to playing media, streaming via AirPlay, being productive with the iWork suite, and much, much more.
(Update: The book is now available for preorder through Amazon; I'll add a link to it at Barnes & Noble when it appears.)
If you're waiting for your iPad 2 to ship, or if you're waiting in line at an Apple Store today to buy one in person, tap over to the iBookstore and buy the book for just $1.99. Thanks!
August 09, 2010
My Favorite Paragraph This Week
Software developer and teacher Fraser Speirs writing about transitioning his classroom of iMacs to iPads:
"It's the end of an era, but the beginning of a new one. A new era in which computers serve the needs of children and teachers. An era in which computers are not special artifacts sequestered in a purpose-built chamber into which children are ushered in hushed tones to have their weekly audience with The Computers."
I never enjoyed being in computer labs (as a student; I've never taught in one), so I like that "computing" in all its forms can happen anywhere.
July 09, 2010
Top 10 iOS Apps for Designers
My friends at HOW Magazine asked me to write up my picks for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps for designers, which is now posted at HOWdesign: "Top 10 iOS Apps for Designers". The list includes essentials such as OmniGraffle for iPad and ColorExpert, as well as utilities such as GoodReader and 1Password Pro. You'll also find a bonus 11th app, just for fun!
February 05, 2007
The Egregious Incompetence of Palm
Great overview article of the history of Palm, and how mergers, corporate owners, and stagnation have crippled the Palm platform: The Egregious Incompetence of Palm.
January 12, 2004
Leave Your Laptop at Home
Macworld Magazine has put an article of mine online (it originally appeared last month in the printed magazine): Leave Your Laptop at Home.
- Savvy business travelers know which clothes they can pack to keep their luggage light and manageable, but they should also know how to keep their electronic gear compact and easy to transport. Unless you're working in Photoshop or editing audio and video files, a Palm OS–based handheld and a few accessories are all you really need. With a little effort, you can set up your handheld to work with Microsoft Office documents, check e-mail, and browse the Web. Today's handhelds make it practical to work away from the office with equipment that fits in your pockets.
One correction to note, however: The Palm Bluetooth card does not work with the Palm Tungsten E, because Palm OS 5.x can't work with that expansion card. When I researched the article, a confusing sequence of Web navigation made one think that the card would work with the Tungsten E.
July 19, 2003
Palm Article in Seattle Times
The Seattle Times ran an article I wrote about wireless Palm handhelds. I looked at the Palm Tungsten W, a device that uses the GSM/GPRS cellular network for Internet access (and can also be used as a phone), and the Palm Tungsten C, which gets its wireless access using Wi-Fi (802.11b) networking.