Over at the Interchange Project, Patrick Thornton does a great job of breaking down his iPad setup:
When I first got the iPad, I purchased Pages, which is a pretty good word processing program in the abstract. It has a critical flaw, however: syncing a document between the iPad version and the Mac version of Pages takes a lot of work and is anything but intuitive or seamless. I would not recommend it, and it’s not worth describing the broken process here (a quick note: I would recommend purchasing Pages if you ever need to open and edit Word files, because Pages works really well for that).
Let’s just say that that Pages is nothing like the experience I get with Byword, where I start a file on one device, and it syncs automatically via Dropbox, allowing me to pick up where I left off on another device. All my changes are automatically synced via Dropbox, and I don’t have to do anything to get the latest version of a document.
A big part of what I do is write and take notes, and that part of my workflow will be the main focus of this post. I use several programs for this purpose: Omnioutliner, Byword and Simplenote (note: Simplenote is both an app and a Web service). They each serve a purpose, and I do not like programs like Word that try to be all things to all people.
Patrick goes on to provide a very detailed breakdown of how he has setup his iPad for writing (and other efforts) – passing along a number of great tips and tidbits on what he’s learned along the way.
TechCrunch is covering a story about the latest Perq that Apple is offering to their employees:
As device makers like RIM, Samsung and Nokia incorporate NFC technology into their mobile devices, Apple has been radio silent on what its plans will be in mobile commerce and payments. But a deal that is getting announced today could be a clue to one area where Apple might see a big opportunity.
Apple has signed on with Pirq, a startup from Seattle, to offer food and drink daily deals to its employees in the Bay Area, with the service working by way of an iPhone app, location-based technology, and a Microsoft Tag code to redeem the discounts. A source tells TechCrunch that this is the first part of a potential “four phase” implementation that could see Apple offering a deals service out to all iPhone users.
It’s a pretty interesting concept. Having worked in a downtown urban area for a number of years, something like this could be a really valuable perq for employees…
Apple has released iOS version 5.1.1, a minor update to their mobile device operating system.
Release notes from Apple note the following changes:
- Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut
- Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks
- Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances
- Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List
- Fixes an issue where ‘Unable to purchase’ alert could be displayed after successful purchase
Updates can be made via iTunes to your Apple devices – or over the air via the update function.