Omni, designing for the iPad

The Omni Mouth: "I want to say that's sort of crazy, except our own CEO Ken Case created a terrifyingly accurate faux iPad using a 3D printer. It-well, it even has a little Omni logo on it. And a 30-pin dock connector. And... look, it's just very, very realistic and I'm a little worried about how much sleep everyone is getting, okay?" - I think I need a 3D printer. This is a great way to put together a UI, just move a bunch of paper around. I remember our UX team doing this at Visio. They'd do usability with pieces of paper. Great stuff.

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Looking back on CrunchPad

Back in November, 2009, Michael Arrington announced the death of the CrunchPad
"It's a sad day at TechCrunch HQ. Hitting the publish button on this post, which makes all of this so...final...is a very hard thing to do. I'm enraged, embarrassed, and just...sad. The CrunchPad is now in the DeadPool."
I can't help but believe it was a good thing it failed. Yes, a good thing. Just think what would've happened to it after the iPad announcement? Sales would've dried up and he'd have been selling them out of his garage at a heavily discounted price just to get rid of them.

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iPad, mark his words

David Cole: "It's not 'far superior' -- it's way better. What's the difference? 'Way better' is what regular people say. And that's where the iPad will find an audience. Regular people around the globe will flock to the iPad, maybe even faster than they did to the iPhone. This is not just for geeks. It's not even for geeks. It's for everybody." - Wow, I don't think I've EVER seen David this excited about something, and he makes a lot of excellent points. Go read the post, I think you'll like it. I know I did.

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Tinkering

Mark Pilgrim: "Now, I am aware that you will be able to develop your own programs for the iPad, the same way you can develop for the iPhone today. Anyone can develop! All you need is a Mac, XCode, an iPhone 'simulator,' and $99 for an auto-expiring developer certificate. The 'developer certificate' is really a cryptographic key that (temporarily) allows you (slightly) elevated access to... your own computer. And that's fine - or at least workable - for the developers of today, because they already know that they're developers. But the developers of tomorrow don't know it yet. And without the freedom to tinker, some of them never will." - CAUTION: Mark's pretty free with the F-bomb, but the article is worth a read. The thing that really caught my eye, and my full attention, was one of Marks own comments in the comments section, it reads...

People haven't figured it out yet, but Mac OS X is on its last legs. By 2015, Apple will make appliances and developer add-ons. Not general purpose computing devices.

WOW, WHAT A BOLD STATEMENT! He might be right.

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The Shipley iPad Tweets

Wil Shipley is a very outspoken, and very talented mind, in the Macintosh community. He's the founder of Delicious Monster, creator of Delicious Library for the Mac, and for a very short period of time Delicious Library for iPhone until Amazon's API license killed that off.

Here's a recent set of tweets from Wil about the new iPad, and his concerns about the platform. I'd like to see him write about this on his weblog. You need to start at the bottom and read up.

I'm sure there are a lot of Mac developers worried about this, and other things. Some of us are just trying to write apps.

wilshipley
On first run, they should say, "This is UNSIGNED and could be dangerous. Do you know/trust this vendor?" This is already in Mac OS X.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
Apple shouldn't distribute unsigned apps. They should just allow the device to run them if you download them from a vendor directly.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
All the reasons given why iPhone was closed off aren't valid on iPad: You don't need to call 911. You don't have a voice line to burn.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
We don't need to boycott the iPad. I think it's a great device. All we need to do is get Apple to ALLOW UNSIGNED APPS.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

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@wilshipley You're not alone in feeling this.
about 8 hours ago from Tweetie

wilshipley
DOES THAT NOT WORRY ANYONE BUT ME?
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
Developers now don't only have to compete with Apple in the consumer software space, Apple ALSO gets to approve or deny our competition.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
Consider: Every single iPhone app from Apple uses undocumented APIs, but if developers use them, their apps are (were) banned.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
Is this REALLY want we want to win? Apple making the choices for us? They are choosing in THEIR interest, not ours.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
For instance, I'd like to use Google Voice. Oops, Apple think it sort of competes or something, so I can't. Too bad.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
How long did we put up with Windows' near-hegemony? Is that what we want from Apple, now? "Go elsewhere if you don't like our monopoly?"
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
Don't give me this: "If the market doesn't like it, they'll go elsewhere," argument. We use Macs. We know the market can choose poorly.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
What we're going to end up with is what we have for the iPhone: a million apps, 99,999,900 of them crapware.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
Who is going to spend years writing an app for a device where Apple can (and does) reject apps with constantly-changing criteria?
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
How are we going to innovate if we can't compete with Apple's Mail or Browser or Address Book or Calendar?
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
What happens when a small developer pisses off Apple? Will our apps still get approved? Note that Steve banned a book from Apple Store.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
The danger of a closed system with a single chokepoint is the next generation of apps that just don't happen. We'll never know.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
Pages. Numbers. Keynote. iTunes. All these started out as products at tiny companies, not Apple. Innovation comes from them.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
For instance, Nintendo interfered with Castle Woflenstein so much Carmack vowed never to work with them again.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
I don't like the "Video game systems already are closed systems" analogy because I don't program for video game systems for good reason.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

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Flash and the iPad

Prasenjeet Dutta: "On the other hand, John Nack points out that Flash made video ubiquitous on the web. They do deserve a hat-tip for that, but now that Youtube, Vimeo, BBC and several other sites have standardized around H.264, the de facto future of web video appears to be H.264 " - If you want to display video it would make sense to create a standalone Flash application for the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. Forget the browser for now, focus on writing an app that'll let people view video. Hey, it's a start, and I can't imagine Apple would reject it.

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Omni Group to embrace iPad

Omni Group Blog [via @danielpunkass]: "Remember how Macintosh was intended to be the computer 'for the rest of us'? That's what we feel Apple's iPad is: the best computing device for most of the things people use computers for. (Or, as Apple puts it, 'the best way to experience the web, email, and photos.') It's the computer people can sit down and start using immediately, without training, whether they're 2 or 92." - That is a huge commitment from one of the leading independent Mac developers on the planet! WOW!

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Hockenberry on iPad

Craig Hockenberry: "What I find most interesting is the inclusion of the iWork applications. I suspect that we'll all benefit from working in Pages, Numbers and Keynote without the distractions of the web, Twitter or chat. And in the long run, we'll prefer it." - Short, but sweet, observation from a man that has embraced both the Mac and the iPhone as developer and user.

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Uses for a tablet

Scobleizer: "Tablets make a HUGE amount of sense in healthcare. Remember Epocrates, the iPhone app that Steve Jobs' own health team helped influence? Now imagine they came out on stage and showed off their new version which has much better integration with your entire health chart." - My brother has been touting tablets and handhelds for use if healthcare for YEARS. I think Jay (that's what the family calls him) is in the wrong field. At heart he's a Software Engineer, or at least a Program Manager. He has great ideas with regards to solving problems in healthcare with technology, especially as it applies to the Pharmacist in a clinical setting. He really needs to get a job with someone like Apple, Google, or Microsoft. He has a lot to offer guys, and the healthcare market is still wide open. I'm sure his brain is spinning on uses for the iPad.

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Mini-Scobleizer on iPad

Scobleizer: "Tonight when I picked up my son in Petaluma we started talking about the Apple iPad and he told me he thought it was a 'fail.' This reaction was interesting coming from Patrick (he was first in line in Palo Alto for the iPhone and has been an Apple fan for as long as I remember.)" - A chip off the old block, good review through the eyes of a 16-year old kid. I don't think this device is targeted at kids, I didn't think the iPhone was for that matter, but this one should fit well in the high end netbook niche.

Side note: I can't believe Patrick is now 16-years old. Holy cow, I'm getting old. I met Patrick when Robert came to Paramount Farms to look at how we were using .NET for lots of different things.

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