Posts tagged ipad
Now, this is something I imagined was possible, but to actually see it being done is amazing. What this guy produce a sweet little rock track on the an iPad! Who would have thought it was possible a few years ago to make music like this on a tablet! This is where Microsoft got it so wrong, they thought it was about hardware, it’s always been about software.
i thought I would share my current desk and all the Apple things I have collected.
- Macbook Pro i5 2.66
- iPad WIFI 3G 16GB
- 30″ Dell Monitor
- 15″ iiyama monitor
- Macbook Pro 15″ Core 2 duo 2.33
- Mac Pro 2007 model, upgraded to 8 cores
- iPhone 3GS 32GB
What you can’t see is my iMac 24″ in my studio.
With the recent release of World of Warcraft’s expansion pack Cataclysm, I wanted to stretch my old RPG muscles again. However, gaming technology has been re-invented with the iPhone and iPad. I wanted to see if there was any genuine way to play World of Warcraft on a mobile device and I found it.
It is called EveryAir. Now let’s get one thing straight, it won’t allow you to install World of Warcraft on your iPad; what actually does is capture the video display on your gaming computer and streams it over WIFI at a high refresh rate.
I’ve yet to try it as my Mac Pro is having issues running World of Warcraft right now but I thought I’d share that with you. Let me know if you have installed EveryAir and played World of Warcraft with it!
David Hockney is a renowned British artist. Even though his work has been on traditionally been on print and canvases he has embraced technology to drawn and display his images at a gallery in Paris using Apple iPads.
I think this is awesome; it is the sign of the times. However, I do think this devalues the work because it has almost become disposable. A digital image is just a series of code. I do not believe this is the full future of art as a medium. I hope it will coexist with traditional materials for many years to come.
Just a quick post to tell you about a game I’ve installed on my iPad for ages but only recently rediscovered. Pocket Legends can best described as World of Warcraft for Apple devices. The control system is very simple, it’s just point to a space in the environment and your character will move. Combat is a case of selecting a power or weapon and your character will automatically attack the nearest enemy.
My friends call it the iFad (ho ho), but to me it has become a tool that I use more often then my other Apple computers with the exception of the iPhone. There are limitations to the iPad without doubt but then there are limitations of every product I have; no one questions if the Mac Pro desktop is “portable”, likewise nobody asks if the iPhone can be used to edit 25mb RAW Images!
Where the iPad really works for me is in it’s presentation and 90% of what I do online which is surfing the web.
If you’re a photographer, then don’t wait. Get an iPad now while it’s still new and fresh; remember when the iPhone was new and original? Now it’s quite common.
I was speaking to another Tech Gear Head this evening about the iPad and what it meant. He suggested that it right now it doesn’t fit anywhere and is creating a market all of its own.
But what does this mean for Photographers? For amateurs I can’t say; it is an investment regardless if Steve Jobs says it’s only $499! But for a Professional Photographer I can see great benefits.
Imagine preparing to see a potential customer who want to see your work. They have already seen your portfolio on your website, they have chatted to you over email and phone so now they want to visit you. Armed with an iPhone, a Macbook and a iPad they would be impressed with your tech (well, perhaps the groom might be). The couple want to see your work in more detail so you hand over your latest gallery on an iPad! The interaction with the photos (slide, spin, flick) would give that “WOW” factor and perhaps the edge you need to close the deal.
On Location during a Shoot:
100% of my photoshoot happen away from home, that means my gear has to be portable and powerful. The iPad is portable but I doubt it could beat a Macbook. However there is a place for the iPad on location; checking emails, note recording, review photos (assuming that it is possible to connect a card reader).
Apple’s product philosophy is simple to understand but difficult to master; keep the design simple, make the interface intuitive and elegant and control the connection between the software and hardware.
Look at Apple’s computer range. The minimalist design of the Mac Pro desktop is simple and brilliantly executed. On the front are two optical disk slots that are hidden, a power button and few usb/firewire ports and that is it! Compare that with a PC and it’s clear which hardware is trying too hard.
Apple’s Macbook range is equally as simple in design and form. Once again the body is uniformed with design that is now considered a classic. There aren’t dozens of flashing lights or distracting buttons everywhere like you would find on a typical Windows laptop. When the Macbook is closed the there is the every present Apple logo on the lid. It is perfectly understated which conforms to Apple’s design template. There is nothing confusing about how to use it. I have let complete novices use my Macbook and they have been able to use it within minutes.
And of course the iPhone. If you just consider the functionality, there is nothing new here; smartphones have been around for years, but what Apple have done is made it elegant. The interface is simple, the fact that when you swipe your fingers across the screen the feedback in instantaneous. With just one hardware button at the bottom and quick access to the four main features of the iPhone (phone calls, mail, web and music) it’s just brilliantly simple. Apple has been critized unfairly that there is not enough customization with the iPhone’s interface, but it JUST WORKS! There is no clutter and there is no doubt that a major part of the iPhone’s success is it’s user interface.
The iPad won’t make such a splash initially as the iPhone or the Macs did because people’s expectaitons are much higher now. Also users don’t know how it fits in yet.
I am a Professional Photographer and no matter how loose I can see some potential in having a tablet computer rather than a full laptop. However, there will be times when I will need to run an open Operating System. The problem, at the moment, with the iPad is I cannot install full Mac software on it. I use Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and even some video editing software when I am out on the road so the iPad cannot cope with those heavy apps, however I don’t believe that’s the iPad’s place.
I believe the iPad will fill a niche gap in the market. I can showcase photos to clients in a more interactive way with an extra “wow” factor. Perhaps the iPad shouldn’t be used alone, after all even if you did have an iPad you would most likely carry a smartphone around with you to make calls.
The iPad will find it’s place ALONG SIDE other Apple’s Hardware. Time will tell, but I can see myself carrying an iPad, a Macbook Pro and an iPhone out when I see my clients. Is that too much? Perhaps, but it will look damn cool infront of clients