Some photos of Deventer city.

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It’s “Try new things” morning, so it seems. So I’m typing this in the WordPress app on my iPad. I’m even trying ten finger typing, which works amazingly well in fact, in combination with the autocorrect features. Certainly not as fast as a regular keyboard, but it works.

Yesterday OmniFocus for iPad was released, and while I was waiting for this release I was kinda put off by it’s high price: €31,99. Considering I already bought the Mac version ($79,95) and the iPhone version (€15,99 and not really usable sync-performance-wise for the first year) this just seems a lot. In comparison: Things, which is a fairly comparable program, is only €7,99 for iPhone and €15,99 for iPad (unfortunately also not a universal app); so I could buy both mobile Things versions for less than just the iPad version of OmniFocus! The only major difference I could see is the inability of Things to sync using anything else than a local WiFi network, although they say this would be coming sometime this year.

And here’s the Thing (pun intended): (more…)

While I use Aperture (v3) for my photo editing and organizing needs, my girlfriend uses iPhoto (v7). To get some of her beautiful shots in my library, I would like to use the Share feature of iPhoto. Unfortunately, it seems I cannot access this shared library from within Aperture directly.

Having gotten iPhoto (v8) myself with my new MacBook Pro, I simply start this program, and access her library from there. After copying the files to my iPhoto library (directly dragging to Aperture does show the +-cursor, but does not work) I can then import them in my Aperture library. Tedious, but it works. Most of the time.

During copying of the shared photos to my computer, I often get a message that some of the photos could not be imported due to their file type not begin recognized. After some investigation, I discovered that the photos giving this message have the file type ‘GEPJ’, which incidentally is JPEG spelled backward… Now where does that come from??

Most photos with this problem will successfully import a second time around. However, you have to redo your carefully made selection of photos to copy all over, because iPhoto forgets your selection as soon as it starts importing. There is an easier way though: in the error message of iPhoto, a path is displayed, which looks something like ‘/var/folders/Jf/Jf5z8CcW2RSzKE+1YogdOU+++TI/-Tmp-/iPhoto/DPAP/10.0.1.2/8770/1’. Yes, that’s a weird path. You can copy this path from the iPhoto dialog and paste it in the Finder in the dialog you get when pressing cmd-shift-G (Go to Folder). In this folder, you will see all photos you were trying to import, which you can then drag manually to iPhoto, or even directly to Aperture :). I presume however, that all iPhoto-specific meta-data that is not embedded in the photo itself (using EXIF) will be lost this way.

Tara enthusiastically playing with his new toy from Suzan’s parents.

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Photos from last weekend when the sun actually broke through and tried to melt down the last bits of snow. Unfortunately, more snow fell again after that, and at this moment it is rain that is trying to do its part. Enough of this now, let spring commence!

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The iPad looks really terrific. I could easily see one lying around here in the living room somewhere. I could find the use for some nice piece of hardware that is easy to grab and start browsing, typing, or emailing on.

Most comments I hear are about a missing camera and multitasking. The camera just seems an obvious growthpath for Apple to me and I’m not surprised it didn’t make it in the first version. Although it would have been very nice in combination with a version of iChat to go with it.

Multitasking however would be something that I would really miss on a device this size. On the iPhone I rarely really miss it – switching between apps with the speed they do while retaining their current state is something that was easy to get used to with such a small screen. Now with the bigger iPad screen, I would love to put things in parallel, from different applications and within one application. I haven’t seen the possibility of putting two sites, or to iWork documents next to each other in the demos, let alone a site in Safari and a Pages document. This is something that isn’t too hard to imagine to be very handy. Add to that some messenger or twitter application running in the background, and you got your environment really going.

If the first version of the iPad doens’t support multitasking, at least it should support the Dashboard. In my opinion this would be the ideal place for the iPad to hide common functionality like the calculator, weather app and twitter client. It is easily accessible (with a specific gesture, for example), web-based and therefor not really running two apps at once. It would be really awkward to switch to another application (or get your iPhone out of your pocket) just to do a quick calculation when e.g. typing in Pages.

Speaking of which, I couldn’t find the Weather and Calculator apps in any of the screenshots of the iPad I’ve seen. Maybe Apple is already working on a Dashboard?

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The sudden sales of Michael Jackson albums on the iTunes music store shows exactly why traditional music stores selling cd’s can’t compete: they weren’t available immediately (24/7) and just couldn’t have enough stock, while digital business never runs out.

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