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Hands-On With The HP Slate 500, A Windows 7 Business Tablet

It’s been a long, hard road but it looks like some of the big boys are finally figuring out tablets. To wit: the new HP Slate 500, a business-only tablet designed for retail, hospitality, medicine and anything else that isn’t all about having fun. Let me explain.

The Slate 500 is a very nice tablet. In fact I’d say the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the 500 are close cousins in terms of style and usability. The iPad may be the gold standard, but someone needs to think of the legacy applications! That’s what the 500 is here for.

This thing runs Windows 7. It runs it just well enough to make it a compelling device for point-of service and other niche markets. It doesn’t run it well enough to, say, convince me to get rid of my laptop. I expect we’ll get a full review in within the next few weeks but rest assured you shouldn’t be holding your breath for this one – yet – unless you’re an IT shop. As Devin found out in his Nav9 review, Windows 7 is not a good tablet interface for the casual user.

The device uses an active digitizer and will cost $799 when it ships this year.

We talked to HP this week and there is no official word about a webOS tablet but they hinted broadly that it was on the way. Our recommendation? Check this out if you need to outfit 500 insurance salesmen with claims management systems. Check out the webOS version – or one of the other media-oriented tablets – if you want to watch a movie on the plane.

That said, look for a video intro shortly. It’s worth a look even if it’s not for the general consumer.



20+ iPad Apps For Designers and Developers

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Since iPad is released now, Web Designers and Developers must be eager to know which iPad apps would work for them. No gadget has been discussed, debated, and reviewed madly as Apple iPad. Few months before, we discussed about iPhone apps for designers and developers. Now, we are again back with Apple’s new coolest toy – iPad. Apple has always been able to catch the attention of creative minds, and they do a pretty good job at keeping their attention at its peak. Like the iPhone, the iPad already has hundreds of applications approved by Apple. We are discussing some of them which are of utmost importance for designers and developers which make them move more freely either on the canvas, or behind the scenes. So just check out below:

Adobe Ideas

Adobe Ideas

It is an amazing digital sketchbook, which allows you to capture and explore ideas anywhere you go. It gives awesome support for the professional design applications from Adobe, including Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop software. The interface is clean, simple and fluid. It works and makes drawing fun and useful.


iThoughtsHD

iThoughtsHD

It is a mind mapping tool to iPad. Based on the award winning iThought for iPhone, iThoughtsHD has been designed specifically for the iPad. This app allows you to visually organize your ideas and thoughts in a a very easy to use interface.


Phaidon Design Classic

Phaidon Design Classic

The application offers, at the touch of a finger, access to an encyclopedic, illustrated history of 1,000 timeless design classics by not only renowned designers, such as Marcel Breuer, Achille Castiglioni, Le Corbusier and many more. Presented in a beautifully rendered, 3D environment, the application has been built to take full advantage of the large Multi-Touch screen and advanced capabilities of iPad.

WordPress

WordPress

I think most of us are managing blogs powered by WordPress. So this app allows you to manage your blog from the iPad only. With the WordPress OS, you can moderate comments and create or edit posts and pages. With the new app, you can now take advantage of the larger on-screen keyboard (or use an external keyboard or the new keyboard dock) to type out posts — which will make major blog posts much easier to create.


Mark Up

Mark Up

Markup for iPad lets you connect to your websites and edit the text files within them. It helps you add new pages, modify old ones and download files

in different formats, such as HTML, CSS and PHP. There is a facility to view your text which you wrote and can see how it looks without closing the application.


Gusto

Gusto

Gusto was created to embrace the workflow of web development on the iPad. Quickly identify your project with a beautifully generated thumbnail of your website. Open your project and download multiple files and folders at a time from your FTP server. Gusto allows you to open multiple documents in tabs for faster navigation. After editing, preview your document locally to quickly see your updates.


SketchBook

SketchBook

Designers’ creative tool i.e sketchbook. I think this is a must for every designer. What say! Autodesk SketchBook Pro for iPad is a professional-grade paint and drawing application. Using the same paint engine as its desktop counterpart, SketchBook Pro delivers a complete set of sketching & painting tools through a streamlined and intuitive user interface designed exclusively for the iPad experience. Whether you are an occasional doodler or a professional illustrator, SketchBook Pro transforms your iPad into the ultimate digital SketchBook.


Live Sketch HD

Live Sketch HD

You can even do live sketching as you do on real piece of paper, chalkboard, canvas etc. with this app.Express yourself with impressive sketches like a pencil on a real paper. There are some tips to draw: Draw faster to make thin line, draw slower to make thick line, tap the screen to show/hide toolbar.


Omnigraffle For iPad

Omnigraffle For iPad

Are you in a need to create a quick diagram, process chart, page layout, website wireframe, or graphic design? With OmniGraffle, your iPad touch screen is your canvas. OmniGraffle knows what makes a diagram different from a drawing, so it knows how to help you make superior documents quickly: it keeps lines connected to shapes even when they’re moved, it provides stencils full of objects for you to drag and drop, and it can magically organize diagrams so your ideas come to life.


FTP On The Go

FTP On The Go

The main feature includes browse, download and upload from your FTP server. An FTP client for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. All the features of a desktop FTP client and more, all in an easy to use but powerful package. PRO features enhanced iPad support, letting you fully take advantage of the iPad’s large touchscreen–and works on your iPhone or iPod touch too. The main feature includes browse, download and upload from your FTP server.


Quill

Quill

Wow! I just love vector art. You too?? so what you going to have in your iPad is Quill. Quill is a vector art drawing program. This means everything you draw is smoothed out and represented by mathematical equations which provide benefits like you may scale out your art without any loss of detail. You can select any path in your drawing and change its features (color, stroke, etc.) or move/rotate/resize it.


Masque

Masque

Now photo editing is just so easy with Masque. Masque brings powerful photo editing to your fingertips! Add striking effects to a portion of your photo (or the entire photo) through simple touch interactions. Create your own “Masque-r-piece” and then show it off to the world through convenient in-app sharing.


i Mockups

i Mockups

Mockups provides designers and developers with the ability to quickly draft wireframes for their websites and iPhone/iPad apps. Created exclusively for the iPad, iMockups combines a beautiful interface with intuitive functionality, taking full advantage of the breakthrough touchscreen device.


PCalc Lite Calculator

PCalc Lite Calculator

PCalc Lite is a fully functional and free taste of our popular scientific calculator. It includes an optional RPN mode, multiple undo and redo, unit conversions and constants, as well as two stylish themes and our highly praised design.


Evernote

Evernote

This particular turns iPad into a memory tasking, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and sync to your Mac or Windows desktop.


iDisplay

iDisplay

Increase productivity by maximizing the viewable area on your main monitor! Ideal for multi-tasking users, iDisplay lets you free the main monitor for work-related applications by moving some apps to the external display, shown on your iPad.


Brushes

Brushes

Brushes is a popular painting application designed from scratch for the iPad touch. Paintings produced with Brushes have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker on numerous occasions. It has now been redesigned to take full advantage of the larger screen offered by the iPad. Featuring an advanced color picker, high quality brushes, layers, extreme zooming, and a simple yet deep interface, it is a powerful tool for creating original artwork on your mobile device.


C64 Pain XL

C64 Pain XL

C64 Paint is an app that lets you paint on a canvas up to 160 by 200 pixels with all the 16 colors of the classic 8-bit computer of the 1980s, the Commodore 64. Make cute little monsters! Paint a sweeping landscape! Place every pixel with precision on a grid or cover a large swath with your finger using different brush sizes.


Zen Bound 2

Zen Bound 2

Now time for relaxing. iPad presents you Zen Bound 2. Zen Bound 2 is a meditative puzzle game of wrapping rope around wooden sculptures. It is a tactile game, with a focus on making rope, wood and stone look and feel real and believable.


Cool Hunting

Cool Hunting

Cool Hunting is a destination for creative professionals and those looking for the newest original content spanning everything from molecular gastronomy to conceptual design. A daily curation covering the forefronts of design, culture and technology, Cool Hunting (coolhunting.com) is an award-winning online publication and video series with a global scope


Desktop Connect

Desktop Connect

Desktop Connect is a fast, full-featured desktop viewer, optimized specifically for the iPad. View and control Windows, Mac OSX and Linux computers as if you were sitting in front of them, or observe others as if you were watching over their shoulder. Desktop Connect is great for those designers or developers that are on-the-go and they need to access full featured applications that are not available on the iPad. Desktop Connect is the only app that will automatically discover all of your computers on your local network, and uniquely offers support for both VNC and Microsoft Remote Desktop (RDP).



The iPad Web Design & Development Toolbox

David Appleyard on May 6th
A few months ago, we published a set of resources for iPhone developers, covering a huge range of different types of resource. From podcasts and conferences to design kits and frameworks.

Today we’re doing something similar, but specifically with designing websites for the iPad in mind. It won’t be quite as extensive (let’s face it, the iPad is still fairly new!), but should offer a brilliant set of resources for developing a browser-based site or application for Apple’s latest gadget.

Getting Started

The main focus of this article relates to designing websites for the iPad. The entry barrier to this type of development is virtually non-existant.

That said, if you’re wanting to develop a native application, there’s a considerably more complex process. As with the iPhone, you’ll need to enrol on the iPhone Developer Program. This gives you full access to all Apple’s resources, the SDK, and the latest beta builds of the software for your iPhone and iPad.

You can either register for free if you’d like just the basic access to Apple’s SDK, or pay $99 per year to have the ability to test applications on your iPad itself, and submit them to the App Store.

Once you’ve done one of the above, you’re ready to get started! Download the SDK, and take a look at our iPhone developer tookbox for a whole range of resources that are still perfectly suited to iPad development.

Apple’s Resources

Though focused primarily on native app development, Apple do have a few great documents that relate to web design – or interface design in general. These make for a good initial port of call:

  • Preparing Your Web Content for iPad – This article talks through details of the user agent code for Mobile Safari on the iPad, why you should use W3C standard web technologies instead of plug-ins (Flash is, of course, not supported), and how you should modify CSS code previously targeting the iPhone. There are also a few useful tips relating to the challenges of developing for a touch device – there’s no hover or mouse-over state, for instance.
  • Human Interface Guidelines – This is a mammoth document, and essentially outlines Apple’s “best practices” for designing iPad interfaces. Although primarily aimed at native apps, if you can implement these standards in your web application you’ll be on the road to offering a great experience for the user.
  • Safari Web Content Guide – A guide on how to ensure your web design works well in Safari (whether on the desktop, iPhone, or iPad), and tips on extra events and handlers you can use with the touch interface.

Interface and Wireframing Design Kits

One of the most important things to consider when designing for the iPad is how you’re going to structure the interface of your application. It’s all about touch, and it needs to be obvious for the user as to how and when to interact with your website or web application.

Wireframing your design from an early stage is a great move, and there are a few handy resources below:

  • iPad Wireframe EPS – A great illustrator file that provides everything you need to create accurate wireframes for the iPad. The rest of Sarah’s blog is pretty brilliant as well, and she’s an incredibly talented interface designer.
  • iPad Stencil Kit – Something a little bit different, this metallic stencil kit is perfect for wire framing on paper (often the best place to start). There are also kits available for the iPhone if you’d like to try them out.
  • iPad GUI PSD – For the actual iPad interface elements themselves, this PSD kit is one of the best options to experiment with. It contains everything from buttons to toolbars and pop-over windows.

General iPad Design Articles

For general design principles, we’ve rounded up a few other articles below that will give you a little guidance:

  • Design Tips for Your iPad App – The tips shared here aren’t just relevant to the iPad, but design in general. Focus on knowing who your user is, keep it minimal, and experiment with every orientation.
  • Ember’s iPad Category – Ember is packed with iPad interface screenshots, snippets and information. Browsing through here will give you no end of ideas for designing something that looks great.
  • Designing for iPad: Reality Check – A fantastic, rambling, in-depth article looking at all manner of different design aspects. From typography to interaction, there are some really interesting thoughts here.
  • How iPad Affects the Way we Design Websites? – Another fairly general walkthrough of a few design decisions that you might want to make.
  • Quick and (not so) Dirty iPad User Testing – A fun look at how you can emulate the experience, size, and feel of the iPad if you’re yet to purchase one but still want to perform some testing.

Developing and Coding

From a technical point of view, you’ll need to detect that a reader is using an iPad in order to show them a particular version of your site. You’ll also want to know all about the interesting things you can do on an iPad that aren’t possible on the desktop!

Here are some great pieces of advice:

  • iPad Detection using PHP and JS – Three code snippets are offered here, to detect the iPad using PHP, JavaScript, or a .htaccess file. This lets you easily redirect the user to a different design (be sure to let them easily view the original site though!)
  • iPad Orientation CSS – Unfortunately, you can’t pick up your computer monitor and turn it portrait. You can with the iPad, and it’s important to have CSS that accommodates both orientations. These rules will let you do just that.
  • Detecting Device Size and Orientation in CSS – A slightly more in-depth look at how you can target the iPad using CSS.
  • iPad Web Development Tips – Working through a number of different CSS/JS techniques, and explaining why the browser really isn’t all that different from the desktop.

Dealing with WordPress

Optimising your WordPress theme for the iPad is something you might like to consider, but fortunately there usually isn’t too much that you have to do. Generally speaking, your beautifully crafted theme will probably look fine on the iPad out of the box (assuming it looks good in Safari on OS X).

This short article covers a few things you might like to consider, and it’s also worth taking a look at a plugin called WP-UserAgent if you’re wanting to detect if a reader is using an iPad.

Of course it’s also worth mentioning the WordPress app for the iPad, which is far more usable than the iPhone equivalent.

Hiring a Developer

Of course, you may find that it simply doesn’t make sense to develop a website, and a native application is the best way to go. Luckily, there are a range of different sites that can help to make the process of finding a developer remarkably straight-forward.

We covered all these in our recent iPhone developer post, and you can find the full list at the bottom of the article.

Remember to check out a variety of previous work to gain a strong idea of quality before hiring anyone in particular!

Share Your Tips!

Are there any other handy links, resources, and tips you’ve picked up about developing for the iPad? I’d love to hear them in the comments below – feel free to share!



How Publishers Plan to Monetize iPad Content

iPad Money ImageMacala Wright Lee is the Founder of FashionablyMarketing.Me, one of the web’s leading digital marketing blogs for fashion, luxury and lifestyle industries. You can follower her on twitter at @FashMarketing or @Macala.

Apple announced earlier this week that it had sold more than 300,000 iPads in the U.S. on the first day. Furthermore, iPad users downloaded more than one million apps from the App Store (App Store) and 250,000 e-books from the iBookstore on that day alone.

The release of the iPad has the publishing world wondering if paid digital content will put the industry back in the black. While e-books are showing strong growth (as seen by the first day’s downloads), the water is murkier when it comes to newspapers and magazines. All three of the industries are facing formidable challenges in transitioning from print to digital mediums, but some publishers are already taking some interesting approaches.


Exploring Multiple Revenue Streams


Michela Abrams, Publisher and CEO of Dwell Magazine, believes that the iPad will allow Dwell and all its subsidiary companies to generate new revenue streams through paid subscriptions, digital advertising and online-to-offline events. The publication has launched full-scale development of robust iPad apps that will incorporate Dwell advertisers and support cross platform ad integration on the Dwell Partner Network, Fine Living Channel, and the Dwell On Design conference.

“The web is about sharing experiences,” says Abrams. A huge proponent of community, Abrams believes that in order to make digital content on the iPad effective, publishers have to integrate all aspects of their audience into the digital experience.

Says Abrams, “When you serve a community, you should endeavor to know everything about that community no matter what your topic is. You need to know what kind of running shoes they wear, and scotch they drink, what airline they like to fly, and cars they drive; then, and only then, could you really understand your audience’s whole psychographic profile.” This is the philosophy that Dwell is using as it develops monetization strategies for the iPad.


Testing Online-To-Offline Revenue Streams


Dwell Magazine Image

This summer, Dwell is testing Abram’s new online-to-offline marketing models with the Dwell on Design trade show and conference in Los Angeles. Dwell plans to use their iPad applications for pre-show promotion by releasing 1,000 copies of its iPad design directory before the event. A vendor who participates in the event, such as Herman Miller, is able to have branded content within the digital edition. Advertisers, such as Target, can publish their own mini magazine for customers within the pages of Dwell’s digital editions. This of course, is incorporated into the exhibition and sponsorship for show vendors.

What’s more, Dwell has partnered with sustainable design blog Eco Fabulous, founded by Zem Joaquin, to offer a real-time tour of a sustainable prefab home (the interiors of which were designed by Joaquin) during the conference. The portal for the tour is, what else, the iPad.

Those who can’t attend the show can download the tour app and follow along in real-time. If a viewer sees something they like, they can touch it and discover its designer, and link directly to the company’s website.

Once e-commerce capabilities are enabled for the iPad, Abrams plans to fully integrate them into the digital edition of Dwell, as well as future editions of the Dwell on Design conference app. As consumers or show attendees read through the magazine, they will be able to find out what designer or manufacturer produced the tile, countertop or bedding that’s featured in an advertisement, and simply click through to purchase it.


Getting Consumers To Pay For Digital Content


PixelMags Image

For magazine publishers wishing to monetize their digital content, success is directly related to the quality of that content. According to a study by eMarketer, if the publication has content that the consumer believes is worth paying for, they will. The publisher then has to figure out how much that consumer is willing to spend and develop a fairly priced payment model.

So how does a magazine go about monetizing its digital content? Well, it’s easier than many may think. A start-up called PixelMags is leading the way for magazine publishers large and small.

38 magazines launched via PixelMags’ iPad apps held top spots on the iTunes Top 50 Paid Book List over the first weekend nationally and internationally. Magazines published on the PixelMags platform include Dwell (and all it’s subsidiaries), iCreate, Eliza, and MacUser.

For publishers, including niche, digital magazines and bloggers, the platform offers additional digital revenue streams. Consumers can purchase new issues and back issues of a magazine; over 25% of them purchase a 12-month subscription to the magazines they download. Magazines with international editions receive instant global distribution in up to 77 countries. A business publication or independent blogger can publish exclusive content, studies, or reports that are available for download at an additional cost.

What sets the PixelMags platform apart from its competitors is that it offers branded apps, complete with custom titles, meta descriptions and keywords; all of which are used for advanced search purposes when an application is launched on iTunes. The platform is compatible across the iPad, iPhone () and iPod Touch. Features include search, zoom, bookmarking options, headline alerts, a virtual library, social network sharing capabilities and in-app purchasing.

For magazine publishers, the PixelMags platform allows consumers to experience rich media content, including integrated, interactive advertising, games, platform-hosted video and vertical ad integration. Development costs vary by the scope of the project, but pricing starts at $1,000 from creation to iTunes launch.

PixelMags creators are excited about the opportunities their platform has to offer those who want to monetize their digital content. Founders Mark Stubbs, a 3D Imaging specialist for Bugatti and Aston Martin, and Ryan Marquis, a digital marketing and e-commerce executive, wanted to take the experiences they used when creating photorealistic imagery for luxury car manufacturers and translate that into the digital experience for content on the iPad and iPhone.


Is The iPad Going To Save Publishing Industry?


Realistic digital magazine replicas, combined with user-friendly features like bookmarking, search options, virtual libraries, headline alerts, in-app purchasing, social network sharing, and endless interactive content – isn’t that the product that millions of magazine readers have been waiting for?

The keys to success of course, lie in the monetization strategy and the quality of the content.



5 iPhone Games You Should Supersize on Your iPad

iPhone and iPod touch users who just added Apple’s third device to their inventory of gadgets know that the out-of-pocket expense on the iPad itself could eventually pale in comparison to the total cost spent on applications.

For those of us left with much less discretionary income after purchasing our pricey product, we need to maximize our iPad app budget. Thankfully Apple promised that most the applications we already know and love would work on the iPad too. Practice has proven a tad disappointing with some of these apps, but we have found a number of iPhone games that sparkle on the big screen.

Here are five that you should definitely try out on the big screen. What other iPhone/iPod touch games have you found to look beautiful on the iPad?


1. Bejeweled 2


Some iPhone games just look amazing and play spectacularly on the iPad even though there may not be an iPad equivalent just yet. PopCap Games’ iPhone version of their popular online game Bejeweled 2 is a testament to that notion, and speaks to how games we loved in miniature form can transform themselves and be even more entertaining double-sized.

If you’re already familiar with the game and own the iPhone version, make sure to add it to your iPad’s app collection immediately. Even though Bejeweled 2 [iTunes link] on the big screen only offers a bigger experience, bigger is most certainly better in this case. Bigger diamonds and bigger action translate into an immersive experience that both enthralls and infuriates when you’re racing against the clock in Action or Blitz mode.

If you’re new to Bejeweled 2, the game was made for the iPhone/iPod touch and sells for $2.99. It offers a captivating variation on a now classic game (even my mom loves it), and you can wuss out on the Classic and Endless versions, challenge yourself with the Action game, or compete with Facebook friends in the one-minute, action-packed Blitz version.


2. The Sims 3


EA has been fast to adapt a plethora of their games for the iPad, but no such luck for fans of The Sims. Those of us, however, that shelled out $6.99 for the iPhone/iPod touch version of The Sims 3 [iTunes link] (because we just love our Sims) should certainly add that app their iPad for a much larger Sims experience.

The transition over to the iPad isn’t totally seamless and you won’t be able to access or import the Sims characters you’ve already nurtured or tortured on your iPhone, but if starting fresh sounds like fun, you won’t be disappointed. Game play is exactly the same, with zero hiccups, and you’ll still be tasked with creating and growing a Sim.

The big bonus is that the size constraints of the smaller screen are non-existent. Just imagine being able to maneuver your Sim, redesign your house and socialize with the neighbors in giant proportions. It’s a marvelous experience for those of us who have come to appreciate the pleasantries of playing The Sims with our fingers but just want more room to do so. As our Sims would say, nevel boobsinorb (though we’re not sure on the actual Simlish spelling).

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