Astropad, getting a graphic tablet out of your iPad

Released last week, ASTROPAD is one of the most interesting software released in the Apple ecosystem in these last few months.

Pairing a free app on the iOS device, with it’s counterpart on OS X, it enables a two way communications between the video of your Mac and the input capabilities of the touch display of the iPad, becoming de-facto a graphic tablet (like a Wacom).

At download time you have a 7 days, full featured, trial period. Then you’ll have to pay ~50$ for it. From the fist test I’ve done with some friends the app behaves better with tools like Photoshop, Pixelmator and such… other than some CAD, where it misses some keyboard integrations.

The developers are really active and interacts with their customers (potential ones too), so be sure to follow @astropadapp also on Twitter…

on minimalism in technology

Before buying an iPad, or any other tech toy, make sure to think it through; don’t let subliminal advertisement affect your choices. Make the right choice, you don’t need to have it now.

Fabrizio Rinaldi, Feelmaking

on deployment of (new) technologies

Deployments are only as good as the vision set forth before a Wi-Fi system or even a type of device is selected. If a school district isn’t going to follow Apple’s guidelines, it shouldn’t expect a successful project.

— Bradley Chambers, MacWorld

on the iPad disappointment

And so, if you really look at it in just four years after we launched the very first iPad, we’ve sold over 210 million, which is more than we or I think anyone thought was possible at that period of time. And it’s interesting to note that that’s almost twice as many iPhones that we’ve sold in a comparable period of time, and over seven times as many iPods as we’ve sold in the period of time. So, I think it’s important to kind of put that in perspective. We’ve come a long way very, very quickly…

Tim Cook, on Apple’s 2014 1st fiscal quarter results

via The Astonishing, Disappointing iPad

Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface

→ Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface

An extended review of Microsoft’s Surface by Lukas Mathis, honestly compared to iPad for the real world ‘productivity‘…


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