Sunday, March 25, 2012
Good idea, but is inventing an element the right approach?
My reason to bring this up is that Iâ€™m very interested by how TypeButter accomplishes its kerning: it inserts
kernelements with inline
styleattributes that bear
kernelements. No, you didnâ€™t miss an HTML5 news bite; there is no
kernelement, nor am I aware of a plan for one. TypeButter basically invents a specific-purpose element.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
First is support for Autosave and background saving. Gone are the horrors of losing hours of editing due to a crash or waiting seemingly endless minutes while a large image is being saved. This change alone is worth upgrading for anyone who uses Photoshop every day.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Interesting read from Quirks Mode, on how the iPad 3′s display will actually hurt the mobile web in particular, by creating a demand for larger downloads to accommodate for the hi-resolution screen.
In order to display properly on the iPad 3, all graphics of both web apps and native apps must be doubled in pixel density, which means their size roughly quadruples. Clever compression will solve part of that problem, but not nearly enough.
The problem is even worse with the mobile web. Jason Grigsby delved into the way Apple itself serves Retina-optimised images to its new iPad site. Essentially, they download the normal images first, and if a check for the iPad 3 is positive it then downloads the optimised images.
I’m hard pressed to see the difference.
Monday, August 01, 2011
Proof of what we’ve known for awhile now. Adobe does not care if Flash dies. They will create a useful tool for whatever it is that you do.
The preview of this app is now available as a free download.
The New Yorker magazine takes a lot of heat for using Adobe’s iPad publishing tool. It outputs files with large footprints, unselectable copy, and little support for native iPad features, like pinch and zoom. Their numbers show though, that in the end, the bells and whistles matter much less than you may think.
Offering the first detailed glimpse into iPad magazine sales since subscriptions became available in the spring, The New Yorker said that it now had 100,000 iPad readers, including about 20,000 people who bought subscriptions at $59.99 a year.
The New Yorker, a magazine that has always been heavy on text, took a different tack from its peers. Instead of loading its iPad app with interactive features, the magazine focused on presenting its articles in a clean, readable format.
And then there’s the ability for print subscribers to download any issue on the iPad. This is the direction all print publications need to head.
…More than 75,000 people have taken advantage of the magazineâ€™s offer to allow print subscribers to download the app free.
Give me great content and a usable delivery platform and I’ll give you my money. Plain and simple.
And from an interview with David Remnick in November 2010:
He said there are vast possibilities for interactive reading that will appear on the New Yorker’s iPad, but those will come when he establishes a proper subscription model so that there is a critical mass of people consuming the materal;
You can’t force a new medium. Take Wired magazine for example, also owned by New Yorker parents, Conde-Nast; their content has consistently declined while they’ve revamped layout and interactivity in both their print and iPad versions.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Hulu Plus – It’s amazing how much people budget for TV/movies. One can only assume, Hulu Plus will actually be successful. / text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; / Web fonts at the Crossing / A jQuery based solution for customized checkboxes and radio buttons I’m using in a current project and am quite fond of. / artsy iPhone and iPad wallpapers / jQuery Fundamentals a large ‘must-read’. / Simple, multiple gmail from addresses on iPad / iPhone without setting up a bunch of email accounts. Just like your desktop based Gmail! / The 101 Best Sandwiches in New York / Bing Destination Map: Automatic Napkin Sketching of Maps = cute maps. / The Geotaggers’ World Atlas – cuz art is nice.
Friday, April 16, 2010
I don’t see myself using the iPad on the subway. I know it’s price tag amounts to nearly the monthly wages of the guy sitting next to me. Surely he can better spend the money I’ve wasted on this thing. I will however, use it in the park. While I’m often mistaken for the Greenpoint neighborhood native, Polish, my hip ass outfits are a dead giveaway that I’m really part of the gentrification. Why not add an iPad? As long as we’re not on top of each other in a tin can under the ground, I’m OK with people knowing that I make more money than them.
After just about two weeks w/ my magically revolutionary iPad, I’ll say that just like the conclusions Salon.com arrived at, I’ve been reading, reading, reading. Not books. I am looking forward to giving that a try though, as reading is really quite enjoyable on this thing. If only the iBook store had costs similar to that of the public library. Instapaper Pro is the must have app. I’ve re-tagged many a ‘toread‘ as ‘read‘ with afternoon breaks in the park. I also find myself actually finishing the editors picks in the NY Times Editors’ Choice app and very much so, admiring the photography in The Guardian Eyewitness app. It’s rare to read past the headline or take a minute to absorb, when a screen is involved. This thing has brought the focus back.
Throw in a handful of other great uses, like email for Susan, our shared calendars (yay for caldav), and actually deriving some pleasure out of the hundreds of photos we take weekly, via the photo slideshow mode… and this thing has totally replaced that large footprint laptop on the kitchen table in our teeny tiny apartment. So far, it seems to be the internet-enabled appliance we’ve all been promised since the dawn of the web.