Office² HD Allows Tracking Changes in Documents on iPad

One of the more unexciting but necessary tools of our trade is the trusty word processor. Now that our toolbox is getting more mobile, I've been turning more and more to the iPad for having access everywhere to my documents. One of the minor pitfalls until now has been the ability to collaborate in these text files between multiple people and see what changes everyone has been making to a document.
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✱ Maide Control - A New 3d Mouse

Maide Control is an exciting new app for your iPad from Maide that does two things. First, it allows you to control SketchUp or Rhino on your computer wirelessly and present your model from your iPad. Second, it lets you use your iPad as a 3d mouse (like a 3dConnexion device) during the modeling process as another input device.

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✱ My Digital Sketchbook - Jot Pro + iPad and the Apps I Use

The new Jot Pro stylus for iPad is here. I was one of the backers on Kickstarter for this new product by Adonit and I love the fact that I was able to help support them reach their measly goal of $2,500 to get the project rolling. Instead, they had 4,975 backers that pledged a total of $168,532 which obviously gave them a successful funding. More importantly, it shows just how many early adopters there are that are excited about this product. If you're not familiar with Kickstarter, you should definitely check it out. I've helped fund two kickstarts so far and have been extremely happy with not only the companies that have come out with the amazing new products, but also with the whole idea behind Kickstarter itself.

Anyway, back to the Jot. Until now, I've hardly used my iPad as a sketchbook because the offerings haven't been what I have desired in a pen-like instrument. When drawing on paper, I prefer to use ink as opposed to graphite or chalk. I'm actually a bit more picky than that. I really prefer to draw with fluid ink pens as opposed to ball points. 

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✱ Using the iPad as a Design Presentation Tool

The other day I gave a presentation to a client. Sounds normal, right? As designers, we should be doing this often. But this time, I tried something new - hooking up an iPad to a digital projector for a full, high definition presentation. Let me be the first to tell you that it was beautiful. Let me also be one of the first to say that I can’t wait for this to be wireless over Airplay when iOS 5 comes out.

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