I have written a fair amount of code in my time. When the iPad first came on the scene, one of the first apps I used was a text editor. I didn't use it for long. Years of physical keyboard use made using the on-screen keyboard a pain to type for more than five minutes. Most of all, I missed the lightning navigation of Emacs, Vi or even TextMate. But I haven't given up the search. Did Textastic give me hope in using the iPad for long stretches of code writing, or did it sink my expectations deeper into the abyss of no-can-do? Read on to find out.
So let me answer the big question first. Will Textastic on the iPad replace your favorite laptop-centric text editor? Not quite, although it has made great strides toward having that day happen sooner than later.
As much as I love my iPad and iPhone, I missed being able to simply write on my iDevice and have it magically turned into typed text.
With the rollout of Siri, we will can now just talk to our iPhone and have it type text....something I might add was temporarily available back in 1997 on my Newton. Yes that's right, Dragon Software, the brains behind Siri, made voice recognition software for Newton, but was quickly squashed by Apple, for some reason. But I digress....
There are three kinds of jobs: easy to obtain but with poor compensation, hard to obtain but with great compensation, and then there are writing jobs. Writing, as a profession, doesn't fit into either of the first two categories. It's both hard to master and difficult to secure steady work, and excluding the odd bestselling novelist, most writers don't strike it rich. Instead, it's a job about passion. Most writers write because they love to write. They can't imagine doing anything but writing. Sometimes that means foregoing the comfort of a 9-to-5 job with benefits in lieu of consistent freelance work.
If you use the computer software Dragon Nuance you will really enjoy Dragon Go. It's a very simple to use application for the iphone. Although, I have been using it on my ipad 2 at 2X. The graphics aren't as good on the ipasd 2 but it does work. They have added several new features such as Netflix, Web Searches, News, Music, and more. If you can access it on the mobile web, Dragon Go can find it. You simply tap the little red button and speak. It does some processing and bam, there's what your looking for on the screen. I have used it quite a bit and it has excellent accuracy.
There are many journal and note taking apps that are available; but Daedalus Touch definitely takes the demand for better features to a different level. Luckily, the very first thing that is requested after downloading is an important tutorial. It is recommended to thoroughly read and follow the tutorial because without it; you will not be aware of all the unique features that are offered. The tutorial itself is very user friendly and clearly shows the use and purpose of the app. With each page that is read; this system will ask for you to physically demonstrate the information being taught to insure that you are able to comply. It’s a fail proof way to making anyone who buys the app capable of using it.
Any fellow students out there with me? I know that when school starts, I feel the pressure! I always wonder what I can do to take my mind off school but still keep my mind sharp on the weekends! Well check out this application. It is perfect for beginners who want to learn a little bit of Japanese. Learning a language is perfect for spare time during the school year because it keeps your mind sharp.
I happened upon this particular app (SoundNote) the first week of getting my iPad1.
I didn’t have a use for it until recently, when it became one of the most important apps I have!
Enjoy the video and let me know what you think.