iOS devices (the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iPad) are particularly well suited for Web browsing. For example, I do most of my Web browsing on my iPad and not on my desktop (notebook) computer(s). One of the reasons for this is the instant availability, the excellent battery life, the you-can-browse-anywhere approach and, of course, the great IPS screen of the iPad, which is way better than anything else on a desktop, unless it's also an IPS screen like those of old(er), pre-2007 high-end IBM / Lenovo Thinkpads or the iMac. For example, my high-end 17” MacBook Pro (late 2009 model) has a pale and much inferior screen compared to that of the IPS and it's only my old Thinkpads (a t42p and an a31p) that offer the same screen quality as that of my iPad.
Since my last, dedicated post
, the following important events have happened:
a brand new iPhone / iPod Touch-only Web browser, 360 Browser
has been released. It has some unique features not present in any other current iOS browser, not even the best one (iCab Mobile): if you double-tap any of the tabs, you'll be presented a context menu also containing "close all other tabs" and "bookmark all tabs" items – just like on a decent desktop browser. With these, mass operations with several open tabs become much faster than in other iOS Web browsers. A screenshot:
I've added a column describing the recently-released PDF Expert
to the chart
of my Ultimate PDF Reader Roundup
. It's a decent PDF reader; however, I still consider the cheaper(!) GoodReader better in most respects.
I've also greatly enhanced the section discussing annotation capabilities – see the newly introduced „Annotation” group.
I've finished updating the main comparison and feature chart of my Ultimate PDF Reader Roundup, the one and only REAL roundup of iOS (iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad) PDF readers ever published, with up-to-date information on the latest PDF reader versions. I've already mentioned the changes in my yesterday's post; then, however, I still didn't have a VGA cable to test my iPhone 4 / iPod Touch 4G / iPad on a real VGA monitor. Now that I've, at last, received the cable, I could test these all.
This is an update to my previous all-in-one PDF iPhone / iPad reader roundup published HERE.
I haven't elaborated on some subjects in the original article. Let's take a closer look at them.
1.) JPEG2000 images embedded in PDF files with aren't supported – they simply aren't shown.
To quickly fix this issue, before transferring the file to your iOS device, just open it in OS X's Preview and select File / Save As.
An example of this showing the page of Building iPhone OS Accessories Devices by Apress with the missing images (click the images for the full-sized version of much better quality):
Now, with the first beta version of iOS 4.2 and its in-page text search in Safari I've been waiting for, I can finally publish the online version of the iPad / iPhone Web browser bible I promised almost a month ago.
As you may well know, in the past, I've published several articles (last one, testing 3.1.2 on the 3G and 3G S, HERE; one of pre-4.1 full AVRCP emulation HERE) on Bluetooth headphones and A2DP, the standard for music transfer between a mobile device and a pair of stereo headphones.
I've been very busily working on my Web browsing-specific article for the iPhone Life Buyers' Guide. To back up my printed article on the Web browsers, I've found it necessary to update the main chart of my main browser comparison and feature chart. It's available at http://www.winmobiletech.com/sekalaiset/08232010iOSWebBrowsers.html .
(Note that a cleaned up and extended, easy-to-digest version of this article – without the lengthy section on the chart – will be published in the iPhone / iPad Buyer's Guide. Go buy it ;-) ).
The iPad offers an excellent way of reading PDF files. While you can do this right in Safari (with web based PDF's) or can freely download Apple's own iBooks, it may be still worth checking out how almost all (!) the currently available PDF reader solutions. Knowing what the alternative PDF readers are capable of is essential as reading online PDF's with Safari lacks any kind of features like in-document searching. In addition, iBooks lacks some essential features too.
If you don’t actively follow the later changes to the articles I create (if you are interested in a specific game genre or a given utility type – instant messengers, Web browsers, multimedia streaming apps etc. –, you should as I’m continuously posting updates and news items on the latest releases), you may miss my newest article on Reign of Swords Episode II. You’ll find it at the end (in the “(UPDATE 08/23 12:14 CET)” section) of the multiplayer gaming bible at http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/iphoneipod-touch-multiplayer-gaming-bible.
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