Overlord Theophany wrote:
idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
I'll admit I never got the appeal of the iPad, honestly. I would understand it if it had the accuracy of tablets for art purposes, but it doesn't.
I can only assume that some people hate keyboards.
Er, iPads have less accuracy than "tablets"?
Of course they do. Assuming we're talking about actual special purpose tablets designed for CAD work. It's not even a question.
That's totally why Adobe is making Photoshop apps for the iPad, and why tons of design studios are snapping up iPad 2s in droves, right?
Because Adobe's primary customer base works on Apple products, and Apple consumers tend to be rabid fanboys who'll buy whatever new thing Apple puts their logo on and swear it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. Same deal with the design studios. Most of their designers are those same apple fanboys so they're stuck buying them ipads because that's what they want and they need their hands held for them or something.
You can always tell the apple fans because they're the ones who'll insist on using whatever latest apple dodad is out no matter how inefficient it is for the job they're actually doing. I actually give the design guys a bit of slack since that's at least an area Apple does do very well in. I work with a bunch of unix admins. You can't imagine the conversations I've had with some of them. They go something like this:
Fanboy: Look at this! It took me 6 months but I got approval to get the latest coolest <insert Apple product here> instead of a standard workstation. Isn't it great? I can do photo editing and sound mixing and it can run all these apps!
Me: Um... Your job is writing perl code.
Fanboy: Sure. But now I can customize the colors of each terminal and set up all sorts of cool features, and check out all those wallpaper selections!
Me: Ok. But you could have done all that on the standard workstation.
Fanboy: But it's got shell emulation in the new OS so I can do everything I used to.
Me: The workstation has native shells in an X environment. It's a unix box.
Fanboy: But now I can connect from my Apple into our unix server and do everything I could before.
Me: Yeah, but that's what... never mind. What's with the mouse?
Fanby: Oh. Isn't it cool? It's got just one button, which is artistically simplistic in design and superior in all ways.
Me: But how do you right click? Or middle click?
Fanboy: You don't have to. You just hold this key, twist your wrist like so, turn your head sideways and then click. And there's a whole bunch of other features too! By doing this, you're not limited to just one operation with that mouse button. You can do an infinite number of things! Isn't that the greatest?
Me: Yeah. That's "great". I suppose. But doesn't that make cut and paste harder, and given your job is writing perl...
Fanboy: Oh. No problem, I downloaded this emulator which allows me to simulate the native X screen inputs so I can use a simple combination of 8 keystrokes and 3 mouse clicks to accomplish what used to take just one double click and one middle click. Isn't that great!?
Me: Not really.
Fanboy: You're just a hater, aren't you?
I joke about the Apple guys really. There are some good uses for the systems, but I'm still not sold on the ipad thing. I've just noticed that their user base is very
loyal. Almost fanatically so. I'll use pretty much whatever works for what I'm doing. Most people will. The Apple guys will spend enormous amounts of effort to find ways to use their Apple's to do things that they aren't well suited for, pretty much just to have an Apple on their desk. It's hard not to conclude that it really is just about the logo.