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Cracks in the iPad Facade

April 10th, 2010

Some reports coming out about unhappy details concerning iPad behavior. One is Keynote: Apple apparently did a terrible job with compatibility. If you open a Keynote presentation–not PowerPoint, mind you, but a Keynote document–using Keynote on the iPad, it changes the document, destructively to some degree. It literally strips out presenter notes and custom slide masters, changes all the fonts to ones resident in its system, and reformats the slide to match iPad dimensions, changing the arrangement of objects. Send the document back to a Mac, and you’ll find that information simply gone–which seems stupid as Apple could have easily preserved it, if only as a version or layers of a document (iPad elements vs. Mac elements). These issues will likely be less severe with Pages and Numbers, as those documents rely less on monitor-specific layouts, but you will still probably lose any special fonts used.

Furthermore, despite what was implied by Jobs using his iPad projected on the big screen, the iPad you get will not be able to project everything on an external monitor. Keynote will show, as well as movies, but Safari will not, nor will the home screen. Apparently only apps outfitted with the right API will show up on an external monitor. So much for giving on-screen demos of the iPad.

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  1. Troy
    April 10th, 2010 at 11:55 | #1

    Sucks about the Keynote bugs. Ouch. Hard deadlines suck.

    As for external display, yes, apps have to look for it, the iPad desktop isn’t magically enwidened like when the Mac II came out.

    But the second display is there. . . and the API is trivial, just a couple of calls. Apps will have to individually fire it up but once they do they can add whatever UI they want to it.

    I think it would be cool to make the iPad a home console. Plug it in to the TV and play games on the TV via bluetooth game controllers. . .

  2. Greg k
    April 23rd, 2010 at 02:13 | #2

    I was surprised to find safari doesn’t work. Seems to be a major over site if it is so easy.

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