Originally Posted by ahmlco
This just sucks. And if you cant tag them or name them, it sucks even further.Its like saying that on the PC, every single Microsoft Word document you ever create, be it personal or for whatever project, is going to be stuffed into one single humongous Microsoft Word folder with every other Microsoft Word file youve ever created. Same for Excel files. And same for you get the idea.
No organization at all. None.
Really, its as bad as the lame bookshelf metaphor in the iBooks app. Steve says that even a 16GB baseline iPad will let you carry thousands of ebooks.
Cool. But now picture this: You take him at his word, and youve now purchased thousands of ebooks and downloaded them to your iPad only to find all of them stuffed at random onto dozens upon dozens upon dozens of seemingly identical virtual shelves.
Check out photos of the interface. Theres no apparent way to sort by title or author. No way to group those thousands of books by author or subject or genre. No Dewey Decimal System. No way to keep related books (or documents) together. You can probably quit the app and do a spotlight search if you remember at least part of the title.
Otherwise its page, page, page, swipe, swipe, swipe, bitch, bitch, bitch. Where in the hell is that book on
Heck, I have a mere fifty books in the Kindle app on my iPhone, and the lack of organizational tools there is ALREADY driving me insane.
Come on. This is progress? This the reinvention were looking for?
Even the ancient floppy disk, thirty years old, had folders for grouping related files. Take away the ability to create user-defined organizational schemas, and even something as storage poor as a 128K floppy disk rapidly becomes little more than a mess of intermingled files with cryptic file names.
128K. And the biggest iPad is 64 gigabytes.
Even the venerable iPhoto is starting to show just how unworkable it is to only have a single library of photos. It wasnt too bad when it first appeared and it only had to manage a few photos, but people have been stuffing their libraries with photos for years now. Outings. Vacations. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Graduations. Day trips. Hiking photos, skiing photos, party photos
And iPhoto is bursting at the seams. Without multiple libraries, theres no good way to keep work photos from personal photos. No good way to archive seconds and rejects. No easy way to separate photos by years or even decades. No obvious way to manage things when the hard disk containing your one and only photo library begins to fill up to the brim.
Paradoxically, by reducing complexity, by leaving behind the jumbled file system, theyve made things that much harder for us all.
Of course, in the demo, Apple showed Keynote for the iPad with three previously created documents, and now that I think about it, didnt Pages have just three documents shown as full sized full screen icons that the user paged through?
Maybe thats the secret.
Never use the iPad to make more than three of anything, and youll do just fine