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In-depth video demonstrations of the iPad software including Safari browser, iBooks, Keynote, Pages and Numbers have been posted on Apple's Web site days before the hardware will be available for consumers to purchase.

The new Guided Tours section of Apple's promotional iPad Web site offers video previews of the native software included on the iPad, as well as the four Apple-created iPad applications available for download on day one from the App Store. iBooks is a free application available to U.S. users that allows the purchase and download of e-books for the iPad, while the iWork suite will be available in three separate applications for $9.99 each.

The iBooks tutorial encourages users to "discover the joy of reading all over again." It shows off the application's ability to open titles from the bookshelf and flip pages "just like a book."

Users can also change text size, choose a different font, search the text, or look up words in a built-in dictionary. A book's table of contents also allows users to jump between chapters.

Viewing iBooks in landscape allows viewing of two pages side by side, and flipping the screen rotation lock on the side of the hardware allows users to read while laying on their side.

Also of interest to many will be the iWork suite of applications, including Keynote, Pages and Numbers. The new software is built from the ground up just for the iPad. All three applications are featured in their own separate videos.

The Keynote video notes that the software only works in landscape mode because its slides are horizontal. The video touts that Keynote allows users to create "amazing presentations" including pictures, charts and graphs and dynamic visuals.



The Pages video claims it's "easy to dive right in and start writing," with 16 Apple-designed templates included with the software. It also notes the ability to dock the iPad with the accessory keyboard dock, or use a wireless Bluetooth keyboard, for those who have "lots of typing to do." Files can be exported as Pages, PDF and Word documents.

Like Pages, Numbers also comes with 16 Apple-designed templates. The dynamic virtual keyboard adapts for entry of dates, numbers, text or mathematical formulas. The integrated calculator also includes 250 functions.



The videos show many of the dynamic uses of the iPad, including its ability to be docked and utilized as a digital picture frame. The "Photos" tour states that the device makes it feel like users are holding their pictures right in their hands. "Using the big multi-touch purpose on iPad feels completely natural," the narrator states.

The video also details the categorization features in the Photos application, sorted by Events, Faces and Places. It also shows the direct-input capabilities with the iPad connection kit. Apple began taking preorders for the hardware accessory on Saturday.



A number of the videos note that the virtual keyboard in landscape mode is "nearly the same size as a notebook keyboard," making it easy to type on.

The video detailing the Mail application shows how attachments like PDFs and Microsoft Word documents can be opened natively within the Mail application. It also demonstrates the different portrait and landscape views of the application.
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Maybe it will be added later.
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I'm sure it will be.
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Video tutorial to show me how to learn to read all over again? I can't wait- it just keeps getting better!
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I can't get any of these to play. Apple needs to get that North Carolina data center built quickly if they want to service this new device adequately.

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I watched (and enjoyed) all of these. But to my own surprise, I was most blown away by "Numbers". I thought that was just an amazing implementation of that application.
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Keynotes looks amazing. I wish Apple adds Airport Express music streaming capability to the iPads iTunes.
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Looks amazing
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If you're curious about the potential faces behind the hand models Apple uses, check out this page, especially 7of9.
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This may forever silence the conception that the iPad is "just a big iPod touch." It's clear that it can do SO much more. Especially the iWork videos. Keynote's power is amazing. I WANT ONE!!!

ETA: I just watched the Numbers video, too. THAT'S AWESOME!!! The keyboard is amazing, and the whole experience seems way more intuitive and Apple-like than even Numbers on the Mac.
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Finally got them to download. Did you see the iBooks App? Granted that was a children's book, but notice how overly simplified that layout is. We are going to have more academic content so we need to see something with tables, figures, pictures with captions, footnotes. Is that going to be possible or are we stuck with nursery rhymes level of sophistication? Frankly what I see here is about the level of complexity I have been able to achieve so far with inDesign's default exporting to ePub format.

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Video tutorial to show me how to learn to read all over again? I can't wait- it just keeps getting better!

These videos are GREAT!
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these videos have sold me. I'm getting my mom one.
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Video tutorial to show me how to learn to read all over again? I can't wait- it just keeps getting better!

In your case, I would imagine that it may actually help.
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these videos have sold me. I'm getting my mom one.

Ah..... that one again. ("It's great for my [insert favorite older person here]").

Why not one yourself?
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The videos are very well done.
But I still can't imagine to hold this device all the time for watching a movie. And because Keynote only works in landscape how am I supposed to write? If it lays down flat on my lap it seems to be uncomfortable to look at.
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Ah..... that one again. ("It's great for my [insert favorite older person here]").

Why not one yourself?

I'm one of those people too. My mom would love it - I don't have a need for it. I have a desktop and an iPhone. Don't see anywhere to fit the iPad in my life without it feeling superfluous. My mom on the other hand would benefit more from it. She has a desktop, but no mobile device (worth mentioning). Rather than an iPhone, I think she'd like the iPad.
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The videos are very well done.
But I still can't imagine to hold this device all the time for watching a movie. And because Keynote only works in landscape how am I supposed to write? If it lays down flat on my lap it seems to be uncomfortable to look at.

I wouldn't expect it would be that hard to look at. You could lay it on a table, also. And if you have Apple's iPad Case, it'd be easy to prop it up.
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The videos are mainly great, I am a bit curios about the always cutting the video when swapping between portrait and landscape, and the iPad and hands sometimes being obviously montaged on top of the legs (the iPad seems to fly at some points)...

The iWork videos are stunning and I really can't wait to use these apps. I have missed a few things though (some of them "announced" by AI):

- I did not see a way to browse, or save to, network shares
- There seems to be no printing
- The "Share" menu contains a mean to send files to iWork.com, but there seems to be no iDisk support, do we really need to close e.g. Pages, open the iDisk app, download a file and then close the iDisk app and start Pages again... seems odd

The iBooks app is extremely basic. No custom bookmarks, no inverted mode, no mean to add notes or remarks, no way to look up terms on the Internet... it does not really convince me yet.

The iTunes app is nice, but the video does not answer my most urgent question: will the iPad be able to access the home sharing feature of iTunes running on my Mac? With 802.11n on board I should not really have to sync everything...?!
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Bookmakrs Bar looks nice, but why does it have to disappear? Hopefully there's a preference to auto hide/show it.

(not holding breath on that one).
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Ah..... that one again. ("It's great for my [insert favorite older person here]").

Why not one yourself?

The iPad is better at lots of things than any laptop.
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Ah..... that one again. ("It's great for my [insert favorite older person here]").

Why not one yourself?

I'm in the same boat. This is great for my mother who has an iMac. I'll be getting her the 3G model for Mother's Day as she travels enough to warrant it. She recently gave away her netbook which she hoped would fill computing void, but as most find out, it doesn't.

I still haven't found a need for myself with my much heavier computing needs and my much smaller window of requirement as I already have a 13" MBP and an iPhone. I'm sure something will be released that will sway me, or perhaps even playing with one in the Apple Store, but as of right now I have no desire to buy one for myself.


PS: What's nice is that their seems to be no activation fee for the AT&T 3G.
PPS: What sucks is trying to walk her through cleaning the HP Mini which apparently has no app for restoring back to factory settings.
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The Keynote video does not show two features I'm hoping are still there:

1. the ability to draw over the image with your finger

2. the ability to use your finger as a pointer.

I'm hoping this was an oversight in making the demo, and they remain as features.
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The videos are mainly great, I am a bit curios about the always cutting the video when swapping between portrait and landscape, and the iPad and hands sometimes being obviously montaged on top of the legs (the iPad seems to fly at some points)...

The iWork videos are stunning and I really can't wait to use these apps. I have missed a few things though (some of them "announced" by AI):

- I did not see a way to browse, or save to, network shares
- There seems to be no printing
- The "Share" menu contains a mean to send files to iWork.com, but there seems to be no iDisk support, do we really need to close e.g. Pages, open the iDisk app, download a file and then close the iDisk app and start Pages again... seems odd

The iBooks app is extremely basic. No custom bookmarks, no inverted mode, no mean to add notes or remarks, no way to look up terms on the Internet... it does not really convince me yet.

The iTunes app is nice, but the video does not answer my most urgent question: will the iPad be able to access the home sharing feature of iTunes running on my Mac? With 802.11n on board I should not really have to sync everything...?!

I was blown away by the implementation of iWork. This will change my work life in a hugely positive way. (In some ways, Pages and KN are more functional and easy-to-use here than with a keyboard/mouse).

I am so pleased that I pre-ordered mine! Can't wait to get my hands on it.

I did notice that the Keynote video did not mention that I could export to PPT (it only mentioned KN and PDF).
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The videos are very well done.
But I still can't imagine to hold this device all the time for watching a movie. And because Keynote only works in landscape how am I supposed to write? If it lays down flat on my lap it seems to be uncomfortable to look at.

Don't worry, rumour has it that an iPad harness will be released for exactly that purpose.
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But I still can't imagine to hold this device all the time for watching a movie.

Have you never read a book for a couple of hours at a time? I would have thought the two things were pretty similar.
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PS: What's nice is that their seems to activation fee for the AT&T 3G.

How did you confirm that?
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I did notice that the Keynote video did not mention that I could export to PPT (it only mentioned KN and PDF).

That is correct. Only Pages on the iPad exports to a Microsoft Office file format. Both Keynote and Numbers are restricted to iWork and PDF formats. The only real way around this I am thinking is to use iWork.com and let people download the Microsoft formats from there.
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I think the iWork apps are going to be the dark horse, and will end up becoming the "killer apps."

On another note, the big difference I've seen with the iPad (iPhone OS) compared to other tablet is the flourishes on UI elements.

With the iPad the UI elements, animations and transitions seem natural. Things move where they're supposed to, they look amazing yet functional, and don't interfere with what you're doing.

It seems that in trying to differentiate themselves, other tablet interfaces have resorted to over-the-top flying, flipping logos that engage in video acrobatics just because they're able to, not because they have to. Things are asymmetric, with interface elements seemingly shot with Dutch angles, which instills a bleak, unstable, frenetic feel to the experience.

It's amazing how subtle differences in UI design can make/break the overall experience. Most vendors are touting hardware, but more often than not people fall in love with the software since that's what they use 95% of the time. However, if Apple really wants to kill they should equip the iPad with 12 USB ports. That always does it.
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How did you confirm that?

Haven't confirmed it, hence my use of the word "seems", but it's less than a week from launch and nothing from AT&T or Apple states an activation fee but details all the other fees and activation.
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post #31 of 125
I just finished watching all of the videos. All I can say is the iPad will be in high demand from everyone in the house. Will we hear of iPad fights between the kids and the adults? I hope not. It just has so many uses, everyone will have their favorite way to use it. And it will always be there just staring at you with that picture display just begging to be picked up.
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Apple or someone needs to make a dock/arm that can let the iPad be in either portrait or landscape mode. Otherwise, one can't dock and use Keynote with the keyboard.
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That is correct. Only Pages on the iPad exports to a Microsoft Office file format. Both Keynote and Numbers are restricted to iWork and PDF formats. The only real way around this I am thinking is to use iWork.com and let people download the Microsoft formats from there.

I truly hope so.

It is a bit weird that it allows us to read PPT/XLS files and edit them in KN/N, but does not allow export in those formats.

I wonder why (when they have been able to allow export of Pages to Word, as you point out).
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I wouldn't expect it would be that hard to look at. You could lay it on a table, also. And if you have Apple's iPad Case, it'd be easy to prop it up.

Yup, you basically need one of those cases. I wish it had a locking mechanism like a standard desktop keyboard that you could set it an an angle or flat depending on what you like. Maybe in version 2.0
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Apple or someone needs to make a dock/arm that can let the iPad be in either portrait or landscape mode. Otherwise, one can't dock and use Keynote with the keyboard.

You can use a bluetooth keyboard.
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Finally got them to download. Did you see the iBooks App? Granted that was a children's book, but notice how overly simplified that layout is. We are going to have more academic content so we need to see something with tables, figures, pictures with captions, footnotes. Is that going to be possible or are we stuck with nursery rhymes level of sophistication? Frankly what I see here is about the level of complexity I have been able to achieve so far with inDesign's default exporting to ePub format.

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You really didn't just post that question did you?
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That is correct. Only Pages on the iPad exports to a Microsoft Office file format. Both Keynote and Numbers are restricted to iWork and PDF formats. The only real way around this I am thinking is to use iWork.com and let people download the Microsoft formats from there.


I'm assuming that if you get a PPT emailed to you, you can open it in Keynote. Since there is no file system on the iPad, and I'd really be surprised if you will be able to sync iWork documents through iTunes, management of iWork documents might get a little tricky even with an iWork or mobileMe account.

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You really didn't just post that question did you?

Can you advise how to format a scientific publication for iPad? Thanks.

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Yup, you basically need one of those cases. I wish it had a locking mechanism like a standard desktop keyboard that you could set it an an angle or flat depending on what you like. Maybe in version 2.0

Keyboard Dock when it comes out.

It's funny how there were so many naysayers with this device and now when people see it in action they're singing a different tune.

Did no one actually watch these demos at the pre-release conference in January? I saw that and was instantly sold.

I don't mind the whole iWork thing in fact I prefer it because I only use Pages and Numbers and being able to edit these documents on the fly is perfect for my hardware engineering needs.
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I'd like to know if iPad users will be able to share documents directly with their Mac, i.e. without having to give Apple a copy via iDisk.
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