Technology for content creators

2011-02-11

in Daily updates, Geek stuff, Internet matters, Writing

As a technology geek, I can see the appeal of devices like the Kindle and the iPad, especially as far as portability goes. It would be great to have a device small and light enough to carry around all the time, yet less annoying to use than a smartphone.

That being said, the iPad in particular seems to have major disadvantages as a content-creation machine. The web browser has trouble with some parts of the back end of WordPress (creating posts, editing posts, dealing with media, etc). The multitasking capabilities of the device are also somewhat lacking. Rather seriously, copying and pasting on the iPad is far from easy or intuitive – a pretty critical failure for someone who needs to move text between emails, blog posts, blog comments, other webpages, etc.

To me, the MacBook Air looks like a far superior option for people actually heavily involved in the creation of content. It’s a real computer that is fully under your control (you can even install Flash!), and it has a real keyboard and real web browser. If you are doing more extended work, you can plug in a mouse. It lets you take content from a USB key, or plug in your iPod to charge. Alongside all of that, it is remarkably small and compact – especially the 11″ version. It’s not as powerful and capable as a full computer, but it is plenty capable of accessing the internet and email, which would be the critical functions for me. If I need a computer that can do some heavy lifting, I can always go home and use my Core2Duo iMac.

If I wasn’t in the process of saving up for an uncertain financial future, I would almost certainly go out any by one to replace my heavy and increasingly non-functional G4 iBook. As it stands, if I do find myself heading off to join an academic program, it is probably an investment I will make.

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alena February 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

I was very lucky to be gifted with a kobo reader. At first I did not like it as I enjoy the feel of paper and the ability to take notes on post-it notes when a phrase speaks to me. I quickly started to appreciate the ability to read any place and any time even for a few moments with a kobo that I could tuck anywhere. I especially enjoy having so many classics at my finger tips and in the first month I re-read Anna Karenina, Dr. Zhivago, Madame Bovary and Crime and Punishment. It is great to be able to travel without having to carry so many books. Unfortunately, something happened to my kobo’s screen and the bottom left quadrangle became illegible. It has now been sent back for repairs. I miss it, but it does have some problems. I think that the Kindle is a bit more sophisticated. Unless you like to collect books, an electronic reader is a very convenient addition to our technological tools.

Milan May 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm

One great thing about Macs is the little useful tools they throw in for various artists and professionals. For instance, the ability to easily create PDFs in any application, native handling of Canon and Nikon RAW files, the ability to save to a diversity of useful file formats in many of the native apps, etc.

Anon August 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm

The iPad may not have much on a laptop, but the iPhone might be the best tool for web content creators that can fit in the pocket of your jeans.

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