The past week has been rather rough for me. I managed to really hurt my right wrist due to a repetitive motion injury, induced by overzealous fence painting. This of course was quite a problem, since I am right handed, and my profession involves heavy computer usage. In addition to the pain, I’ve had to try and make due with single left hand typing and mouse usage. I’ve also lost the ability to play a majority of IOS games. But luckily, MonTowers – Legend of Summoners came out this week. A game that I was able to enjoy while being single handed!
There are things in life that one can become accustomed to, and for some, tap typing on the screen of an iPad can become one of them. For me, not so much. I can type with some speed, but my accuracy can be poor, and then there are the special characters, which require odd keyboard cycling to find them. Probably the biggest problem is the loss of screen space, since the onscreen keyboard takes up a large portion of the display. For serious work, I need a real keyboard with cursor keys! The trend over the last few years has been to move away from physical keyboards, which I can understand from a pure mobile portability standpoint, but it’s this missing aspect that makes it hard to abandon a real laptop.
I feel the need to find protection for your iPad or any other tablet device is important, and the sacrifice of adding a little more weight to the device outweighs the risk of not having any protection at all. I’ve always had some kind of case around my devices. Most cases don’t offer much more than a protective layer, but there are a handful out there that attempt to offer more, such as integrated stands or keyboards. Today, I take a look at the ZeroChroma Vario-SC case, which brings more than just protection to the table.
I was recently asked by a reader (Dave G) to do a comparison between the iPad1 and iPad2 in regard to performance with Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, so in this article I found an image off the web and performed some basic coloring tasks to it. For those that may not know what Autodesk Sketchbook Pro is, it’s a paint/drawing program originally created for Tablet PC’s. It later found itself a nice home on the iPhone and iPad. I’ve not been a heavy user of Sketchbook Pro for the iPad, simply because drawing on the iPad has been a bit hard for me to adjust to; having been a heavy tablet pc/wacom user for a long time. Not having the pixel precision I’m accustomed to has been a sore point for me and the IOS platform.