Arstechnica Blogger Tests Productivity of iPad-Only Day

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
By OP Editor

Can a blogger be productive by using only an iPad, and no Mac? Can he even survive?

Jacqui Cheng blogger iPad only day, Arstechnica

Preparation: iPad Apps

For his day without Mac, Jacqui Cheng mainly used these iPad Apps:

He used iPad 2 + Apple Smart Cover + Apple Wireless Keyboard (connects over bluetooth).

iPad Only Blogging?

So, does the iPad work in a professional setting with Movable Type-based CMS? Jacqui Cheng wrote about his experience in Masochist me? An Ars writer’s iPad-only workday. Conclusion:

Working on a tablet made it more difficult to constantly monitor everything that happens in a day, but there was a tradeoff: it was significantly easier to be productive when actually writing. In fact, I produced slightly more the day I worked on the iPad than on a normal day, and I didn’t miss any significant news—work-related or otherwise. I did feel as if I was somewhat disconnected from the world compared to my usual setup, but I wasn’t—I just couldn’t see everything at the same time, all the time.

ObamaPacman: iOS 5, with its improved notifications should make it even easier.

Keyboard Workflow Improvement Idea for iPad Blogging

Jacqui’s suggestion for improvement? When using iPad with keyboard:

  • Command + Tab should switch to last used iPad App
  • ObamaPacman adds: bring up app switcher when holding Command+Tab without letting go, just like the Mac behavior

Writing Kit: iPad Blogging Research / Writing App

Writing Kit [App Store] “built for researching and looking up stuff” seems to be a great app for blogging. Features:

  • TextExpander snippets
  • “Learn about anything you come across within two taps. You don’t even have to leave the current page.”
  • Browse Instapaper unread items
  • Queue things you find interesting to view later
  • Website search with text results
  • Can email or share text, or generate HTML
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2 Responses to “Arstechnica Blogger Tests Productivity of iPad-Only Day”

  1. Don

    If I ever get me one of those gee,whiz-gimzos, I might just try blogging for bit on it? Not sure, but I rather like my desktops, be they of the Mac or Windows variety.

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