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What I’d like to see in a potential Apple iPad Pro

Rumours that Apple are working on a larger version of the iPad go back at least a couple of years. In fact I had secretly dreamt up something I felt they should call the iPad Air around 2013, before Apple had actually come out with the “real” iPad Air.

See, my idea was to make an Apple version of what Microsoft did successfully with the Surface Pro:

  • take a MacBook Air
  • take off the keyboard
  • and add a touch screen
  • give us a real Wacom stylus
  • keep the size of 12-13 inches
  • and voila!

That’s precisely what a Surface Pro is – and I love using mine. But there’s room for improvement, and although I’ve not used the latest Surface Pro 3, or a Wacom Intuos Companion, I’d still like to see something along those lines running Apple software.

Specifically for graphic intense tasks, a stylus is a must – Wacom or otherwise. Ultimately I want a portable Apple-powered Intuos Companion, for drawing as well as “real” handwriting. And with rumours of what the media now dub The iPad Pro, we may see such a gadget at some point in 2015.

But here’s the problem: Microsoft have one version of Windows on the Surface Pro. Therefore desktop apps run great out of the box. And Apple don’t have that. iOS and OS X are worlds apart, even if you can use similar code and turn it into two applications. Xcode supports that.

The iPad Pro as I envision it would seriously benefit from running OS X and make use of the full array of desktop applications such as Photoshop, SketchBook Pro and many others. By which I mean existing apps that we know which are ready to go. Not specced-down versions that don’t deliver.

If however Apple were to bring out an iPad Pro type device and instead have it run iOS, then all we’d really have is a large iPad. There would be no benefits to it whatsoever, other than yet another screen size. Granted, over the next few years apps will emerge that will find uses for it, but that’s in the future and not usable from the get go. And sure, we’ll be able to enjoy Procreate on a very large display, but squishy rubber-tip styluses are not the same as using an Intuos pen on a real tablet.

So if the iPad Pro is to come out, what will Apple put on it? Here are four options I’ve dreamt up.

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12 Procreate Brushes: Stitches and Sequins

IMG_1169.PNGOver the last few days I’ve been exploring how to create custom brushes for the excellent Procreate on my iPad.

To make 3D clothing textures look more realistic we needed some stitch brushes. Plenty are available for Photoshop, but scouring the internet I couldn’t find any for Procreate. Here’s my first attempt at some custom brushes, as explained in the Procreate Manual (you can get it for free on the iBookstore).

I’ve made a total of 11 different stitches and a Sequin Brush, all based on some Photoshop freebies I obtained a while ago (the link is now dead, otherwise I’d add it here for credit). Here’s what they look like in Procreate:

Photo Jan 09, 11 08 23 AM

 

Installation and Usage

  • navigate to this page with your device running Procreate
  • click any of the links to each brush below
  • choose Open In Procreate
  • Procreate downloads the brush and adds it to a set called “Imported”
  • now select the paint brush, navigate to the Imported Set and start stitching

You can amend the brushes to your liking by tapping on them. Perhaps swipe left and duplicate them first, just in case.

if you like you can apply some randomness to the stitches by adding Jitter (under Stroke). None of these brushes are pressure sensitive as this would not be a desirable effect for what I’m doing, but if you need this feature then explore the Dynamics menu.

And don’t forget to read the Procreate Manual for more info! The brushes work on both Procreate for iPad, and Procreate Pocket for iPhone/iPod Touch. Huzzah!

 

Downloads

Enjoy 😉





Over-the-air beta updates are not working on my iPad 2

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Dear Apple,

I must have a very special version iPad 2: mine simply refuses to install beta releases of iOS over the air. More specifically, it refuses to activate properly after the installation is complete.

My iPod Touch does this without a hitch: under Settings – General – Software Update I just click on “Update Now”, and after the installation I put in my password, and everything is as it should be, just like with a “standard” new iOS release installed over the air.

My trusty old iPad 2 however (64GB 3G Version) hangs on the activation screen for two minutes, and then gives me the message that it could not be activated. End of story.

What I then have to do is

  1. download the latest beta for my device from the iOS Dev Center manually
  2. shut down my iPad
  3. start up iTunes and make sure I have a USB cable attached to my computer
  4. while holding down the home button, insert the USB cable into my iPad (it’s called DFU Mode)
  5. iTunes will offer to restore my device
  6. select “restore” while holding down CMD (or ALT on PC I believe)
  7. a dialogue window lets me browse to that .ipsw file I’ve downloaded in step 1

This will work, however it will wipe my iPad and I need to restore it from an iCloud backup – which can take an hour or more depending on the amount of stuff I have installed.

My point is: it’s tedious, and clearly doesn’t have to be like this. I’ve read reports from other developers who are experiencing the same problem – mainly on 64GB iPad 2’s with 3G. Is it because those devices are no longer for sale? Have the activation servers been switched off for our devices?

Outraged,

Disgruntled from Haringey





The many faces of SketchBook Pro

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It occurred to me the other day that I now own every single version of Autodesk’s SketchBook Pro family that is currently available. They’re all a little different, and they’re all for different platforms.

At the same time, I hardly ever use SketchBook Pro – but knowing that it’s available on every device I work with is a very calming notion. Don’t ask me why.

As the above compilation shows, SketchBook Pro’s Logo Design underwent a change or two, a trend that the company appears to embrace something like every six months or so. That and the fact that there seem to be more versions than you can shake a stick at make this app a little confusing to the newcomer. Perhaps this writeup can help clear up some of the confusion.

My latest addition was the desktop version for use on my Surface Pro. The asking price was $60 which I thought was ridiculous, considering that the iPad version is available for £2.99 and does pretty much the same thing. Amazon had it on sale for $20 before Christmas so I thought now’s the time.

Here’s a list of each version, just in case you were wondering. We’re discussing Version 6.x for desktop and tablet cousins, around in 2013/2014 at the time of writing. SketchBook will no doubt evolve further, and by the time you read this it may be hopelessly out of date.

Let’s check it out





Brushes 3: It’s like New Coke all over again

After an extremely long hiatus Steve Sprang and his team at Taptrix have released a new version of Brushes, the painting programme that took iPhone and iPad art creators by storm.

Serious artists such as David Hockney and David Cassan, who have contributed to the easy and cool things to draw collection in many a children’s book, have given this app much momentum over the years, and even gave Steve the centre stage alongside Steve Jobs when the iPad was released.

Many have waited for years for an update for Brushes to take advantage of the new iPad’s retina screen and perhaps introduce new features. Now it has finally arrived and everyone seems to hate the new version.

Steve doesn’t understand it – and neither do many users who are ecstatic about the new offering. Let’s explore why and how such a strong negative welcome could have been avoided.

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First Impressions: I bought a New iPad on launch day

I was being a bit of a fan boy yesterday when I bought two new iPads in the Apple Store on Lincoln Road. We’ve even joined the live event via Twit when the announcement of the new gadget was made last week.

So now I’ve got an iPad with razor sharp Retina Display, an improved camera, 4G LTE and a bunch of other stuff. Let me tell you all about my first day with The New iPad.

I’ll pay close attention to the new camera features and compare them to the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S.

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Apple gave me a brand new iPad today – NICE!

I’ve been witness to Apple’s amazing customer service today: My iPad had a minor screen problem, I bought it in a different country and didn’t have my receipt with me – and they’ve replaced it with a brand new one!

Cudos to all those involved and the mastermind behind creating a customer experience that’s second to none.

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