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— Steve Jobs

Category Archives: Experience Design

Strange Omission

So I bought Delicious Library a little while back to catalog all of my books, cds, etc. It works great. One new feature is the ability to catalog gadgets. Being an iPhone owner, I happily tried to enter mine in the software and lo and behold, you can’t. After confirming with DL support, it’s not possible unless you want to just manually hack something into it instead of using your real barcode info.

Guys, the number one gadget of all time is an Apple product and you can’t easily enter it into arguably one of the premier Mac apps?

I know you use Amazon to do the product lookups but please find a way to work with the Apple store to input the iPhone. This is just bizarre and lame.

iPhone 2.0 Map Feature

I don’t have the 3G model but that didn’t stop Google Maps from being super useful when using their targeting function. If you are in Maps and press the targeting button in the lower left corner, the usual blue circle with inward facing blue tick marks will appear. What’s new (to me at least) is that if you keep driving around, the blue circle will move to reflect your new position. This mode is also shown to be active when the targeting button in the lower left corner stays the bright blue color. Tap that icon once more and the “following mode” turns off. I did notice that I had wi-fi on while I was driving around as well.

I don’t recall this being in the 1.0 Maps app. Maybe I’m wrong. Either way, it’s a pseudo GPS function that is really helpful.

UPDATE:

From the newly released iPhone manual it states:

If you have an iPhone 3G, a blue marker indicates your location when GPS is used
to find your location. Otherwise, a circle is used to show your approximate location.
As you move around, iPhone updates your location, adjusting the map so that the
location indicator remains in the center of the screen. If you tap again or drag the
map, iPhone continues to update your location but stops centering it, so the location
information may move off the screen.

I’m not sure if that entire paragraph applies only to the 3G model or both.

Plainview is Right!

A new app for the Mac came out today to, ironically, help people present web based content without what is called “the chrome” of Safari (the address bar, status bar, and especially the Title bar). Unfortunately for this company, they overlooked their own presentation on their site by having this screenshot that helps demonstrate their app’s functionality:

I’m sure the bookmark entitled: “A WOMAN’S GUIDE ON HOW TO PEEING STANDING” was not in their PR plans. Sounds like some questions will be raised over there today…

The best part is that the app’s name is called, I kid you not, “Plainview”.
;-)

I hope they fix the image quickly as I do love the work indie Mac developers do. It’s still funny, nonetheless.