201003131430iPad－蘋果平板電腦五個必殺應用軟體 (5 Apps We Can’t Wait to See on the iPad )
這幾星期以來，常與網友討論為什麼自己患了嚴重的知識恐慌症？！問題徵結，是本身過度在乎產業、出版或網路出爐的最新資訊，其實，泛濫或似是而非的資訊對深度思考毫無裨益！真正學習，是建立在一套有效率的閱讀機制，利用科技應用，過濾雜訊，幫助自己找到工作與學習上的熱情 ；從不同領域到一、二門專精學科，廣博精深地吸納閱讀，定期寫作，這樣才能發展出異於一般人的精闢洞見。好友彼得．艾戈恩(Peter Eggen)，家住美國康乃迪克州波頓市(Bolton city, Connecticut，USA)，老兄酷愛大山大樹，自家是白樺樹建成具有百年歷史的老農舍，位居丘陵森林與Bolton Notch Pond湖泊邊緣，人煙稀少，常常獨自一個人漫步林間，朗頌詩句，他是美國一家小型出版社編輯與3至5歲稚齡兒童的學前幼教老師，彼得動作優雅，說話慢條斯理，總是對我說：「Oh…,please wait a minute and don’t hop around like a wild hare. You jump from idea to idea. Find a good one, write it down and read it out. If it makes sense, then it should be the one.」他的建言對我與現今過度依賴網路的網友，不啻是當頭棒喝，因為，許多粗略的構想，若能將它寫下來，就可檢視概念的邏輯性強與弱，書寫讓思考清澈見底，任何形式的發表，都要以文字寫下來，看看那些文字，就會知道自己想法裡的漏洞，讓文字爬梳自己的雜亂意念，就能獲得精準的成果。或許，這也是對治網路資訊泛濫對思考所造成的不良後遺症，所以，下定決心，擬定每月閱讀計劃，劃分書籍類別，定期定量書寫，讓自己的思路更清晰。
前二天，剛在iSurvey.com.tw網站發表(iPad Makes Us Think Smarter?)《蘋果平板電腦iPad讓我們想得更聰明嗎？》，透過與輯編熱烈討論，自己持續搜尋在Zdnet網站、Fast Company、Wired網路雜誌有關iPad蘋果平板電腦應用軟體程報導，這篇由查理．索瑞爾Charlie Sorrel發表《iPad五款必殺應用程式》，我們略窺未來行動上網趨勢之一二；其實，大部份iPad應用軟體都是由iPhone相關軟體升級開發而來，iPad平板電腦科技應用，是全天候行動上網的最佳寫照，網路瀏覽加雲端計算的相輔相成，結合了專業知識性、娛樂性與社群連結性的三大主軸，個人化、行動化與數位化，讓創意構想不被時空中斷，不受干擾地暢行運轉，全球最佳人才匯流到行動裝置與雲端平台的即時連結，從創意構想化為商業機制早已超越國家與洲際的藩離！身為創新的專業經理人，我們不一定要成為蘋果迷，但透過了解並分析iPad平板電腦必殺軟體應用，或許可以體會iPad24小時casaul surfing到底強調是什麼？所謂行動軟體過濾資訊對個人思考層面的影響為何？我們不必是App. Store iPad平板電腦的重度使用者，但是，千萬承擔不起淪為行動裝置對即時資訊與深度思考衝擊下的門外漢。
希望閱讀此篇外稿的網友們與我感同深受：未來，你我的職場優勢將變得十分危脆，認識科技，是讓我們學會科技應用，吸收新知。未來最重要的人材，取決於他的消息是否靈敏到位，決策判斷是否精準吻合前端顧客瞬息萬變的需求；深受同儕信賴的專業策略人，才是不敗王道，年資已死，老臣將亡，企業渴求的精英不再是”呆”在公司的資深老人，或以前曾經做過什麼豐功偉績的過氣英雄，而是不斷提昇自我、數位學習的創意員工。iPad平板電腦快速篩選資訊，提供最便捷無時差、最Insightful與娛樂價值的全球資訊，其實，iPad蘋果平板電腦所販售的「24小時casual surfing」，是衝著從事密集知識服務的"工作玩樂者"(work players)，當然，他們也是全球最具競爭力的專業精英。
5 Apps We Can’t Wait to See on the iPad By the wired Charlie Sorrel
Many of you have an iPhone or an iPod touch. And as Gadget Lab readers, you probably also have a notebook of some kind. And despite the notebook being way more capable than the little handheld, we bet you use the iPhone more and more for checking e-mail, tweeting and a large part of your web browsing. With the iPad, this “casual” use will just increase. Why bother pulling out a laptop when you have the tablet with you almost always? Unless you are rendering video files in the background, we can’t think of much that would need an old-style computer. The iPhone already has a lot of apps that are better, fuller featured and easier to use than their desktop equivalents. Tweetie (a Twitter client) for iPhone does way more than Tweetie for the Mac, in a much more elegant way. All of the current iPhone applications should “just work” on your shiny new iPad, albeit at original size in the middle of a big black screen, or scaled up to fit. Better will be the tweaked, iPad-specific versions that should be around for the launch in two months’ time. Here’s a list of applications we can’t wait to see on the iPad.
NewsRack (formerly Newsstand) is our favorite RSS reader for the iPhone. It walks all over the previous RSS king, NetNewsWire (in both Mac and iPhone forms) because it is both richly featured, very fast and easy to use. It works in concert with Google Reader. NewsRack is so good that I can start my working day in bed with a cup of coffee and my iPod touch, triaging news stories and shuffling them off to e-mail to cover later (I could use Google Reader’s “star” function, but the desktop NetNewsWire still doesn’t support this).
NewsRack is one of those applications that couldn’t have existed without the iPhone, and I’m very excited to see how it’ll be improved for the bigger iPad. Just the addition of bigger pictures and less scrolling would be enough, but a pop-up feed list would make it better than any desktop reader out there. Bonus: Imagine the gorgeous NewsRack view (right) on the big screen. Newsstand: Probably the Best iPhone News Reader [Gadget Lab]
We’ve written a lot about Instapaper here. I love it and so does our esteemed editor, Dylan Tweney. Why? It does one thing, and it does it so simply and well you don’t even notice: Click a browser bookmark let when you find any article you’d like to read later, and it’ll be saved. Fire up the Instapaper iPhone app and, after a few seconds syncing, you have all your saved articles ready to read offline. The real trick is that all the crap has been stripped away, all the links and ads and navigation, leaving you with nicely formatted text and scaled, in-line pictures. It doesn’t take much to see why we want this on the iPad, and according to the developer, Marco Arment, he is already working on an iPad-optimized version. Instapaper, not iBooks or anything else, is the thing that will turn your iPad into the ultimate, personal, newspaper. Instapaper: A $5 App That Justifies Your iPhone Purchase [Gadget Lab]
Another old Gadget Lab favorite, Stanza, is an e-reader application. It doesn’t have the eye-candy of the iBooks app (yet) but when you’re reading a book, that doesn’t matter at all — all you want is text. Stanza has the ability to read and organize books from many different sources, from the legit to the more underground. It even supports various forms of ePub DRM to keep the publishers happy. The one problem with Stanza is that it is for the iPhone, and the screen, for some at least, is too small to be comfortable. The iPad fixes this immediately, and if the current owner (Amazon) decides to update the app for Apple’s new device, Stanza could be the go-to default e-reader for iPad owners outside of the United States , who will not be allowed to use Apple’s iBooks. Stanza v2.0: The iPhone’s Best E-Reader Just Got Better [Gadget Lab]
Kindle for iPad
We know, we know: another reading application. This kind of reveals my thinking about the iPad — I’ll be doing a lot of reading on it. Kindle for iPhone should scale nicely for the iPad, although of course a native version would be welcome. What’s that you say? If I want a large-screen Kindle, why not just buy the DX? Because it costs only ten bucks less than the iPad, and does a whole lot less (Kindle PDF support is still a joke, for example, and the video is awful). And by using the iPhone or iPad Kindle app, it is a lot easier to trick Amazon into believing you are in the United States so the company will deign to sell you its full catalog. How to Get the iPhone Kindle App Outside the U.S. [Gadget Lab]
Here’s our left-field, wishful thinking choice, and probably something that will never happen. Lightroom is Adobe’s excellent photo-editing application, and a rival to Apple’s Aperture. With the news that the iPad will work with a camera-connection accessory, we immediately thought that the iPad would make a wonderful tool for photographers. At the least, you could upload pictures mid-shoot to check them on the large screen and make a quick back-up. But if the iPad’s photo app is as bad as iPhoto, that’s pretty much all you’ll want to do until you get back to your “real” computer. We want a Lightroom Lite, which would sync to your main catalog at home, but give you all the Lightroom organizing and image-tweaking tools out on the road. The touch interface is perfect for photo editing. It’s all sliders and zooming, after all. With some creative re-thinking, I can’t see that there’s much in Lightroom that couldn’t work on the iPad. Other than the fact that it’s from Adobe, and that it uses Adobe’s own RAW converter, not Apple’s. Also, $200 is steep for an App Store listing. Adobe Adds Speed, Flickr Integration to Lightroom 3 [Gadget Lab]
This is my wish-list, and with the exception of the last item, these are already certain to appear. What about you, Gadget Lab reader? What current or imagined apps do you want to see? Tell us what and why in the comments.