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    Adam is the founder of BEEDOCS, an artisan software company that makes great timeline software for Mac OS X.

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Ask BEEDOCS: What about the iPad?

Friday, February 05, 2010

We have been receiving a lot of e-mails this week asking about our plans for supporting the new Apple iPad, so I recorded this video to give you my first thoughts. What do you think of the iPad? Are you going to get one?

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Anonymous AnonymousFebruary 05, 2010 3:03 PM

I think you are mistaken. The iPad will be used for the creation of a lot of content. With iWork for iPad, Keynote presentations and Pages handouts will be produced in large numbers. It would be nice for BeeDocs to be there beside it. I plan on using the iPad for a great deal of on the road and at the library content creation.

Blogger Adam BehringerFebruary 05, 2010 3:11 PM

I think it will be a sign to me that the device is ready for content creation when Apple supports things like iWeb, iMovie, Xcode, not to mention printing...

I am not saying that it will never be a content creation device but I don't think that is the focus for Apple right now.

I suspect the reason that they put iWork on there is so that people can review and tweak their presentation on the plane as they travel to a meeting. I'd be surprised if most people choose to create their presentations from scratch on an iPad (but I am open to being surprised).

Anonymous Edward MorganFebruary 05, 2010 4:34 PM

The iPad is definitely going to create a buzz in the mobile marketplace. In many ways, it already has, but wait til consumers get there hands on it. I wouldn't be one to underestimate it's potential. Just look at the success of the App store since they opened there doors to third-party developers.

As a result of owning an iPhone myself, it has streamlined the very way I stay connected both personally and professionally. The iPad seems like it's going to break new ground and extend past many of the limitations the iPhone currently has.

I will most certainly make that purchase as soon as the iPad releases, and if BeeDocs brings their timeline software to that platform, I will definitely make that purchase as well.

If BeeDocs doesn't jump on the mobile bandwagon somebody else will. This is the direction our society and Gen Y is heading. Make no mistake about it.

I am currently studying Objective C and Cocoa touch so that I too can get a piece of that Apple pie...

Blogger Adam BehringerFebruary 06, 2010 6:50 AM

I should point out that OmniGroup is taking the opposite approach. They are practically shutting down their Mac development (as least for the short term) to focus their efforts on the iPad.

I wish them great luck, they are a cool company with great products. Time will tell if this is a good decision for them or not. I will be watching them closely and learning as much as I can from their experience.

Blogger UnknownFebruary 06, 2010 9:17 AM

your distinction between creating and consuming content seems on target to me, although frequent travelers might adopt the iPad as their only computer, with the extra keyboard. i've carried heavy laptops around for 15+ years, and so the thought of something so small is definitely appealing.

Blogger ZacamanFebruary 06, 2010 10:14 AM

Adam, I'm of two minds on this... (1) it would seem to be of benefit to BEEDOCS to produce a "player" app for the iPad (even iPhone/iPod Touch) enabling us to take our timelines along for presentation; but then I think (2) since purchasing T3D over a year ago, I've used it exclusively within Keynote, as the timeline represents one part of my presentation but not the whole enchilada.

So an independent timeline player app would be something I'd in all likelihood purchase in the app store for my iPad (up to, say $2.99 :) - and I will be buying at least one iPad this year). My presentation style, however, involves T3D as an ingredient rather than the end-all-be-all.

Anonymous AnonymousFebruary 13, 2010 4:16 PM

I for one will be buying an iPad.
Concerning the timeline question, I see the iPad as a device to present media, especially with the capacity to connect it to an external monitor/projector. Therefore, it will be a great way to present a timeline and subsequently control it. I agree with you that content creation will not be the main focus of the device, however I do believe people will be using it to create content more than one might think. I can also see it being a huge factor in education; if the right apps are available.
So while I'd love to be able to create Timeline 3D presentation on the fly, I personally would be happy with the ability to export directly to the iPad and present using it.

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Blogger UnknownFebruary 16, 2010 2:01 PM

Regardless of how much I want to see your software on the iPad, I respect your conclusion regarding processing power in relationship to content creation.

That being said, the apps I will be looking for starting the day I pick up my iPad are as follows: iWork (Keynote mostly); OmniGraffle/OmniOutliner; and Timeline--as soon as it is available. Everything else is just for fun.

There is a definite middle ground between an iPad player and a 1:1 port--something that can do basic creation/tweaking, but leaves out features that require substantial system resources.

Something as simple as selecting photos from the camera roll, or copying images from Safari and entering text...

Blogger PorschenatorFebruary 23, 2010 8:09 PM

I think there will be more content creation than one might think with the iPad. Convenience leads to creativity. Although I'm sure development cost/time is an issue, I can tell you that I'd use the BeeDocs timeline app for iPad if it existed. I run a very busy law office and we're ordering 4 as soon as they're available.

Blogger UnknownMarch 17, 2010 2:54 PM

While I don't see the iPad as a content creation platform beyond basic iWork or equivalent stuff, I would like to see developers such as yourself perhaps focus on making the content created with your software look as cool as humanly possible. That's where I think the iPad is going to shine, content presentation, not creation.

Is there a way, like in Keynote, that you could export timelines as QuickTime with "stops" between events, and then the user would tap to advance to the next event? Just off the top of my head. I know I could probably take a timeline through Keynote to do that, but it would be great to go from your app. right to iTunes into the iPad and walk people through a timeline just by tapping on the screen.

Blogger John Di GiacomoApril 11, 2010 6:01 AM

I am an attorney and I just loaded a PDF of a BeeDocs Timeline onto my iPad in preparation for a mediation tomorrow. Of course, my first thought was, "It would be really awesome if I could show this in 3D as I can on my Mac." Please, please, please make a timeline reader for the iPad!

Blogger Adam BehringerApril 11, 2010 7:33 AM

John, Did you try exporting the 3D timeline to Keynote and then transferring that to your iPad? If so, I'd like to hear how that goes.

I ordered an iPad, but I'm waiting for a 3G model...

Blogger Tim NevitsJune 14, 2010 4:18 PM

"I think it will be a sign to me that the device is ready for content creation when Apple supports things like iWeb, iMovie, Xcode, not to mention printing..."

Hmmmm... iMovie is coming to the iPhone... :)

Blogger UnknownAugust 29, 2010 9:37 PM

Is there any new information on if and wen a player or full app. will be available?

Blogger UnknownNovember 14, 2010 6:16 PM

We homeschool using a history-based approach, and a timeline is essential to helping our kids put events and people in proper perspective. I can tell you that if we were able to create or add to our timelines on the iPad, we would.

Blogger babebrulicaJune 28, 2011 2:55 PM

I'm a teacher from Rome, Italy. I have recently bought an ipad and I'm fully satisfied with it.
Being a mother - which means carrying kids and waiting for them in several places - the ipad gives me the opportunity to use those hours working to prepare lessons.
But I'm a teacher trainer too ... That means I need presentation tools as well ...
What I want to say is that everyone of us is becoming a multitasker and uses every bit of time to do ... a bit of everything.
So, why not beedocs for the iPad too?
Greetings from my beloved Rome!

Blogger Manel RivesOctober 21, 2011 4:57 AM

I only want to say a single think: I just want to buy timleline3D for iPad

Blogger Adam BehringerOctober 21, 2011 9:46 AM

An iPad version is currently under development.

Blogger JackNovember 01, 2011 2:38 PM

I am glad you are working on this Adam. This is exactly the kind of content I want to create on my iPad. The platform feels more free for some things than a macbook. I actually enjoy omnigraffle more on the ipad than on the macbook, although both are light years ahead of visio and its ilk. I am hoping for a similarly enjoyable experience from beedocs on the iPad.

Blogger jcmNovember 17, 2011 5:09 AM

I would love to have some version of timeline on my iPad. Now I have to create the timeline on my laptop, save as PDF, then move to the iPad. Of course, the timeline always has to be changed, which means going back to the laptop, which is probably 1500 miles away. The iPad has become a tool of choice for viewing, displaying AND creating content.

Blogger MiniMuppetNovember 29, 2011 4:52 PM

Hi...Another homeschooling mom who would love BEEDOCS on the iPad...the iPad has revolutionized how I approach information and how I can share it with my homeschooling children....In fact, I rarely use a computer (desktop or laptop - both are Macs) and do everything from my iPad as much as possible...I have held off purchasing BEEDOC to see if there is an iPad app for it in the near future....By the looks of it, it seems like a great product!

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