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eDrawings App Launches on the iPad

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naperlou
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easy for tablets
naperlou   7/2/2012 9:13:02 AM
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Beth, this is an easy application for any of the current crop of tablets.  The 3D features are well established.  One thing I am not sure of is the statement about Android having multiple APIs.  Like iOS, Android is an operating system.  As such, it is the same on many platforms.  When developing for Android one may test on a couple of phones or tablets, but that generally is not necessary.  In the tablet market, Apple has the lead in installed units at present.  That may not be the case among engineering users, who like to get more involved with their equipment.  On the other hand, with new tablets from many vendors (including Google) coming out with features and performance equal to the iPad, I expect this market will evolve to be more like the PC market.  Apple will have a slice (ha ha), but people will get tired of paying the high price for a basically limited device.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: easy for tablets
Beth Stackpole   7/2/2012 11:41:48 AM
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@Naperlou: Actually from what I hear, developing for Android right now is far more difficult than iOS/Apple because there are variances between the different Android flavors. They may not be huge discrepancies, but they are discrepancies so you need to go back and modify code to support the different platforms. That's why when you look at most mobile app providers' strategies, they do Apple first and Android next. At least, that's what the providers are telling me.

Dozer789
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no ipad
Dozer789   7/2/2012 6:21:45 PM
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I wish i had an ipad, need more money, this would be a very helpful thing it seems. How much does the app cost?

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Beth Stackpole
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Re: no ipad
Beth Stackpole   7/3/2012 7:32:11 AM
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eDrawings for the iPad isn't going to break your bank, Dozer789. It's a mere $1.99, and most design tools apps are offered any where from free of charge to up to $20 for some of the more full blown, pricier offerings. It's the iPad you need to save for.

agriego
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Re: easy for tablets
agriego   7/3/2012 9:21:41 AM
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The problem with writing apps for Android is that not all apps will work on all devices. I know of several apps that look fine on a phone, but get wonky when used on a tablet, and vice versa. That's the main reason I dropped my Android tablet and went to an iPad. It was nice and I could do some stuff on it, but I couldn't run everything I wanted to. I haven't had that problem with the iPad.

Dave
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Re: easy for tablets
Dave   7/3/2012 10:26:15 AM
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I am very excited about the upcoming Microsoft Surface(Pro version) with its I5 processor and 128 gig of storage. This could very well be a viable way to use an MCAD program like Alibre - something no iPad could even begin to do.

 And at just 2 lbs with built-in keyboard and stylus support, traveling with some super-lightweight firepower will finally be possible.

NadineJ
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viewing vs manipulating
NadineJ   7/3/2012 11:54:44 AM
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I haven't heard anything about being able to update artwork on ipads yet.  I may be out of the loop because I don't have an ipad.

I use Creative Suite more often than anything.  Apple and Adobe said their feud ended last year but I'm still waiting to see real resutls.  Being able to show a CAD in a meeting on an ipad and make minor changes in real time would be impressive.  Something lighter and more portable than a laptop for meetings would be nice but it has to be more than a picture frame.

Dozer789
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Re: no ipad
Dozer789   7/3/2012 12:34:25 PM
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How can they make money sellling it that cheap? Are they selling the app that cheap so that a lot of people will buy it? and do you just buy the app or do you just buy a subscription? Because if you buy the app if you had a jailbroken ipad you could get the app free but if it is only $2 it would hardly be worth your time.

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Charles Murray
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Security
Charles Murray   7/3/2012 4:43:20 PM
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It's not surprising that security is a concern among readers -- that often seems to be the case with new Internet-based technologies, whether they're for consumers or professionals. If past performance is an indicator, though, the security concerns will shrink or disappear, and the apps will gain momentum.

Jack Rupert, PE
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Re: viewing vs manipulating
Jack Rupert, PE   7/4/2012 2:04:54 PM
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I agree Nadine.  It doesn't even need to be all that much - just the ability to change some text / dimensions or even annotate the drawing so you can make the real changes back in the office.  Sort of like a number of PDF viewers have out there where you can add notes and mark-ups.

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