While I’ve been making a little headway on the new brand for June, taking pictures, building ideas, the concept of developing everything via the iPad, I’m afraid to admit, has more or less failed. There is a lot of transferring to be done, it seems. I could of course take pictures with my iPad 2, but that’s not exactly convenient, or covert. So, with my iPhone, I’ve been taking pictures. They’re logged into the photo album on there. Those photos are a little big for a blog though, so I wanted to resize them. I downloaded a batch processing app that’ll do that, but I still had to get them to my iPad. I broke down and said I could do this on my laptop about 5 times faster, so I did. Once all the photos were on the laptop, I went ahead and resized and retouched them. I thought I could just make a bank of them to reference while blogging through my iPad, so I put them all in Dropbox, a nifty little app for storing any kind of files in the ether. Today, while first composing a new post for the blog on my other nifty app called Blogsy, I find that it doesn’t want to reference my Dropbox account. It’s got Flickr and Picasa and Youtube, but not Dropbox.
I tried to upload my images directly through the iPad, either download in Picasa in the google app, or upload them from Dropbox. No can do, apparently. Separate app seems to be an option JUST for uploading images to Picasa. At this point I’m a little tired of picking up extraneous apps.
That sends me back to the laptop to upload my images to Picasa so I can access them through Blogsy. It really really doesn’t help that I one, don’t have 3G on my iPad, forcing me to be locked to wireless in my remote location, and two, the wireless in said location is particularly poor. Not just slow, poor (drops connection, limited reach, etc). The images have been reduced significantly to my golden width of 600 pixels and they’ve been uploading to Picasa since I began writing this post, about 15 minutes, and not 3/4 complete. It’s frustrating to say the least.
All that said, I still have to look at the iPad as a tool, and all tools have their limitations. There’s little you can do with a hammer when you need to screw in a screw. There’s little you can do with a screwdriver when you need to hammer a nail. The pieces need to work together, and as of now, I’m still finding the process to be clumsy. Shucks, I was hoping the iPad would shave some time off my process—so far, it’s taking even a bit more time.
Though the silver lining is that I’m still hopeful for some more nifty products to add to the process, particularly drawing/sketching apps, a mind mapping app, and image searching apps. What it comes down to though is that I can still blog 5 times faster with a swift connection and a keyboard laptop. The iPad is a great tool, and I am happy I’ve branched out to see what it can do in the arena of blogging, but right now, I get more frustrated with losing time than I have patience for constantly shifting things around and typing on the touch screen of a tablet.