Writer for iPad

Whenever fellow Swiss Oliver Reichenstein comes out with a new product/service/site I pay attention. Given that Oliver is a smart young man and obviously works with a talented bunch over at iA, I am quite excited about using Writer for iPad. I yet have to extensively play around with it, but I am liking their approach and concept.

Read their story about the Writer of iPad.

Revive Your Bloated, Sluggish Mac

This Lifehacker Post “Clean Up and Revive Your Bloated, Sluggish Mac” is not new, but sure comes in handy as I am trying to 6-12 months out of my Powerbook.

ApfelBrett (Apple Cutting Board)

This Apfelbrett made me smile. It’s a cutting board in the shape of an Apple Powerbook MacBook Pro, made out of apple tree wood.

(thank you @robblatt)

Updated: LiveView

LiveView for iPhone & iPad is a Mobile Application Design & Prototyping Tool. Designers like me will love it to develop pixel–perfect graphics for the iPhone and iPad quickly and easily with a live view of your canvas/artboard while you work. With your iPhone or iPad tethered via WiFi, you can interact with software prototypes and demos running on your Mac to communicate and iterate your concepts quickly. Excellent!

UPDATE 1: The setup of LiveView is supereasy and this is handsdown a lifesaver when designing for an iPhone or iPad. I can instantly see how my design translates to the iPhone screen. Can you tell I am ridiculously excited about this app? Nicholas, put up a donate button on your site! You deserve a token of our gratitude. Or send me your address and I’ll send you cookies. SOMETHING! #yay

UPDATE 2: I am beyond thrilled to see that Nicholas updated the app so that it now supports the iPhone 4 Retina display as well iPads.

LiveView by Nicholas Zambetti

Compass Mobile Stand

Compass by TwelveSouth is the iPad stand I have been wishing for. It is made out of gorgeous steel and is incredibly versatile: Used upright as an easel, Compass lets you view and interact with iPad in both portrait and landscape modes, even if you keep your iPad protected in the Apple case. Turn your iPad on its side, in landscape position, and Compass becomes the ultimate portable theater.

It is about the size of candy bar, requiring very little space in your backpack, computer bag or purse. Store it in the included soft travel sleeve, which matches the Apple iPad case, and you’re ready to roll.

(via stilsucht)

Movie Peg

MoviePeg holds your iPhone and iPad so you don’t have to. I own the iPad MoviePeg and I give it two thumbs up!

Draft for iPad

Draft is 37Signals iPad app that lets you quickly-sketch-and-share via email or Campfire.


Letterboard turns your iPad or iPhone into a sign-board. It lets you create signs in the style seen in airports and convention centers everywhere. Oh, what fun can be had with this?!


I wonder what our upcoming CreativeMornings speaker Rolf Hiltl thinks of this idea of using iPads in a restaurant as the menu and to put in your order.

(via @roitsch)

30 Years Of Macs In 2 Minutes

(via the Huffingtonpost / via brainpicker)

Felt iPad Case

I keep coming back to this iPad Felt Case and am tempted to hit the purachse button. I own the original Apple iPad Case and while it is superpractical I miss holding/handling the iPad sans case.

Grid-App for iPhone/iPad

Effektive designed these grid based home screen backgrounds for iPhone and iPad to coincide with the IOS4 software upgrade which allows you to select and image as a home screen background. These grid inspired layouts act as an organised wireframe grid structure to keep your applications in neat and tidy order on your iPhone or iPad. With numbered grid rows and a ‘D’ for Dock you simply press hold and drag and drop your icons into the specific grid spots.

Please note only works on devices running IOS4 and only on 3GS or iPhone 4. More colours and styles will be available soon. See here for download and installation instructions. iPad Grid-Apps will be available soon.

iPad + Velcro = Love

Two of mankind’s greatest inventions, together at last:

iPad + Velcro from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

(Thank you Jens)

iPads and Family Life

Interesting read: What iPads Did To My Family, by Chuck Hollis

(thank you kevin)

The $0.69 iPad Stand

Andrew Devigal (multimedia editor at New York Times) has found an affordable iPad stand solution: An Office Depot Business Card holder. $0.69 a piece. Wheee!

(via unpluggd)


(testing our To-Do App called TeuxDeux)

Want to know what your site looks like on an iPad, but don’t own one? Try iPadPeek.com.

(thank you @suparabbit)

iPhone Desk Phone

Phone Dock Transforms The iPhone Into A Desk Phone. Brilliant!

(thank you Kevin)

Napkins are so passé

This is the ‘iPad’ that I will be ordering asap: PixelPad (holding off on the other one, but lusting over it, yes) It will look sooo good on our coffee table. Ha!

(thank you Jonquils)


The MoviePeg iPhone Stand is so simple, it’s brilliant!

Talking Carl

Ever since I discovered Talking Carl over at Ben Chestnut’s blog and introduced our almost 4 year old to him, she’s obsessed with Carl. It’s a silly, simple iPhone App that has provided our little Ella many many giggles.

Swiss Railway Clock iPhone App

Oh, the memories of growing up in Switzerland, now packed into a minimalist nifty Swiss Railway Clock iPhone App (iTunes Link) by Thomas Feger. The clock, prominently displayed in every railway station in Switzerland, can be found more than 3’000 times across the country. Back in the 1940s when the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) was looking for a way to take advantage of their name for punctuality and incorporate this theme into their national image, they asked Hans Hilfiker, an SBB employee, engineer and prolific inventor, to come up with a highly visible clock that would not only form the basis of their later corporate identity, but it would help to guarantee on time departures as well.

Hilfiker, an exponent of products that were both functional and well designed, created the Railways’ masterpiece in 1944. The design, with its clear and easily read face, mimics the smooth running of the trains and incorporates clever features that demonstrate punctuality in a highly visible fashion.

The SwissRailwayClock is also available as a Mac OS X dashboard widget.

(thank you kevin)


Back in June, I cracked my iPhone screen and all this time I just couldn’t get myself to pay $200 for a new glass. (Sorry, Apple)

A lovely lady at an AT&T store pointed me to Dr.Brendan, the iPhone Doc here in Manhattan. Last week, I finally managed to meet up with Brendan and watched him do surgery on my beloved iPhone. (We met up in a Hotel Lobby in the Meat Packing district, it felt like some sort of drug deal, ha!)

Brendan is a charming young guy, who kinda fell into this and is now making a living off fixing iPhones. My phone looks like new, works like a charm and it cost me a mere $70. Brendan does house-calls and meets you pretty much anywhere in the city. Does it get any more convenient? Nope.

I can’t recommend Brendan enough. I was disappointed though that he didn’t wear scrubs during the surgery. Ha!


Portable Solar iPhone Charger

How cool is this portable iPhone Solar Charger by Dexim? It can be flipped vertically or horizontally for hands-free viewing and can extend talk time up to eight hours. Solar P-Flip is expected to be released in a few months and should retail for USD79.90.


BookBook is a hardback leather case designed exclusively for MacBook and MacBook Pro. Available in Classic Black or Vibrant Red,

I *love* it. Hat tip to TwelveSouth! (Must go on my wishlist asap!)

(thank you jon and BB)