I wanna develop for the iPad but I'd rather learn software than languages
January 29, 2010 1:35 PM   Subscribe

I make multi-media pdfs. What do I need to know, do, watch, learn so I can make them for the ipad? I don't know anything about…

programming; I can do everything I currently need inside the Adobe Creative Suite and with Final Cut. Any guesses, blogs to read, companies to watch regarding the development of these or similar tool suites that will let designers design, editors edit, and either assemble their work into a finished and functioning ipad product without needing a "developer"?

All links, opinions, suggestions appreciated; thanks!
posted by dpcoffin to Computers & Internet (15 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
btw, I've already read this (on Flash and Apple), and this (on the iPad and magazines), which were all very interesting, along with some stuff about html5, which was mostly not very helpful, and I know my question is basically about stuff that's all still to be determined, but I can't resist asking for the green's input asap; thanks again.
posted by dpcoffin at 1:44 PM on January 29, 2010

It would probably be worthwhile to sign up for a $99 Apple developer account, which would give you access to the iPad simulator. (Assuming you have a Mac already.)
posted by smackfu at 2:19 PM on January 29, 2010

Unfortunately the iPad simulator doesn't have iBooks, not even a browser either (unlike the iPhone simulator). Also there is no information on PDF/epub building on the ADC.
posted by wongcorgi at 2:48 PM on January 29, 2010

The current SDK that supports the iPad is still marked beta, for what it's worth, so it's possible some of those missing items will be coming soon.
posted by phearlez at 3:07 PM on January 29, 2010

If I'm understanding what kind of content you're talking about, then yes, there's probably hope for you. On the iPhone/iPod touch platform there is currently TapLynx which I think does what you want. It allows you to create an app based on a template without any real programming knowledge. I would bet that Newsgator (or a competitor) is probably going to offer a similar product for the iPad.
posted by joshrholloway at 8:42 PM on January 29, 2010

Thanks for the TapLynx link. Seems there's also AppMakr, with a comparison to TapLynx here.
posted by dpcoffin at 9:51 AM on January 30, 2010

Good article on Epub over at TUAW. Seems InDesign CS4 can output to this format. And that there's likely to be a lot more to come from Apple on how this will work and be made.

Thanks, everybody, for your posts. I'll continue to post new stuff I find here for a while…
posted by dpcoffin at 5:10 PM on January 31, 2010

Here's a possibly interesting development that appeared in my inbox today: appOmater

Seems to be an anyone-can-build-one media-related-iphone-app-making site/app; no doubt iPad incarnations will evolve…?
posted by dpcoffin at 3:55 PM on February 3, 2010

Another development worth following: RunRev RevMobile
posted by dpcoffin at 2:28 PM on March 6, 2010

Probably costs way too much, but worth a look: Content Station
posted by dpcoffin at 11:16 AM on March 26, 2010

And now, all those tools are going to be a breach of contract to use in iPhone OS 4. It sucks for all of us.
posted by Brent Parker at 6:12 AM on April 14, 2010

How so?
posted by dpcoffin at 8:04 AM on April 14, 2010

It looks like, according to the new developer agreement, unless you build your apps with the Apple SDK - you are breaking your agreement. So things like Corona SDK and the tools you've listed above are likely to be blacklisted.
posted by Brent Parker at 11:17 AM on April 15, 2010

It's all tentative of course, but if they (Apple) ban the Adobe cross compilation - I think (I could be wrong) these other intermediary steps are likely to be busted too.
posted by Brent Parker at 11:20 AM on April 15, 2010

Of course, I've been following the Apple/Adobe kerfuffle; very annoying for this committed Mac and CS user. It hadn't occurred to me that non-Adobe development tools might be affected, too; good point.

Not an expert on what's behind all these various tools, so I'm checking with the various developers that seem most interesting to me. Here's what the appOmater forum has to say on the question of the new iPhone OS (4.0):

The new rules do not exclude applications such as appOmator. However we might have to change our model slightly.

Stay tuned for info.

These guys aren't even talking about the iPad yet; as you say, it's all tentative and To Be Determined.
posted by dpcoffin at 3:01 PM on April 15, 2010

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