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Para quê comprar o Office? SkyDrive, o Office online da Microsoft

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Normalmente quando acabamos de comprar um PC ou quando formatamos o disco, mais vezes do que deveríamos é verdade, a primeira coisa que nos vem à cabeça é “Tenho que instalar o Office”. E para quê? 95% das vezes é para ver os Power Points do amigo melga que nos enche a caixa de email ou para bater uma carta em computador que o nosso tio pediu para enviar a um serviço qualquer do Estado.

Ora bem, a Google já tem há uns anos o Google Docs que, para mim chega e sobra, mas agora a Microsoft lançou o SkyDrive. O SkyDrive não é nem mais nem menos um Office online, não precisamos de instalar nada, é só aderir ao site da SkyDrive e criar um documento em Word ou Excel ou Power Point, etc.
Já experimentei o site e gostei muito da solução, também fiz o teste num browser via iPad e por incrível que parece, não é que o site funciona bem?
Pessoalmente acho que não custa nada experimentar e acredito que daqui a 1 ano muitos de vós deixaram de instalar o Office nos vossos computadores. É o poder da Cloud.

Nota: parece que está para breve o lançamento de uma App Microsoft Office para iPad, ficamos a aguardar.

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50 best iPad apps for designers

Leading designers from around the world reveal the best iPad apps for design, creativity, inspiration and organisation.

Unlike the iPhone, Apple’s tablet has enough screen space to enable more complex interactions. It’s therefore no surprise many within the design industry are using iPads for research, organisational tasks, finding inspiration and even creating work.

But how do you find the best apps to help you in your day to day design work out of the hundreds of thousands of free and paid-for apps in Apple’s App Store?

Well, one way is to ask other designers. So we spoke to some leading creative professionals to find out their recommendations and what iPad apps that they simply couldn’t live without.

If we’ve missed your favourite in our list of the best iPad apps, let us know in the comments!

1. Forger, £1.99/$2.99

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Forger is a digital sculpting application for the artist who wants to be able to sculpt anywhere. forger lets you sculpt when you’re on the move

A sculpting app, with a selection of tools that makes freeform 3D modelling possible on the go. With a selection of premade base meshes, it’s fast to get started with, while saving is a doddle and you can export to your favourite desktop software once you are done.
The GUI is simple but offers a wide assortment of tools that all work in a familiar way, including a set of texturing tools that let you project images onto your mesh.

2. TreeSketch 2.0 (free)

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TreeSketch is a fully featured interactive 3D tree modelling application

Although it’s commercial uses are perhaps a little limited, TreeSketch is a fantastic little app, which makes creating trees a doddle. You can define everything from the droopiness of branches to the size and quantity of leaves. There are numerous species to get started with and it is incredibly fun drawing out the trunk shape with a finger-tip. The results are high quality and you can save, reload and export your fully textured trees from an object manager.

Rob Redman

 

Forger and TreeSketch 2.0 were the choices of Rob Redman, a 3D artist and founder of Pariah Studios. Specialising in hard surface modelling, texturing, animation, lighting and photorealistic rendering. His previous clients included Ministry of Sound, Games Workshop, Katy Perry and The Who.

 

3. Capture Pilot (free)

You can remotely view, zoom, rate, tag, and pan high resolution images during a shoot

“There have been surprisingly few apps I find useful for my photography needs apart from one that is an absolute game changer” Henry begins, “Capture Pilot that runs along side Capture one pro. Basically it allows the iPad to mirror images that you are tethering form your camera to your computer.

“It helps to get the clients away from your computer; you can just set them up on the couch with a coffee and iPad and enjoy the freedom it brings. It also allows you to work remotely – you can trigger the shutter and work closely with your subject without having to be near your computer or camera.”

Henry Hargreaves

 

Capture Pilot was the choice of Henry Hargreaves, a New Zealand still life, art and fashion photographer working out of his studio in Brooklyn, NYC. He is known for fun, creative, provocative and memorable images, with his previosu clients including Ralph Lauren, Stefan Sagmeister, Boucheron, V and New York Magazine.

 

4. Diet Coda, £13.99/$19.99

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Diet Coda is a powerful, feature-packed web editor with an easy-to-use touch interface

Diet Coda allows you to access files on your FTP/SFTP servers and edit them pretty much as you would on a desktop. For those who use Coda on the Mac this is the perfect companion for making quick fixes to your websites on the go.

5. Silkscreen (free)

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Every time you hit save on your Mac the updated preview is sent to your iPhone

Silkscreen lets you quickly view files on your iPad or iPhone. With more people designing for mobile devices, it’s good practice to check how your design actually looks on that device. This allows you to see early on in the design process what will and won’t work on the smaller screen.

6. Instapaper (free)

Save web pages for later offline reading, optimized for readability on your iPad screen

Throughout your working day it’s likely that you’ll come across numerous articles to read, but not enough time to read them. This is a way to save those articles and read them at a later date. While there are similar services out there, Instapaper gives you much more control over how you categorise and share these articles.

Tom Brooks

 

Diet Coda, Silkscreen and Instapaper were the choices of Tom Brooks, a freelance web designer, based in Oxford. Since graduating from UWE and going freelance Tom has worked with numerous small businesses and individuals as well as various agency projects for companies such as Shire, POhWER and Yahoo.

 

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Gravação perdida de Steve Jobs mostra que o iPad é mais velho do que se pensava

Foi em 1983, numa pequena conferência sobre design realizada em Aspen, no estado norte-americano do Colorado. Depois de apresentar uma série de ideias sobre o futuro dos computadores, um jovem Steve Jobs aceita responder a uma série de perguntas. Ficou tudo gravado numa cassete, mas a parte das perguntas e respostas só agora foi revelada. E mostra que naquela altura o fundador da Apple já pensava no que poderia ser hoje descrito como o iPad.

A estratégia da Apple é “colocar um bom computador dentro de um livro que pode ser transportado connosco e que em 20 minutos aprendemos a utilizar”, diz Jobs, numa época em que ainda não tinha 30 anos de idade. “É isso que queremos fazer e queremos fazê-lo nesta década.”

A descrição cai como uma luva no equipamento que a Apple colocaria à venda 27 anos depois deste discurso, que vê agora a luz do dia graças ao trabalho de um reputado especialista em informática e blogger norte-americano. Marcel Brown “desenterrou” esta “cassete perdida” de Jobs que, sublinha, reforça a ideia de que o fundador da Apple estava muito à frente do seu tempo.

A conferência realizada em Aspen recebeu alguma atenção há pouco mais de um mês, devido a um artigo escrito por Walter Issacson, biógrafo de Steve Jobs. Porém, como assinala Marcel Brown, a gravação que serviu de base a esse artigo não estava completa, deixando de fora quase 40 minutos de perguntas e respostas entre Jobs e a plateia.

Depois de analisar a gravação, Brown foi à procura de fotografias – e acabou por encontrar uma no Flickr, de Steve Jobs no púlpito. Foi dali que o fundador da Apple antecipou um futuro que, na altura, poderia parecer excêntrico para quem o ouvia, mas que hoje não causará nenhuma estranheza.

Jobs previu que dali a uns anos, as pessoas investiriam mais tempo à volta dos computadores do que dos carros. Menciona também um trabalho experimental do MIT que, segundo Marcelo Brown, parece a aplicação Google Street View.

A gravação completa está disponível na Internet desde esta terça-feira.

 

10 best iPad art apps for painting and sketching

From established tools like Zen Brush to new upstarts like Sketchbook Ink, these powerful painting and drawing apps can help you start creating iPad art today!

When the iPad first launched it was pegged squarely as a media consumption device. To create professional art and design, you’d still need a fully-fledged laptop or desktop system running a full-fat operating system like Mac OS or Windows. Right?

Wrong. The iPad art apps in this list prove that Apple’s tablet has moved beyond just being for media consumption and is fast becoming ripe for content creation. If you’re an illustrator, artist or graphic designer, you can now work effectively on the move – sketching, painting, prototyping, and annotating photos. Invest in a good quality stylus and try one of these amazing iPad apps on for size…

SketchBook Pro

SketchBook Pro by Autodesk is one of the most popular apps with digital artists for creating art on the iPad. A smaller screen version, SketchBook Mobile, is available for the iPhone and iPod touch.

As you’d expect from Autodesk, SketchBook Pro has all the swagger of a pro-grade painting program. There’s a wide range of digital pencils, pens, markers, and airbrushes to choose from, all accessed via a simple but intuitive UI that lets you pin toolbars to the screen for easy access.

It’s flexible and fast too, enabling you to work with layers, transparency options, annotations, and advanced blend modes. With Dropbox integration plus the ability to import and export Photoshop-friendly files, it’s an ideal app for working on the move.

With a good stylus, a good digital artist can create anything from a quick sketch to a more involved and detailed digital painting.

SketchBook Ink

SketchBook Ink is a more recent release from the same team that brought you Sketchbook Pro. However, it’s by no means a replacement for it; instead, it’s a much simpler app, with a very minimalist interface.

Consquently, SketchBook Ink lacks some of Sketchbook Pro’s important features. For exmple, preset brushes aren’t editable apart from their size, and there are no layers (besides the option to add a photo as a background layer).

Sketchbook Ink’s big plus is its very high output resolution. You can export images to iTunes at up to 101.5 megapixels (8727 pixels x 11636 pixels) or your Photo app at up to 4096 pixels x 3072 pixels. Although exported files are flat PNGs, not editable vector files, the images are still very high quality.

However, it just seems too limited for us right now – especially the lack of layers – although we’ve no doubt extra features will be added if it develops a fan base.

Paper by Fiftythree

If you’re looking for something to make quick sketches with, with the minimum of fuss, then Paper by Fiftythree is well worth checking out.

Its uncluttered interface – no menu bars or buttons here – strips back the sketching experience to the bare essentials and turns your iPad into a selection of virtual journals, with pages to thumb through for easy viewing.

Designed exclusively for landscape mode, this iPad app is no good for creating polished art, but to get down quick sketch concepts it’s definitely worth a look.

Procreate

Procreate incorporates an unobtrusive UI with easy access sliders, which enable you to quickly adjust the size of your brush/opacity as you work. It saves time and lets you concentrate on what you’re painting rather than getting distracted by pop-up menus.

Like many of the other iPad art apps here, there’s an easy-to-use colour picker (with customisable swatches), layer options, a fast and responsive zoom, good smudging/blending options and great undo functionality.

Twelve pre-set brushes include advanced ‘paint loading’ and ‘wetness’ settings for a more realistic look. Plus there’s a built-in a brush editor for creating custom brushes, which enable you to define brush shape and grain.

Procreate is a powerful app. In the right hands, it will let you create some truly stunning digital work.

ArtRage

Like the PC and Mac versions, the ArtRage app for iPad is overflowing with options. There’s a variety of canvas presets and paper options, plus a wide array of brushes, pencils, crayons, rollers, and pastels.

In its quest for a realistic art experience, you can paint directly onto the screen or apply a glob of paint with one tool and smear it around with another. ArtRage also features a dedicated watercolour brush option, which can produce some striking effects.

Once you’ve familiarised yourself with the interface, it’s easy to change brush sizes, bring up the colour picker, work with layers and blend/smudge different elements together.

Unfortunately, there’s some noticeable lag when moving and scaling your artwork. This takes the shine off what is an incredibly flexible painting program for creating iPad art.

ArtStudio

While its interface isn’t as intuitive as some of the other iPad art apps here, ArtStudio for iPad rewards patient exploration of its features. And it’s jam-packed with them.

There are over 20 different brushes, various different canvas sizes and options that include layers, layer masks, filters and effects. ArtStudio also includes step-by-step drawing lessons/tutorials plus the handy ability to export your artwork to Photoshop for further fiddling.

Auryn Ink

Auryn Ink is a dedicated watercolour painting app and it has a limited set of options when compared to many of the meatier apps here.

That said, it has most of the basics covered for watery art on the iPad. You can pick different tip shapes for the brushes and specify different bristle effects. You can also adjust the texture of the canvas and the amount of water on your brush.

The end result is a realistic watercolour with paint that fades as you paint with it, mimicking the effect of the paper soaking up the ink.

Brushes

Legendary artist David Hockney has been spotted using the Brushes app creating art on the iPad. It’s an oldie, but a goodie, designed specifically for Apple’s tablet.

Using a basic toolbar at the bottom of the screen, you can bring up a colour wheel/picker, work with layers and switch between various brushes. Best of all, perhaps, Brushes is fast and responsive to the touch so it’s easy to work quickly.

A useful feature of Brushes is the ability to record each brush stroke, enabling you to play back exactly how you created each piece of art via the Brushes viewer.

Zen Brush

Designed to be used with a stylus with a brush extension such as Nomad Brush Stylus, Zen Brush by PSofthouse enables you to make brush strokes on your iPad that mimic the feel of traditional Japanese calligraphy brushes.

It’s perfect for calligraphy then – but any artist who prefers brush painting should check it out too. Zen Brush is minimalistic when it comes to features, but what it does it does very well indeed.

Inspire Pro

At first glance, it’s difficult to see what Inspire Pro offers that its rivals don’t. But play around with it and you’ll soon discover that this is one of the more intuitive iPad art apps available.

Before you know it, adjusting the paint load and customising brushes (by rotating the bristle pattern) becomes second nature.

What we like most is the dynamic colour picker. Simply press and hold a colour you’ve already used and Inspire Pro will switch the current colour to the new selection. It’s UI design elements like this that make for a fluid and fast experience.

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