07/24/2011, 05:40 PM
I've been using the TouchPad fairly heavily this weekend to prepare for tomorrow's trip.
Research and spreadsheet creation:
I could easily find, download and scroll through a number of pdfs to find the information I needed. I could flip back and forth between the pdf and the browser where I was inputting search terms to get more detail.
It was a real bonus to easily zoom into the PDFs with my fingers and zoom out again; TouchPad and pdfs work brilliantly together.
I could even pull up a long document from Microsoft Word although it was harder given the format, to easily zoom and search via the 10-inch TouchPad screen.
On another card I had LibreOffice's spreadsheet running (see webOS Internals wiki for how to install Linux programs on the TouchPad) and I could input the terms I found relevant via bluetooth keyboard and then flip back to the pdfs to start the next search.
All the while Spaz's twitter and Glimpse's twitter was running and if I wanted to read any news headlines in Glimpse or what have you, it was easily available.
I could also jot a few tidbits on the "note" section in Glimpse.
While I was working, email and also twitter notifications showed up (nice touch Glimpse dev!) which saved me the trouble of flipping through those programs.
Unfortunately, though, the TouchPad crashed quite a few times when I flicked off browser cards. I installed J-Stop (autocollect gc function) found in Preware to free up memory and it seemed to help in most cases although the machine would pause for a few seconds regularly to notify me when it was freeing up memory.
Research and document creation:
For this, I needed to find articles on the web and copy and paste them to a document. At the same time I was finishing up my spreadsheet.
This quickly got tedious as copy and paste function in the browser was hard to implement, rarely could I do it in one or two swoops of the finger.
At the same time, although my browser was no longer crashing, the bluetooth keyboard started returning weird characters like ">" instead of letters and caps lock would mysteriously stay on.
I abandoned the Note function in Glimpse as paste didn't seem to work. Typewriter Beta was easier but still sometimes hard to scroll down to the correct portion of the page to add the new information.
All-in-all, I stuck with it only because I knew that I had plenty of time to clean up everything using my laptop.
Interestingly, the operating system began to resemble for me piles of paper organized by topic--the type of old fashioned organization we used to do when we were creating projects and trying to see relationships between various bits of information.
I ended by emailing typewriter beta doc, notes doc, spreadsheet, and various items pasted into emails to myself (after transferring to media/internals using InternalzPro) to myself. I could have used USB or uploaded to boxnet.
Today I finished the project with a laptop while checking twitter and listening with headphones to TouchPad (sounded better than the Macbook, more streamlined sound, cleaner).
All-in-all, the project dramatically showed the tremendous mult-tasking versatility of webOS on the TouchPad and the pdf zoom-in was a great help.
A lightbulb came on for me and for the first time, I understood the power of stacks as a way to help the creative process by organized related pieces of information just as one used to spread out pieces of paper on the floor and then begin to collate them into themes and trends for a research paper.
The project also showed the limitations of the TouchPad right now for my work purposes. The OTA can't get here fast enough for me, I hope it shows up tomorrow even though I will already be on the road.
edit: ota here and copy, paste solved, see next post. woot!