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    I'd like to see some productivity apps that benefit from the improved performance of the PDK, like a timer/stopwatch that didn't hickup every few seconds. PIM apps, calculators, etc could all benefit from improved responsiveness. Is there a limitation of the PDK that prevents productivity apps from being ported? How about the PDK/WebOS hybrid SDK?
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    Well, there are two things I've noticed.

    1) I wouldn't say that the PDK apps are more responsible. They are more resource intensive, take longer to launch, and end up creating more notification lag.

    2) None of the PDK apps I've seen make use of the physical keyboard. It's why I didn't buy Astraware Sudoku and have an earlier SDK variant. I don't know if this is a limitation of the PDK or lazy iPhone porting, but it's something I've noticed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by malpha View Post
    Well, there are two things I've noticed.


    2) None of the PDK apps I've seen make use of the physical keyboard. It's why I didn't buy Astraware Sudoku and have an earlier SDK variant. I don't know if this is a limitation of the PDK or lazy iPhone porting, but it's something I've noticed.
    Are all of the Astraware games PDK? If so, I have both Casino and Board Games and both use the keyboard for name input.
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    it's because the api's for other functions don't exist. The only iphone ports that don't require undocumented api's are games...
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    VNC Client is a PDK app. It's a productivity app.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jkeitz View Post
    Are all of the Astraware games PDK? If so, I have both Casino and Board Games and both use the keyboard for name input.
    If so, that's kind of stupid that they didn't put it into the Sudoku game. I asked Astraware did it have keyboard support and the answer they gave me regarding why it didn't have keyboard support was confusing. I wish I could find the tweet, but yeah, it didn't really make sense.
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    Good question. I prefer SDK productivity apps because of faster app-switching, and tighing developers to GUI standards might be a good thing.

    For PIM apps, the APIs aren't released. That's why all the task apps synch with some web site instead of tapping into your native task DB, same with calendar. There is an unsupported calendar app by Tigerland Software (the Done! guys), but they have been advised that the API hack they are using will break in the future. I crave a decent calendar app even more than a decent office suite.

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