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iPad Notes & Eclipse Phase Updates

PlainText is a great little tool for the iPad; a simple text editor that syncs everything to a Dropbox folder. I’ve been using it to scribble notes and start blog posts while away from the computer lately, and very much enjoying the experience. The iOS 4.2 update has really cranked up the iPad in my eyes, making it more of a tool and less of a gadget. I’ve stopped using my Sony Reader entirely; iBooks and the iPad is more convenient.

Eclipse Phase

Our next hardcover book, Gatecrashing, is at the printers now. The introductory fiction from it, An Infinite Horizon, by Steve Mohan, is available for sale in two different ways: PDF/ePub/Mobi bundle from DriveThruRPG and directly from the Amazon Kindle store. It should be $0.99 no matter where you buy it, but the Kindle store jacks up prices if you’re outside of the USA, so I suggest overseas customers get the PDF/ePub/Mobi version.

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More Gatecrashing previews will hit the Eclipse Phase site soon.

We also released Continuity, a funky adventure where … oh, no, I’m not going to spoil it for you. Here’s the tagline:

The characters, researchers on a remote outpost, check in for a backup—and awaken in new bodies to discover two weeks of their lives are missing. They have limited time to find out what happened to their previous selves—and deal with a looming threat.

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It’s a $5 PDF, in both landscape and portrait formats, with original artwork (Including a great piece from new-to-EP artist Anna Christenson, maps, and audio snippets by J.C. Hutchins (read what he has to say about it.) and Mur Lafferty.

Enjoy!

Wired app for iPad

Not quite living in the future, but the Wired app for the iPad is really cool. There’s a few little tweaks that would make it even better. I hope that since each issues is an app on its own (or at least, that appears to be the model they’re going for) that it will be easy for them to incrementally improve it each issue perhaps until they feel they can release it as an app with in-app purchases for each new issue?

Custom Table of Contents

I want to tag some article as interesting, and I also want to mark an article as “Read and Not Wanting to Re-read,” essentially creating a second Table of Contents with just the stuff I want to re-read, the stuff I haven’t read, and none of the stuff I’ve already read. And yes, after I’ve looked at it, I’d like to be able to mark ads as “Not Wanting to Re-read.”

(In print magazines, I often rip out and throw away pages if they contain an ad on both the front and the back. I buy things to read, not to fetishize.)

Hop to Web Article

I want a quick way to get a hyperlink for the web version of any particular article, so I can send it to a friend.

Better Escaping from Animated Content

Invaders of Mars has a cool animation, but once it’s swirling the double-tap to stop it is kind of strange: it stops the animation and performs the “bring up menu items” action as well. I think I’d prefer a single tap on the same hot spot that started the animation.

Puzzle

I want to try and type the answer into the puzzle!

iPad and Canadian iTunes Store Accounts

An iPad is a business expense, correct?

If the international delays for iPads are getting you down and you’re considering buying one from the USA and having it shipped to you, here’s something to bear in mind: on the iPad itself, you can only buy/update apps if you have and are logged into a USA iTunes store account. If you try to log in with a Canadian account (Can’t verify any other countries, personally) you won’t be successful.

You can, however, buy and upgrade items via iTunes and sync them via USB with a Canadian (Same disclaimer) account. But if you’re trying to live a life-less-tethered, you’ll be frustrated until the international accounts are properly activated.