Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 206. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2018-11-19 06:34:26+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: tablets Thanks to Jim Rovira for his optimism about the design of tablets. But it was the iPad Pro (2018) that I was complaining about -- or, rather, struggling with, and complaining about the struggle. My main point was that the device, excellent though it is, was designed for a different purpose, and I was fighting against its design. The experience improves greatly with a fold-out keyboard, and somewhat more with the Apple Pencil or similar device, which allows more accurate positioning of the cursor, but still it's a mistake to think the iPad can replace the laptop. Taking notes may be a different matter for some, especially those who like to include diagrams and then preserve the notes in the way one preserves any text file. But try as I might, I cannot manage to do better with the iPad than with a 3x5 slip of paper. The physical operations are simply simpler. One of the apps, Notability, is advertised as being great for taking lecture notes, but the notes I take are while reading a book (i.e. codex). But I realise that note-taking is a highly individual thing. What do others do for note-taking? Does a tablet figure into it? Yours, WM -- Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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