Good ideas are common.
What’s uncommon are
people who’ll work hard enough
to bring them about.
I have recently been blessed with an iPad 2 (I should have mailed announcements to explain why I’ve become such a recluse). Actually, my world exploded with interesting things, and endless ideas and opportunities. Not far into this new experience, I started dreaming of ways to put my publication design experience to use on this relatively new media. This past year has been my year of the eBook—reading, researching, producing… Meanwhile, I’ve focused upon layout and design of knitting patterns to publish as printable PDF files.
My friend, Mary in Ann Arbor, emailed me today about reading knitting patterns (in a PDF file format) in the GoodReader App on her new iPad2. She could annotate it with highlighter marks to keep track of where she was on the pattern. I rushed to get the app and experiment. WOW! It works. It also shows me what I need to do to make my patterns GoodReader friendly.
It doesn’t take much to make me happy — yarn, knitting needles and a few well-placed pixels.
This is a shot of the iPad screen showing
a PDF knitting pattern with a highlighted
line to mark the place. The line is easily movable.
Sonja Dalglish said:
What a marvelous idea! Designs on the iPad! You are an amazing woman keeping up with the best in technology. Thank you for letting me know about this.
joan raubar said:
Ditto to your comment, Sonja. I plan to check this out., too
Candy Loveridge said:
You are such an enabler. I have been talking myself out of an I-pad. I just got a Nook for christmas, have an I-pod and a phone to access the internet and now you tell me something that makes me want an I-pad even MORE?????
Maybe I can hope Santa will be nice next year.
Kathleen Pooler said:
This is so exciting (and mindboggling),Katherine. The technology is changing at lightening speed but you make it seem easy. I will be watching your progress with great interest! You will be preserving and sharing your treasures.
Mary Shue said:
Yes, I love it. You can add arrows, little hidden notes that pop up when you click on their icon AND you can situate the note icon any where on the page. So you could make a journal of the yarn and needles you used, keep track of a useful link, or make notes about what you were doing when you quit so that you can resume without wasting time trying to figure ou where you were. Plus there is a way to directly access your Ravelry library to download patterns to GoodReader. I’m impressed.
Marilyn Buster said:
Can’t wait to get one but just haven’t yet.