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April 05, 2012


Ken Geis

"The calligraphy pen gets thicker that faster you go, while the pen gets thicker." Typo?

Jan Miksovsky

Ken: Yes, fixed. Thanks!

Barry Kelly

"FiftyThree carries this message throughout out the Paper app, as well as through their site and brand. Everything about this product is designed to lead you to believe, “I am the kind of cool latter-day renaissance person who carries around a Moleskine notebook because my free aesthetic soul may encounter a beautiful scene I want to render as art. I am that awesome.” This is, in fact, the very image in the Paper promotional video: a guy wandering around New York City sketching stuff. The video is shot from first-person perspective. That guy is you."

Uh, this marketing isn't very good; this kind of guy is the pretentious knobhead that I want to punch in the face and smirk while he holds his bleeding nose. Not literally, of course, but about that level of contempt.

It's a toxic mix of narcissism, indulgent self-actualization and sheer fraudulence. It's the stuff that makes people who switch from PCs to Macs want to pull out their new laptops in cafes. These people aren't artists; they don't even have a conceptual model of art, the way art schools churn out confused students; instead, they just want to wear a t-shirt with the label "artist" printed on it, so that they can feel good about themselves when they see their own reflection.

It's onanism and it's repulsive. It's a fine distillation of the essence of what I don't like about Apple products.

Designing iPad Applications

Ditto to all of that. Nice review. I've been loving this app for about a week. I wish it was easier to write notes with my finger, though I'd guess practice will improve that. Looking at the example books of written notes makes me jealous. My writing is large and clumsy - and stylusi are pretty useless so far because of the rubbery friction... haven't figured this out yet, but working on it.

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