Media keep coming up iPad
July 29, 2010 | 9:15 am
The iPad is so popular these days that everything is coming out with special interfaces for it. There was Pulse, which turns a selection of favorite RSS feeds into something similar to a magazine. Then there was Flipboard, which does the same for links posted to social networks.
Now here are a couple more web media joining the party. Cooliris, a company known for its browser and iPhone photo apps, has created an app for the iPad called Discover that imports content from Wikipedia and reformats it into an iPad-magazine-style interface. Cooliris hopes eventually to bring the same reformatting technique to more content from elsewhere on the web.
Meanwhile, a new WordPress plug-in called PadPressed brings iPad features such as swiping to advance articles to WordPress blogs, making them act more like iPad magazine applications. Like Cooliris, programmer Jason Baptiste has greater ambitions for his plug-in: “We did WordPress first because it’s the largest thing there is next we’re doing Tumblr, Posterous, Moveable Type, and then custom CMSs.”
Whether it will kill the Kindle or not, it’s hard to argue that the iPad has not already had an indelible influence on user interfaces—just like other Apple products that came before it.