A week with the 9-inch iPad Pro

I’ve been using the new 9-inch iPad Pro for about a week and I thought I’d share a few impressions:

  • The screen glare is significantly reduced. I often read under fluorescent lights and this is a significant improvement over the Air 2.
  • The pencil is great fun, is lovely to use and fits nicely into my ad hoc note taking workflow. It replaces my pen and notebook setup and the ability to move and delete tasks and notes from the page, as I process them, is fantastic (thanks Notability).
  • There’s nowhere to store or attach the pencil. A nicely placed strong magnet would have been a nice touch.
  • The camera takes great stills and wonderful movies (4K is worth it). The camera bulge really isn’t an issue (even when writing on the screen on a hard surface)
  • My old Logitech Ultrathin keyboard cover won’t stay attached to the iPad Pro when I’m carrying it around because the magnets are placed differently from the Air 2. The keyboard is still fine when the iPad is in the keyboard slot but carrying it around is so awkward that it would have been replaced anyway, even if I hadn’t got the Smart Keyboard.
  • The Smart Keyboard is easy to type on, and lighter than the Logitech that replaced it and seems steady enough even when it’s not on a hard surface.
  • The speakers are a huge step up. I drive an old and noisy car that doesn’t have a working stereo so I listen to podcasts and music through the iPad speakers. The iPad pro easily pumps out enough volume for me to hear over the engine roar and tire noise.
  • 128Gb is overkill, but 32Gb is insufficient. I’d have preferred a 64Gb option but hey…

This is been a really good upgrade, even though it’s a bit pricey. Sometimes the features on a new version of a device are nice but not of significant interest but in this case the upgrade from an Air 2 to a 9-inch Pro really made a difference.

Exporting DayOne Entries

I keep a journal, and for a while I’ve written and kept the journal entries in DayOne. It’s a nice App that has encouraged me to write, to the point where journalling has become an indispensable part of how I do life. While DayOne gave me features to start me writing, I now want to write entries in my standard editor, with all its niceties. DayOne uses Markdown and the App can be told to store its data in iCloud or Dropbox, so it wasn’t hard to find the entries on disk, but the Markdown is embedded in a file along with other information. There’s a little bit of work involved in exporting the entries as regular Markdown files, so I’ve put my export script on GitHub in case someone finds it useful.

export_dayone_entries.py

Favourite reading of 2014

While cleaning up a few old Evernote folders I came across a few partly written posts, including this one with some of my favourite articles from 2014. I know… 2014 is so last year, but the articles are still good.

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