This is the first post in a series called Home Screens. David Sparks over at MacSparky has been doing this for a long time and I thought it would be interesting to ask my friends, family, and former co-workers what is on their Home Screens!
Opting out of the 9 to 5, Jordan Dibb spends his time writing novels, creating space-pop music, and sharing cute and cuddly photos of his dogs with the world. Having grown up using a PC (don't hold it against him too much), Jordan has now dived head first in the sparkly galaxy that is Apple, continually being amazed of how his iPad and iPhone help him accomplish his projects.
What are your most interesting home screen apps?
Beep - Boop - Bop... That's what my annoyed girlfriend may hear as I tinker around with the Bebot app - an app that lets you manipulate different sounds for your own amusement - but to me it has served as a creative muse for when I've got inspiration block while writing my music. A lot of my songs, which have now been featured on Quiksilver, Etnies, and Paddle2Live videos, have started with an idea I created in Bebot. And anytime you need a quick laugh, just switch it to the "Theremin" preset and let your finger go wild. Also totally interesting and amazing is the Sketch Book Pro app - an art app that, after a small learning curve, allows you to make some very stellar art / pictures on your iPad.
What is your favorite app?
They're all so gnarly! But, I love iBooks. I got the iPad mainly for the reason of reading books on it, and while it is super keen to have all the other features / apps of an iPad at my disposal, iBooks is where it's at. And what's even better?! They've finally introduced the "Night Reading" theme, so now the background is black and the text is in white - making it super easy on your eyes when reading in low light (or no light at all). Believe me... I was like a kid in a ball pit on X-mas morning opening up a present which turns out to be a fuzzy little puppy when iBooks made that update.
Which app is your guilty pleasure?
Doodle Jump. What the what?!... I know. But my sister's twelve year old son showed it to me and I was like, "Hey, this is somewhat fun." Then, five hours later, I was like, "Hey, this is fun." I'm a fan of game apps through and through, and love the long RPG style options that are growing in abundance out there in the iWorld. But sometimes I forget the complete and utter happiness I used to experience whilst playing the original video games - jumping on goombas and mastering Tetris on the old yellow screen Gameboys. And that's what Doodle Jump and all of its simplicity helps me remember.
What is the app you are still missing?
Um, is there an app that is like a large encyclopedia of dinosaurs, complete with colorful pictures and awesome descriptions? If so, I'm missing that.
How many times a day do you use your iPhone/iPad?
Bah! Trick question, right? I tried to figure out it out for you, as in minutes (or hours!) in the day, but it's just impossible. My iPhone wakes me up, my iPad reads me my emails, my iPod keeps me company on my run, my Macbook helps me write my books, and all four help me pass the time when I should really be working.
What is your favorite feature of the iPhone/iPad?
Pages on iPad! More than an app than a feature... but c'mon! Now I can write in a stylish word document anywhere I go?! What the what! I love it. I used to lug my Macbook around with me at all times, incase a great story idea would pop in my head - which requires me to write it down asap or low and behold poof ... it's gone. And now it's so much easier to document those ideas and start fleshing them out... anywhere! With a touch of a screen my word document is up and ready, the little blinky cursor thing going nuts with excitement for me to begin typing.
If you were in charge at Apple, what would you add or change?
I'm sure there is something actually worth while to think of, but here's what I got off the top of my head: Let me change the message bubble colors! The barf green (text messages) and pneumonia pale blue (iMessages) are getting soooo.. blegh! Give me options that don't require jail breaking my lovely Apple products!
Anything else you’d like to share?
Over the last year or so, I've started using my iPad / iPhone more for helping me complete my personal projects and I'm starting to learn that they offer me a whole new way of thinking and sharing. I love that I can post a blog, update Facebook / Twitter, write a chapter of my book, and take photos of things that inspire me all with one small and lightweight device. I've really started to take advantage of that, and it's been working out better than a kangaroo in a jump rope contest.
Make sure to check out Jordan's website to learn more about all the cool things he is up to!!