IPad developers : Are you ready for the age of the tablet?

iPad Developers
I remember the first time I got my TX1000 and how excited I was with the tablet laptop. It wasn't particularly spectacular but the rotating screen, different layout modes and touchscreen really did it for me. Of course, the TX1000 is now considered ancient material with the arrival of the iPad 1 and 2.  With the arrival of this new age tablet and its features, iPad developers around the world have had to learn new ways of designing to suit it. Here, we provide you with a list of points to look into if you're on the iPad development wagon.

Tablet testing – No matter how much an iPad developer putters about with the design of a website, he or she can get an accurate idea of how it will look and work, only by testing it on an iPad. And given the arrival of the second iPad, test on both. Of course, you don't have to go out and buy you own, just head out to the Apple Store or better yet, seek the advice of professional iPad developers to make sure your website works great.

K.I.S.S – aka Keep It Simple Stupid. Even if you're a tech whiz, as an iPad developer, you still need to consider the user experience. Will my site look better with two columns instead of three? Will the site be easier to use with bigger links? Because you do have to remember that there is less scrolling and clicking and more touching with the iPad, thus its important to design a website that is easy to use.

Trash the Flash – If you haven't been updated with Apple's notion on Flash, well its bad news. They hate it and iPad's iOS will not support it. So no Flash for your website if you intend for it to be iPad friendly.

Easy Forms – Filling out forms using a regular mouse method is not so difficult, we just click and type away, but this are requires new designing for the iPad. Again, remember that user's will be swiping and touching, so make sure the fields are large and easy to touch to open, and unnecessary blanks are removed.

Ape the app – Within the first few weeks of purchasing an iPad, most users will be conditioned to the app style interface, so it is a good idea to adapt your website into something tablet specific. Hint : Check out Google on an iPad. They did it with HTML5 and Javascript.

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