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    iPeng on iPad - How should it look like?

    I do have some ideas of my own, but they are still in fledgling state.

    So what do you think: How should we fill that big screen?

    My first takes:

    - Landscape mode. OK, No-brainer. Apple requires this.
    - Playlist and NowPlaying always visible. Simple in Landscape mode, how to do in portrait
    - Big Artwork: Always or as a "screen saver"? How Big? Bet none of you have 768x768 artwork. iTunes provides up to 600x600, is this the size?
    - Players permanently accessible. How?
    - Visualizers?
    ...?
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    Silly question - could we test the App on a MacBook to be able to come with input ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim.T View Post
    Silly question - could we test the App on a MacBook to be able to come with input ?
    No
    It's an iPhone App.
    I was even, for a moment, thinking about making a big-screen version of the web-skin plugin to test out things...
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    I agree, 600x600 artwork to match iTunes (and also albumartexchange.com) would seem to be sensible.

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    Dedicated buttons for play, pause, next, random, etc on the same page.

    Take advantage of the real estate to put everything on one screen instead of having to swipe.

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    can only recommend http://www.balsamiq.com/products/mockups for testing
    It also contains IPhone Backgrounds and you can try it online ...

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    Certainly the display of good sized cover art is the number one appeal. 600x600 is the standard at album art exchange - which is where I first go to seek covers these days. Perhaps we'll also one day get the ability to incorporate other artwork into a dynamic "now playing" screensaver (eg back cover, liner notes, artist photos) Add something like cover flow album selector to take advantage of the touch interface. You might consider using the remaining real estate on the screen to show potentially; lyrics, bio, next song on playlist as well as basic controls. Seems to me the combination of eye-candy and a fast intuitive touch interface would be very attractive. Thanks Pippin. (if you did update the iPeng skin for SBS using a landscape mode etc - I'd be using it already - only wish I was smart enough to help with code).
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    Re: iPeng on iPad - How should it look like?

    Quote Originally Posted by panos_k75
    Look at itunes and the way it looks on the iPad...you can't go wrong with that, at least visually.
    Oh Yes, you can.
    It looks like iTunes, my #1 hated software of all. Not going to happen.
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    Re: iPeng on iPad - How should it look like?

    If you could emulate the interface of the Sooloos in terms of what is supposed to be a fabulous way to browse albums the purchase of an entire squeeze system, ipad and Ipeng would look like a bargain
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    I was looking at th cover size on iTunes Store, I thought it was larger than 600x600 but this seems to be the size currently used. The rationale behind this seems to be that a CD cover is 12cm square, about 4.73 inches.
    At 100dpi you need 473 pixels square. 100 dpi is not much when printing. I have a feeling that you could end up with a layout that could make for a printable catalog of the library, and I believe 300 dpi is more or less the baseline when printing in color ?

    I liked the demo of the iphoto browser in iPad. It reminded me of an itunes app I was using long ago, showing stacks of covers on the desktop, clicking a cover was controlling play on itunes, and the playlist itself was a stack of covers. Could be fun with shake-for-random...

    I still want SBS to offer better library browsability, ability to insert new songs after an album (instead of right after what's playing), ability to truncate the playlist at some point, ability to add server actions (like sync, enter sleep, volume up...) between songs.

    NB: since I don't have an ipod/phone, I only saw iPeng briefly. I don't really know what it does already.

    BTW, what about the itunes (LP ?) format (an html5 thing is it not ?)
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