Sunday, March 01, 2009

Software and Book Review: iPhone the Missing Manual, iPhone Book App

Software and Book Review: iPhone the Missing Manual, iPhone Book App



I fondly remember the Seinfeld episode in which Kramer was developing a coffee table book...about coffee tables, so when I read about an iPhone book on the iPhone, I simply had to review it. Not that there is anything wrong with that, no of course not!

As an application, "iPhone the Missing Manual" was difficult to navigate at first. Instead of scrolling up and down to move from page to page, you swipe from left to right in order to move to the next page, much like turning a page of a book. Once I understood this design element, navigating was fine. Ideally, the program should have had a initial welcome screen explaining how to move around within the program. The text of the book was extremely clear to read and quickly rendered when turning pages. Other text programs I've used in the past had annoying delays going from page to page. However, the initial opening of the app the very first time I launched it had an abnormal delay of up to a minute, and I thought the app was hung.