I just wanted to give everyone a heads-up that DaVinci for iPad is now available in the App Store. You can download it from this link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/davinci-for-ipad/id372048588?mt=8.
Like the first iPhone version, this is a Labs release. There are some areas we know are still a bit rough around the edges, and in particular the photos handling we're going to revamp quite a bit. But, you'll definitely get a feel for where we're going with this.
First is the sketcher. Not only do you have more room to work with your sketch, we've been able to implement a toolbar that makes switching between drawing modes, adding symbols and labels, and defining areas more intuitive. A new keyboard layout simplifies entering dimensions and drawing lines. We've added directional arrows to the keyboard that can be used instead of swiping if that feels more comfortable. And we've also introduced the ability to draw 45 degree walls by either swiping in a diagonal direction or using the corresponding arrow keys, which is a huge time-saver.
Data gathering also got a huge boost from the extra screen space in that we're able to show the data entry form, navigation between forms, and the active QuickList on the screen at the same time. Tapping a QuickList item automatically takes you to the next field and loads the next QuickList. You'll be amazed how fast you can rip though the data gathering phase. Even the FieldPad benefitted with all the extra screen space for drawing with your finger.
One of the key features of the iPad is that there's no correct or incorrect way to hold it. DaVinci adopts this philosophy by rotating all screens automatically no matter how you hold it. So whatever orientation feels most comfortable to use is just fine.
Also, just like the iPhone version, you can configure DaVinci for iPad to sync reports, form layouts and QuickLists from WinTOTAL, TOTAL 2010 or DaVinci Mobile Pro.
Give it a try and let us know what you think. We'd love to know.
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