Taposé Review for iPad
Taposé is an app with a very interesting history. It was originally inspired by the ill-fated Microsoft tablet, the Courier. After being rejected by Apple and stuck in the approval process for what seems like forever, it has finally come to the iPad in great form. It is available for $2.99 from the App Store from Zanther, Inc.
Taposé is a very unique app that almost acts like a whole user interface for your tablet — this makes sense as it was inspired from such. It offers a dual-screen view area and is based on content creation. Really, at this stage though, it is mostly a journal creation app where you can make creative journals with many journal entries full of multimedia, text, and even audio. Taposé also supports both portrait and landscape modes although I would personally recommend landscape as that is the way to see the dual screens as they were intended.
Taposé starts out by taking you to a multi-page comprehensive tutorial that shows you the various gestures and aspects of the app. You will need to read it carefully if you don’t want to be bewildered by all the options the app has to offer. It is a very robust app with many features that can be a bit daunting for first-time users. You can, for instance, add media like photos and video to either window or screen while you do something completely different on the other side. You can add notes anywhere as well as erase them.
There are tools located on the upper section of the display as well as the left side section. The app really feels like a mix between Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop with the touch-input interactivity that the iPad offers. However, there are some small mechanics that could use improvement. For example, swiping to turn pages doesn’t seem to be a feature and you will need to click on the corner icons instead.
If you swipe on the left control hub other options will become available that are not noted on the main interface. These include a Web browser, Maps, Contacts, Journals, and Calculator. You can truly mix a wide range of media together in these journals and really get creative. The app also offers a main layout that organizes your journals independently. This means you can create as many as you like with as many pages as you like each. However, you will need to sign up or register with Taposé to use these features.
One gripe I have with the app is that certain selections can be tricky. There is an icon for creating squares, for example, in which you can insert text or other media, and I had a hard time grabbing the squares and moving them around once they were set on the canvas. I also had some trouble erasing them because clicking on them would just go to text (type writer). However, as the app matures and more features are added, these things should be addressed.
Overall, the app has great potential and will offer you great ways to create content on it. ALthough it focuses on creating journal entries, I am sure some of you could create entire interactive novels on it. One thing that I would also like to mention, is the app seems to crash a lot on a first-gen iPad so be warned.
Taposé is definitely worth checking out for anyone looking to create journals with multimedia, audio, and text. It is also recommended for anyone looking into creating interactive novels or simply wanting to get creative on their iPad. It is also recommended a lot more to anyone with a second-gen or third-gen iPad over the original model as the app crashes quite a bit on it.
Note: A promotional code was provided by the creator for use in this article.
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