I was convinced in less than a minute myself, though I'll probably wait for version two to get one, but in the meantime I must say, it's the greatest display for photographs I've ever seen, save only the big — and very expensive — Eizo displays.
By the time lunch was over I'd decided that I simply had to convert all the Flash galleries on New York in Plain Sight to HTML gallery format so that the site would be accessible to iPad users (as well as to anyone using any other non-Flash enabled, i.e., Apple, mobile device).
So I did, and that's done now. Go have a look.
There are advantages (iPad etc. accessibility, better thumbnail overviews) and disadvantages (no slide show capability, no background loading of entire gallery, no automatic resizing of the images to the window size). But with the iPad selling upwards of a million units a month, I'm convinced that the iPad advantage far outweighs the disadvantages.
Of course, I could have kept both versions on-line, but there's a limit to how much I want to burden my nephew Ben Benedetti's generosity in hosting the site for me.
And then, just as I was finishing up the conversions, I got an email from Columbia University's Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library requesting permission to create — and maintain! — an archival copy of New York in Plain Sight under their new (2009) Andrew W. Mellon Foundation sponsored Web Resources Collection Program. This is great news for New York in Plain Sight, and I am very grateful to have the project receive this kind of institutional care and attention.
So I'm back to blogging, though as long as this endless heatwave continues unabated the posting may be rather intermittent (where I live, the average daily high so far this July has been just a tad under 93º).