iPad Anticipation – Making Wallpapers, Fanfic reader

(originally posted on my blogger blog on May 1, 2010)

So as an owner of an iPod touch and an iPhone I am excited that Apple has released the iPad. The biggest reason I don’t have one is that they aren’t available in Canada yet. I was also holding out for one which had 3G instead of just wi-fi capability – good news is that this is being rolled out April 30th (tee hee, can you tell I drafted this post last week?).

iPad versus iPod touch
My hubby says it looks like a big iPod touch but it’s so much more

Just like the iPhone you can use it vertically or horizontally see?

iPad can be used vertically or horizontally

These are some accessories you can get to make it more useful – the keyboard with dock is great and I like the stand that makes it into a big digital photo frame.

iPad with accessory dock, keyboard, and stand

And probably the most useful feature of all for me as a lover of lemony fanfic? You can read your fanfic on it offline in Stanza, just like on the iPhone and iPod touch.

iPad Kindle bookshelf
iPad makes a great eReader for bringing your fanfic with you

Above is the Kindle bookshelf for those of you who prefer to buy your regular ebooks. For those who just want to read Twilight fanfic on their mobile then you can convert the stories to a file that you can upload to your bookshelf. Just see my post here on how to do that.

Note – Stanza for iPhone apparently looks pretty bad on iPad. They now have a Stanza for iPad. Most people suggest using iBook and uploading epub fanfic files into itunes. You can generate the epub files with the Fanfic Downloader web app.

iPad as an ebook reader in horizontal mode
How a typical story looks in landscape mode. This is more like it.

Twilight wallpapers to pretty up your iPad.

So when I do get my iPad I expect to be able to pretty it up just like my iPhone and iPod touch. I went looking for iPad Twilight wallpapers and came up with only less than 20 of them. The places I found them were http://www.coolipadwallpaper.com/ and Digital Citizen.

What is so special about iPad wallpapers and why can’t you just use some random desktop one?

I found this great post at Digital Citizen explaining why you’ll have a problem using just regular desktop wallpapers.
Essentially, the iPad has a screen that is 1024 X 768 pixels. You can use it horizontally or vertically. Regular desktop wallpapers are meant for a horizontal screen. In some tablets PCs that can rotate, like the HP one that my husband uses, when you switch to a vertical position the wallpaper gets squished to tall and skinny eg. very distorted. The great thing is the iPad doesn’t squish your wallpaper BUT it will crop it to be tall and skinny. So no distortion but you better hope that your wallpaper didn’t have something important (like Rob’s head) in the sides that are going to be cropped off.

iPad with regular desktop wallpaper vertically
iPad with regular desktop wallpaper
How a regular desktop wallpaper looks on the iPad.
Not bad if you don’t mind the new moon title being cut off.
It just looks a bit messy.

So what to do? If you don’t care just go ahead and stick any old horizontal wallpaper in there. It will probably work and if you don’t use it vertically often then it’s fine. If you are type A like me and want your screen to look perfectly pretty Twilight style horizontally and vertically then you need an iPad specific wallpaper. The correct proportions are a square 1024 X 1024 pixels. That way regardless of which way you are holding your iPad nobody’s head gets cut off.

iPad wallpaper Twilight New Moon vertical Robert Pattinson
iPad Wallpaper Twilight New Moon Robert Pattinson
Much better. Neat and clean.

So, following the guidelines of the post from Digital Citizen and testing it in this awesome iPad screen emulator I made a few wallpapers of my own. These are not the super gorgeous ones I know that my talented photo girls in the Twilight blogosphere can do but they’ll do for now.

Almost all the original images that I used to make these wallpapers came from Lion & Lamb Love. They have an absolutely huge collection of high quality of Twilight related images.

Here’s a few to get you started.

Important: Click on picture to download – right click will only get you a thumbnail.

For a tutorial on how to get these wallpapers onto your iPad or iPhone click here.

iPad wallpaper background Eclipse movie Twilight
iPad wallpaper Twilight New Moon kiss Robert Pattinson Kristen Stewart
iPad wallpaper Twilight New Moon Edward Robert Pattinson
iPad wallpaper Twilight New Moon Bella Kristen Stewart

Let me know what you think or if you have questions.

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