Care to take the market by surprise? Develop an “app” for the iPhone that syncs up with Scrivener, and a portable keyboard to go along with it. I personally would be willing to pay a small chunk of change for this. I don’t carry a laptop around with me anymore, there really is very little need to, and what need there is would easily be met with the above combination. Here’s some starting thoughts:
- Do not strive to make the keyboard wireless. I do not understand why the little bit of conversation on this subject that is going around is always in the context of a blu-tooth keyboard. Why would any end-user want that? It’s another wireless technology that, while very cool and sometimes useful, nonetheless eats up battery time.
- Make a keyboard that is dockable and compatible with all generations of iPhones and iPod Touches.
- Make an app that easily syncs up with the desktop application on a project by project basis.
- Allow the app to create new documents, even they can only be rudimentary.
- Perhaps an existing iPhone app could be partnered with to accomplish syncing… Maybe “Shovebox”? For document portability Shovebox just works.
I can’t tell you the number of times I go out and about on a weekly basis and get great article starts and story ideas in my mind and have to plod through the iPhone keyboard in order to get the gist of the idea down so I can develop it later. How often I wish I could just sit down right then and there and whip out a first draft.
Hey, why do I hear my voice echoing back at me… Am I the only one in this room, this big, empty, cold, concrete room? No one else on the planet wants portable document creation on their iPhones and iPod Touches? Hard to believe.