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Apple patent hints iWeb may come to iPad

updated 04:10 am EDT, Sun April 3, 2011

iWeb set to join GarageBand and iMovie for iPad?

It may have been some time since iWeb, Apple's simple WYSIWYG web page design tool, has received new features. However, it appears that Apple has at the very least considered bringing it across to the iPad. A new patent application has emerged that shows a version of iWeb for the iPad. It would join GarageBand, Keynote, Numbers, Pages and iMovie as productivity and creativity apps ported from its Mac OS X platform over to its burgeoning iOS platform.

Apple's iWeb for Mac OS X, ships as part of its iLife suite of applications that comes bundled with the Mac OS X install. The app makes it simple for users to design their own websites by providing them with templates to which they only need to add text, photos, movies or other media. While it does not require users to have a MobileMe account, the application ties in seamlessly with the service by giving users the ability to publish their finished page to the web.

An iPad version of iWeb would help to further the appeal of the device in educational settings, where students are often required to design and publish their own webpage. Casual users would find uses for the app, which in its Mac version, also allows users to embed Google ads in their webpages in order to generate revenue. [via Patently Apple]




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  1. LunarMoon

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    Joined: Jan 2008

    +2

    xcode

    the big day will come when they bring Xcode to iPad. That day will represent Apple losing all ties with the desktop and creating an independent platform that can create as much content as the desktop.

  1. Gazoobee

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    Joined: Feb 2009

    +1

    meh

    iWeb is barely useable once you step outside of the templates though. I'd like to see an improved desktop version first, it hasn't been updated for many years now.

    Personally, I think the flaw of all of the "easy to use" software like this (Bento, iWeb, etc.), is that you only have a few templates, and if the template doesn't suit your needs it's virtually impossible to change it. If you want to make an iWeb page that doesn't fit into one of the templates, then you really can't do anything at all and have to consider a different product.

    Apple assumes that a third party market of templates will crop up in these cases and it does, but the type of person who isn't going to use iWeb because of some picky aspect of a template is not the kind of person that will *pay* someone else for a different template. All there is at the moment are a few clever people raping the iWeb faithful blind for overpriced templates with minimal utility.

    What's really necessary is for Apple to step in and create repositories of (free) templates and encourage community sharing of same. If iWeb had an associated site where people could make and share templates it would be an awesome product, but then again ..

    Apple doesn't do social very well and is blind to these kinds of problems. They don't see that a little effort on their part in the social arena would make their product take off like a rocket. It's a giant and well known Apple blind spot.

  1. cartoonspin

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    Joined: Sep 2003

    0

    Ditto

    Great post. You are dead on.

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