[NTLK] Minor tweaks to iEinstein UI

Marisa Giancarla fstltna at me.com
Thu Nov 20 20:36:25 EST 2014

Great! I will do a build of this tonight!


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> On Nov 20, 2014, at 5:31 PM, Jake Bordens <jake at allaboutjake.com> wrote:
> Hi Everyone. 
> I have been playing with Einstein for a few days, and I wanted to post 
> some of the updates I've made for consideration.
> Specific changes:
> - Build files for XCode6 with the target iOS version set for iOS8.
> - Updated to use Storyboards instead of XIBs for the interface, with a 
> little tweaking to the view hierarchy.  (This makes some additional 
> chrome, popovers, menus, easier in the future)
> - Fix for rotation.  You still have to manually tell NewtonOS to rotate, 
> but it then scales appropriately.  You can then rotate your iOS device to 
> match, and it will re-scale to fill the screen.
> - A few new screen resolutions in the settings for iPhone 5/6/6+
> - A splash screen (just a black screen that says 'Einstein' but is needed 
> to tell iOS that the new iPhone 6 resolutions are supported)
> Sadly, nothing to the actual emulator.  I'm not versed enough in the low 
> level details of the Newton hardware and software to make any inroads 
> there.  I really look forward to the day that new simulation techniques 
> improve the performance to more usable levels (or iOS hardware 
> single-threaded performance advances to the point where the emulation is 
> fast enough!)
> You can find the changes in GitHub: 
>    https://github.com/jake-b/Einstein
> The XCode6 file has a new target called "iEinstein (Storyboards)" that 
> will build all the new changes.  I tried to use #ifdefs around the 
> storyboard code  so it should still build with the old XIBs using the 
> other target.
> These changes came out of some tests I was doing with the Adonit Jot 
> Script stylus.  The Jot is a fine-tipped capacitive stylus with bluetooth 
> that has palm rejection.  I got mixed results.  It did work, but I think 
> the emulator was taking up too much of the processor on my iPad 3, and 
> hence it was dropping strokes and such.
> If anyone has any feedback, let me know.
> Anyhow, your mileage may vary. Enjoy.
> Jake
> (formerly Jake from the Newton Underground, aka Jake the author of NUDrop 
> and NewtonIM)
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