It is FINALLY time for me to speak out on the new and upcoming version codenamed AirPad Rio but to be released as AirPad 2015! I'm very excited to share with you what you can expect from this new and massively improved version of my software.
AIRPAD 2015 INFORMATION:
AirPad 2015 is expected to launch on Saturday, May 9, 2015. The program has already been built and is sitting on a hard drive on my Windows desktop waiting to be uploaded. There are many changes from 2012's AirPad London and they are all intended to make the use of the program easier.
The biggest change is the user interface. Formerly, I've had only a single menu, but I've decided to go with a dual-menu layout for this version. The Options Bar is located on the left as normal, but I've moved functions such as cut, copy, and paste to the new Quick Use Bar at the top of the page. These are functions that you should always be able to access in one click or less in a smartly designed program and I think this will work out much better.
I've also taken the liberty of adding keystroke shortcuts, bullets, and upgrading the icons. I wanted to keep the AirPad icon in the Options Bar, but it seemed pointless to do so without it having a function. Now, when you click it, it brings up the "About AirPad" window.
This is far from all there is to AirPad 2015 though. One thing to note is that this program is specifically designed for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 users only. It may not function as intended or even run on older versions of Windows. This is because AirPad 2015 is intended only to keep AirPad working and relevant in the future -- if you need legacy support, download AirPad London. Which leads me to that...
AIRPAD LONDON SUPPORT INFO:
AirPad London has, for three long years, been the de facto crown jewel of my software portfolio. Despite three different successors having been planned to take its place, I never did get around to upgrading it and then I began working exclusively with Mac's in 2013. As much as I love AirPad London, it has its problems and they run deep. It is for this reason that AirPad London (along with the long replaced AirPad 2, AirPad for Windows, and AirWriter) will be pulled from the web later this year. Until that time, it is still freely downloadable on DeviantArt and will serve nicely as a legacy software.
Past that, I do not know if there will be a legacy replacement. At this point, it doesn't make sense to continue supporting Windows XP because of it's unsupported status and it definitely doesn't make sense to ensure things are working well on Windows Vista. If I did build a new legacy application, it would merely be a stripped down version AirPad 2015. In the meantime, I'll keep you updated.