As hinted in a few of my other posts, I shall be in Costa Rica later this week. This is the third year of the "Eco Map Costa Rica" project. My wife runs a Costa Rica ecology field trip for the University of Dallas. Each year students visit and study a rainforest restoration project, and measure the changes year from year. The changes really are quite amazing and best show up in the panoramic photographs that I take.
The class started this morning, and we all fly out early Friday morning. For those who are interested in following the trip, the students will be blogging their experiences at:
EcoMap Costa Rica
The site has various things like reports from previous years, interactive maps, PhotoSynths, and panoramic photographs.
Unfortunately, they're not going to work well on the closed iPad. PDFs and the blog should be fine, but the best maps require Bing Maps or OpenLayers neither are usable on a multi-touch system. Yesterday I added a Google Maps version which I'll be linking in to the site navigation this afternoon. This works well with Safari, but the iPad/Safari combination does not work well and eventually crashes.
PhotoSynth is of course a non-starter for the iPad. This was an interesting experiment last year, but I won't be repeating it.
The panoramic photos are much more impressive and use my own panoramic photo viewer which allows you to choose a photo location and then fade from one year's image to another and see the comparison.. This uses Silverlight - another iPad non-starter, I'm afraid. I guess the alternative would have been Flash (I prefer Silverlight as it happens, and it should work on a Mac)
I'll have the iPad with me but mainly as an e-Book reader and possibly to check my email whilst the students are hogging the laptops.