maybe this will give a clearer picture of what I was trying to say, from macrumors.com:
iPhoto 6.0.5 Google Maps Integration And Apple GPS-enabled Device?
Wednesday October 04, 2006 09:37 AM EST
Posted by longofest
MacTelChat has found hidden references in iPhoto 6.0.5 that show Apple is preparing iPhoto for integration with Google Maps. It appears as though a hidden button in the interface would allow hidden GPS attributes about a photo to link with Google Maps and show where in the world a picture was taken.
This news comes as AppleInsider revisits a patent application discovered in September by MacNN for a "multi-functional handheld device." According to the patent, the device could contain a multitude of hardware features, including:
- Force Sensing
- Cellular radio
AppleInsider also notes that Apple may be behind a survey conducted in the spring, which asked users to "rate their preference of form factor designs for a next-generation Internet handheld device."
I think we're completely Off Topic talking about rumors on Maybe-it-will-be-released-sometimes-somehow products.
Let's talk about AMP here. Thanks
Yes lets talk more about amp and less about rumors. I think that for some applications the plugin interface is fine. For instance, the Phidget LCD plugin that someone requested just needs to basicly run in the background reading a plist generated by amp and sending data off to the device. If clicked on in the plugin display you can change the contrast of the screen and modify what data is being displayed. (I think I can make it display GPS info or song info). but besides that it can just sit there unnoticed using all of amps music and GPS data. I find this to be much cleaner, theres no need for me to have anymore controll over amp than reading plists and maby we can develop some more ways to output amps data for other uses in the background. This would alow for amp to do all the heavy lifting and plugins to just format and use the data for whatever their specific purpose is.
Another advantage of AMP and of mac OS X in general is that you can use the widgets of Dashboard on a overlay recalled by simply pressing in a active corner of your touch screen, so why wasting time with sub-programs or utilities that can be recalled with dashboard?
Most of the plug-ins could be called by Dashboard
i.e.: an Address Book with large names and the SMS composing facilities and Caller ID of the original Address Book by Apple but scaled at a size good for touch screens...
just look at this page
the reason I brought that up is that in the future (and we are talking about AMP's future) Apple's partnership with Google could lead to a more OS friendly if not integrated GPS enviorment. It's worth taking note of, as was Apple's release of OS 10.4.8.
QKSLVR, just currious, do you own the phidget lcd screen? I have a basic plugin that I think will work but need someone with an LCD to test it. Right now it just outputs "hello world" but once the GPS version of amp comes out it won't be much harder to send it more complex strings. I just need to know if all the basic parts are working.