June 4, 2010
If you were the co-creator of one of the most popular ebook readers from the App Store's early days, what kind of app would you follow-up with well over a year later? Maybe an entirely different take on the ebook? How about a pleasant productivity app that allows you to categorize your library? No and no. Andrew Kaz, the other piece of the Classics team, decided to create a digital ruler that's universally compatible with the iPhone and iPad, and of course, it's much better than wood. Ruler ~ better than wood, as it is titled, turns your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into an easy-to-use and visually appealing digital ruler. The app sports just enough features to make measuring large and small objects a breeze. Simply choose your unit of measurement, either inches or centimeters, and place an item next to your screen. A translucent blue marker is available for you to get pixel perfect measurements by tapping and sliding it down the ruler. Your precise measurement is then displayed clearly with large bold numbers below the ruler. For larger items that are well outside of your screen's ability to measure, you can slide the ruler by tapping and dragging on any portion of the screen, even the giant black space below it, and the marker snaps right to the edge. You can go further down the line and avoid the snap as well if necessary. The blue marker can then be called back up for an accurate measurement. Ruler also allows you to quickly reset your measurement or copy it to be pasted into a different app by tapping on the marker. Sure, it's just a digital ruler, but it's a digital ruler that looks great, is easy to use, and is universally compatible with all iDevices. Ruler is now available for $.99. Come to think of it, creating a digital ruler makes sense for a guy who co-created a digital wooden bookshelf. Right?