"Lazy, uncreative and pathetic."
I was pretty shocked by his reaction. I would think that other people copying a new paradigm his company created would be a complement. At least, that's how I would take it.
What would frustrate me if I was at Flipboard is the aesthetic similarity. It actually looks like a Flipboard branded product, due to choices in color, layout, format, and typography. That's not building on the innovation of Flipboard, it's building on the identity of Flipboard. The only real benefits of that:
* Skipping the process of developing a unique identity (lazy)
* Not having to have a vision to develop a unique identity (uncreative)
* Gain unearned associations with Flipboard (pathetic)
The creativity here is getting the job done in Html5, it answers an implementation question, not an HCI question.
Baptiste hasn’t actually spoken with anyone at Flipboard about this.
Seriously? You basically rip off of their concept and start charging $50 a pop, without asking for their permission. Isn't this idea infringement or something?
I can see why Evan Doll is pissed (see comment by jamesjyu).
There's no such thing as idea infringement, unless the idea is turned into a patent of course.
And sorry for repeating the cliche but...
"Good artists borrow, great artists steal" - Steve Jobs
("Yes" is a perfectly acceptable answer to my question, of course.)
I have no problems with this product -- it seems like an interesting solution to a real problem -- but this is just a ridiculous statement. Whenever a new trend pops up, people try to capitalize on it. It doesn't matter if the current trend is a fad or if it will last, it's about the opportunity right now.
I happen to think "tablets" are here to stay, but let's not get carried away based solely on that.
CoverPad is a new feature of said product that adds the Flipboard-like page flipping and layout.
Neither is a native iOS app.