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Gordon R. Meyer
The instructional iPod
The ubiquity of the iPod presents a new opportunity for delivering portable, instructional and reference materials. The little-known "Notes" feature allows the iPod to display hypertext documents with embedded images and sound files. The file format is very simple (see the iPod Notes PDF for details) but, since it's a subset of HTML, is tedious to create by hand.
However, a shareware program for both Mac and Windows, iWriter provides an integrated authoring environment with several nice touches, including the ability to create installers and web-based version of your iPod Notes document. Several templates are included, each suited to a different type of instructional material. Perhaps your next documentation suite should include an iPod-based deliverable; it would certainly make for an eye-catching component, and just might entice your customers to read what you've provided.