“Apple iPads are flying off the shelves faster than the company can manufacture them,” Arthur Greenwald reports for TVNewsCheck. “Among the early adopters is one enterprising broadcaster that has discovered an immediate and practical application.”
“Last week, news anchors and producers at Barrington Broadcasting Group’s WFXL Albany, Ga., replaced their paper scripts with electronic versions displayed on the iPad,” Greenwald reports. “‘By using the iPad, we’re saving hundreds of thousands of sheets of paper annually,’ says News Director Terry Graham, who also anchors the news at 6:30 and 10 p.m. at the Fox affiliate. ‘Our projected savings per month are $800, or about $9,600 per year.’ That easily covers the cost of the initial six entry-level iPads, which retail for $499.”
“Newscast scripts are composed as usual. But rather than printing to paper, the final version is formatted as a PDF file and transmitted to each iPad via e-mail,” Greenwald reports. “The PDF translation is handled by iAnnotate by Aji.LLC, a $7 program sold and downloaded via Apple’s App Store.”
Greenwald reports, “Based upon savings in paper alone, Graham says he’ll probably be purchasing more iPads. And he says he expects that once it confirms the savings, Barrington will encourage other stations in its portfolio to put them to work on their anchor desks.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s iPad could end up causing more CO2 offsetting than all of the environmental groups, summits, speeches, and legislative schemes combined.
[Via. 9 to 5 Mac. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]