This paragraph from John Gruber’s reflections on Apple’s iPad 2 event really stood out for me:
iMovie for iPad seems like the realization of Randy Ubillosâ€™s vision for movie editing software. Seldom does an app as popular and useful as iMovie get a genuine â€œletâ€™s just start over from scratchâ€ redesign like iMovie did on the Mac several years ago. And the current Mac version is, without question, a major improvement over the initial redesigned version. This iPad version, though, feels like the real deal, and makes the Mac version seem like the imitator. The concept, visual layout, and intended workflow are naturally suited to touch. This is what the new iMovie is supposed to be.
Randy Ubillos designed Adobe’s Premiere; then Macromedia’s Key Grip/Final Cut (which became Apple’s Final Cut Pro); then iMovie ’08/’09/’11; then iMovie for iPhone; and now iMovie for iPad. Do you think this year we’ll be able to say ‘Seldom does an app as popular and useful as Final Cut Pro get aÂ genuine â€œletâ€™s just start over from scratchâ€ redesign like Final Cut Pro did this year’?
Read into it what you want.