As soon as the iPad was announced I started wondering if I could use the iPad as my only work machine. I love my MacBook pro with attached 23 inch monitor and full size keyboard so I don’t think a switch would be permanent. But the idea that one day people might use nothing but iPads to do their work fascinates me.

To prepare for a week of iPad only work I looked at what I do all day and what jobs I wouldn’t be able to do on an iPad. Most of my work has to do with email, browsing the web and reading my RSS feeds. Another part is mark-up and coding. I do most of the HTML and PHP work on this blog and frequently overwrite the index.php file at

Panic Blog 20100316 111910 Theory: Panic is developing an iPad version of CodaMost of my work can be done on the iPad, no problem. A few exceptions are Photoshop and Coda. I don’t use Photoshop a lot, maybe one hour a week, but I do need access to it now and then. No photoshop for the iPad yet so I’m stuck there.

Coda is the other exception. I can’t find a decent iPhone app for accessing code via FTP. There are a few apps that promise to do this but, well, they look ugly. We can’t have that. So what I was secretly hoping for was a version of Coda for the iPad.

I’m certainly not the only person who talked about that but it seems I’m in the minority of people who think it is a good idea. Most of the people commenting on the Coda message board think it is a REALLY bad idea to have Coda on the iPad.

So I headed over to the Coda blogs and I think I have uncovered some blurry evidence that indeed Panic is developing a version of Coda for the iPad.

Check out the Dashboard on the right here. it shows a live view of all projects at Panic. Prominently displayed in the middle is a “25 days until iPad launch” warning.

Why the hell would you display that there unless you were planning to do something for the ipad, right?

Panic Blog %C2%BB The Panic Status Board 20100316 113347 Theory: Panic is developing an iPad version of CodaNow look at the blurry lines closely. 5 lines below “Coda” there is a green icon which MUST be the Coda icon.

The white blurry mess on the right of that looks like two words. It could very well say CODA IPAD. I think it does!

There, I rest my case: Panic is developing an iPad version of the iPad.

And for uncovering this mother of all cover ups I expect to be the first iPad user to get a version of Coda. Pretty please?