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seven days > day 2

stephanie at change agency is talking about lists – use them and make them nice to read. so i here goes…

4 more iPad apps that made the front page – not lots of fan fare with this one but i got some nice response from my last list of 4 apps that i have found invaluable, so why not go for volume two.

Sorted – i’m not sure i would consider myself a list person, but i’m certainly a post-it note person so an app that generates lists for me is key.  i found that will all the features of the other apps on my iPad i was lacking an app that would provide lists.  sure, i could use the notepad, but it’s not the same.  i am able to create notes and sort through them like coverflow in iTunes.  each list allows me to create lists, highlight/tag them, sort them as a list, by priority, by date and by completion.  i have liked this one so much for its simple genius that it has made the dock…high praise.

Whiteboard – exactly how it sounds, you can create on a blank white board, bring in images and mark those up.  a few nice features it has is that there is a vga out so it can plug in to a projector, images can be saved once marked up and as long as devices are on the same wifi network you can create shared whiteboards.  i took a few screenshots of websites i wanted to show just in case i didn’t have wifi at a recent presentation and that is exactly what happened.  with no wifi i had no problem, i plugged in to the projector, pulled up this app and marked it up the way i had planned.

popplet – mind mapping in a way that no other apps/website can do it.  they have a web version in beta and hope to sync the two but they aren’t there yet.  each popplet in a web can be color coded, hold text, be drawn in or house a picture.  i’m visual and this is how i need to see things when i plan.  every so often you find an app this is not necessarily perfect, but it is perfect for you.  this is mine.

Evernote – admission: i really want to use evernote more than i do, but the interface is holding me back.  the idea of having an app on your mobile device, on your desktop, on your laptop, and accessible by internet is great.  the fact that all of they sync is genius but there is something about the look of the notes i take that is holding me back.  i think the notes app for iPad has been a great tool to use and looks great but it doesn’t sync the way evernote does.  i’m hopeful that i will turn the corner on this one because it is so very useful..and the evidence is this app stays on my front page.

so there you have it, installment two and a nice little list too.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2010 in venturing out of the cube

 

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wrongly accused

during meetings when a person reaches for a pen and post it note, nobody thinks much of it.  in fact, perhaps this person is seen favorably for taking notes and being fully engaged.  is it possible the post it note now contains their shopping list?  maybe.  but don’t focus on that, because it looks like nothing is going on.  i use evernote.  it’s a program that exists online, on your desktop and on your mobile device; wherever you take notes it syncs the other two places so your notes are always there for you.  you can record typed messages, audio, and photographs.  brilliant, right?  so let’s just say that some guy wants to waste less paper and sticky adhesive and decides to use a tool like evernote, and when it’s time to jot a note down this guys turns his iPhone on record it?  no problem, right?  WRONG!  the moment the iPhone is picked up people are looking at the guy and thinking “look who’s checking his mail” or “i can’t believe this guy is going to text in the middle of a meeting” or “what app is he having fun with”.  it seems like productivity tools that live on our mobile devices are given a bad rap simply because it looks like the person using them is disengaging.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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