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Skitch for iPad–proof that a pic is worth a thousand words   Leave a comment

I’ll admit that while I greatly admire the artistic creations of others, I always wish I were more artistic myself.  Now there’s an app for the techies among us who like to feel artisitc without really having to be Michelangelo…

Evernote just came out with Skitch for iPad, a free app that lets you annotate pictures or screencaps.  I just started testing it out and I am totally hooked!  It is so easy to use that literally even those of us who feel they have ten thumbs can use it!  Here is a summary of all that it can do and how it works:

1.  Pics:  Skitch lets you upload pics from your iPad memory or if you have an iPad2, you can snap a photo right away.  You can also download pics from the Internet into your iPad and then upload them onto the Skitch app.

2.  Screenshots:  You can also take a screenshot from your iPad by holding down the Home button and the On button at the same time.  This will automatically save a picture of what is on your iPad’s screen  into your iPad’s photo album.

3.  Freestyle:  You can also draw freestyle right into the Skitch app by clicking on the “Blank” button on the app’s homepage.

4.  Annotate:  There are several ways you can annotate.  Skitch allows you to draw or write with your finger.  Just click on the pencil icon and draw away! You can select the color and size of the pencil from the menu.  Right now there are only 8 choices:  yellow, blue, red, brown, deep red, green, black and white.  Hopefully the selection will be expanded.  Anyone who knows me knows that I would of course love to see purple!

5.  Type:  You can also type into a text box and place it wherever you want on your picture.

6.  Arrows:  You can select the arrow icon and it allows you to draw arrows simply by dragging your finger across the pic.

7.  Share:  You can share your creation on Twitter, email or Airplay.  You can of course also save it to your Evernote account.

I have had so much fun trying out this app.  So far, it seems to be a big success.  Everyone is now asking when the Skitch app will be available for the iPhone.  Evernote promises that it is “in the works.”  For now, I’m going to enjoy playing with it on my iPad and feeling like I can be “artistic” too.

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Posted December 25, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apps, iPad

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Evernote wants to be a 100 year company   Leave a comment

Since I got my iPad, and started trying out different apps, Evernote has become my favorite app.  At first I was a bit skeptical to even try it… Did I really need an app to take down notes when I could just as easily use the “Notes” application on my iPad or iPhone? The answer is YES.  As I discussed in an earlier post, Evernote does much more than mere note-taking, and it allows you to synch your notes, pdfs and files among different devices through cloud computing.

One example of a new Evernote application that does not involve mere note-taking, is Evernote Peek, which is great for students as an alternative to old-style flashcards:


But now that there are so many other note-taking apps out there, how does Evernote plan to stay competitive and relevant?  Evernote hopes to answer that question at its first Evernote Trunk Conference for developers that will be held in San Francisco on August 18, 2011.  Evernote’s goal is to become a productivity platform, and to provide services that will enhance the user’s experience beyond mere note-taking and memory storage.  This is how Evernote plans to use the recent $50 million in funds it recently obtained, and become a 100 year company.

Posted July 24, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apps, Uncategorized

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Too many bookmarks and favorites? 3 ways to save material to read later.   2 comments

We’ve all been there. We find a great article or blog post to read online, or on Twitter, and we just don’t have the time to read it right then and there. So we bookmark it, or if we’re on Twitter we “favorite” the tweet and hope to get back to it later. Of course, we rarely do.

Here are three useful ways to save material to read later. Two of them, I use regularly, and the third I hope to try soon.

1. The first is Evernote. In a previous blog post I talked about how I use Evernote to read pdfs. Another great use for Evernote is to copy a link that you want to go back to later, open a note in Evernote and copy the link. The cool thing about Evernote is that you can tab your notes. For example, I have notes that I tab “blog” where I save blog ideas and links to articles or blog posts that inspire me to write a post on my blog. Evernote also allows you to “clip” sections of a webpage and save that to read later by copying it into a note.

2. The second is Instapaper. Instapaper can be installed on your Mac or PC, and it exists as an iPhone and iPad app. What it does is that it allows you to create a bookmark named “Read later” and when you are at a webpage that has content that you want to save to read later, you simply click on your “Read later” bookmark, and the content of the webpage gets sent to Instapaper. You can then go to Instapaper and (you guessed it) read it later! The advantage of Instapaper is that once you have something saved on your device using their app, you do not need an internet connection to go back and read it later. For example, if you save something with Instapaper on your iPad, you can go back and read it later even if you don’t have an internet connection. This is great for people who don’t have 3G on their iPad. Instapaper also allows you to share content, or to access content recommended by others, so you will always have something ready to read at your fingertips. Ironically, for a service that many people use to keep up with reading the news, Instapaper was recently in the news itself because the FBI seized a server that it was leasing in an unrelated raid on a scareware ring.

3. The third is Safari’s upcoming Reading List. Apple is coming up with its own Instapaper-like service called Reading List which will be part of iOS5 and Lion this fall. It will reportedly synch with iOS devices, much like Instapaper does. I look forward to trying it when it comes out this fall.

Posted June 30, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apps

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Reading pdf files with Evernote   Leave a comment

In a previous blog post I talked about how I use iBooks to read pdf files on my iPad. One of the drawbacks of iBooks is that it doesn’t automatically synch your pdfs to your other mobile devices or computers. In comes Evernote, a free app for iPad or iPhone that uses cloud computing to store “notes” in the “cloud” of cyberspace. You can either use it to write yourself notes or reminders, or to clip web pages to save and consult later using their web clipping tool, or you can use it to store pdfs in the cloud. For example, I recently downloaded a Federal Circuit case from www.patentlyo.com (great blog!) on my iPad and was automatically asked if I wanted to open it using Evernote. I clicked yes and voilà! It opened in Evernote, and the great thing is that I can now read that pdf on my iPad, my iPhone, my computer, or anywhere else I have installed Evernote.

Posted June 17, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apps

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