Category: Tools

Need to analyze your writing readability, check out the Hemingway Editor #devcon #chat2lrn #lrnchat

Great web based tool (a desktop version is available) to check your writings readability. Great for creating directions, help or just about any type of content. Provides a quick break down of paragraphs, sentences, words and characters as well as providing analysis on the writing level with Grade level analysis.

Great resource for writing: http://www.hemingwayapp.com

Web Link to Hemingway App

Form – Mac App for iOS Prototyping – Free from Google

Form is a new approach to interaction design and prototyping. Form lets you build custom prototypes directly on the device. Form prototypes are native and they have access to the device’s camera and other sensors. Prototypes built with Form are as powerful as their coded counterparts.

Watch the intro tutorial:

Download:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/form/id906164672?mt=12

DevLearn Session: Compressing Media for Mobile and Desktop Delivery with HTML5

DevLearn14 Session | A comprehensive introduction to video and audio compression, you’ll learn the best delivery standards for optimizing content delivery to mobile and desktop devices; the session will provide an overview of everything you need to know about editing, preparing, and delivering the highest-quality video and audio to your audience. We’ll discuss techniques and interactivity that can be added, as well as the latest standards and how you can take advantage of open-source, free compression tools, as well as the latest applications for getting the smallest file sizes and the highest quality.

Join me on 6/4 for a free educational webinar on Thinking Mobile Learning First

Whether you are developing a new course, selecting a new LMS or thinking about developing a mobile app you’ll need to understand what’s involved in designing and delivering content on mobile devices from smartphones to tablets to hybrids, this webinar will provide a overview of what you need to define, how to sketch out concepts, prototyping and testing your ideas and then how to deliver. You’ll learn about apps vs web apps and understand which works best.

The webinar topics cover:

    Understanding Mobile technology and how to take advantage of it
    Analyzing your audience and how they are accessing your content
    3 Major types of Apps, how you can use them in learning and looking beyond them
    Prototyping tips and techniques from paper to functional prototypes
    Several App and Course examples under the microscope

Register:
http://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/welcome/nick_floro_jun4

Adding a AppleTV – Why you may want one, especially if you are thinking about a iPad #edhcat, #lrnchat

 

Using AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2nd and 3rd generation and Mountain Lion

Wow your audience in the conference room, classroom, or living room. AirPlay supports video mirroring. Which means you can wirelessly — and securely — stream whatever’s on your iPad 2, 3 or on you Mountain Lion Mac  to your HDTV via Apple TV. Everyone in the room sees exactly what’s on your display up there on the big screen.


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Connecting a Mac for Mirroring or Extended Desktops
If you are using a newer Mac, purchased in the past 18 months, chances are you have what it takes (processor wise) to take advantage of mirroring via AppleTV as well. This is great, because its wireless and allows you instantly share whatever’s on your mac desktop. Whether you’re working with a team to design, working together on a presentation or just want to share something the family its easy to turn on or off and take advantage of this great feature. If you have a older Mac checkout AirParrot which will work with Lion or Snow Leopard and older macs.

You can also use your mac in extended display so you can move content and windows between your built-in screen and the big TV. Works great for wireframing, presentations and design. We replaced our conference room projector last year with a 46″ LED TV and added the Apple TV and couldn’t be happier. You can also get a direct cable connection from your laptop to the TV if you want to just take advantage of the extra screen and skip the extra peripheral.

 

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The AppleTv is a small device that easily sits next to your TV and for $99, it will extend your capabilities. You can also locate it on sale, during the year for as low as $89 via third party resellers.
Bonus: If you have a Netflix account you can easily stream content or rentals or programs you have purchased via the iTunes.
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Connections: Couldn’t be Easier
Just plug in the power cord and hdmi cable to your tv and your up and running. After it boots up, select a wireless router and your set.

 

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iOS: Zite: Great news app for keeping up on what interests you…

 

Zite is a great iOS app for exploring and keeping up on the latest news in your favorite categories, similar to FlipBoard, it displays the latest stories in several views which you can easily navigate by moving left to right in the top area and then your stories will display. Selecting a story will display the article with options to share with others as well as vote which will improve the news items that are presented each time you use the app.

You can easily setup an account so you can share you profile and categories between multiple devices. Easy to use and great app to keep up with the latest information.

Download:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zite-personalized-magazine/id419752338?mt=8

Great Mac App – WREN – Quickly tweet without distractions

Been using this new app that I found on the app store and it works great. You can keep it open, type a quick note, comment, or url you want to share and tweet away without having to worry about catching up with your main stream. You can do that when you have time…
Allows you to have 3 drafts, chose a link shortener and shows your last tweet. It’s $4.99 and available at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wren/id439545337?mt=12

Laptop + 1 external screen = great. Laptop + 2 screens even better.

Adding a second screen to your laptop or workstation provides a great way to increase productivity. It allows you to spread out your windows and take advantage of all of the real estate. If you are using a laptop and you want to add a 3rd screen I found a nice external usb adapter from Arkview which runs about $80 and allows you to plug in a DVI monitor or VGA using one of the adapters. The screen resolution works great but the screen does refresh slower so its not idea for production but if you need a extra screen for email, browsing or other non-motion window it works great. 

Mac, Windows and Linux drivers available.

Learn more at:

Wireframing and Interface Design with MockUp for Mac/PC/Linux and SketchyPad for iPad #lrnchat

Balsamiq’s Mockup

If you are looking for a easy and quick way to start designing UI’s without creating your own templates, check out MockUp. We’ve been using it the last couple of weeks and after using several tools over the last dozen years its a refreshing way to start to design layouts and work with various elements from the built in object library.

Balsamiq’s Mockup for Desktop $79 (Windows, Linux, Mac Desktop app)

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SketchApp
A great little app for the iPad for reviewing ideas and wireframes or interactive sessions with the team to design interfaces and content layout. You can also export to XML for use in MockUp. Learn more at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sketchypad/id372049989?mt=8

Demo of how it works:
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