Author: Nick Floro
Learning About AI
In this web-based resource, you can learn about Artificial Intelligence and the key areas that make it up. It’s a great example of a resource, providing mini learning objects for us to consume. https://atozofai.withgoogle.com/intl/en-US/
I love the rollovers on the desktop:
Love the rollovers and motion on the desktop.
Review it on a mobile device to learn how the content shifts and moves.
Let me know what you think.
Best Mac Screen Capture > CleanShot X
What I love: It just works. Whether you need to grab a still or video to include in email, documentation, or share feedback, if you are on a Mac, check out CleanShot X.
- Easy to activate
- Great ux for captuing scrolling pages
- Text recognition so helpful (iOS and MacOS aslo have but nice to have in one place)
- Annotations are Editable (on a layer)
- Option to Save / Share to Cloud with team
The menu provides several ways to capture a still or video.
Cost $29 1 time or $8 per user/mo for Cloud Pro
Extract text from any image/photo with MacOS Monterey + iOS
Did you know you can select text from any image on your iOS or MacOS device? It’s as easy as double-clicking or touching the word and selecting copy. Check out the example below.
I remember in the 90s when OCR started to become a big trend, costing hundreds of dollars and taking several minutes to convert the scan to text.
New App: RealityScan captures & creates 3models from your phone (in beta)
RealityScan, a free 3D scanning app, developed in collaboration with Quixel, that turns your smartphone photos into high-fidelity 3D models—in the most accessible way possible.
Capturing real-world assets for digital experiences has traditionally been complicated, technical, and labor-intensive. Now in limited beta, RealityScan takes what people love about RealityCapture—fast and easy 3D scanning—and puts it into the hands of anyone with a smartphone, turning their cameras into an endless source of creativity.
Example of 3D Chair created from a smartphone camera
Learn More: https://www.capturingreality.com/introducing-realityscan
Mac App: Presentify for Quick Annotations
Presentify is a Mac App I discovered last month and I’m loving it. Presentify allows you to quickly annotate, highlight or spotlight your cursor. Whether you are creating a screencast, presenting in Teams, or just chatting over slack, Presentify provides a way to quickly highlight and communicate an idea without having to switch or juggle tools, apps, or settings.
Why is this important? Unlike Zoom which has the ability for everyone to annotate on a shared screen, Teams, Webex, and Slack Huddles do not have the ability. When walking thru a concept, sharing a story, or reviewing prototypes, Presentify allows you to quickly annotate in the context of the conversation and save time, making it easier to share an idea or communicate feedback.
After activating the app, you have a simple tool bar where you can quickly select 1 of 3 colors, which you can customize, select freehand tool, arrow, shapes, text or erase what’s on screen.
Hitting the / key allows you to display Shortcuts and see the current keyboard setting or you can customize the keys within your preferences.
Cost $5.99 – 1 time fee
Learn more: https://presentify.compzets.com
Quickly Remove Backgrounds with macOS Monterey
Using a Mac with the M1 chips is allow Apple to create and expand its features to make it easier for everyone to do more. A simple example, you can now right-click on any image, in the Finder, select Quick Actions and Remove Background. After a couple of seconds, the image will appear in its silhouetted format.
Growing up with Photoshop and learning how to create an alpha key, this just makes me smile because anyone can now isolate an object in seconds.
Upcoming: Presenting at atdCORE4 San Antonio July 18-19
Excited to be attending and presenting at this unique event in July. There are over a dozen speakers and with topics on Instructional Design, Training Delivery and Facilitation, Evaluating Impact and Learning Technologies. I’ll be speaking on the 19th on Amazing Apps to Create, Imagine, and Collaborate.
Learn more: https://core4.td.org
Join us on Feb 9 + 10 to Learn how to Deepen Your ID Skills presented by The Learning Guild
If you are looking to brush up and upgrade your ID skills with an online conference, check out next week’s Deeping Your ID Skills Online Conference taking place on Feb 9 and 10th. I’ll be kicking off Day 1 with 5 Fundamentals to Level Up Your Design Skills
In this session, you’ll learn how to level up our design skills and learn how using design fundamentals such as grids, typography, and font selection can spark your content design, ways to select imagery, media in preparation for a visual layout, the importance of color choice, and how an emphasis on accessibility and interactivity can improve our learning experiences. We’ll explore the use of everyday tools and see how collaborative technologies not only help to share, analyze, review but also spark creativity!
Color Palettes made easy with Coolors.co
The COOLors site provides an easy way to explore, discover or pull palettes from a photo or image. It has a fun interface and allows you to test for certain types of accessibility. Watch the quick demo of how it works.
Working with Shades
While creating a palette, you can also select View Shades which allows you to quickly view shades of a color and select or copy for use in your palette.
Need some inspiration and looking for a color palette, select Explore Trending Color Palettes.
Give it a Try
Currently you can view from:
- iOS or Android App
- Chrome Extension
- Web App
- FUTURE Figma plug-in
It’s free but a Pro license available which removes add and provides a easy way to save and access palettes for $36 per year.
Test drive: coolors.co
Apps, Gadgets and Tech to Create, Collaborate and Elevate #IDIODC
If you haven’t checked out the #IDIODC podcast, Brent and Chris interview and dive into topics around learning and technology. Great way to keep up and connect with peers.
You can listen to my chat about technology and expanding your toolbox.
Check out the weekly episodes, every Wednesday and you can listen to the library at: https://www.dominknow.com/idiodc.
Apple’s Universal Control feature will be a productivity game-changer
Apple’s latest beta’s for MacOS 12.3 and iOS 15.4 allow developers to test drive the new features and provide feedback. This new OS feature allows you to use one keyboard and mouse/trackpad to move to the edge of your screen and instantly jump to control, input, or even drag and drop content back and forth between devices. This would allow you to have an iMac, MacBook, and iPad and move your cursor between all three.
This will allow for greater productivity since you can use multiple devices for an expanded desktop to browse, test, or be creative just by moving edge to edge to work with each device.
Watch Apple’s introduction during the Apple Developers Conference.
Great Mac App to Clean Up Your Menu Bar: Hidden Bar
Great, free mac app allows you to quickly configure your menu bar, moving apps/icons you don’t need, and reduce the clutter on your menu bar. You can quickly access elements by clicking the icon. It just works and is optimized for M1 macs as well as intel.
Join us for an Online Event on 8/26 on Trends in Learning: Where Should I Focus 2021 via ATD Houston
Join us on Thursday, August 26 for a special collaborative edition of Learning Trends: Where Should I Focus? This fun session will be an interactive dive into trends in learning + creativity.
Attendees will drive the conversation and you’ll get to create your own Focus Sheet using Miro so that you can quickly apply, plus resources, tools, and knowledge to help apply to your upcoming projects.
Register at: https://sealworks.team/atd21HoustonEvent