Category: Software | Apps

Make the move to the Adobe Creative Cloud

Using Adobe products for the past 20 years, I’ve gotten use to every 12-18 months upgrading to the latest CS build. Over the past couple weeks, I decided to test drive the new Creative Cloud and I was blown away by the experience. As a existing user, I was able to take advantage of special pricing for the first year and then it runs $69 per month. Once you are a member you gain access to the entire creative suite and you can choose which options to install and download. The setup and installation process was painless and easy to complete. 

As you can see below, you get access to the full suite of tools including the new Edge tools which include Preview versions of unreleased HTML5 software tools.

Looking for a Cloud Backup solution – I love CrashPlan

Just wanted to share a great tool I discovered about 3 months ago – CrashPlanPro http://www.crashplan.com/

 

The service works great with mac and windows machines, I’m using it with my MacBook Pro’s and love the service. After using a couple of the others, I found this one offers the best throughput and ease of use for macs. I went with the 3 year plan and can add all my computers and I don’t have to think about backing up with it working in the background, I can see that my data is easily available than via any machine as long as I have my login id and password. My main laptops use a 500gb hd so I was looking for a way to backup and archive without having to worry about drives locally and storing them offsite. They even offer a hard drive exchange to do a initial back or to get your data back if you ever require a full reinstall. I still use a local hard drive with time machine to have a local copy available.

 

They offer a 30 day trial, so I would recommend giving it a test drive if you are looking for a easy way to back up data.

Apple introduces iBook Author, the cost? FREE

 

 

Apple introduces a new app iBooks Author which allows you to integrate and develop content right within the tool. Will play and report back with some examples shortly. Content is published to the iOS platform via the new iBooks app. You can download today via the App Store. You can use HTML and Javascript to expand capabilities further. McGraw-Hill: hard at work on Algebra 1, Biology Chemistry, Geometry, Physics, used by 3m students. All five available today. Read the event coverage by MacNN: http://www.macnn.com/live/#ixzz1jvT0JAa8

 

Watch the Apple video here to learn more:

 

They also announced a new app for iTunes U so you can have a course with content in one place.

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

Lego’s Life of George interacts with the iOS platform – very cool Augmented Reality

Life of George includes both a building game mode with single and 2 player mode, as well as creation mode where you design and capture your own models. In the building game you receive challenges on your iPhone/iPod Touch that you build with real LEGO bricks. In the 2 player mode you can challenge a friend and compete on 5 different models to see who builds the fastest. There are various difficulty levels determined by the models and the time setting you choose (easy or hard).

Expecting one from Santa, will report after I, I mean the little one gets to play with it.

Learn more at:
http://george.lego.com/

Order at:
http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Life-of-George-21200?CMP=EMC-SH2011_Oct_LifeofGeorge_US&HQS=Hero_CTA&RRID=1234232&RMID=SAH_2011_10_Life_of_George_PR_US

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

Great app for the iPad – Apollo News, lets you keep informed with the latest news.

If you are looking for a easy way to keep up with the news, science, technology, sports, and entertainment check out the new Apollo News app for the iPad. It automatically pulls in the latest news and you can give it a thumbs up or down on an article and it will customize the content as your provide feedback.

The app is similar in design to Pulse News which is a great way to keep on RSS feeds that you enter. I prefer the interaction on Apollo News for Quick Viewing an article and navigating from the dashboard to the article and back.


Blurry video with annoying music but still a great app for $2.99 -turn volume off first (I warned you if you didn’t.

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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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MytubeIphoneexamplesWiki

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