Portable personal research library lets you find source papers on the go
If you're in college, you spend a lot of your time writing papers assuming you want to succeed. This is also true of scientists, humanitarians, and countless research-based jobs. Trying to organize all your source material is generally pretty difficult, but it doesn't have to be. Papers 3, a personal research library, is here to make your life a little easier, and we've been using it for a while.
Three techniques that bring the information you want to the top
Once you've used a computer for a while, you inevitably amass what we'll politely call "archives:" a sizable collection of documents, emails, media, images, or all manner of other stuff that you have either created or acquired and filed away. Hopefully, you have as you've gone along organized things a bit. Despite this, it can sometimes take more effort than it should to find the one thing you need right now. In this Pointers, we're going to share a few techniques that we've found really help to bring the information you want right to your fingertips.
Smart, strong protection for iPad Airs and more
Previously on MacNN... in a piece about Living With: Knomo Leather Case, we not only enthused about a bag we've had for seven years, we said it would take a huge shove before we'd move away from it. Then, as we just said on the new One More Thing podcast, it's as if the makers said right, Challenge Accepted. For a week now, we've been using a much more recent alternative, the Knomad iPad Air Leather Portable Organizer. Most of the things we liked about our case are here, too, and there are even reasons why we could now see a benefit to sometimes using this instead.
Visual To Do manager adds Watch features
Trello is a To Do app that works like you have all your tasks written down on a giant whiteboard -- and now also written on your watch. Trello 3.0 for iOS has added the ability view certain tasks, and create new ones, on your Apple Watch. If you're not already a Trello user, then you won't switch to it because of these Watch features -- but they are good and well done. What will make you become an existing Trello fan is that it is a visual task manager.
Create continuous screenshots of text messages, websites, social media and more!
Taking a screen shot on your iPhone is easy enough to do, right? Well, provided it's not a long document, web page, text conversation or Facebook thread, that is. But what if you do need to take a screenshot of a whole web page, or conversation in Messages? You can always take multiple screenshots and meticulously organize them, or you can just try out Tailor, an app that creates continuous screenshots for you.
Dragon Dictate Medical for Mac updated to version 4
Nuance, makers of Dragon Dictation software, announced this week an update to Dragon Dictate Medical for Mac. The fourth version of the text-to-speech software, which includes 90 medical vocabularies, now supports OS X Yosemite (10.10), dictating into Mac-based electronic health records (EHR) programs such as MacPractice, as well as MS Office products, or the Gmail web client.
Fast, thorough utility for organizing thousands of files, folders
Let's start with the summary: even if you only use the Big Mean Folder Machine 2 once a year: you'll still think it's worth every cent. The reasons for this is because BMFM is built to do the kind of drudge work that makes us wish we didn't work with computers, that we were more organized, or that at least we had an assistant. There is no Mac or PC user in the world who does not, right now, have thousands of files on their computer -- and there are perhaps three of us who know where everything is. BMFM takes any folders you throw at it, and sorts the lot out into something manageable, something you can work with -- and something you can very easily archive.
Latest Evernote includes home screen customization, map notes
The latest update of Evernote's mobile app for iOS and Android has been released, offering new features and improvements. Evernote is a productivity organizer that lets users sync notes, to-do lists and photos across devices, as well as share notes through social media tools. Version 7.1 on iOS features the addition of displaying notes on map, as well as the ability to now customize the home screen layout.
Corkboard 1.0 beta release
A new Texas-based developer says he has found a way to build a better mousetrap, with an application that soups up the traditional clipboard. The clipboard is a staple of the Mac OS and a place to put stuff you want to copy or paste, but the new utility brings new functions: Ayluro Corkboard 1.0 runs alongside a user’s clipboard, providing additional tools to expand storage, organize data and retrieve items. Perhaps the handiest feature: it can be used to store copies of everything in the clipboard. So, for example, if a user were to store a block of text it wouldn’t be lost if the writer accidentally copies something else to the clipboard.
Contactizer for Leopard
Object Decision has released Contactizer 3.6, an upgrade to its personal information manager. It features a new view that lets Leopard users view contact information as a series of "business cards" in Cover Flow -- designed to simulate users flipping through a paper Rolodex. The upgrade, which is free to registered users of Contactizer 3 and above, brings full Leopard compatibility, along with a dozen other improvements. The personal organizer supports multiple-calendar syncing and sports an easily customized interface.
Solo Urban At Ease bag
Solo today unveiled a new designer bag made for 15-inch laptops called the Urban At Ease Laptop Messenger Bag, constructed from a durable matte canvas fabric, with an oiled leather trim and padded corduroy sleeve. The sleeve stretches to fit almost any 15.4-inch laptop, and features several interior, side, and rear organizers. The Urban At Ease Laptop Messenger Bag is currently available for $95, in either black or olive finish.
SOHO Organizer and Notes
Chronos LC today unveiled SOHO Organizer 7 and SOHO Notes 7, updates to some of the company's business productivity applications, introducing a number of new features. SOHO Organizer 7, Chronos' alternative to iCal and Address Book, now can display recurring tasks, and allows tasks to show up directly in Day, Week, and Month views. Chronos is selling SOHO Organizer 7 starting at $50, with several different licensing options available.
Solo bag with strap
Solo recently unveiled the Smart Strap Laptop Portfolio for 15-inch laptops, featuring a retractable shoulder strap and several other features. The leather bag contains a built-in accordion file, and a zip-down organizer for pen loops, business card holders, key fob, and accessories. Solo's Ride Along Pocket allows users to safely keep tickets nearby and accessible. The Smart Strap Laptop Portfolio is available from several retailers for $100.
Aether ham radio logger
Open Reel Software recently unveiled Aether, a new application designed to log ham radio sessions. Aether provides tools to quickly and easily log contacts while on the air, as well as organize, search and track contacts after the fact. Features include instant search, automatic callbook lookup, serial rig control, cocoaModem integration and more. Aether is available for $40 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.
FileMaker ships Bento
FileMaker on Tuesday announced the immediate availability of Bento, its easy-to-use personal database application. Designed exclusively for Mac OS X Leopard, Bento leverages a single-window interface and FileMaker database technology to help users organize contacts, calendars, projects, events, and more. Users can easily create databases to manage information with dynamic 'smart' collections as well as expand around Apple's own Address Book and iCal storage engines. Bento is priced at $50, or $100 for a family pack of five licenses. The personal database requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
ConceptDraw MindMap Pro
As Apple's appeal grows – thanks to the easy-to-use Mac OS X, and the versatility of the Intel processors – the large business and enterprise sectors are starting to adopt the Macintosh platform as a new office standard. Apple has a long history of support from business-minded developers such as Microsoft, Marketcircle, The Omni Group, and CS Odessa, and with them, the company has garnered a variety of productivity software. CS Odessa's ConceptDraw MindMap Professional 5 looks to provide a solid and powerful, but simple way for business professionals to capture brainstorming sessions and put them into a readable flowchart-style plan.
MemoryMixer 2 update
Lasting Impressions for Paper recently unveiled MemoryMixer 2, an update to its user-friendly scrapbook software. Designed with novice users in mind, MemoryMixer 2 introduces a number of new features, such as cropping and zooming, as well as visual effects like sepia toning. The update includes over 400 digital backgrounds in square, portrait, and landscape orientation, with nature, metal, pattern, and texture designs, and comes with more than 1200 embellishments, ranging from ribbons and braids, to definitions and flourishes. Lasting Impressions is selling the software for $80, and is available from many online and retail stores, including the Apple store.
SimpleImage 5 released
Developer Chris Wood has released SimpleImage 5, a large update to his image and movie viewing application. Wood says that SimpleImage is completely rewritten in Cocoa – Mac OS X's default application type – from the ground up. The new version has full support for Leopard, and over a dozen new features. Users can perform live searches of their media, as well as save media in web-appropriate formats. The software can also generate print previews, as well as movie contact sheets. Wood is offering a Christmas discount on SimpleImage 5 until December 25th, selling the software for $20.