Tag - Workflow
When this app first came out, we got it, and completely understood why it was useful, and why people would like it -- we just didn't really adopt it for ourselves. Then it was updated, and suddenly we "got it" in another sense: we really grasped how useful it is. The improvements in the second version made us use the app a few times a week. Now with Workflow 1.5, we're typically using it daily.
This week, Pointers tackles a topic that has been sitting right in front of our faces since the beginning, but we've written surprisingly little about: writing. It's one of the principle things we do on computers, and yet while we've talked here and here, in previous Pointers and in various Hands On or Living With columns about various bits of writing software, we haven't talked much about the actual act of writing (beyond explaining how you can create and publish your own books, that is). So for you non-book writers, this Pointers is for practical, every day, productive writing -- both software and workflow tips.
This is an app for launching other apps or, more usefully, for launching particular functions within those apps. So you get one- or perhaps two-tap access to features that might be buried several levels deep within one of these other apps. If you've looked into speeding up or automating iOS before, then Alloy 1.4.1 is like Workflow crossed with Launch Center Pro.
Dealing with the aftermath of a day of recording video or snapping photos can be time-consuming. Videos and photos are often spread across different memory cards and storage devices, all of which require attention to transfer to editing stations and backup locations. Offload from Red Giant looks to make that a little easier. Like many of Red Giant's other pieces of software, Offload is built with videographers and photographers in mind. It makes it easier to transfer a bunch of files in one action, rather than taking two or more.
DSLR shooters often have a troublesome workflow when trying to put together videos recorded with the dual-purpose cameras. While many consumers might look to a dedicated camcorder to produce a short film or conduct an interview, DSLR cameras provide the necessary technology needing only an external audio recorder to do the job. But how do users bring video and audio together? In the past, filmmakers entered into a time consuming process to match peaks in waveforms. However, that is no longer needed as Red Giant offers a supremely better solution with PluralEyes 3.5.
Clean Shaven Apps has released an update for its email client, Dispatch: Action-Based Email. Intended to speed up the process of sorting and responding to email, Dispatch can interact with 26 apps (such as Evernote, web browsers, OmniFocus and more), simplifying workflow. Version 1.3 provides a unified inbox, and new actions such as the integration of Twitter and Facebook sharing, and copying a message and a gmail link to e-mails. Bug fixes are also included in the update, with scrolling issues, inbox glitches and other issues having been corrected. Dispatch: Action-Based Email requires iOS 7, and is available for purchase (priced at $5) on iTunes.
Gridiron Software is planning to release a major upgrade to their Flow workflow tracking software in the near future, moving to a software-as-a-service model by leveraging the internet to bring background time- and asset-tracking to creative teams scattered everywhere. The software combines project mapping with time and asset tracking, with the main feature being it does this without much user interaction simply by noticing when files are manipulated, allowing creative professionals to focus more on doing the work and less on documenting it.
The US Patent and Trademark Office today published three patents that it approved for Apple, relating to real-time collaboration, time-based user interface object interaction, and element number tables. The first patent, Method and Apparatus for Supporting Real-Time Collaboration, demonstrates synchronicity on a single application between multiple remote users. The patent illustrates users operating a local software application over the internet or a network, with the goal of sharing a common workflow between users.
Quark has announced Quark Publishing System 7.4, the second maintenance release of its industry leading collaborative workflow system. Based on Java, this release of QPS adds as support for Mac OS 10.5 Leopard, full text search and LDAP support. In addition, the new QPS Web Hub now runs with Apple's Safari browser as well as Firefox. QPS user names and passwords can now be managed through a company's active directory to consolidate user management. Full Text Search allows users to search document content within any assets that are stored in QPS. There is also the added ability for users to check in multiple assets at the same, and Russian and Polish interfaces are now available in QPS.
GridIron Software on Monday announced that GridIron Flow software is now undergoing beta testing with a select group of creative professionals and is being demonstrated this week on both Mac OS X and Windows at the NAB (booth SL6220). According to the company, Flow is billed as "a revolutionary new approach to workflow management for creative pros that dramatically simplifies the design process for print, web, film, and video projects." The software transparently tracks work from idea to end result and manages all assets and applications with any modifications to existing workflows. Expected to ship later this summer starting at $350, Flow automatically tracks projects allowing users to instantly see the relationships between all assets without changing the way you work.
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Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX