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Editor’s note: Steve Wishman is a presentation designer at Prezi. Known for creating rich cinematic presentations for TED presenters and Silicon Valley leaders, engineers, startups, and more, Steve comes to Prezi with a lofty but simple goal: to create breathtaking visual stories that help change the world.
This is a blog post from prezi. If you now think that this one pushes prezi as a tool, you are correct. However, the first two of three tips (Create an outline first, Keep it clear) are true for every presentation software. The third tip about camera movement is where prezi can become useful - if useful enough for you, you have to decide yourself.
We all have to go to meetings. Some of us have to take notes on those meetings. Here's one workflow for making sure those notes are as useful as possible.
What is really great about this article is how it discusses how note taking can be integrated with your task management. Check the "Action items" section:
"The next step is to make sure I do what I need to do after the meeting.
The key is OmniFocus and its Mail Drop service; put simply, that means I can email to-do items to myself. For this to work, I sync OmniFocus with the Omni Sync Server. You have to apply to use the Mail Drop service; when I did, I received my invite in a matter of minutes. Once accepted, I set up a unique email address that is my direct link to the Sync Server.
Using the latest version of Drafts, I configured a customized email action called ‘Email to OmniFocus Mail Drop’. This action sends a given note to my personalized OmniFocus email address using the first line of the note as the subject."
Is your iPad getting slow? Check out these 7 tricks to speed up your iPad. This post delivers long-term results, and it explains what does NOT work as well.
My first-gen iPad really got slow over time, up to a point that it drove me nuts! I didn't want to buy a new one yet, so I researched and then wrote a post (the best one you will find online, naturally) how to get some more life out of your iOS device. Some things might surprise you.
Will closing apps from the multitasking bar speed app your iPad and preserve battery? No - that's a myth. Save yourself the time and don't do it.
I originally intended to write a post on how to speed up the iPad (because mine is running slow), and most posts I read mentioned to manually shut down apps in the multitasking bar. Wrong! In most cases, it won't change a thing. Good thing I researched this thoroughly - I don't want to make the same mistake as so many other bloggers.
Still a little surprised that so many people believe in and tell this myth (even some people working as Genius for Apple), I decided to write this as its own post. Read it, you will be surprised. And: You will know for what few apps it makes sense to fiddle around in the multitasking bar.
WorkFlowy is an organizational tool that makes life easier. It's a surprisingly powerful way to take notes, make lists, collaborate, brainstorm, plan and generally organize your brain.
My personal productivity-ninja-friend @bsippel introduced me to WorkFlowy - a dead simple and free to-do and outlining web app. It can help you organize personal to-dos, collaborate on large team projects, take notes, write research papers, keep a journal, and so much more.
Fluid lets you create a Real Mac App (or 'Fluid App') out of any website or web application, effectively turning your favorite web apps into desktop apps.
Fluid is a great free Mac app that lets you transform a browser app into a true desktop app. It's a godsent for me, since I really really don't like browser apps. The window gets lost in all the other browser tabs, and I constantly get into troubles with my smart browsing gestures to go back and forward. Anyways, this app solves that, and now Hootsuite lives as a true Mac app in my dock. Aahh...
If I could only use one web tool for the rest of my life, I would choose Diigo to highlight & annotate the web. This post tells you why Diigo is so amazing.
Do you sometimes wonder how people were doing research in the pre-internet age? I do this quite often, and do you know what I am thinking right after? How the hell did I do research on the web before I knew about Diigo?!!
So iPad's boost learning in HigherEd: "The university reports that students participating in the program scored on average 23 percent higher on their exams than previous UC Irvine medical school classes. One group of medical students at the school even formed a group to discuss how the technology could be used at the medical school, and students have built new apps specifically for healthcare because of their experience with the program."
1) Blogger might be closign down??? What's going, google? Is Search going to be the next one on the chopping block?
2) As a wordpress blogger, I am totally uncool. Check out these great blogging platforms that seem to transform your blog into your own personal socially networked facebook substitute (OverBlog) and that are so stylish that it hurts my eyes (Ghost)!
A new news app for the iPad is offering an in-depth look at some overlooked topics in a visually rich formula.
This app could be well placed in between mainstream media (con: what Vicotia Beckham ate for lunch is more important than residents of an entire region in South Darfur didn't) and blogs (con: noise, redundancy, copy and paste "journalism"). It offers an in-depth look at a particular topic through a curation by professional journalists. Here is what Track180 wants to be:
"It's essentially an engagement platform to expose readers to all sides of an issue and help form opinions. And instead of trying to chase the tail of the ever-elusive tiger that is news, Track180 focuses on under-the-radar news that has not yet trended mainstream. Instead, it's more feature-y on the cusp material like the persecution of bloggers in Russia or human rights abuses. If you're looking for entertainment gossip and sports, this isn't the place for you."
David Levy's course at the University of Washington puts technology in its place—in the control of students.
This article holds what I believe to be two of the most important things to be productive: medidation and monotasking.
It's a lengthy article, but reading it is very eye opening in how we want to live in a time of internet distraction and information abundance. Plus. it is already an exercise in monotasking - try to get through it without checking twitter! At the core, the idea is to focus your energy on one task at hand. Like in mediation, bring yourself back to the task when your mind wanders.
At the end of the article you are rewarded with a comprehensive list for further reading.
This webpage here can do an almost as good job in 15 seconds! Downside: The free version only lets you download your QR code in lower quality (mine was 56 KB). This is still good enoug for putting it on business cards. Maybe not the best for presentations, though. The it's back to Pixelmator / Photoshop.
Check it out and play around: the basic version (includes a mobile webpage) is FREE.
How can you disseminate your research and have an online presence? Blogging is one great way to do so. This post compares two of the most favorite blogging sites: Wordpress.com and Blogger. Both are free.
I don't have much experience with Blogger, but when I started out I immediately focused on Wordpress.com. Why? Because there was an easy upgrade to running a more flexible, self-hosted blog using wordpress.org. I would do the same any day again, but read this comparison for yourself to decide via what platform you want to present yourself to the world.