Audiolio is an iPad app that helps journalists record interviews, conference, lectures... and access the recordings at a later time with absolute ease thanks to its bookmarking function.
***...you can access any audio files in your iTunes library or from your Dropbox account (registration is separate) and “bookmark” various spots with just the touch of a button.
You can also caption the bookmark for easy reference, add one image or sketch to each bookmark and as many notes as you see fit.
Each audio file can be bookmarked as much as you want–you can even bookmark the same spot more than once–handy if you’re creating various categories or need multiple references.
Once you’re done with a file, it’s saved in a “set” containing all bookmarks for the recording. You can then share that file via PDF, text, or Audiolio’s own file format by emailing it, sending it to iTunes or using Dropbox.
Want a crisper recording? Audiolio also supports use of an external mic.***
While I clearly see the advantages in using Audiolio, especially if you go to a lot of conferences, I am not abandoning Evernote anytime soon.
I found it very convenient to have a complete bookmarking suite, capable of managing audio, video, photo and all the stuff that matters when taking notes.
Audiolio is cool, but being audio-only, it's not my cup of tea.
"Avid has launched a new video editing iPad app, which it hopes will give Apple’s iMovie a run for its money, and is Avid’s first prosumer video editing app for the iPad.
Avid Studio for the iPad enables you to quickly arrange your clips in the Storyboard, make precision edits using the Timeline, and add high-quality transitions, effects, and soundtracks to your movie footage."
"Avid has created an app with the power of a professional editor, yet is easy enough for newcomers. It looks to be a big step up from Apple’s iMovie app, which is strictly for home hobbyists.
The Avid Studio app combines a storyboard and timeline interface, where users can arrange clips in the storyboard, then use the timeline for precise cuts. It also offers touch controls not found in the desktop, like the ability to resize and rotate titles with a gesture.
To get media to edit, users can capture video or photos within the app, import media from iTunes, or capture from a camera using the iPad Camera Connection Kit ($29).
More than a basic editor, the Avid app includes picture-in-picture effects, as well as multiple audio tracks for layering sounds. When they’re done, users can upload their creations directly to their YouTube or Facebook accounts, save them to their computers, or send them to their Avid Studio desktop program for further editing.
Other features include 3D animations, transitions, and titles; full title and graphic control; pan-and-zoom for photos; and full screen playback."
US investigative journalism news site ProPublica released to the public the code for its timeline tool, allowing all data journalists out there to craete beautiful interactive timelines from their spreadsheets.
Sarah Marshall on Journalism.co.uk advises everyone not be scared by the tech stuff behind the tool itself, and encourages to try it out watching these two tutorial videos:
Google has just launched its much-rumored Flipboard competitor, Google Currents.
The service is available for both iOS and Android, including support for phones and tablets. But only if you’re in the US (sorry international readers).
The gist of Currents is simple: it’s a clean, touch-friendly way to consume your favorite blogs and news sites on your phone and/or tablet. And it looks good — much better, in fact, than most of Google’s other applications.
A developer identified a program pre-installed on millions of popular smartphones that logs data and keystrokes, including things like phone numbers dialed, text messages and encrypted web searches.
Trevor Eckhart who found the semisecret program, which he notes is awfully hard to remove, has two apps to help you identify and remove it.
The company that runs the program, Carrier IQ, has said it doesn’t read messages or other personal information but tracks metrics that indicate phone performance, such as calls dropped and poor signal quality.
Even still, Eckhart created a free app that helps users see if they have the program installed on their phone and another app that costs $1 to remove it.
We have been receiving a lot of questions from would-be citizen journalists so we wanted to put together a guide intended to show you how to make the most of your mobile broadcast and share your story with the world. I encourage you to ask any questions in the comments section and get out there and Ustream!
The smartphone has been at the center of the Occupy Wall Street movement, just as it has played a pivotal role in the Arab Spring. And while the cameras in phones have recorded some of the movement’s most searing images, a growing number of apps are helping protest participants communicate and coordinate with one another.
While most iOS annotation apps only let you markup PDF files, Scribble lets you annotate 35 different document types.
So, for example, if a colleague sends you a diagram, PowerPoint deck, Word doc, Excel spreadsheet, or other file, you can draw big red Xs on them.
You can scribble notes and add question marks to the document, too. Most importantly, you’ll keep the important approval process flowing without needing a laptop or the native apps used to create the documents.
Enflick, the developer who created free text messaging app TextNow and IM application PingChat, has released a new app, called ‘Touch,’ which aims to make messaging your closest friends and family easier.
With Touch, you can add your important contacts and text them from the app. You can also send photos, see typing indicators when connections , create group chat, see when messages are delivered and read and more. Of course, Touch will face competition from the growing number of messaging apps on the market.
If you like recording audio messages for yourself to help you remember important details, or you just want to send your friends something more personal than a text message, Blip.me allows you to record short voice messages and send them to anyone in your contacts list instantly. Alternatively, just record notes for yourself as personal reminders.
Showcase enables you to use audio or photographs already on your iOS device or take photos and record audio. You can then edit them together and export the video file in a variety of sizes over a wireless network, upload it directly to YouTube or email the file.