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Templates on way for Google Docs editing
April 21, 2015 | 10:25 am

Google Docs may not be the first choice of writing and editing software for all authors, especially compared to venerable Microsoft Word, but Google's free text productivity solution has a lot going for it - not least integration with Google Drive for cloud-based backups, and its privileged position on the ever-more-popular Chrome OS devices. Now thanks to a scoop on Android Police, it looks like we could have a headsup on template solutions in the offing for Google Docs. These speculations are based on teardowns - essentially forensic decompiling of a particular piece of software - of the APK packages for...

Productivity Book of the Month: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
February 2, 2015 | 4:25 pm

the miracle morningWelcome to a new monthly feature! So many of our readers are writers, aspiring writers, librarians, teachers and other reading and writing professionals. We all want to learn to work better! So I thought I would highlight one book a month which can help us all do that. For my January pick, [easyazon-link asin="0979019710" locale="us"]The Miracle Morning[/easyazon-link], I was inspired by a recent comment Juli made about how she organizes her day: with a series of task lists, one for 'today' and one for 'general.' She said she works through the 'today' list first, then opens the second list and picks...

Using Evernote as a task management system
August 4, 2014 | 10:38 am

EvernoteLast year Joanna wrote an excellent guide to Evernote, and I've been a fan for years. I recently read Evernote for Dummies, through Scribd, and, although I didn't learn much new from the book, it did inspire me to use Evernote in a new (to me) way. I've been telling clients for years that Evernote can be used as a complete task management system, but I never used it that way myself, preferring my much-loved Pocket Informant app. Well, when I say "much loved," I do mean that in the past tense. I wasn't crazy about the changes in the latest...

Productivity App Astrid Acquired By Yahoo!
May 4, 2013 | 7:00 pm

Astrid TasksRemember my review of the task management app known as Astrid last week? Well, my timing may have been lousy. Astrid announced on their blog today that they’ve been acquired by Yahoo!, and it’s an ominous announcement. Here are the two ominous parts: Over the next 90 days, Astrid will continue to work as is, and we will no longer be accepting new premium subscriptions. To make future changes as easy as possible, we’ll be in touch with users shortly to share how to download data. And: *Note: Yahoo! will be administering refunds to eligible users who have paid for annual subscriptions, Power-Pack and Locale Plugins. I...

Are Phones Good Productivity Tools?
May 1, 2013 | 10:15 am

productivityThorin Klosowski poses an interesting question over at Lifehacker: Are phones good productivity tools? Klosowski argues that, for almost every productivity task he needs to accomplish, there is a desktop or tablet app that will do it quicker and more efficiently than his phone. "None of this is to say that I don't appreciate a smartphone for what it is," he hastily reassures us. "I still take pictures all the time, I listen to podcasts, dink around on Twitter, and look up oddball questions in the browser. But none of those things are actually productive." I suppose that for me, it all comes...

The Ultimate Evernote Series, Part 6: Extending Evernote’s Functionality via Apps
April 24, 2013 | 11:15 am

EvernoteThe Ultimate Evernote Guide: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 In this final installment of our Evernote series, we'll look at some apps you can use to extend Evernote's functionality. Apps allow you to easily create and manage notes which have special features; any notes you create using the special app will get grouped into their own special notebook or notebooks; these will be visible to you from within your core Evernote app as well, but your other notebooks from there will not transfer over to these additional apps. For example, my Skitch...

The Ultimate Evernote Guide, Part 5: More Photo Fun!
April 22, 2013 | 1:15 pm

EvernoteThe Ultimate Evernote Guide: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 In two of our previous installments, we explored the app versions of the Evernote ecosystem. We touched upon using your mobile device's camera to save screenshots or on-the-go info. But I was delighted to find that Evernote has a scanner feature that is actually quite powerful, and which produces a sometimes clearer picture than just using the camera alone. To access the scanner feature in the iOS app, flick your toolbar down so you can see the top toolbar. There will be a scrolling panel of...

The Ultimate Evernote Guide, Part 4: Exploring the Android App
April 20, 2013 | 1:23 pm

EvernoteThe Ultimate Evernote Guide: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 TeleRead's Joanna Cabot has been doing a great job with her still-ongoing Evernote Guide, and she asked me to contribute an article on Evernote for Android. While the Android version has all the same basic functionality of the iPad version, Android's Share feature is more powerful than the iOS share, and this opens up options you don't have in the iOS version. For example, you can clip an article from Pocket and save it as a note in Evernote. It works thusly: See the share icon in the upper right...

The Ultimate Evernote Guide, Part 3: Exploring the iPad App
April 18, 2013 | 12:42 pm

EvernoteThe Ultimate Evernote Guide: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Welcome to Part 3 of our Evernote series! We've been sticking mostly to the desktop so far because it's the most full-featured. But there are advantages to using the mobile apps as well. For example, if you have content you want to save to Evernote from within another iPad app, it's useful to be able to load them directly into your Evernote notebooks. Let's say, for instance, that you are a Zinio user and you have an article you want to clip from one of your magazines. I...

Ars Technica on iWork for the iPad
April 20, 2010 | 12:45 pm

iwork_ipad_ars Reading on the iPad is one thing, but what about writing, or spreadsheets, or giving presentations? Jeff Smykil at Ars Technica has a great, comprehensive review of iWork, the productivity suite for the iPad. I’m personally not inclined to shell out the money for these applications; I have a perfectly serviceable desktop and laptop and don’t foresee any need for heavy-duty writing, spreadsheet-using, or presentation-making on a device without a physical keyboard—and they’re only orthogonally related to e-book-reading anyway—so I doubt I’ll be reviewing them myself. Smykil finds that, while the suite is about as good as...

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