Way to go Sony.
Way to go Sony.
Last month I spent over $40 on apps. What a perfect business plan!
If we could only make our fine art photography have all these characteristics, what fun we could have!
The QR code technology fascinates me. I suppose as a publisher, I am particularly interested in it because I could see application for them in our publications. Maybe.
The problem with them is that I haven't really seen a use for them that made sense — until now. Using my computer, I found an app that I wanted to download directly to my phone. Used the phone's camera to scan the QR code and voila, the app is on my phone. Well, if that works for apps, why not for the audio or PDFs on our LensWork Online website, too?
Say, for example, you want to listen to one of the interviews with a LensWork photographer that are posted on the site, or perhaps one of the new Fireside chat audios. Rather than browse to it with your phone or tablet's browser, you could be sitting at your desk, find an audio link you want to listen to later on the go, snap the QR code, and download the MP3 file or the PDF directly into your phone or iPod. Sure beats the iTunes transfer hassle or the necessity for navigating to the site with the tiny phone browser. Seems like a great use for QR codes. And it works flawlessly.
I immediately thought, "Let's implement QR codes for all 700 podcasts!" Yowza. Creating, uploading, linking, and managing 700 QR codes is a tad daunting, to say the least. Poking around a bit, I discovered that Firefox has a couple of neat add-ons that allow one to right-click on any link on any page and up pops the link in a QR code. Snap and go! No need for the publisher to create and link all those images that contain the codes, the end user simply produces them on the fly. A perfect solution for a power user and a much easier solution for a publisher.
The Opera browser has a similar "extension" for full pages, but not for links on pages. Close, but not perfect. A quick Google search and I easily found the same with Safari and Internet Explorer. I like the Firefox's add-on better because it will generate a QR code from any link on a page, not just the page URL itself. I suppose a deeper search would find better alternatives for Opera, Safari, and IE — at least I hope so. I really don't want to have to make and link all those codes manually.
Wow, the specs on this new Sony camera sure look great for my kind of photography. I will be keeping my eye on this one, especially the reports on noise at higher ISOs. Love the articulating screen. I've really enjoyed my Panasonic G1 cameras and do not look forward to a system change, but this one could tempt me. The waiting game begins . . .
As you know, we are publishing LensWork and LensWork Extended in both iPad and Android versions. So, I'm having parallel experiences in both worlds doing file uploading, testing, etc. There is a fascinating comparison that I want to share with you.
Let's say you find a PDF on LensWork Online that you want to download to your tablet device. Let's compare experiences.
I have and test with an ASUS Transformer running Android 3.2. I'm mostly using Opera Mobile as my browser. Here are the steps to download and view a PDF once I'm on the page with the link to the PDF I am interested in.
One, two, three, four taps and I'm viewing the PDF in my chosen app. That's it.
Here is the same process on the iPad . . .
Because we recommend the GoodReader app for viewing our PDFs and because Apple has decided to abandoned the "file management" paradigm to make things easier, here are the steps to download and view a PDF once I'm on the page with the link to the PDF I am interested in.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven . . . oh, screw it. Where's my Android tablet?
Ordered a new Dell today.
Perhaps now I can start being really productive; up to now I've just been a slacker. (This is the same logic I use with every new camera purchase, too.)
Sad to think that in 5 years I will look back at this screamin' machine and think how desperately I will need to replace it — because it is so primitive. Oh, well.
I'm contemplating a new PC. Mine's three years old and it's time to upgrade. This always leads to a few questions which I muddle around to try to figure out. I thought I'd ask if anyone can shed any light on this before I jump in and start my own research.
Of course, I'm on my computer all day, so I suppose I'm a "power user" — at least with InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, OneNote, Outlook and occasionally with the really intense big horses like Premiere Pro, Camtasia, and other intense video software.
There's no harm in looking, right? So I loaded up the Opera browser on my computer to give it a spin. I like the Opera Mobile browser on my smartphone and it seems better on my Android tablet than the default browser, so why not give it a go on my desktop? Lots of things to like there, too. I've been using Firefox for years now, but it's getting slower and slower to boot up and ever since version 5 it causes some weird video card problems. Opera seems to work well, no video card problems , syncs bookmarks with my Opera Mobile devices, speaks MHT natively, plays Flash flawlessly, imported my Firefox bookmarks, has a handy home screen, provides native "mouse gestures" navigation, and in general seems pretty useable.
I wonder why of all the browsers used to visit our website, it is used by less than 1% of the visitors?
I remember fondly the halcyon days of "my computer" — when it was the only device I had and all its information is contained therein, a neat, tidy little package. I still use a computer as my main technology device, but to that have been added my iPad, by Android tablet, my smart phone, and my netbook. I work on all these. I bounce back and forth between them. And, dammit, the little snippet of the note I need is always on some other device, the device on which it was made. What I need is a way to share my notes regardless of the device I'm on.
I wish that was OneNote, but it's not. There is no OneNote application for the Android operating system. We use TurboNotes in the office, but they don't play well with either iPad the or Android. E-mailing things is a hassle. I'm not fond of Outlook notes. I've been in search of a solution now for some time and have finally found a candidate worth testing.
I'm going to play with Evernote for a while. I've actually had an Evernote account since 2008, but for some reason back then I rejected the software for whatever use I tested it for. Now that I find myself in a multi-device universe, it may be the answer for syncing notes across my various devices.
One bit of strategy: I'm not that fond of keeping sticky notes in perpetuity. I don't do that in the paper world, and I find them equally awkward for long-term data storage in the digital world. It's tempting, but I found it mostly nonfunctional. OneNote notebooks have become my main desktop software for writing, gathering, archiving, organizing, and managing major projects like the production of each issue of LensWork. I think the trick for me will be to use Evernote to capture ideas in the short term but eventually moved them into OneNote or they can be expanded and developed. I'll use Evernote capture things like podcast ideas, blog ideas, quick things that need to be moved to my task list, and other random snippets but eventually land elsewhere. I think of Evernote as a replacement for the spiral notepad I used to keep in my back pocket.
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