Tablets hit the enterprise -- the year of the tablet (2012)

Animator creates incredible musical painting with $5 iPad app [VIDEO] — from Mashable by Christine Erickson

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“I really recommend it to anyone who does storyboards, concept art and animators, filmmakers, producers, whatever — this is the future,” says the video’s lead animator and director, Whitney Alexander. (You can see the full making-of here.)

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Paper by 53.com

Description (from iTunes)
Paper is where ideas begin. It’s the easiest and most beautiful way to create on iPad. Capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web.

Mobile creation done right.
Paper was designed from the ground up for touch and creating on the go. No fussy buttons, settings or other distractions. Paper works the way you think, like a familiar notebook or journal. Have all of your ideas with you in one place.

Essential tools, settings-free.
Productivity meets beauty. No settings. Always beautiful—like great tools should be. Just pick up a tool and instantly begin to Sketch, Write, Draw, Outline and Color. Draw comes free with Paper.

Purchase additional tools from the in-app store:

  • Sketch. Ideas start here. The pencil blends from light to dark for sketching scenes, objects, and thoughts in rough form.
  • Write. Words never looked so beautiful. Write messages, add captions, or create lists with this quality ink pen.
  • Outline. Think bold. Graph insights, create a storyboard, or outline a presentation with this marker. Black lines stay black.
  • Color. Give color to your ideas. Move from a light wash to deep, rich color in one stroke with this watercolor made easy. You’ve got to try it.

Expressive Ink Engine.
Our custom ink engine reacts to your movements to optimize each tool for the process of creation. Get a range of expressions from a single tool without fussing with settings for great handwriting, beautiful coloring, and sketching that just works.

Retina Resolution.
Built for the new iPad’s brilliant display. With a full 2048×1536 canvas, see stunning details in your creations you couldn’t before—like pencil texture and watercolor edge bleed.

Paper the web.
Share your ideas instantly. Stream pages to Tumblr, send them over email, or share pages with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

 


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Let’s be real about this. You can’t do everything on an iPad. As Shawn Blanc pointed outthe other day, you can’t make iOS apps on it, for example. But you might be surprised by how much real work you can do on it with the right tools. If your work requires generally office-like capabilities, there are definitely iPad solutions.

Here are five road-tested apps for getting things done on an iPad. It’s not meant to be a complete list, but it’s meant to be a flexible one. These are tools that are not tied to any particular method of working. They’ll help any digital worker stay sane and accomplish things, and you might find that the iPad is a surprisingly nice device to use for them.

Discover Living Actor™ Presenter Version 2 -- announced Feb 22, 2012

Per Benoît Morel:

We just launched a new release of Living Actor™ Presenter, a 100% online tool that generates video animations from an audio or text file, automatically animating a high quality 3D full body avatar. This new version is more powerful, offers more multimedia, and is faster to use.

Jot once, remember anywhere: The best tools for universal note-taking — from fastcompany.com by Kevin Purdy
Your notes to yourself are a precious thing. These tools let you write quick and find ideas later, wherever you are.

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Study: More companies embracing new media for employee communication — Chief Learning Officer

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A majority of companies worldwide say they are becoming more knowledgeable about the use of social media tools to connect with and keep their workforces informed.

In fact, more than two-thirds of companies surveyed by global professional services company Towers Watson plan to increase their use of social media tools over the next 12 months, although many question their cost effectiveness.

The biannual study also found that companies with the best communication programs enhance the communication skills of their leaders and managers, and continuously evaluate performance.

The Promise and Potential of Personalized Digital Learning -- from Tom Vander Ark on November 4, 2011

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A comprehensive look at the promise and potential of online learning
In our digital age, students have dramatically new learning needs and must be prepared for the idea economy of the future. In Getting Smart, well-known global education expert Tom Vander Ark examines the facets of educational innovation in the United States and abroad. Vander Ark makes a convincing case for a blend of online and onsite learning, shares inspiring stories of schools and programs that effectively offer “personal digital learning” opportunities, and discusses what we need to do to remake our schools into “smart schools.”

— Examines the innovation-driven world, discusses how to combine online and onsite learning, and reviews “smart tools” for learning
— Investigates the lives of learning professionals, outlines the new employment bargain, examines online universities and “smart schools”
— Makes the case for smart capital, advocates for policies that create better learning, studies smart cultures

Addendum on 11/29/11:

Smashing Magazine introduces new section focused on WordPress

 

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Tonara for iPad, sheet music for the next generation — from padgadget.com

Features as listed here:

  • Automatic page turning
  • Score following with Tonara’s magic marker
  • Play alone or with others
  • Listen back to your sessions
  • Share your performances with friends and colleagues
  • Noise resilient
  • Shows your tempo at any given moment
  • Metronome – visual and audio
  • Substantial sheet music store
  • Scores formatted for the iPad
  • Appropriate for any level musician

With Tonara, turning pages is a thing of the past! Tonara is the next generation sheet music application. It listens to you. As you play, it shows where you are on the score and automatically turns the pages.

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http://www.tonara.com/

 

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Learning 2011 Breakout Session Formats:

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  • Step-by-Step How-To Session


Spotlight Award: iPad as “Game Changer”

The Learning CONSORTIUM is proud to announce that the iPad will receive a special “Game Changer” Learning Spotlight Award at Elliott Masie’s Learning 2011, November 6-9, in Orlando, FL.

 

The value of email

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From DSC:
I post this because I’m glad to see that email is still kicking tail! In 1990, I was hired at Kraft to help rollout email to (then) 66 plants across the country. The project got scrapped, but I kept at it as I believed in the power, efficiency, and productivity of this new tool (that is, email was new to Kraft in the early 90’s).

By the time I left Kraft, email usage had spread throughout the company and applications even resided on top of the email system. The VP of HR could communicate to every employee within seconds — something that was unheard of before email.

 

 

 

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