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Breakfast in Brighton

January 15, 2014

Brighton University Breakfast App swap. Brighton University Grand Parade Campus 8.30-9.30am Wed 15th Jan.

This morning I nipped down to Brighton Uni to join in the Breakfast App swap. It seems like the idea started at the Falmer Campus, where the Learning Technology Advisor Fiona MacNeill runs informal drop in coffee and chat sessions where folk share what they are using on their mobile devices. In my experience this peer support approach works really well, as people like to see how colleagues do things and trust them.
This morning’s session was at Grand Parade campus, and Adam Bailey linked up his iPad over air play using “reflector” –http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/
and showed a range of useful apps.
I’ve not used relector, and was impressed by the clear and simple interface. My screen sharing has been done through air server, which had previously let me down. However air server appears to have had a revamp, and now includes a “record” function, as well as the capacity to share with multiple devices.

Evernote got a good airing, https://evernote.com.
Evernote is a note-taking app, that will sync your notes across most devices (not sure if there is native support on Linux) allows photos and attachments to be added, and importantly is fully searchable – even the images, which it runs through an online OCR process.
I use it as a way of taking notes in meetings and at conferences, as the share button allows me to shot off my notes and any thoughts to the rest of the team.
What’s nice about Evernote is that they realised their core function was beginning to be overwhelmed, and they have redesigned the app to make the most common functions easier to undertake.

I bought an Evernote Moleskine Notebook which is rather nice, but I never used the additional features, chiefly because I don’t use OCR much – the notebook gives access to 3 months of the Premium Evernote account- and secondly because I gave the sweet little “smart” stickers to my niece, who made far better use of them than I.
To be honest I didn’t realise they allowed scanned images to be routed directly to specific folders.

Other apps got a mention too, including the Moleskine app itself, http://mymoleskine.moleskine.com/community/mymoleskine_apps.php and the Muji Notebook which seems like a cracking little collaborative work tool: http://www.muji.com/app/notebook/

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