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“Back It Up!” – Podcast: Nonstop Tech Episode 1

This is the first edition of NonstopHonolulu.com’s Nonstop Tech Podcast. In this episode we are covering Backups, Clean Installs, Chill.com and Browser Security with Ghostery.

In the episode I mention Jamcloud is a Mac app but I got an email from Jason at Jamcloud and he assured me it was both Mac and PC. This app is worth a look.

Please send any question comments or feedback to doc@nonstophonolulu.com

In the show, we keep speaking of the “Show Notes,” and below you’ll find all the relevant links for topics we’ve covered in the show.

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My HD iPad Review I made for Nonstophonolulu.com

In this video I review PDF Expert from Readdle.com. PDF Expert lets you read and annotate PDF documents, highlight text, make notes, draw with your finger and save these changes which are compatible with Preview and Adobe Acrobat! Moreover, PDF Expert is the only iPad application that can fill in PDF forms!

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TextExpander: My Favorite Mac App

TextExpander (formerly Textpander) is the best of the best Text Macro Apps. In this post I hope to explain to you why you must get TextExpander.

If you were to ask almost any Mac Power User what they have installed on their computer in the way of must have utilities, a sure answer is TextExpander. What exactly is TextExpander? Well it and automated typist for your computer. Ok let me clarify that a bit, it can take the very tedious task of typing the same bits of text over and over again and make them simple abbreviations. Ok that may not sound that important at first; however, after you install TextExpander you can see how easy and effective it really is.

TextExpander can do a whole lot more once you understand the basics of what it can do. It is very easy to take large blocks of boilerplate text and make them expandable in a few keystrokes, but the real power comes from using TextExpander with the many collections of snippets shared on the Web. Smile Software (formerly Smile on My Mac) has made a great list of “Predefined Snippet Groups” available on their site for you to download, install and maybe be inspired to create more of your own.

Examples

HTML: leading character is a comma

Example: ,img expands to:

<img src="%fill:url%" alt="%fill:image description%" width="%fill:width%" height="%fill:height%" border="%fill:border%" align="%fill:alignment%" />

When you trigger this snippet, TextExpander will prompt you to fill in the attribute specs. You can leave any of the specs blank, if not needed.

ACCENTED WORDS

Fixes words that are spelled with diacritical marks, aka accents. If you are used t typing these words like an American TE will autocorrect them so as you won’t offend anyone, like your third grade French teacher.

Example: creme brulee => crème brûlée.

TidBITS AUTOCORRECT DICTIONARY

This list contain 2400+ of the most common misspellings compiled by TidBITS, the newsletter and Web site for Mac users. I find this one very useful as it doesn’t just point out the mistake like spell check, It autocorrects them and makes a ping sound so you know you just misspelled a word.

Some Heavy Lifting

TextExpander can do some every heavy lifting for hardcore scriveners or code monkeys. I use these tools a lot but rather than messing up the explanation I’ll send you to read Brett Terpstra’s post on TE tools and how he uses them. Thanks to Brett, I’m becoming a Markdown Maven using TextExpander tools to get my writing done light years faster.

Another great plus to TextExpander is the integration with it’s mobil app offspring TextExpander Touch which brings many of the snippets and auto completion features to you handheld devices. I have found this to be a lifesaver when needing to get a fast response out via my iPhone or iPad. This also make the mobile platform perfect to blogging or just free-writing. It does have some limitations on iOS but Smile offers this note as a work around:

Given the current feature set of the iPhone OS, TextExpander touch cannot work in the background (as it does in Mac OS X), expanding text snippets while you work in other apps, except for apps with TextExpander-integration built-in. You must first compose your text in the TextExpander touch Compose screen, and then transfer it to another app.

TextExpander is available in the iTunes AppStore

How to Get TextExpander

TextExpander normally sells for $34.95, Mac Update Promo is running a special for $17.95 for a limited time and then $26.21 for the duration of the sale.

Check out the Tutorials on the Smile Software site for a great quick start to this wonderful application

BN eReader for iPad Released

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Not to be left behind by Amazon’s Kindle App and Apple’s iBook’s App, Famed bookseller Barnes and Noble has just released the long awaited eReader App for iPad.

I think the best feature of B&N’s hardware ebook reader device the NOOK was the lend to a friend feature. The ability to lend books just like we would a paper and glue version has long been missing from readers like the Kindle. The “LendMe” feature allows you to lend or borrow books on any of the BN eReader platforms including “The Holy Trinity” (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), Mac, PC or NOOK.

I love to read books, a trait I pick up from my mother, and there was no better way to consume books than with my Kindle 1. However, since the iPad gave me 3 major sources and growing of places to score really good content my Kindle is collecting dust. What has been you experience with eReading? Leave me a comment to insert your $.02.

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Look at all you get for free:

- Free BN eReader app designed specifically for iPad
- Exclusive LendMeâ„¢ technology that lets you share eBooks with friends using any of our free BN eReader apps or NOOK eBook readers
- LendMe™ allows you to grab friends’ addresses right from your existing iPad contacts
- Free safe and secure library keeps your eBooks accessible for years and years to come
- Ready to read in your library:
–Ten free samples of current best sellers (with new accounts)
– Three free classics
- Free samples of any eBook
- Adjustable font size so you can make the text as big as you want for reading ( 10 different sizes)
- Multiple font types—so you pick the typeface you prefer
- Background and text color options for easy reading in any light
- Use our professionally designed themes or create your own
- Tap or swipe to turn pages
- Browse your library visually with big, beautiful color covers or in iPad style “list view” (like Apple’s Mail app)
- Synchronize your notes, highlights and current reading position with BN eReader for PC (and our forthcoming update to iPhone)
- 24/7 shopping — no waiting
- Free Merriam-Webster’s Pocket Dictionary is built right in so you don’t leave the page when looking up a word

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[via TUAW]

Moodboard Pro is a Killer iPad App

I just got this app and I have to say so far its cool. I’ll be doing a full video review of the app in a few days after i put it through it’s paces. From what i gather thus far it is very intuitive and easy to just jump right in and start futtin’ around getting creative.

I love all things design and this is no exception as Moodboard Pro has a very nice interface design. It seems as if they have a great understanding of the touch interface and it ergonomics.

Until I get my video of this great app up please take a look at the developers video:

Totally on a more patriotic note, the designer/co-creator of the app Kyle Tress, is a World Cup Skeleton athlete and a 2014 Winter Olympic hopeful. That alone make me want to buy this app as US athletes have to raise their own funds to be an Olympian. Check out his blog http://www.kyletress.com/

I’d say buy it now even if you don’t need it so you can help out this inspiring Olympian… well and because it is a great app. This one will surely end up on my home screen.

iTUNES LINK: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moodboard-pro/id355893506?mt=8

Developer: A Tiny Tribe
http://www.atinytribe.com
http://www.twitter.com/atinytribe

Moodboard Pro for iPad

Moodboard Pro for iPad

MacBooks Get A Subtle Makeover

2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
2 GB RAM
250 GB 5400 RPM hard drive
NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics card
Longer Battery Life (63.5 watt/hr)

A few days back I read on TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) a story where Vietnamese site Tinhte had leaked the details of this update and needless to say they were pretty dead on.

Posted via email from Doc’s BrainDump

USA Today: Jefferson Graham’s iPad Review Video

I’m confused weather he really likes it or not, he seems to keep going back and forth. One thing I think he totally missed s the how to get media into the device. He said he did not want to just iTunes as the only way in and out but did not elude as to why not.

Documents are easily emailed to your self or synced via Pages, Google Docs, Zoho or countless other file mover type iPhone apps. Movies can be converted via VLC, QuickTime and two hundred other iPod Video Converters as they have been since people started stealing movies nearly ten years ago. so I’m not sure why he is bitching.

Anyway we may have to post the how to after we get one in house.