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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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HotStuff: TBUZZ Links sharing via Twitter

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The uber code designers at Arc90.com have just blessed us with yet another url based link sharer for Twitter.  The DiggBar, HootSuite, TwitPwr and Tweetie all have this feature but this one is different.  Arc90 is famous for their successful app Readability , which added the end all be all feature of removing the clutter from what we like to read online.  Completely outdoing InstaPaper, Readability just got it right.

Well I’m here to tell you that for now there is no better link sharer for twitter than TBUZZ.

TBUZZ offers the same basic features but also allows you to see who else is trending what you are sharing.  Sounds funny but watch the video and you’ll get it.

You can install TBUZZ in just a few seconds by visiting:

http://tbuzz.arc90.com

If you have not tried Readability then please try this one too. You’ll be much happier.

Evernote for Mac: There’s an App for That!

Evernote
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I love Evernote for both my MacBook Pro and My iPhone.  I started using Evernote when they first came out and am now trying to find ways to superuser this damn thing. It already rock so much it is actually hard to find a way to hack out any cooler features. especially when they keep updating it so fast. Thanks Evernote Crew for an awesome app.  Below are some details from http://blog.evernote.com about the latest features of Evernote.app for the Macintosh

UPDATE: Today they just dropped Evernote for the BlackBerry:
DOWNLOAD Evernote for BlackBerry http://blog.evernote.com/2009/05/11/evernote-for-blackberry/

The latest Evernote for Mac update introduces some great user interface enhancements, as well as a number of behind-the-scenes fixes and improvements.

Get the latest Evernote for Mac: DOWNLOAD NOW

Best thumbnails ever

We designed Evernote for Mac to be a visual memory aide, and easy-to-scan thumbnails are a big part of the fun. We’ve completely redesigned the thumbnails in this release to make them easier to use and prettier to look at. The thumbnails now have different shapes based on the content of your notes; adding a new dimension to your visual memory. They now also sport badges to quickly indicate and identify file attachments. These new thumbnails are available in both Thumbnail and Mixed views.

Other visual enhancements

  • Visual update to left-hand navigation
  • Improved the search explanation menu alignment
  • Improved Mixed View thumbnails and text layout
  • Updated look for the Monthly Usage meter

There are also a bunch of bug fixes, as well as support for the “audio/amr” file type for both free and premium accounts. If you already have Evernote for Mac installed, just check for updates and grab the new version. You can also download it from here.

For all of you Evernote for Windows users out there, do not fear. There are some exciting updates coming your way soon.

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HowTo: Evernote for Business Cards

Business cards are essential, but the form factor — and the business practices based on it — are stuck in the 20th century in their form. They take up room, are inherently difficult to organize, and come in all manners of shapes and sizes. At the same time, who has gone to a meeting, a conference, or even a PTA meeting, and not walked away with a dozen or more cards with names, email addresses, phone numbers, titles … information that later on, down the road, you may want or need to use.

If you are like me, you have no time to fool with keying in all this hypothetically useful information, and since I have no assistant just waiting to demonstrate 60 word per minute keyboard skills, the cards simply have been piling up over the past years. [In fact, in my case, I have been amassing cards on both coasts, since I have San Francisco and DC offices.]

I am aware that there may be services that will take this off your hands for a fee, and various applications that theoretically handle scanning and OCR of business cards, automatically putting contacts in your address book. I haven’t tried the former, but if it involves me mailing stuff to India or something, it’s just too much work. I have tried the scanner applications in the past, like Scanr, but I have never gotten anything like the OCR quality that would allow me to rely on them.

Enter The Cell Phone Camera

Not too long ago, I started an experiment. Since I have a five megapixel camera in my cell phone, why couldn’t I simply take pictures of business cards and then throw the cards away? That failed as an experiment, simply because there were still too many intermediate steps:

  • Take the pictures.
  • Transfer pictures from the cell phone to my Mac.
  • Move the business card pictures to an appropriate folder on the Mac, or upload to a web service, like Flickr, and in either case, name the file the name of the person on it.

This is significantly less than the headaches involved with keying in all the data, but still too much work.

Enter Evernote

A few weeks ago, I bumped into a new application called Evernote that is the answer to my business card prayers. Evernote is both a desktop application for the Mac and a hosted website service, where users’ notes and images are synchronized between the two.

Not only does Evernote allow me to organize both text notes and pictures of all sorts of things into folders, it also has very sophisticated OCR capabilities, able to find words on pictures of oddly shaped objects — like pictures of wine bottles. This capability works handily with relatively flat things, like, no surprise, business cards.

I tested it by moving in all the business card images in that I had captured, and found an extremely high capability to find cards based on name, company name, zipcodes, and nearly anything else in the text. There are some glitches, but the success rate is very high.

The beauty of this approach is its ease. It’s so easy that I actually take pictures of people’s business cards when they hand them to me, and hand them back! After an event — like the recent Web 2.0 conference — I simply move the pictures to my Mac, and then drag any business card images into the Evernote Mac application. If I revert to actually bringing back cards from an event, I can either snap them with my cell phone, or use the Evernote Snapshot tool, which relies on the iSight webcam in my Mac to take pictures. These are not as high quality as I get with my phone, however, and as a result the search capabilities on these images is less reliable. I was recently advised that I could email images from my phone directly to the Evernote application, which I have yet to try.

I have boxes and boxes of business cards stockpiled, and I may never actually work through those. In fact, I recently just tossed several hundred cards that stretch back to the beginning of the Pleistocene. I did fish out a few, and snapped them, but mostly they went into the recycle bin. After all, people change phones and addresses frequently enough that a three-year-old business card is probably at least 50 percent wrong.

Note that I also can use this to take pictures of whatever I find of interest, or of critical importance, on the web. I could use it to take a screenshot of a LinkedIn profile, for example, in lieu of a person’s business card. As another example, today I screenshot a travel itinerary (via Skitch) and dragged it into Evernote, and I brought it back up by searching for ‘oakland’ and ‘friday’. I am also moving my loyalty cards into Evernote — like my Jetblue, KLM, and Expedia Elite cards — so I don’t have to schlep those around with me, either.

Next?

So don’t be too surprised when colleagues begin taking cell snapshots of your business card at the next mixer you attend, and then hand it back to you. They’ve probably gotten wise to Evernote.

Twitter Follower Notifications: Now With More Cowbell -Mashable

Twitter’s been around for about three years now, and since our very first days as tweeters, we can’t remember a day when new follower notification emails were anything but a text email with the follower’s Twitter username and profile link.Today marks a milestone achievement then, because what you’ll notice if you check your inbox is that your Twitter new follower emails have gotten a major makeover. Okay, so maybe we’re exaggerating the importance of this news, but hey, getting a better glimpse at new followers is a welcome new feature we’ve wanted since the beginning.twitter-email-new

So what’s new? Well there’s a few changes you’ll notice as of today. Now instead of text emails, Twitter’s using HTML, so emails now match the Twitter (Twitter reviews) blues we’ve come to know so well.They’re also adding a few key stats that could make processing followers much easier. Now you can view the twitterer’s avatar, the count of people they’re following, their follower count, and the total number of updates. Ideally, you should be able to ascertain whether a new follower is worthy of the return favor without ever leaving your inbox. Hooray for innovation.

Twitter Follower Notifications: Now With More CowbellSource [Mashable.com]

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HowTo: Getting Started With MyAlltop @ Alltop.com

Let’s just say I Love Alltop. It is the easiest way to get all the news and information you need to get you through the day, learn a new skill or just brush up on trivia before talking to that irritating boss or brother in law.  I found the tutorial on the AllTop Blog.

How to Get Started With MyAlltop: http://adjix.com/p3j7

First, here’s an introduction to Alltop, so you can understand what they are trying to do.

Alltop News and Updates: How to Get Started With MyAlltop: http://adjix.com/p3j7

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