App of the Week: Speek

SpeekApp of the Week: Speek

Conference calls… we have all been on that call.

I have been testing a great new conference app that turns the traditional conference call on its head.

It’s called Speek. And it has changed the way I interact with conference calls.

Speek is available via a web interface. As well, there are iOS and Android apps. I have been initiating calls via the Speek app on my iPhone …and it works great. 

Here are some of Speek’s features… (more…)

App of the Week : Mindmup

mindmup 2App of the Week: Mindmup

I am a big fan of mind mapping to capture and explore new ideas. (See my previous post here.)

Mindmup is a new FREE and open source mind mapping app. It is HTML5 -based and runs in your browser.

What I like about Mindmup is that it is clean and simple. As they describe, it allows for frictionless capture of ideas and projects. It is not bloated with unneeded features. The UI stays out of your way and lets you get your ideas out.

Mindmup saves to the cloud and provides Google Drive integration. You can share your maps with others, and even embed them in your website.

If you are looking for a free and quick way to create a mind map, try out Mindmup.

App of the Week: Vesper

Vesper AppApp Recommendation of the Week: Vesper

Great note-taking app this week from John Gruber and the team at Q Branch.

It’s called Vesper. And it is a simple, minimalistic, and beautiful app to collect your ideas, notes, and pics.

It allows you to take notes and organize them by tags, which I find more efficient than constantly trying to file notes by folders, etc. It also allows you to attach pictures to notes, which can be very handy.

Vesper is vying against the Drafts App for me. Drafts is more feature rich and has markdown formatting. (Ironic, that Gruber’s app doesn’t support markdown… since he basically created it.)

One note: There is not currently any sync feature. No Dropbox, iCloud, or Evernote export. This is perhaps the one feature keeping me from switching to it full-time. Hope to see this added in a future release.

Are you looking for a clean and frictionless app to collect your ideas? Give Vesper a spin. I am currently using it to collect blog post ideas and topics for my next book.

Get Vesper in the App Store.

How to Maximize Your Blogging Productivity Workflow

Blogging Workflow 3

Today’s post is for bloggers.

Or those wanting to be blogging…. but saying that they “don’t have enough time.”

Today, I share my workflow to help you maximize your own  blogging productivity.

The workflow is really quite simple…

Capture Idea -> Write Post in Markdown -> Paste into WordPress -> Publish.

Let’s take a deeper look.

App of the Week: Mailbox

Mailbox AppApp Recommendation of the Week: Mailbox

Mailbox arrived on the scene with much hoopla and a waiting queue that built both excitement, and frustration, for those waiting to gain access.

(There has since been more hoopla due to Mailbox being acquired by Dropbox.)

After waiting myself, I got access to Mailbox. I tried it briefly, but did not add it to my toolset immediately.

Recently, I gave it a second look and the results have been extraordinary. In fact, within 24 hours of using the app, I had whittled both my personal and TMN email inboxes to zero.

Mailbox may not be for everyone. (For now, it is only for iPhone and Gmail based accounts). As well, for some it will require looking at your email in a different way.

Look for an in-depth review and examination of Mailbox soon. You can get Mailbox from the App Store.

PS – I still use Sanebox. Sanebox keeps mail out of my inbox in the first place, and then Mailbox helps me act on those that do reach me.