Tag Archives: apple

Dragon Dictate


Dictate finally arriving so will try it out and write a report….. Exciting!!


Mind Mapping – the written word


I am currently running the trial version of Scapple from the guys at Literature & Latte who also brought us the excellent writing tool Scrivener.

This is a hybrid mix of mind mapping tool and free form note pad and you should give it a go to test if it works for you. Its available at the Apple Store for £10.49

For me the whole process of mind mapping is good and I enjoy the free thinking that it creates. I don’t really get hung up with structure or presentation in the early states of a map as I focus purely on the contact and getting what I want to get down.

Scapple takes that idea and gives an air of free form expression that I guess standard mind mapping may lose.

I do like the concept and it has many of the features of a £10 mind map but I have found it hard to operate without some recognisable boundaries and lost my train of thought a few times. I also struggle a little with the end result, I like a lot of order but just can’t seem to get it with this app.

However today was a bit of a breakthrough: I wanted to got some ideas around a major move I wanted to do and broke the workspace into 4 areas: Options; Planning; Questions and RAG status. It really worked and I felt in control.

So after a week I think I may have actually cracked the code and have a sense it may be one of those apps you go to when you feel the need to jot ideas down and link them. The fact that it exports rot Scrivener is a real bonus and I am going to test that out next so will do an update later in the week.

Strummerville 27 May 2013 17:49

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Testing out SOHO 9 Organiser

MacBook wonders

Brought the old White MacBook into work today as some people interested in buying it, did a small presentation to show off the skills and it went down a storm.

I suddenly realised that I take for granted all the small things the mac does, like the genie effect, the ripple effect for dashboard, the scrunch of paper when you empty the bin.

But it was the power of iLife and iworks that, when looking through the eyes of others, you realise this is such a powerful beast and so advanced you simply and intuitively know what to do how it’s done and see the results.


iBank App and Software

Just started using iBank and it’s associated App on the iPhone. Yesterday was really just getting to grips with it and losing on accounts data.

Like all UK banks my bank doesn’t support automatic population and downloads so it can be a laborious task to begin with. So using the phone app is an absolute essential part of keeping the data fully up to date and the discipline lies in ensuring you capture every POS and every cash transaction whilst out and about.

Direct Debits are effectively covered in the initial set up but one off Internet purchases, say, again require a discipline that needs mastering.

In about a months time I will give this app a full review