Evernote – one of my favourite apps – Thing 17 and Thing 19 #anz23mthings

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I am using Evernote on an increasing basis.
It also is a great tool for file sharing, and I love that it syncs on all my devices.

The more I use it, the more I discover great uses for it.

I do not go to a conference, a workshop or a seminar without using it.

It is extremely easy to take photos with it while taking lectures, and to add on from there.
I get more from my notes than only relying on the PowerPoint afterwards.

With the most recent New Librarianship MOOC, a fellow student shared her notes, and I could follow which worked great. As soon as she updated her notes on a new module, it was available on my device as well. File sharing is extremely easy with it!

I did the Social Media in Libraries presentation with notes and research that I compiled into a Notebook on Evernote.

This is one of my favourite apps!

I must also add that I like how it has changed with the iOS 7 update. Everything is accessible from the home page!

Calendars on the go

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I have enjoyed the past week of learning more about Calendar, Thing 8 of 23 Mobile Things.

This year is the first year I am going without a paper-based diary in my handbag. I have transferred all my reminders and calendar updates to my Blackberry smartphone, as well as my iPad.
On the one hand it is very liberating to have everything on the go, but on the other hand there is a definitive loss of information.
The information that is stored with a certain event, is also lost when the event is cancelled, for example…

I use the Blackberry Calendar, as well as the iPad Calendar, and it is both linked to my Google Calendar. The syncing between the calendars does not always seem to “work”, but I am willing to admit that I need some more experience.

We use Outlook Explorer Calendars at work, and I prefer to keep that separate from my personal calendars. We use it mostly at work to coordinate events and send invites, which work very well!
I am thinking of setting up a calendar on our Media Library’s website, with only the most important yearly events. (On my to-do list)

I downloaded iCalendar and am still experimenting with it! I love the colours that can be inserted, and how it displays, but so far I haven’t found anything special or must-have that is different from what I have already.

One of the great things with Calendars is the reminder and alert options! I do not schedule any event anymore without an alarm going off.

Nowadays I am even sending invites to family and friends via the Calendars, because it inserts the events on their Calendars as well, and reminds them!

I inserted this Calendar of free webinars for librarians into the iCalendar, and can see that I will be doing more of these to remind myself of wonderful opportunities for personal development. (Why is it not reflected on my other calendars as well? It was one through Google Calendar.)

Instagram video – so far only frustrating

I have been very keen to try out the new Instagram video

But up until now I have not been able to capture anything with Instagram video…
It does not want to record for more than 5 seconds, and then it does not want to upload the video.

And I wasted precious video moments because it could not be saved!
Not on my camera roll, nor on Instagram.

That's where Animoto has the upper hand with regards Vine and Instagram video.
With Animoto you make a choice of the photos and videos on your camera roll, where Vine and Instagram video requires a straight recording while in the app.
Which implies that you loose the recorded video when you can’t upload! Or sometimes you do not want to share it in a public domain, but you would still like to hold on to the video.

Not possible in Vine and Instagram video!

Instagram video gets a thumbs down for now!

Testing Animoto for ANZ 23 Mobile Things – Thing 6

I tested Animoto for ANZ 23 Mobile Things.

I used photos of our recent trip on the Johannesburg Red Bus, traveling the city:
Jozi Red Bus

It is a very polished animation, and it looks very professional!

It takes extremely long to upload the photos, which is a bit frustrating.

Again, I saw that this was only available to upload on the iOS store, and not on Blackberry. I would not have gotten very far if I had to do this on my BB!

The weekly wrap-up post for Thing 6.

Whatwasthere – Testing Thing 5 for ANZ 23 Mobile Things

I have been trying to use the whatwasthere (http://www.whatwasthere.com/) app for the whole week. I have not been very successful.

Maybe it is dependent on the network, or my iPad2 does not play along?
Maybe also because the uptake has not been great in South Africa?

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screen grab from Whatwasthere

It finds my location perfectly.

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But it seems nothing else is uploaded…

I also tried it today in the middle of Johannesburg City, but it did not give me any more information.

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It says that there are 10 photos, but I am not able to see it?

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Not an app that I will be using, for personal or business reasons!

(Blogging from my WordPress app, which also has its own frustrations… Each time I have to go back to the desktop to fix some issues!)

Historypin – Mobile Thing 5 of ANZ 23 Mobile things

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Historypin – screen grab

This week I am trying out the suggested apps using GPS location on my iPad.
(I am not even going to try using it on my Blackberry 9360, because of its short battery life and low memory issues!)

I downloaded the Historypin app yesterday and uploaded my first photo. It alerted me that I had to wait six hours for it to be placed on the system. It was there this morning, but without the date and the information that I had attached to it.
It also places the location of the photo about 4000 km away, which is not the case.

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My pin, without a date and details, which I have uploaded yesterday

When I use my device to get my location with nearby photos, there are only two of a grandmother and a dog. Not very inspiring!

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2 photos nearby me, without the photo I have uploaded yesterday (which I thought would have been here)

I also get a lot of interference messages, which are fine, since I am using it in a building.
I will have to check it out outside.

When I look at uploaded pins, it also gives me pins from worldwide, which I find frustrating. I would have liked if it only showed me pins of nearby places, or at least in South Africa.

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Random pins

So far I am not impressed with the app.

Maybe if there is more uptake in South Africa?

I also find that although we can sign up with Google, our profiles are not linked. It also does not seem as if I can import a photo or Avatar for my profile.

I will be checking back with ANZ 23 Mobile Things to see if others had a better experience?
But so far not something that I would use in the library and archive environment.

Mobile Thing 2 – photos on mobile

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I have been using mobile photos all along for private and for business purposes.
It is very easy to snap away with a mobile.

Since I got my iPad2 I have been snapping away with it as well. Although it is a bit bulky, I always have it with me.

It also helps to have a photo ready for a blog post.

I have not been using Flickr as much, because the uploading takes much more time, but I have activated my personal account (karentoittoit) again.

I want to add our business account to Flickr as well.

 

 

Up until now I have been using Picasa photo albums for our business account: SABC Media Libraries.

 

I see now that the search options, as well as the tagging and grouping options makes Flickr a very valuable social media tool.

I am not yet sure on what options to choose for the copyright? Any suggestions on what is the best option?

 

I have activated the Instaweather app as well, and has been playing with it this week. Coupled with Instagram it makes for a great daily feed on Instagram.

Instagram: karentoittoit

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I am trying to find out what type of wording to use when we have taken photos of people here in the libraries. I have seen that some people use it ion their libraries. I will ask Fiona again, of  The Fiona Principle. Do you have an example for me?

I really like playing around with photographing on my mobiles.

I also think that it is the best way to engage our customers, and that people really like seeing themselves on photos taking part in the library.

Sometimes people complain that we are taking too many photos, but then they are the first checking out how their own photos in the albums… Mostly on Facebook, the blog and Picasa.

I do not tag photos as often as I used to, and leave it up to the individuals who wants to tag themselves.  I usually just send the link of the album to make people aware of the photos that have been uploaded. I have  never had anyone asking me to remove their photos.

 

The weekly wrap-up post of Week 2 give a great overview of what can be done with mobile photography, especially in the library environment. I will be checking back there: Weekly wrap-up post: week 2

 

(Photo: Taken on my Blackberry 9360 on Friday, on my way to work: The SABC building in Johannesburg.

Also used on Instaweather for an Instagram update.)