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Todoist Review

Chris —  February 24, 2017 — Leave a comment

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It’s been awhile since I wrote about productivity, but I recently I had a big ramp up in my project load and needed something more than reminders on my iPhone as a todo list. I don’t remember which podcast I was listening to, but when they were talking about goals for 2017 Todoist came up and I thought I’d give it a try.

There are a few things that are requirements for me in a ToDo manager.

  1. Native apps everywhere. Some of these platforms are great, but may not have a Mac app, or no iPad app. It’s really important to me to not have to jump between apps and web views depending on which device I’m working on. Todoist has me covered here. In fact all the apps are great and take advantage of the platform they are on.
  2. Easy to add new tasks. If I can’t easily add new tasks from where I’m at, and what app I’m in I know that I won’t use it. With Todoist, I can add tasks from the task bar on my computer, the today screen on my phone, an extension in my browser, and even via voice with my Amazon Echo. If you pay for the premium level you can also email tasks in.
  3. Scheduling Tasks. One thing that has always bugged me about many ToDo managers that I’ve tried is that you have to phrase everything just right for it to do what you want. I love that ToDoist uses natural language that for the most part works really well. I can type “Write blog post next Tuesday at 3” and it knows to set the schedule next Tuesday at 3. It sounds simple, but very few do it well.

If you could use a little ramp up in this area, give ToDoist a try.

Free Mac App Software Bundle

Chris —  May 30, 2014 — 4 Comments

Mac Bundle v3

For all my Mac using friends out there, I wanted to let you know about a great bundle of FREE software that will only be available for a few more days.  There’s a ton of bundles out there, but this one included one in particular that I thought could be fun for Youth Ministry.  It’s called X-Mirage and it lets you mirror your iOS screen (iPhone or iPad) to your Mac.

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This is great if you want to make demo videos of an app to share, but I think it has great potential for a youth group stage game.  Since it will let you mirror multiple iOS devices at one time you could have two students playing the same game up on the big screen and the crowd could cheer them.  So many fun possibilities, post your ideas in the comments below.

In addition to X-Mirage, you also get:

  • Elmedia Player Pro – a utility to help download streaming video from the internet.  A great way to save those youtube videos to use in a talk or in your presentation software.
  • ClipBuddy – a utility to organize your cut / paste selections
  • cf/x Mosaic – turns your photos into mosaic art
  • Plus a few more

The bundle is free, so what do you have to loose.  Have fun!

Get the Bundle Now

 

GetMacApps.com: Easy Mac Setup

Chris —  March 17, 2014 — 1 Comment

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Have you ever gotten a new Mac or needed to install a new hard drive and was starting from scratch with software installs? I recently heard about this great we site that will make it easier.  GetMacApps.com allows you to select from a list of apps and then it will create a script for the install.  Just pop open terminal and run the script and it will download and install the apps you selected and even delete the install files.  Most of the biggies are on the list (Dropbox, Chrome, Evernote, Google Drive & many more), and maybe you’ll find some great software you didn’t even know about.  So next time you are setting up a Mac, give it a try.

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Try GetMacApps.com

Flappy Crowd Youth Ministry Game

Chris —  February 21, 2014 — 3 Comments

If you are looking for a super fun new game for your youth ministry, you need to check out Flappy Crowd.  You may not be able to get Flappy Bird in the App store any more, but you can still get your students playing a fun version on the screen in your youth room.  Get the crowd flapping to keep the bird in the air and collect coins and power ups.

This is how it works:

Check it out over at DYM.

Cloud Storage: Copy.com

Chris —  June 12, 2013 — 5 Comments

Almost everyone I know uses cloud storage now for making sure they have files on all their devices, sharing docs between friends and co-works, or backing up.  Dropbox is great, but the free 2 GBs isn’t enough for most people.  I just found a new options that is giving 10x that for a limited time: Copy.com.

Click here to sign-up, install the app and enjoy 20 GBs of free space. (The standard account is only 15, but this Friend link, will get us both the bonus 5 GBs.)

How it works:

Badgify Nametags Made Easy

Chris —  May 14, 2013 — 1 Comment

Have you ever needed to make name tags or badges for an activity, event, meeting or trip in your ministry?  There’s a great new app for your PC or Mac that makes it easy, plus the badges look amazing.  It’s called Badgify, and it’s available at Download Youth Ministry.

Here’s what the creator at pdesigns describes it:

Have a new volunteer? No problem! Just enter their name and BAM! You have a new, printable badge for them to wear! Making the process quick and painless is our primary goal. In fact, we designed it to be so easy, a volunteer with absolutely no graphic design experience, can knock out badges for an event with no effort whatsoever.

You’ll be able to create a badge for any occasion in less than 10 seconds. Once your badge is created, it will save to your computer as a JPG that you can print on any printer. No need for any training or graphic experience. Just a few clicks and you’re done!

Tired of boring badges? Want something more than a white square with a name (we’ve been to too many boring badge conferences)? Our badges have been designed with “Oh that looks really cool” in mind. Choose from six unique designs and easily swap between them without having to retype your info.

After playing with it for awhile, I can confirm, that’s it’s as easy as the description says, and it looks way better than something I might throw together. Here’s a screen shot of the app making a name tag for myself:

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You can see the options are very simple and straight forward. You have fields for First Name, Last Name, Church, and Position, but if there’s one you might not wish you use you can turn any of them on or off for the badge you are working on.  Once you have everything typed in, the app creates a PDF for printing. There are currently 6 styles of tags to choose from, but the developer says more are on the way.

Here’s a quick video about how it works:

Right now you can pick up Badgify for only $12.  I’m not sure how long that price will last, so I would act fast.

To learn more or to BUY, visit Download Youth Ministry.

OK, there’s much excitement in our house about Star Wars Angry Birds in our house.  It’s a mashup of two of our favorite things. After playing it for a few days, we are still just as excited. Who doesn’t like an Angry Bird with a light sabre slaying though evil storm trooper piggies.

If you are interested you too can enjoy the fun and games.  It’s available on just about every platform out there.

iPhone
Angry Birds Star Wars - Rovio Entertainment Ltd

iPad
Angry Birds Star Wars HD - Rovio Entertainment Ltd

Kindle Fire

Google Play
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May the Force be with you!

Last Day for MacHeist

Chris —  October 25, 2012 — 2 Comments

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There are a ton of software bundles out there, and I haven’t mentioned one in awhile, but this one has some great tools youth workers need in their tool belt. The first is a 15 month premium Evernote account (a $60 value) and the other is PDF Signer that allows you to modify PDF files and save them. I’m sure there are others too, but those 2 definitely make it worth the $29.

Check Out MacHeist Now.

 

I have written about the square card reader before which is the easiest way for you to begin swiping cards at your next parent meeting or fundraiser, but they have taken it to a whole new level with Square Register.

Designed to operate as a cash register for a business, Register transforms the iPad into just that, but better! After you download the app, you input your items (think summer trip costs or fundraiser items) choosing or taking a picture that represents them. Then, you decide where you want those images to appear, and you are ready to rock and roll. Pass the iPad to the volunteer and they simply touch the items someone needs to pay for, swipe the card, let the buyer sign on the iPad and the program texts or emails a receipt!

Incredible, I know. AND square’s fee is simple. The app is free, the card reader is free, and they take a simple 2.75% off the top of each transaction and direct deposit it at the end of each day. Yeah. You probably have already left to download the app, but if you haven’t… go get it!

POLL: Publishing Software

Jon —  January 23, 2012 — 3 Comments

At our church we create a load of custom publications. When I first started I used Microsoft Publisher. Over the past 2 years I began learning Adobe’s Creative Suite 5 so I have converted to an InDesign user. What kind of publishing software do you use, and why? Give 3 “likes” and 3 “dislikes”

What Publishing Software Do You Use?