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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A few weeks back I was visiting my friends at Download Youth Ministry and Doug asked if I would film an episode of 5-Minute Youth Ministry with him about my favorite apps. I decided to go with the tried and true because I’m constantly surprised how many people still haven’t heard of them. Enjoy the show:
Links to what we talk about:
What are your favorite apps right now?
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.
I love “The Cloud.” Apps like Evernote, GoogleDocs, iCloud, and Flickr are great for share and freeing up space on your hard drive through free online storage. One of my favorite cloud apps is dropbox. Dropbox is a free app and online site that lets you store pics, docs, and videos and access them from any device. In addition to accessibility and its freeness I can easily share folders and files with other dropbox users or with a link from my dropbox “public” folder. If you want to check out dropbox click this link and install the app.
I may be late to the game but did you know you can email notes to Evernote? They have created a slick way to not only send your notes to your account but also to tag and place them in folders.
Here’s a clip from their site:
How it works
First, find your Evernote incoming email address. It’ll look something like [username].[email protected]. The address is located under Account Info in the desktop versions of Evernote, under Settings in Evernote Web, and in the Sync tab of Evernote for iPhone. We recommend adding this email address to your address book or contact list.
Next, try emailing something into Evernote. In the subject line of your email, write the title of the note as you want it to appear in your account. In the same subject line, add one or both of the following:
- Use @ for notebooks: Use an @ symbol followed by the name of your destination notebook
- Use # for tags: Use a # symbol followed by the tag or tags you wish to assign. You can have multiple tags just make sure each one starts with an #
For example, Subject: Trip to Florida @travel #expense report
Would create a note titled Trip to Florida in my travel notebook, tagged with expense report.
This has been a useful new discovery for me, I hope it helps you in your note taking. To read more check out their blog at: blog.evernote.com/2010/03/16/emailing-into-evernote-just-got-better/
I often get asked what my favorite iPhone / iPads are, and I thought I would share my current list with you guys. I’m a total app junkie so it was difficult to narrow this down, I tried to make it a top ten, but there are a few more than that so I’m dividing it into a couple posts. Some are favorites because they help make work easier, some make everyday life more enjoyable and some are ministry focused. Also these are in no particular order.
1. Evernote – This is my go to note taker. I use it on my phone for quick photos or audio notes to myself. I also use the iPad version to take notes in meetings or at conferences. It also works great as a desktop app. There’s also the ability to email notes or do web clippings into your notebooks. The best part is they all stay in sync. I find new uses for this all the time.
2. Dropbox – We’ve talked about this before on this blog. This is another one of those services that I use all the time. The Dropbox service allows you keep files in the cloud and keep them in sync across your devices. This app is how you access your files from your iPhone or iPad. Having access to my files anywhere is a life saver. I also love that you can play media files from the app directly.
3. Flipboard – This is my favorite news reader, and sorry, but this is iPad only. I love the way it looks and the way it works. It turns my twitter, facebook, google reader into a dynamic digital magazine. Plus you can read from their curated topics or add your own RSS feeds.
4. TomTom U.S.A. – I have a horrible sense of direction and I do a fair amount of travel, so always being able to find directions to where i need to go is great. I find the built in Google Map to be difficult to use, that’s why I love TomTom. It has a great built in search for locations and then will give take you there. This is a lifesaver.
5. Angry Birds – I don’t feel like I need to explain this one. Love it or hate it, it keeps my kids (and maybe me) occupied.
6. Keynote – This is my go to presentation software on my desktop and the mobile version is a great way to review and make quick changes to a presentation. I actually like the iPad version so much I often start my presentations there.
7. Pages – If I need to do some writing with more formatting than Evernote will let me, I use pages. It’s the best word processor I’ve used on the iPad.
Stay tuned for more apps in part 2.
If you are not familiar with Evernote, it is a clean and easy note taking software (Learn More). It is a great way to capture and organize ideas, web pages, audio, and more. It is a web app, desktop app (syncs beautifully), it is available for Mac and PC and most handheld devices. But this is not a commercial for Evernote (which is FREE). I wanted to share a few of the way I am using it that might spark ideas for you in your ministry context.
In Evernote you can create different “notebooks” to work from and store things in. I have “notebooks” with ideas, links to youtube clips I might want to use in a lesson, series ideas. I find this to be much better than having several documents on my computer (which are not synced with an online source) or a bunch of scattered documents in Google Docs. It is one location to do a mind dump, and that helps me sleep at night. (Another place to do a great mind dump is “OmniFocus” but that is a different post for another time).
One of my folders is called “CODES.” I use have tons of serial numbers for software and did not know how to keep track of them. Now they are all in one place. I guess I could use a word doc but Evernote is searchable so I can search the word “Burning Monkey Solitaire” and the note with that serial I entered will pop up. I cannot lock it so I guess I am a little exposed but no one uses my computer but me and to access it online you need my user name and password.
This is my favorite use for Evernote. Back in the day my youth ministry professor challenged us to take time and write out stories from our lives. Write down what ever we could remember…the funny, dramatic, edgy, capturing stories that have happened in our lives. So I wrote. I took a word document and started writing bullet points and then went back to fill in details. I would carve out time in my schedule to remember and write. If I would be reminded of a personal story throughout the day or while others were teaching I would jot it down and add it to this list. This Word doc with dozens of stories was hard to sift through but I would go through this list as I planned messages. Then came Evernote! Evernote allows you to “tag” notes within notebooks. So I created a notebook called “Stories” and I added each story as a note and then tagged the note according to topics that would fit in different messages. So I have one notebook with dozens of notes that are easily searchable by topic (through tags) and searchable by content (meaning words in the story).
For example, if I were teaching on dating, I click on my notebook and search “date” or “girls” or “purity” and all stories that I tagged with those words pop up. This has been a great asset for my teaching and planning.
Are you using Evernote differently? Post a comment and share any of your ideas
I have a confession to make. My life is out of control. OK, that may be a little dramatic, but over the last 6 months I’ve allowed myself to become more and more disorganized. A lot of it has to do with the number of projects and things I’ve needed to get done have increased, and my organizational system hasn’t scaled to the new amount of tasks.
There are those that tell me I need to start using a GTD system, but to be honest those systems seem like they would be too much work to keep going. I see the need for something more than just keeping a list in my moleskin notebook. I’ve looked at a number of different software packages and web tools, but this is what I’ve narrowed my search down to:
Entourage is what I use for email. It has a task list that can be tied to me email and calendar. It’s already in my work flow and I’m very familiar with it. It’s not perfect, but ramp up time would be small.
- Pro: tied to my work email and calendar, everything in one place, little setup time
- Con: doesn’t sync to my phone, have to be at my computer to update the list or check things off, can’t share it
2. Backpack from 39signals
Backpack is an online tool for creating simple pages that can include to do lists, comments, and such. It’s super easy to use and the free version is pretty functional.
- Pro: online-I can use it where ever I am, shareable – I can allow others on my team to ad items or comments to help prioritize, can set reminders that will be texted to me
- Con: may outgrow free version, todos and reminds don’t tie together, iPhone apps not free
I’ve been using Evernote for awhile as a place to capture notes and thoughts for projects and blog post ideas, and recently I read an article about how to use it as GTD system (but one that seems doable). The article itself was confusing at first pass, but there were some great basic ideas that I easily implement.
- Pro: online – access it anywhere, free version will be adequate for quite some time, shareable, more than just to do system, research and info system as well, can include photos / voice notes, can email items to it
- Con: will take the most amount of time to setup, a little bit of a hack to do what I want, no reminders or calendar ties
What are your thoughts on these? Anything that works for you?
2008 was a big year for me and tech. It seems like a lot of the tools that I use everyday were not part of my workflow a year ago. Not all of them were new in 2008, but they became part of my everyday life this year. Maybe they can help you too.
- Twitter – Love it or hate it, this has become a great tool for communicating, building community, and having fun. It’s by far my favorite social network.
- Skype - Definitely not new, but I have started using it more than ever. Communicating with co-workers, or family when I’m away from home it’s great. I think it has one of the best video chats out there.
- iPhone – This is another one you either love or hate, but I love it. I didn’t jump on the bandwagon when they first came out because it didn’t work with my exchange email, but now that it does, I think it’s one of the best smartphones I’ve used, and I’ve had a lot of them.
- Evernote – This has become an indispensable for me when it comes to gathering information and keeping synced to all my devices.
- WordPress – Another one that wasn’t new in 2008, but I really starting digging into it, and I think it’s the best blogging platform out there. It powers this blog and it’s definitely part of my everyday life now.
- YouVersion – I just love having the versions of the Bible I like to read with me where ever I go. I still haven’t found myself using a lot of the tools it offers, but maybe in 2009.
- Hulu – This one doesn’t really have anything to do with work, but I have found there are many shows that I enjoy watching that I just catch on Hulu whenever it works for me. There are a number of these tv streaming sites popping up, but Hulu is still my favorite.
- Dropbox – I almost didn’t put this one on, but when I stop and think about it, I use it everyday to share files or keep them synced over multiple computers.
- Mozy – Nothing about backup is exciting, but I feel a lot better about my data since I started using it.
What was your best from 2008?