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Adobe Voice

Adobe just released a new iPad app for creating quick stories on the go – Voice.  Think of it as a streamlined keynote or powerpoint that will allow you to quickly put together a video with pictures, text, voice overs, and video.  They give you a library of graphics and music you can use to add to your stories as well.  They give you all the expected sharing options (FaceBook, Twitter, Email), so sharing your creations is super easy.  It looks like it could be a great way to put together simple, quick highlight videos at summer camp, mission trips, or other activities to share with parents and your Church the awesome things your group is up to.  Right now it’s only for iPad, but the price is right since it’s FREE.

I’d recommend giving it a try and letting us know what you think.  I’d love to see the stories you put together with it.

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From now until Christmas the iPad iBooks version of The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse by Michael Gungor is free. I haven’t finished it yet, but what I’ve read is great.  It’s been a both thought provoking and funny look at how we are all creative.  The iPad version is also full of great visuals and audio to accompany it.

From the Publisher:

The_Crowd_the_Critic_and_the_Muse_A_Book_for_Creators.225x225-75“We are all creators. Whether or not we create is not up to us. We are human, and creating is what we do. Every interaction, movement, and decision is creativity at work. We are all artists. We all order creation around us into the world that we want to make.”–Michael Gungor

In The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse, Michael Gungor takes an uncompromising–and humorous–look at our creative selves and the world that we have fashioned around us. Through story and reflection, Gungor shows how our deepest beliefs and assumptions about the universe affect how we order creation.

An award-winning, globetrotting musician, Gungor also reveals his personal journey as an artist and creator, a tale of moving from innocence to wisdom, from simplicity to complexity and back again, a tale of leaving home and
returning in a new, better, and more creative way.

The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse - Michael Gungor

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.

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Angry Birds Star Wars - Rovio Entertainment Ltd

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Angry Birds Star Wars HD - Rovio Entertainment Ltd

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May the Force be with you!

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!

iPad 3 First Few Days

Jon —  April 19, 2012 — 4 Comments

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Should you buy the new iPad? Well, I was very lucky that a church member wanted to buy 4 staff members at our church the newest edition. After a few days playing around on it I want to make a few comments on why you need an iPad even if you have an iPhone.

1. There are apps on my iPhone that I love, but never use because the screen size is not optimized for the application. The first being the WordPress app I am creating this post on. If you are a serious blogger, iPad is money! The square footage really maximizes the potential of apps like WordPress, Evernote, any “reader” app, and many more. I have fell in love with the same apps I had on my iPhone all over again.

2. Your students will think you are cool. NOT. But gathering students around an iPad for a teaching video in a small group, or having students register for camp on an iPad is way easier than an iPhone. The other night in small groups the iPad became a tool to draw students into conversation, and I wasn’t having to hold my hand near the speaker so everyone could hear.

3. If you have an iPhone 4 or later you know the sheer bliss of the Retina display (cue the angel choir). I really believe the 10″ Retina display comes close to justifying the purchase. I held off on iPad 2 because I was disappointed there was no Retina display, but boy was it worth the wait. This thing dazzles.

If you have an iPad what are your favorite apps? I’ve only had mine for a few days so I am hoping productivity will increase to it’s normal level soon.

Apple is suppose to announce the newest version of their iPad this Wednesday in a special event.  The biggest question I is are you planning on getting one?

Learn to Play Guitar on iPad

Chris —  January 12, 2012 — Leave a comment

Every youth worker needs to know how to play the guitar, right?  OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but if you’ve wanted to learn and you have an iPad or iPhone here’s an app to help you teach your self.

Check out iGuitarTeacher, and it’s FREE for a limited time.

iGuitarTeacher - Bingappstore

 

Here’s the description from the developer:

Lessons for all levels and styles… It doesn’t matter if you play an acoustic guitar, electric guitar or both. Our lessons are designed for both. Whether you are a complete beginner or if you have been playing for years and years, we have designed an app for you that will change the way you look at the guitar.
The following guitar lessons have been created with the beginner in mind. It is suggested that new guitarists begin at lesson one, spending at least one week learning the exercises and songs in that lesson before moving on. Learning to relax while playing guitar will help immeasurably, so be sure to have fun!

Guitar Lesson ‘One’
1-Overview
2-Parts of a Guitar
3-The neck: A closer look
4-Holding a Guitar
5-Holding a Pick
6-Tuning (Appendix For Details)
7-Playing a Scale
8-Playing Basic Chords
9-Learning Songs
10-Practice Schedule

Guitar Lesson ‘Two’
1-Overview
2-A New Scale
3-Names of Guitar Strings
4-Learning an E Minor Chor
5-Learning an A Minor Chord
6-Learning a D Minor Chord
7-Learning to Strum
8-Learning to Strum – cont’d

Guitar Lesson ‘Three’
1-Overview
2-The Blues Scale
3-Learning an E Major Chord
4-Learning an A Major Chord
5-Playing an F Major Chord
6-Chord Review
7-New Strumming Pattern

Guitar Lesson ‘Four’
1-Overview
2-The Musical Alphabet on Guitar
3-Notes on the Neck
4-Power Chords
5-Power chords (con’t)
6-F Major Chord Review
7-Strumming Patterns

Guitar Lesson ‘Five’
1-Overview
2-Sharps and Flats
3-’12′ Bar Blues
4-The B Minor Chord
5-Scale Review

Guitar Lesson ‘Six’
1-Overview
2-Chromatic Scale
3-Open 7th Chord
4-Barre Chord Basics
5-Strumming Patterns

Guitar Lesson ‘Seven’
1-Overview
2-Barre Chords
3-Fingerpicking
4-Hammer-ons
5-Pull-offs

Guitar Lesson ‘Eight’
1-Overview
2-More Advanced Fingerpicking
3-Strumming Patterns
4-Slash Chords
5-Sliding
6-String Bending

Guitar Lesson ‘Nine’
1-Overview
2-The Major Scale
3-Strumming Patterns
4-Sus4 Chords

Guitar Lesson ‘Ten’
1-Overview
2-Palm Muting
3-Major Chord Inversions
4-Chord Revision (QUIZ)
5-Advanced String Bending

Guitar Lesson ‘Eleven’
1-Overview
2-Seventh Barre Chords
3-Major Chord Inversions II
4-More on Strumming Patterns

10 Favorites from 2011

Chris —  January 1, 2012 — 2 Comments

Here are some of my favorites from 2011:

1. MacBook Air - I love this little computer.  Great for travel, and super fast.

2. Sticky Faith - These books have really made me think a lot about youth ministry and being a parent.  I highly recommend them. Plus check out StickyFaith.org for more insights in their articles and blog.

3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson – I found this book to be a difficult read.  He could be so harsh with people.  It really made me think about leadership, success, and family from someone who did great things, but failed at so much too.

4. iPad 2  - This continues to be a device that changes the way I interact with content.  I love it.

5. Kindle Fire - You probably didn’t expect to see this after I listed the iPad, but it’s a different device for me.  It’s a great reader that also does some tablet functions.  Plus, I love that there’s someone pushing the iPad to be better.

6. YSnetwork - This one is personal, but we launched it this fall at YS (where I work).  It’s a great way to connect with other youth workers, join a network or build your own.  It’s free to join, and if you sign up join the Youth Ministry Geek network to stay connected.

7. Flipboard - This is probably the app I use the most, and with the addition of the iPhone version a month ago, I just use it even more.  It’s by far my favorite news reader.


Flipboard - Flipboard Inc.

8. GoPro - I got one of these cameras to take on our vacation to Hawaii this year, and it’s so much fun.  We use it under water, on water slides, in the pool, the beach, on the trampoline.  It’s a great camera to take when you don’t want to risk you full size, expensive one.  Sure it has it’s limitations, but you get an amazing picture that can go anywhere.  It’s my Flip Camera replacement.

9.Timbuk2 Control Laptop Case - After about 7 years, my old shoulder bag finally wore out. This was my replacement.  Things I love about it: separate sleeves for laptop and ipad, TSA compliant so I don’t have to take my laptop out, not too big, but big enough.

10. Tech News Today -  I love podcasts and increasingly over the last year, this has been my #1 to go to.  It’s about 45 minutes every week day covering the lastest in the world of technology.  Entertaining and informative, perfect for this geek.

What were you’re favorites from the last year?

This was super cool seeing this kid talk about what he loves. It was a great reminder to me to encourage kids in their interests, you’ll never know where it will take them.

Quick Look at BookBook

Brandon —  September 27, 2011 — 1 Comment

I have never been a fan of cases for my phones, laptops, or my iPad. Don’t get me wrong, I have seen some cool looking cases but my top values are 1) to protect my device and 2) to keep it as thin and light as possible. I use Zagg’s Invisible Shield for my iPhone and for my Droid and I have stuck with Apple’s iPad case, it is super thin and protects the screen…And then I met BookBook.

Twelvesouth’s BookBook is not the lightest or thinnest but its vintage appearance and feel are awesome and as a speaker it is comfortable to teach from.  I serve at a four generational church and I find that the BookBook conceals my iPad in a way that is less distracting to those around me.  In the past I have been confronted for texting during church when I was actually reading my iPhone Bible.  Now with BookBook no one knows I am on my iPad and I can get my Bejeweled on…jk.  For some of you this may not be a big deal but for others this could be the cover you have been looking for.  A Case that brings enough tradition to your iPad to make it useable for weddings, funerals, and hospital visits.

I have had my case for about two months and have enjoyed its form and function, and to be honest I have enjoyed the attention too.  Here are a few pros and cons of iPad BookBook…

Pros:
•       Protection, inside (soft lining) and out (durable hardback).
•       Drool factor, people think it is a cool looking book, when they find out it is an iPad case they go nuts.
•       iPad becomes less distracting in a church service.
•       Zipper is super quiet (again, not distracting to others).
•       The smell…I love leather!

Cons:
•       Bulky for a Backpack.
•       While there is a slick design for viewing angles (Pic #1) there’s no design angle for typing (Pic #2).
•       First gen iPad causes the back to curve.
•       Price. While the hardback leather case is worth $70 that maybe be steep for some.

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To check out a full description and pick up a BookBook head over to twelvesouth.com.