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Clipboard+ Progress and Purchasing Information

22 Oct

I’d like to thank everyone for their patience as we near completion of our initial manufacturing run.

Right now we are finishing up and anticipate being able to ship ideally within the next week. If you went to our website looking to purchase a Clipboard+ but were disappointed when you couldn’t figure out how to buy one, I apologize. The reason that we don’t have a store up on our current website is that we still haven’t fully completed manufacturing and are therefore would be unable to fulfill orders. However we’ve built an online store and plan to launch it in place of the current website once we have fulfilled all of the Kickstarter orders.

We plan to sell the Clipboard+ iPad for $50 and the Clipboard+ Smartphone for $25. Once the new site is online you will be able to place your orders through our store at http://www.clipboard-plus.com. In the meantime, please direct any questions you might have to me personally at kevin@clipboard-plus.com or our customer service address at info@clipboard-plus.com

We’re Funded! Thank You!

18 Jul

Well, it took a strong finish thanks to the help of friends, family, and individuals from around the world, but we have successfully surpassed our $10,000 goal and the 30-day Kickstarter campaign has finally come to an end! We could not have done this without all of your help and support, it has served as both encouragement and inspiration throughout the process. Your optimism emboldens us to continue working hard at providing products that can truly change the way you work.

We’d also like to thank Kickstarter for providing us with the platform to expose our product to a wide audience, get the ball rolling with our company, and to receive diverse feedback on our ideas. We are so pleased to have been able to participate and succeed with this project. We look forward to hitting the ground running now that Clipboard+ has been successfully funded! Image

Supporters, backers, friends, Romans: we thank you for all of your feedback and suggestions thus far, know that we value each and every comment we receive. This next part is where the true work begins, the Kickstarter campaign is through and we have our work cut out for us. In addition to fulfilling the rewards, we will be spending the next few months looking into implementing design improvements, marketing plans and much more. We will keep you posted on major developments as you are all valued members of the Clipboard+ story.

Again, thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts, we are so happy to have completed this campaign successfully and we know it wouldn’t have been possible without you. Don’t forget to keep an eye on this blog, Changing the Way You Work, and our website for updates!

Sincerely,

The Clipboard+ Team

Why is Clipboard+ Changing the Way You Work?

6 Jul

If you are like me and work on a computer, I am sure there are times when you want to get away from the desk. Since people who work on the go use a smartphone or iPad, the only thing that is missing is a flat surface.While coffee shops and libraries can be great places to burn the midnight oil, here at Changing the Way You Work, we would much rather operate from a comfy LuvSac. Clipboard+ finally solves this problem and makes working from a couch, the floor or even outside in the grass a simply effortless experience.

Mobile Professional

As a mobile professional, my life is run by apps like TweetBot, Sparrow, Zite, Instapaper, Tapatalk, Analytiks, and Launch Center Pro. I can know Clipboard+ will infuse new energy into your routine and completely change the way you work. The above apps are the cornerstone of my digital presence, but I find that paper is still an essential tool for making lists, outlines, and quick sketches. By combining the power of paper and your favorite apps, you will get more done in less time. Many technology blogs feel the same way and written about Clipboard+ on Kickstarter. Check them out below.

What People are Saying:

App Advice:

“A functional, yet inexpensive solution for anyone that needs an iDevice and a clipboard to get their job done.”

Business Insider:

“Analog meets digital in this redesigned clipboard that can hold your smartphone or your iPad.”

Unleash the Phones:

 “While smartphones and tablets have definitely changed the way we work today, the Paper hasn’t really been replaced entirely just yet. And if you cant beat ‘em, join ‘em which is where the Clipboard+ comes in.”

Gear Diary:

 “Let’s face it: you cart around your mobile phone with you everywhere. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could somehow attach your phone to a clipboard, so that you can also scribble down handwritten notes? Clipboardify Your Smartphone or iPad with Clipboard+”

#ChangeYourWork

If these reviews don’t convince you think about the direction of mobile devices. iPads are becoming integrated into many levels of enterprise from hospitals to education to construction. With this impending explosion of iPads in business comes an opportunity to become more efficient with our current technology. According to this infographic from Column Five media, 72% of US enterprises are using tablets and by 2014 1 in 5 consumers will own one.

With this massive tablet expansion it is time we become more efficient with our technology! In line with this theme we would like to share another very cool Kickstarter project. Robert Stoeber’s mission is to build an app called, Work Smarter and Save Trees with iPads and WordPress, that will enable anyone to do serious programming work! Check out their video and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

By supporting Clipboard+ you are investing in a better future for all mobile professionals. Back the Clipboard+ project today and Change the Way You Work!

10 Applications to Help Combat the “Back to School Blues”

5 Jul

We have officially passed the ‘unofficial’ midpoint of summer, July 4th, which can only mean one thing…BACK TO SCHOOL! Yeah, anyone under the age of 22 doesn’t want to hear those words; for others, it can’t come soon enough. Whether you are excited or not; these apps will certainly help you transition back into the ‘school season’.

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iPhone

Evernote, as mentioned in my previous blog post will help you organize all of your to-do lists, audio recordings, pictures, and webpages.

However, I found an even awesomer (yes it’s a word) app for $0.99; that’s about 99.5% off retail! The Graphing Calculator app can graph multiple equations and you can even email yourself the results. It will not work in an advanced calculus class, but for those who have to take an introductory class of Calculus or Statistics this will work perfectly. You will most likely be unable to use this for a test, but for homework and classwork it will make your life easier. Who wants to carry that brick of a calulator with them anyways?

iPad

Most Apple Applications can run on iPhones and iPads, but the following are some that are best suited for the iPad’s larger screen:

CourseSmart is another avenue of purchasing your eTextbooks and eResources at deep discounts from the hard copy version. This app also allows you to view your text from your iPad, iPhone, or computer. The program is free; you just pay for your eBook like you normally would. (This application is also available on the Android Market).

This application, Stanza, slightly branches off from CourseSmart. Stanza allows you to download copies of ‘the classics’ that have fallen into the public domain (The Sorrows of Young Werther, The Waste Land, even Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as pictured at right). The texts are free and so is the app. You can also pay to download other, currently copyrighted, readings as well. The iPad’s ability with this app, rivals the Amazon Kindle, since the screen is larger and allows other programs to run as well (such as your music).

QuickOffice is as close to a windows tablet as you can get currently, until the Surface makes its launch. This app is not Office itself, but it allows you to edit documents from those programs. It pulls from your Dropbox or SugarSync folders, let’s you edit them, and then you can send them back to your cloud. You can also bring in Evernote documents. For $9.99 it sounds like a great deal to me!

iAnnotate PDF allows you to take notes, highlight, circle and just about anything else you can think of for $9.99. The price it a little steep, but it has more abilities than I can fit in this post. My favorite aspect is that you can use different highlighter colors depending on the content; also it makes sure you highlight in a straight line, something I seem to be incapable of doing. The app even allows you to add a secondary level of protection on your documents with another password; it also supports iOS data protection and Keychain functions. It will also flatten your files to keep them from being modified at a later time without your knowledge. Similar to Evernote, it also has a search function for all your documents. So you can easily find what you need, when you need it.

Android

I was only able to find one Android specific application ready to help combat the ‘Back to School Blues’; Layar. Layar is pretty epic looking, I must say. This application aggregates information from third party apps, such as Yelp and UrbanSpoon, and layers the information on your screen, as the camera scans your surroundings. You can choose what you are specifically looking for and narrow the results from the 1,500 layers they have in the database. Note: Apple has an app called Layar as well, but it has a different purpose.

There is also an app called Pocket, originally ReaditLater, which is Android’s version of Instapaper, which I explained in my previous post as well.

All Platforms

With the race in smartphone technology never ending, there are many applications that span from the iTunes Store to the Android Market seamlessly. Two of the best are Pageonce and GroupMe.

Pageonce helps you keep track of your bills and where your money is going. You can receive alerts BEFORE your bill is due, keep track of your cash and look how much you have put on your credit card all on one screen (as seen at right). Oh and it’s free! You can even pay your bills from the app for 30 cents, that’s less than a stamp.

Who actually likes group projects? Anyone…anyone? Exactly, but this app can make your life slightly easier when your class takes the “group work is essential to learning…” turn. GroupMe allows you to add all your members phone numbers to one unique number so you can text everyone, by texting that one number. You can also see where your members are through the GPS feature; no more Starbucks stops when you “forgot your papers at home and have to run back”. This app is free as well and will definitely be a timesaver when your group projects start piling up.

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As I write this post, and just about every other writing related thing I do, I have Pandora Radio playing. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I CANNOT work in silence. I have to have music in the background and Pandora is my lifesaver. Late nights writing a paper; Pandora playing through my headphones. Reading Business Law; Pandora kept me sane. I am sure Pandora is not new to most of you, but it sure is a good old standby in terms of music. Pandora is run by the Music Genome Project and has 80,000 artists and over 800,000 tracks. You can create stations based ona genre, a couple singers/bands you like, or one of their preset stations (i.e. Sounds of Summer). A “Thumbs Up” keeps the song on your list, a “Thumbs Down” takes the song off your list forever. You can create a playlist completely tailored to you! Everyone can find music they like on here, and did I mention its free, and you can log into your account anywhere?

Back to ‘that which must not be named’ is on its way, but if we are prepared, we can make it through.

The BEST iPhone Productivity App is Finally Here – Get Launch Center Pro

28 Jun

Say Hello to Launch Center Pro

Launch Center Pro is the hottest app to hit the App Store since Angry Birds. It has completely changed the way we work with our iPhones. If this sounds like an app you would like to buy, invest now, as it is 40% off for the rest of June!

40% OFF FOR A LIMITED TIME
Launch actions, not just apps!
It’s like speed dial, but for more than just phone calls! Launch Center Pro creates lightning quick shortcuts to specific features buried deep within apps. Call a loved one, message a friend, launch Instagram’s camera to quickly snap a pic, tweet, or turn your iPhone into a flashlight. Launch Center Pro gets you to where you’re going faster than ever before!

Sample shortcuts:

– Call your Mom
– Message a friend
– Email your boss
– Search Twitter using Tweetbot
– Create a new item in Omnifocus
– Search Yelp for nearby coffee shops
– Fire up Instagram’s camera, instantly
– Jump right to your favorite website
– Use the iPhone as a flashlight
– And so much more…

Launch Center Pro Reviews

Launch Center Pro has been on every major information outlet covering apps, iPhones and productivity. We were extremely impressed by the rave reviews and have included some of our favorites below. Enjoy!

  • “There’s no direct equivalent to such keyboard-based utilities on the iOS. But Launch Center Pro from App Cubby offers a robust, touch-driven interface that affords power users an impressively clever way to navigate the iPhone or iPod touch more quickly.” (Lex Friedman, Computer World)
  • “Launch Center Pro is an app of verbs. Search. Shoot. Call. Text. Add. In creating shortcuts you must pause and think about what you actually want to do. In a way, it’s akin to creating an effective to-do list. For example, “Friday’s presentation” is not an action step, but “outline presentation” is. The difference, of course, is the verb “outline.” As the clever demo video above explains, “Messages is an app. Messaging your friend is an action.” (Dave Caolo, TUAW)
  • “If you found yourself having to scroll through over nine shortcuts on a daily basis, like I have, then you will definitely welcome the new interface and easier layout for launching your favorite apps.” (Christine Chan, Appadvice)
  • “Launch Center was simple and brilliant. Launch Center Pro is simply brilliant. Go get it now while it’s on sale for only $2.99 in the iTunes App Store. It truly is a productivityist’s best friend.” (Mike Vardy, Vardy.me)

Final Thoughts

The beauty of Launch Center Pro is that it uses a menu system we all know and love, while also providing extensive icon customization. This missing feature is often pointed out as a weakness of the iPhone.

It is also easy to get bogged down with the thousands of available iPhone apps. Launch Center Pro consolidates all of the apps you need with a friendly action-oriented display, perfect for everyone from soccer moms to social media gurus. This app is one of the first to completely alter the way we use our phones. It is for that reason that Launch Center Pro is being named to our list of Essential Apps that Change the Way You Work.

Congrats and thank you to the team at App Cubby. You have an amazing product that has forever made our iPhones more efficient.

Feel free to contact us or give your own impressions of Launch Center Pro in the comments. Please follow us @Clipboard_Plus and support us on Kickstarter!

-Patrick

5 Must Have Productivity Apps for iPhone/iPad

23 Jun

My generation, the late 80’s early 90’s babies, have never read directions for technology. We just can innately figure out random devices, but as I enter my senior year of college, I finally had to “read the directions.” I’ve never written for a blog. I have written just about every other type of prose, even poetry, but the “post” has always eluded me.

First, I read WordPress’s directions; one line really struck me, “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” Then, of course, I Google’d “do’s and don’t’s of writing a blog.”  What would we do without Google? Actually, maybe that should be the topic of my next post… hmmmm…

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Let’s talk about Apple Apps. (Say that three times fast.) You don’t need to be super tech savvy to rock an iPhone, iPad, even the iTouch. With the application riff-raff, over half a million apps, which ones are worth the money, let alone using up your monthly data allowance? Here are five, in no particular order, that I think are definitely worth it.

iStudiez

I have been in love with my Google Calendar, and the other Google Applications, for years now. I questioned how I would have ever survived hectic college life (and summer where the days run into each other) without it. I was wrong, dead wrong. iStudiez allows you to organize your classes, syllabi, to do lists, important deadlines, and just general events to remember…all in one place, your phone’s calendar. It allows you to color code your events, organize your tasks in countless ways, and gives you a ‘today’ view of everything that needs to be done. With the countless items that need to be done today you will never forget with notifications on your phone reminding you. All of those things are great, but my personal fave; the class countdown. Oh and there’s a free version that does everything except track your GPA, who needs to do that anyways…

Evernote

Evernote for iOS iconYou know that infomercial on at 3am, when you are struggling to find sleep, about the machine to ‘read’ your receipts and notes and organizes them on your computer? This is even better, AND FREE, for your phone! Evernote has over 20 features to keep all your information in one place; you can make to-do lists, record audio, search for text inside images, email or tweet your notes, take pictures of the black (or white) board full of notes, even view web pages when you are no longer online. Best part? You can sync all of your notes across your computers and devices.

Pulse News and Instapaper

Instapaper

Instapaper (Photo credit: Johan Larsson)

Keeping up to date with various social media, newspapers, and even epic blogs (like Changing the Way You Work) can take a lot of time and energy. Pulse News allows you to combine all your news sources into one screen, no more swapping windows, or missing out on ‘the newest thing’ while checking another source. Instapaper, on the other hand, allows you to save web pages to read later, offline. We all know there are times you don’t have a signal, or you have to turn on ‘airplane mode’, but you need to keep yourself occupied. The app also lets you change the font and text size to what suits you. Pulse News is free; Instapaper is $2.99, but well worth it to catch up on news, gossip, friends and family while on the go.

iParkedHere

Okay, I’ll admit it, I have walked out of a building and rhetorically asked, “Where did I park…?”, but I swear it’s only been a few times! Some parking lots are straight up labyrinths and even if you ‘kinda’ remember where you parked, everything looks the same. iParkedHere to the rescue! It uses the GPS in your phone to ‘drop a pin’ where your lovely vehicle is and will help you find it later. It also has a handy parking meter counter so you will get notified when your meter is close to running low. For a $2.99 price tag, it will easily be worth it when you don’t get another parking ticket.

ScanBizCards

Remember back to that time you went to a job fair, or really any networking event, and you had countless business cards to keep track of. Not to mention, having to email thank you’s to some and resumes to others. This app, ScanBizCards, allows you to take pictures of all the cards and then automatically imports the information into your contact list for easy emailing. I wish I had known about this app when I went to the job fair, I had so many cards and couldn’t keep straight who had said what and I think a few fell out of my folder. I was a mess. For the super low price of free you can be much classier than I was last spring.

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Those were my five-ish, yes I combined two, apps to help you get your life together, but this next one I had to post about because it is just plain awesome. Daniel Chao, ten years old, created the iReadMonthly app to keep track of how much time he spent reading. Entrepreneurial spirit is starting earlier and earlier. Love it!

I survived my first blog post! And you survived reading it! Congratulations! So maybe, blogs are not so enigmatic. For years my English teachers told me I “wrote too conversationally”; what they didn’t know was my style was perfect for blog postings. According to Mashable.com, a blogger must “be willing to talk like a human being…show feelings and a point of view. Let your inner self come out…Just speak!” Hope you all enjoyed my first ever blog post, you are now part of history. I would love some feedback on it, other topics you’d like to read about, or just questions/comments in general.

~Sam