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Essential Mac Software from a Windows User

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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I’ve been a Microsoft Windows user for most of my life and I don’t imagine that will change any time soon. With that being said there is a fondness by many in the design community for Apple Mac computers which is why I’ve found myself doing a lot of work on a Mac recently.

I’ve worked with Macs a number of times in the past but have failed to be converted to a Mac user personally.  There are many people who will try to argue that one OS is better than the other for one reason or another but I believe that one isn’t better than the other, because there isn’t really much you can do on one that you can’t do on the other, and which ever you choose to use really just boils down to a matter of preference.

Although there’s not much one can do that the other can’t , a lot of it is done in different ways, and when moving from one system to another you quickly discover which of your commonly used software programs aren’t cross-platform and need to find alternative software to perform the same tasks and actions. Below is a list of Mac software I started using  in lieu of similar software I use on windows. (more…)

Top 5 Apps for Business Travel

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

 

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Before the high tech era, business travellers would rely on their trusty Lonely Planet guidebook and a briefcase bursting with classified documents, itineraries, and muesli bar wrappers. Needless to say, it was a complete and utter hassle to have to cart around so much paperwork for a measly day trip to Sydney. Luckily, all the answers to our travel problems lie solely in our pockets – that and our handy Corporate Traveller agent. I’m talking about your smartphone – duh. This wondrous device plays host to a panoply of apps targeted towards professional travellers, whether it be a handy helper for a long-haul flight, storage for all your travel details or information on your destination. If you’ve got an upcoming corporate trip, turn your smart phone into the counterpart of an electronic Swiss Army knife with these five awesome apps.

Urbanspoon

Many people like to hate on Urbanspoon; I think they are just jealous they didn’t think of the idea or they are restaurants dealing with bad reviews. Personally, I love Urbanspoon and use it when finding restaurants and bars when visit a new city. The app uses your built-in GPS to locate nearby establishments which you can then divide between cuisine and price range. Most restaurant pages will include meal pictures, customer reviews, ratings and direct phone number allowing you to book a table with ease. If you also like surprises, give your iPhone a shake for a random restaurant idea.

ScanBiz Cards

If you’ve attended any kind of networking event in your time, you’ll know that business cards are essentially flying everywhere. At the end of the night, I’ll have a wallet full to the brim of weirdly shaped cards that I’ll then have to carry around with me until I get home. ScanBiz Cards eliminates this first world frustration by scanning your collection of business cards into iCloud which will then sync across multiple devices. ScanBiz Cards also works with Evernote, Linkedin, Salesforce and other CRMs.

Word Lens

Language is a wonderful thing that binds societies together, yet it also divides us. While most of us can rely on body language to get the point across in a foreign country, finding yourself in a scenario where you can’t communicate effectively or read the local dialect without resorting to your translation guide is positively maddening. That’s where Word Lens comes in handy. As you know, street signs are different in every country and what looks like a STOP sign in Australia might be a DANGER sign in another. Word Lens’ camera has the ability to snap a photo of large print words on billboards, street signs, and street signs and translate it into your native tongue.

Expensify

Unless you are an accountant, there are few (strange) folk in the world that would agree that filing expenses is a relaxing and valuable part of business. Save yourself the headache with Expensify; a nifty app that tracks all your expenses by syncing with your credit and debit cards. It tracks as you go and even compiles together an easy-to-navigate expense report at the end of your trip.

Top 5 mobile games of 2013

Friday, February 7th, 2014

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The morning commute is a veritable cornucopia of the latest digital gadgetry; a combination of hot releases, headphones, integrated mobile phones (remember those days when you carried an MP3 player, a phone and a camera separately? Congratulations, you’re becoming a significant minority), tablets and phablets blow up the immediate airwaves. As the Spotify savant next to you scrolls through his latest trance playlist, or the iAnything Idolisers switches between pop song and grunge hit, zone out from the guaranteed background noise and dive head first into our favourite games of 2013. Yes, games. Adults who play games (and no, we’re not talking the cursory match of Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja), we exist and our number are growing. (more…)

Benefits of CAD Software Modelling

Monday, January 6th, 2014

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CAD software has become completely indispensable, as the mechanical, civil and electrical engineering industries join the technological age and firms investigate, detect and purchase programs that will streamline work processes. On the surface, sceptics consider CADs nothing but an expensive waste of resources and time, encouraging employees to become glorified graphic designers with little substance. Tech drawing has come a long way from the protractor, rulers and lead pencils of rudimentary architectural and product design, as three dimensional models and computer generations exhibit the possibilities of projects, including areas of improvement. Though the benefits of CAD modelling are numerous, here are five favourites to set any reserved minds at ease.

Productivity

Increased productivity is hard to argue with, as CAD modelling allows the designer to envision the project as a complete entity, breaking it down according to subassemblies, parts and foundations, ensuring small slips are almost extinct and quality outcomes are achieved every time. Finished renderings can be animated, transforming a digital object into a working mechanism, allowing designers and developers to spot any inconsistencies or problems before it reaches the production stage. This hypothetical testing and synthesis of a product cuts down wasted time, as design notes are documented by drafts (saved for record keeping and posterity) and accompanying notes. The design process, as a whole being, streams sufficiently faster, saving money and delivering a task before or on time. (more…)

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