The SoundLab guide is now available

The new SoundLab site and guide is up now. It’s been a long time coming and it looks great. I hope that it will make a difference to organisations and groups and that it’ll be a useful resource. I can safely say that I had more fun from being a part of SoundLab than most other work I’ve been involved with.

Getting to grips with Editorial workflows 

I’ve been using Editorial for a while now and never really got to grips with using the workflow functionality in it. That is up until now. I found an actual use for workflows. I won’t bore you with what I’m using workflows for, but I’ve start using it in some very simple ways. Just using simple dialogues and markdown to record information.

It works. It saves me time, and it’s useful. That’s a good combination as far as I’m concerned. I’m hoping that I’ll continue to find new ways to make use of Editorial’s workflow as it has loads of capabilities, and as yet I’m just scratching the surface of what it can do.

So, hopefully you’ll be hearing more about my use of Editorial workflows in the not too distant future. Who knows, I may even share a few!

App of the week: Business Model Toolbox for iPad is great for developing ideas

I found this app because of some work I was doing around changing business models and revenue flows. It was interesting to read the book that generated this app/tool and use it in a practical sense.

The reviews on the app store for this app say that it’s overpriced for what it is, and I’d probably agree, but then again, given the relative niche market for the app it’s probably not a bad price in terms of the amount of work that went into it.

This app is really aimed at people who want or need to quickly understand the impact of different business models, so in a sense it’s a business model modelling tool, and in that sense it works very well. It’s best suited to that first step in evaluation, but once you’ve lined it up and got it where you wanted it you probably need something else, another tool after that.

The app is priced at £20.99.

Business Model Toolbox - Business Model Foundry

Reaching the end of ‘Things’

I’ve been a user of ‘Things’ for Mac and the iPhone for some time now, but during that time I’ve increasingly become less and less content with how the desktop and device apps work. It got to the point where the whole thing just ceased working as a task management system at all.

It is a shame really as Cultured Code are a nice company and they’ve been promising lots of new functionality for a long time, it just hasn’t arrived as yet. Also, compared to a lot of other apps ‘Things’ is a very expensive solution, which is one of the reasons I’ve held off moving to a different app / system.

Anyway, I’ve moved to Toodledo and it is working out really well so far.

Having said all that I just read this post at the Cultured Code site on their cloud sync solution. Let’s see what it looks like when it finally comes through.

Freelance Sites

I’ve been looking at sites like elance and Vworker and oDesk and others to get my head around what sorts of thing they offer and whether it is really worth getting into using sites like thes for work.

If anyone reading this has any experience of them please let me know.