Braindrop Beta Phase Now Closed

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Hi Folks!

Over the last few months we have been working on a new application which we believe will be an indispensable companion helping you to capture and cultivate your ideas and inspirations. The working name is Braindrop and it will initially be available on iPhone using Apple’s TestFlight program.

Bring all your ideas together in one place and cultivate them in a new, visual way.

Braindrop allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and inspirations quickly and easily, and store them in one place. Simply create a “Drop” for any topic you are interested in and then add all sorts of related content as and when you come across it. You can add notes, URLs, checklists, events and even your favourite quotes. You can also add images or capture photos directly from the app.

Within each “Drop” your content will be organised into a highly visual layout allowing you to view your data is a new way. Content items automatically change size and rearrange themselves in response to the way you interact with them, giving you a dynamic visual representation of your content.

Braindrop also helps you to search and sort through your data, within or across drops. Use coloured flags to label items with categories. And find related content easily using soft links, highlighted words that automatically link to other similar pieces of content.

This beta release stores all your data locally on your device.

Below is a quick demo of Braindrop in action

 

The beta project is now closed.

Try new app VideoScribe Now!

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VideoScribe Now! is an early version app that automatically turns any text you input into an animated whiteboard video, making it quicker and easier to get your message out into the world.

We’re looking for people to try Now! for free (and let us know how it could work better for you).

Download on Android

Download on iOS

We hope that for new users it will be a simple way to get into scribing, while experienced scribers can use Now! to start new videos quickly and enhance them later with the full features of VideoScribe desktop and the Anywhere app.

You’ll need to set up a free Sparkol account to use some Now! features.

How does it work?

Simply enter or paste the text from your video’s script and VideoScribe Now! will choose images from its library – turning them into an awesome video.

  1. Enter script – type or paste in your text
  2. Review suggested images – the app assigns library images to keywords
  3. Record voiceover – speak on cue if you want audio
  4. That’s it – you’ve got a whiteboard video you can send to the sho.co website for easy sharing and downloading

It’s that simple. To customise your video further, you can also:

  • Swap the images – change the default images for something from the library
  • Edit styles – choose full colour or outline drawings, remove the hand and change background
  • Save to Sparkol Cloud – edit the video with VideoScribe on your desktop or mobile

Please note: Android users may come across a bug where image lines won’t draw in preview mode. We’re aware of this issue and looking into a solution. Please be assured that your final rendered video on sho.co will draw as expected.

Feedback and support

Please let us know how you get on in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Say hello to Tawe for Android

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Good news Android users – Tawe mobile just landed in Google Play. Transform simple sketches or photos into captivating presentations or video – in seconds. Perfect for explaining and sharing diagrams, sketches and doodled notes.

Released Thursday 24 September, Tawe for Android is now available to download for free.

Simply take or select a photo from your gallery – pictures of notes, diagrams, flipcharts or even screenshots work best. Set snapshots at points of interest in the picture. That’s it – your free presentation is ready.

Even better, you’ll be able to sync Tawe for Android with the newly released Tawe desktop app.

Download Tawe for Android

We’d love to know what you think of Tawe – find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Become a Tawe master with this handy tawe-torial

We’ve had some lovely responses to Tawe so far – it’s even been called a ‘stroke of genius’ (we didn’t tell Russell to say that – honest!).

It’s still early days for our newest product so we’d love to hear your feedback – you can share your thoughts below, on Twitter or Facebook – or even in an email.

Anyway, here’s a tutorial to help you get the best from Tawe, presented by dashing Sparkol founder Jon. Enjoy!

Keen to see the finished presentation? Here’s one we made earlier.

Tips for making a terrific tawe

Everyone in the office has been playing with Tawe (pronounced ‘tour’) in the last few weeks, and we’ve learned a few things that will help you make the most of this new app:

  1. The best-looking tawes are informal – a photo of a cork board covered in scrawled post-it notes, or a sketch from someone’s notepad. Tawe can give a whole new perspective to this raw, ready content.
  2. Content is everywhere – those flipchart doodles from the team meeting? Tawe them. Memos on the office fridge? Tawe them. Pages from your own journal?… You get the picture. If you’ve already written something down or sketched it, you’ve already done the work. You’ll start to see engaging presentation content everywhere you look.
  3. Grabbing works too – Tawe also works really well with screen grabs. Snap the screen, upload the image to Tawe and instantly you’ll be able to talk a coworker or client through a website mock-up, new product – even an excel sheet with numbers and a chart on it.
  4. Make existing media more exciting – take a photo of a textbook diagram to bring the information to life. Moving around the image step by step will focus your audience’s eyes on each stage and can help them to absorb the information.

We’ve been amazed by the number of uses people have thought up for Tawe too – here’s a few we’ve been testing out:

  • Tracking someone’s journey on a map
  • Giving a tour of a room
  • Creating a puzzle by zooming close in to an object and then panning out to reveal what it is
  • Following the rise and fall of a line graph
  • Bringing focus to details of an object or work of art

The possibilities are endless!

If you haven’t had a go yet, download Tawe here. We can’t wait to hear how you get on.