So this week I ditched my PowerBook and spent the using my iPhone as my only computer, augmented by an Apple wireless keyboard to assist the writing load. I’d like to say it was revelation, an experience or that there’s some exciting anecdotes I can entertain you all with. Really, all it did was confirm my suspicions. My iPhone was already the best and most frequently used computer own. Leaving my other devices behind was, at Rhone puts it, “no challenge at all.” Most of all, encouraging myself to only reach for my 3GS helped make me realize how effortlessly I had already been doing that.
I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I try things just for the sake of discovery. Using my iPhone and keyboard for the day was one of those times. That said, don’t just take my word for it. Give some of these thing a shot yourself like Shadoe did here. You just may discover a new option or even have a bit of fun.
“Our computers live in the ticks of the clock. We live in the big spaces between those ticks, when the time actually passes. By becoming “always on”, we surrender time to a technology that knows and needs no such thing.”—Douglas Rushkoff in Program or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age
This is my manifesto; universal truths I’ve learned since selling off my fancy cameras and challenging myself to maximize my creativity by minimizing everything else.
Those on my patrons list have had a sneak peek at this but it is now available to everyone. It’s a quick read but contains all I think most photographers need to know about taking great shots with any camera (hint: because it is not about the camera). Trust me, if you have any passing interest at all in this stuff this is required reading.
Dictionary apps aren’t sexy. Even Apple’s Mac app “Dictionary” doesn’t get stage time during press events. Yet, Dictionary is among the top reasons to buy Mac OS X Lion. Features like Wikipedia integration, multiple dictionaries, gesture support and multiple word views make Dictionary a pleasure to use.
Agreed. This is one more of the mostly taken for granted apps in Mac OS that is far more deep and useful than most people know. Dave does a good dive into it here.
Many regular readers know that, when it comes to simplicity and clutter, my wife is quite my opposite. Her idea of organization is generally to sort piled things into more piles. These piles then sit right where they are waiting for something to happen and that something is generally a mystery that results in nothing happening. Then, there is also the matter of a three year old little girl who’s belongings are strewn about as well and… Well…
Thus, it is not unusual for one to walk into the home of Mr. Minimal Mac and find things not so minimal at all.
That said, it is a real struggle for for me that I largely keep inside. Because, getting any cognitive or creative work done in such environs is very difficult for me. I have become pretty good at ignoring it for a time or finding a little spot in the house where I can keep some semblance of order (or ignorance). But, even that becomes beset on all sides and impossible to contain eventually.
It is at this point where I finally snap, reach a fever pitch, and spend all night cleaning. This happened just this past Saturday night. After a long day out and about and a very enjoyable evening with friends I came home and realized that I could not even answer a single email, let alone start another full week, with the clutter that had slowly begun to consume every surface. And since the burden appears to be one I bear alone in my household it is generally I who must lay said burdens down and put them in their proper places.
Now, to those in a similar situation as mine, please keep in mind that to those others in our life, the clutter may have cognitive value to them in the same way simplicity and order do for you. For instance, those piles may represent a sense of belonging and place to them. Seeing all this stuff they have makes them feel comfort in knowing it is not lost or missing. It actually may be a representation of how productive they are. So productive in other areas of life that they don’t have the time to clean and organize. It may also be overwhelming to them as well, so much so that they are paralyzed by it.
All I’m saying here is that our goal of uncluttered simplicity is likely just as strange and wrong and foreign to those who are the opposite as they are to us. Compassion and acceptance are required on both sides. The (often imperfect) path I attempt is to allow my wife to see that it is I who is willing to take responsibility and ownership for my needs in this area, doing the work to see that those needs are met, while allowing her to be who she is without judgment.
This is not always easy, I know. I struggle with it daily. Then again, are these things ever easy? Perhaps they should not be. The work is proof of it’s continued worth. And, she is worth so much to me that such work seems like a bargain.
Over the years, I’ve noticed a strong connection between the state of my physical space and my ability to do high-level creative work. When my space is in disarray, my thoughts are generally also in disarray. I can still function, I can come up with ideas, write decent-enough content and solve-problems. But, I always know that I’m not operating anywhere near my true potential.
“All this multitasking I do shouldn’t be classified as a talent, especially as it relates to a computer desktop environment. To say that I’m good at multitasking is like saying I’m good at shuffling papers around on my desk. It’s more distracting that it is helpful.”—
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When I encounter someone brand new to the Mac, either a new client or someone who reaches out to me via email about switching or having recently done so, this is the text file I send. I thought it would be nice to share this with the world. Perhaps it will be useful to you or those you love.
Welcome to Macintosh.
Congratulations! You are now a proud owner of one of the most elegant and powerful tools on the planet. The very beginning of your experience is the essence of the idea of minimalism – everything you need and nothing that you don’t. Each item, icon, and even the desktop background chosen equally for its function and its beauty.
When you first turn it on and get past the welcome music and basic setup information, what you are presented with is a completely clean desktop, a dock filled with all the applications one might need to get started, and a basic set of important status items (time, wifi, etc.) in your menubar.
Contained herein, is everything you need to create and enjoy the creation of others. To engage in conversations across space and time. To be entertained and delighted to the point of laughter and moved to the point of tears. To make the next multi-million dollar movie or write the next great American novel. To make a lasting impact on millions of strangers or leave a legacy for our children. All of this done with unparalleled ease of use in a package that fits into your briefcase or on your desk.
Of course, we don’t think of a new computer this way. But perhaps we should. Because, right out of the box, with no additional software needed, the Mac includes all of the tools one needs to do any of these things. Let’s take inventory:
Safari – This is one of the fastest web browsers ever made. Built on web standards, with an open source core, it takes the task at hand seriously. It is chock full of features such as tabs, advanced security, private browsing, form and user/password autofill, and bookmark management. But mainly it keeps those out of the way so that you can get online and to work as quickly and easily as possible.
Mail – A fantastic and modern email client with support for POP, IMAP, and even Microsoft Exchange based email. It supports multiple accounts, junk mail filtering, rich HTML support, multiple signatures, and advanced rules. It’s a powerful tool that is easy to set up and use.
Text Edit – This is a surprisingly flexible word processor that even seasoned Mac users don’t know the full capabilities of. It has the ability to create lists and outlines, advanced spell checking, advanced text formatting, allows for embedded images, photos and hyperlinks, and it can open and save in Microsoft Word document format including the recent “docx” format.
Preview – Not only a powerful application for viewing and annotating PDFs but also a nice image viewer and editor. You can do fairly advanced color correction, crop and resize, and change file types (.jpg to .png for instance).
iCal – A pretty good calendar.
Address Book – a pretty good contact manager.
iChat – A really decent and fairly advanced IM client with support for voice, video, and screen sharing.
iLife – This is a suite of applications all built around the theme of digital organization and creation. It includes: iPhoto for organizing and editing your digital photos. iMovie for creating professional looking movies from your video. iDVD can be used to create professional looking DVDs from the movies. iWeb allows you to create nice looking WYSIWYG websites. Garage Band is for performing and recording music.
The items mentioned above only just begin to scratch the surface. Your new Mac comes preloaded with all the tools most people need to get their daily tasks done or even change the world. The only thing you need to bring to it is your motivation to do so.
That said, some people do have particular needs that require more software that does not come preinstalled. For instance, many require a more robust word processor or spreadsheet program for their jobs. Some require a more professional photo editing or design program. All of these things are available to you to install if you need them. They are just a search, purchase, and download away if you need them…
Wait! Don’t move so fast there. I said if you need them and that is a very important if. Don’t just assume you need them because you think you do or because someone who does not know what your needs are tells you you do. I would argue that the majority of computer users can get by just fine with a fresh out of the box Mac.
In fact, I would argue that that easiest way to find out what you really need is to use your Mac as it ships. Do everything you need to do. Go about your daily business. When you run into something that you need to do but can’t seem to find a way to do it with the applications that come preloaded on your Mac, here is the steps to take.
Search online to see if there is a way to achieve your results with the tools at your disposal. You may be surprised to find out the capabilities you don’t know exist in programs like TextEdit, Mail, or Preview. Even programs I have used for years sometimes still reveal surprises. Look through the menu choices in the programs you have. Study the preferences. You may be amazed at what you discover therein.
If number one does not turn up what you need, then do some searching for all of your options. Need to build an image from scratch? Think Adobe Photoshop is the only way to do that? Think again. There are a half-dozen programs I could tick off that can do the same thing just as well for far less cost and learning curve. Do some research. Look around. Find the tool that is right for you which often is not the one everyone talks about.
I could go on and on about the awesome programs that I use daily and could barely live without. The problem of course is that I found these mostly through the same methods I described above and just being engaged with the development surrounding the Mac platform. All of these are also under regular scrutiny and evaluation. Just because I needed something for a particular project or task does not mean I need to keep it installed forever. That said, at this moment and on most days, I’m pretty satisfied with my Mac. I’m certain you will be too.
The idea here is to slowly, methodically, and purposefully build the perfect computer. Perfect in this case is subjective. Perfect is what is exactly right and enough for you. Just as mine is for me. The Mac is a great foundation on which to build this exciting new future. Have fun!
Interesting essay wherein Mr. Brooks discusses the issues with using a dual display setup:
The problem with dual displays is that they are pretty lame to use, your options for positioning are either to position them so that when you look straight ahead you see the seam between the two monitors, not ideal. Secondarily you could position your dual displays so that one monitor is directly in front of you with the second off to the side — this creates the additional problem of your second monitor now being less useful and quite often unused.
The solution for Mr. Brooks is that he is going give using only one screen at a time and no larger than thirteen inches to see if it actually increases his productivity.
If you are using two monitors you will have the physical edges of the monitors smack dab in the middle of your viewing space. The separate halves of a document opened across the great divide might not line up. Baudisch developed a program that allows users to adjust how the monitor shows windows that are stretched across multiple screens.
Interesting that here we are eight years later and still there is no easy or inexpensive solutions for this.
Now, I have always had a strange outsider’s fascination with those who use multiple displays. Especially strange considering that, aside from a past job, not only have I not used dual displays but I have never had my laptop connected to a larger display for daily use. Stranger still is that, despite this fact, I really do believe that larger multiple screens do increase productivity. Yet, I never have really done so. Part of the reason is that I only ever see one application at a time due to my long time use of a utility that allows for single application mode. Therefore, having larger or multiple displays really would be pointless for me.
Still, here I am immensely intrigued at the prospect of hearing Mr. Brooks’ results.
Yet another post about stuff I use and love. The Brother Wireless Laser Printer with Duplex that I have covered here before is back down to only $89.99 on Amazon. The usual price is usually around $115.00. They usually only drop the price this low when some other major retailer has a similar promotion and they wish to stay price competitive and then raise it when it’s over. Therefore, I try to bring it to people’s attention when I see it. Get it while the getting is good.
Since keeping your Mac clean seems to be a popular topic, I thought I would take a moment to highlight a couple of products I have used for quite some time.
As a Mac Consultant, I often run into keyboards and screens that are less than sparkling (Honestly, who’s really is?). Because of this, as a service to my clients I often will take a few extra minutes to spiffy up their Mac a bit before leaving. Kind of a nice value-add that anyone would appreciate.
For cleaning keyboards and other hard to reach spots, I depend on Cyber Clean. The best description I can give it is “goop”. That said, this goop molds itself into the tightest spaces and picks up dust, crumbs, dirt, and other detritus that is otherwise hard to get. It’s looks nasty, feels strange, but works like a Christmas miracle.
To clean the screen, I absolutely swear by iKlear. I have used it ever since getting a sample at Macworld about ten years ago. Nothing does a better job on portable screens. Nothing. I usually keep a stash of the iKlear Travel Singles in my bag. In less than a couple of minutes I can have a screen looking like brand new.
Between the two of these my Macs, and those of my clients, are always shiny.
While it was theoretically nice to have less stuff taking up both mental and physical space in my work area, I eventually moved toward the middle ground of incorporating a few items back into the mix. There’s a vast difference between a functional, uncluttered workspace and complete minimalism.
Like I have said before, the goal is to find the right balance that provides the most amount of productivity, utility, and comfort. Sometimes, to find that balance, one might have to push beyond their comfort zone for a bit. By doing so, you will find what works by finding out what doesn’t.
“Things which seem in poor taste: too many personal effects cluttering up the place where one is sitting; too many brushes in an ink-box; too many Buddhas in a family temple; too many stones and plants in a garden; too many children in a house; too many words on meeting someone; too many meritorious deeds recorded in a petition. Things which are not offensive, no matter how numberous: books in a book cart, rubbish in a rubbish heap.”—Yoshida Kenkō – Essays in Idleness (via Gregory Van Buren)
While recording the next episodes of the Enough podcast yesterday, in some post recording chatter I was telling Myke about the bookmarklets I use for doing the show notes. The main one being one that reads the page title and URL and pops up a little window with that information preselected and Markdown formatted ready for me to copy and paste. It’s really very handy.
Of course, I could not find the link to those right away so I could share it with Myke. In fact, it took me half a day to find it again. One way to correct that is to tell all of you about it so, if I ever need to dig this up again, I can just ask you.
If you have been following along for anytime here you know I’m not a big fan of bundles from a Mac Minimalist standpoint. Most of them contain two things you might find useful and eight others you will likely never use. Therefore, they promote the kind of digital clutter I kind of created this site to reason against.
That said, I really do have to hand it to Fusion and Carbon here because there are several items I think would be insanely useful (and that I have covered here before). A few of these include: Sparrow (if you use GMail you need this), Alarms (fantastic minimal reminder tool), and a year of Strongspace backup (backup is one thing you can’t have enough of). These three alone make the bundle worth the $29.99 price tags but there are many more useful items as well.
You know a bundle is good if I, of all people, buy it. Well, I just did. So should you.
I have talked before about final choices and sensible defaults as a way I bring balance to my life by reducing the number of choices I have to make. I have recently identified one other method I increasingly use to simplify in this manner – delegating choices to someone or something else.
For example, when listening to music at home, I rarely seek out a specific album or artist. Most often, I use iTunes Genius Playlists or iTunes DJ to do the selecting for me. Even more recently, since it’s release, I’ve been using the excellent KCRW Music Mine and just hitting play. In both of these cases, I’m happy to place my trust in these tools and let it run. I don’t need to think about what kind of mood I’m in and searching through thousands of choices. I simply hit play.
Another way I have been doing this, and this is an idea I learned from a good friend, is when ordering at restaurants. Instead of looking through the menu and trying to decide my meal, I delegate the choice to the server. I simply ask, “What is good today?” or “Bring me your favorite.” and they, more often than not, are happy to oblige. Now, one must have a pretty broad palate (I do) and one must be OK with the idea that what is delivered may be the most expensive item on the menu (this has been rare for me) but, in general, I’m delighted with the results of such experiments.
In both of these cases, one takes a risk that is based on the trust that the person or service will make choices that are agreeable to you. It helps that in both I have broad and curious tastes and therefore it is hard for me to be disappointed. That said, I think there is under-appreciated delight in randomness, serendipity, and surprise. I wish to fill my life with more of it and this is one way to do so.
The App Store’s favorite iPhone calendar app… now on the iPad too…and as a Universal app!
This is a fantastic update to the best calendar app available for iOS. The new iPad version includes a gorgeous week view in the style of my favorite Mac calendar application of all time – The dearly departed Now Up-to-Date.
As stated last week, I plan to start going a week wIthout some things in order to best evaluate my needs. It should come as no surprise to any of my patrons that I have been struggling with how I approach social networks.
Don’t get me wrong, they are a great tool for communication and engagement. In fact, there are many people that I have met and converse with primarily through social networks that I would call my friends. I would not have been able to build these relationships without these tools.
I have no problem with advertising at all. The Fusion Ads, RSS sponsorships, etc. should be proof of that. When it is done well advertising can connect people with really useful products and ideas they may not have heard of otherwise. If a social network wants to go down the advertising path to pay the bills, I can support that.
I guess what I’m increasingly uncomfortable with, and the reason for this break, is two fold:
I find I spend and share far too much of my time and words there with no clear intention of why I’m doing so. Are the things I’m saying really things others need to know? Is it helping them in any way? Is it helping me by sharing them? Could the words I’m sharing there be better shared some other way? On a website or a book? With a tool that allows me better control and retains personal ownership.
As a writer, I make my living off of my words. Is a social network, as a tool, worth the trade of letting someone else profit from my words as well? Is it OK for them to listen into my conversation about the double-shot of espresso I pulled and then deliver a burr grinder ad into my stream? Does the fact that I happen to be in the market for a burr grinder make that transaction OK? Because, those words are ultimately what they sell to advertisers and use to deliver “relevant” advertising to us.
Once again, I’m not saying it is good or bad one way or the other. I honestly do not have an answer. These are all questions, along with many others, I will be pondering during my mini-sabbatical. I will also be pondering how to come back with a better intention and approach. Which, ultimately, is what we should be seeking with any tool we wish to use well.
Some of you may remember my delight as I purchased my very first Mac (2010 MacBook Air, 128 GB w/ 4 GB RAM) back in March this year. Its been over six months now, so I should have downloaded a ton of Apps and have loads to say about them, right? No. I still use the same 5-6 Apps I had installed within the first month of getting my MacBook Air.
Well, because I am learning. While I was still getting to grips with Snow Leopard, Apple went and dumped Lion on me, which was an addition to an already steep learning curve. I can’t bring myself to download and try new applications before I have mastered what came out of the factory.
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While we are on the subject of podcasts, I just gave a listen to the latest episode of Creatiplicity and many of the topics this week are right up the alley of what we believe in around here. Among them, Shawn Blanc and Chris Bowler talk about how they are dealing with digital clutter, listening to music in the cloud, and even why their grandparents were pack rats. Great listen.
If you are not subscribed to Enough – The Minimal Mac Podcast, you are really missing out on the fun. Here is a perfect case in point. My co-host Myke and I assembled a crack team of internet celebrity coffee nerds to discuss their tips and tricks for making a quality cup. Joining us are Shawn Blanc, Chris Bowler, and Brett Kelly. We discuss our personal coffee histories, the tools we use, best practices, beans and roasting, and a whole lot more. And this is only the first part of two!
The nice thing about the Enough podcast is that it allows me to branch out from the usual subject matter I cover here in ways that are still tied to the core. As an example, we recently discussed solitude and it’s relationship to the current population crisis that we are in the midst of (the one I bet you don’t know about).
The shows are generally kept at around 30 minutes so it won’t take up too much of your valuable time. I think it’s worth subscribing and I bet you will too.
I’ve been a big fan of KCRW, the Los Angeles public radio station, for years. Their station is the first Internet radio station that I ever listened to. I have long found their we curated eclectic mix very compatible with my diverse musical tastes.
Today, they launched a free iPad app called Music Mine and it’s fantastic. The app displays up to 100 artists at a time that are handpicked by the station’s DJ’s and updated daily. This is great for folks that enjoy discovering new music and being exposed to things they might not otherwise be. Hear something you like? You are just a tap away from other selections from that artist or buying the track or album in iTunes.
It’s nicely and simply designed. The grid like interface is designed such that it invites serendipity. Life is random. This is a good thing. Embrace it.
Follower and friend counts play to the human ego and our curiosity, but sometimes I think it would be better to let us be curious.
As my patrons know, I have been doing a fair amount of research and thinking in this area. Ben’s take is an compelling idea that I have not seen explored outside of the example he mentions, but would like to see implemented elsewhere.
“Go without a coat when it’s cold; find out what cold is. Go hungry; keep your existence lean. Wear away the fat, get down to the lean tissue and see what it’s all about. The only time you define your character is when you go without. In times of hardship, you find out what you’re made of and what you’re capable of. If you’re never tested, you’ll never define your character.”—
This is a question I have had bouncing around my brain for a few weeks now.
It first came to mind in a discussion with a friend about eBooks. In many ways, despite the wealth of new directions, innovations, and opportunities eBooks (and ePublishing in general) can provide, most eBooks resemble in look and action the constraints of their analog counterparts. And, while there are some outstanding examples of a few eBooks attempting to expand the boundaries, these are drops of exception in an ocean of rules. Furthermore, to execute these ideas, these innovative ePublications have relied on or have themselves been self contained apps. Why? Why an app? It seems to me that not only can web standards, executed well, provide similar functionality for breaking through the limits of eBook publishing but also that the ease, flexibility, and opportunity for publisher and reader is even more so. Versions and edits could be updated immediately. One could have flexibility with fonts and graphics. One could have interactive fiction and information rich non-fiction. Everything one needs to execute these ideas are right there already in HTML and CSS.
Then, it came to me again the other day in conversation with someone who was bemoaning that there was no official Facebook app for the iPad. It is not the first time I have heard this lamentation. While I can certainly see the value an app would provide, part of which is a device tailored experience and controls specifically designed for touch, what I don’t understand is why Facebook should not instead design a device responsive design for the browser using modern web standards? The Facebook site already works well enough in Mobile Safari on the iPad. Why not simply improve upon that? If Facebook detects a mobile browser, push mobile centric layout and controls. Facebook could fix bugs, add new features, and make such changes one place and people using any browser would have it immediately. Update and deploy everywhere. Would this not be a better, more sustainable, and more flexible long term solution for Facebook and the people that use it?
One can easily see how such an idea can work well for both of the cases above in the new design of The Boston Globe website. A wonderful and reader friendly design that adapts on the fly to any browser size or type. Load it in Mobile Safari on iPhone and it is perfect for that screen. Load it on the iPad and it is perfect there too. Load it on the desktop. Boom! Resize the browser on the desktop and the site reflows and adjusts for the space. It’s perfect and people friendly for every browser no matter the browser and every size no matter the screen. No app. Just web. It’s free to everyone for the first thirty days and I urge you to check it out. After that, one must subscribe. If I lived in Boston it would be an easy decision, it is worth every penny.
Yet, it seems, both users and developers increasingly jump to making “an app for that” before even considering if the web could provide a better experience for both ends. When did the web stop being good enough? I would argue not only can it be but in some cases it is.
Far too often we think that innovation must come only with new tools. Instead, first consider the innovative ways to use the tools we already have. We may find that not only is this enough but in some ways may be better.
“The most effective delusion is the one which holds you captive to the illusion of your own freedom. For if your freedom depends on a certain belief, ideology, device or lifestyle — if you can’t truly be free without it — then are you not actually a prisoner to it?”—Prison by James Shelley
This is my latest contribution to the Read and Trust Newsletter. If you want to know where I am doing my best work, this is a great place to start. The reason, well… Time. You see, the Read and Trust newsletter has only one long form essay by a writer from the network weekly on a variety of topics (a new one chosen each month). Which means I have to wait my turn. And, like most things that take their time, it makes all of the difference in the world.
You should consider a subscription, not just to see the words that proceeded those quoted above, but to receive new words every week from the best writers on the web. It’s $5.00 and worth so much more.
When was the last time you went a week without something? Perhaps something you enjoy. Perhaps something that you struggle with. Perhaps something you are sensing transition with.
Maybe, for some of you, you have done so or are doing so right now due to circumstance. There has been bad weather and flooding in the eastern United States. For some that has meant a week without power, telephone or Internet. For far too many in the world at large a week without food or shelter is a regular occurrence.
This is a question I have been sitting with for a while now. I think it is often times important to do without in order to get a better sense of our place within. Perhaps a week without Twitter or Facebook will help you better understand the value that you derive from it. Perhaps a week without caffeine will help you better frame your dependence on it. Perhaps a week without your iPhone will help you evaluate your use of it.
The week is intended to help one see the advantages as well as the disadvantages so that one may determine the best approach. That may be a revelation that the thing you went without holds an important place in your daily life. It might also determine that after a week you could do another until you find you did not need it at all.
Starting next week I’m going to go without something. I have not quite decided what that is yet (hence the “next week”). I’ll announce what it is next Monday so that I may be kept accountable. This is not a directive nor am I trying to start some movement. I’m just asking a question aloud in the hopes that the asking may help others as well. If you too are inspired to go a week without something, I welcome the camaraderie and would love to hear about your experiment and experience.
The iPhone, iCloud, iPad, iTunes, OS X Lion, iOS, Apple TV, the MacBook Air, and the iMac are all Apple products. But they are more than that. In aggregate they are one single product. Apple’s product lineup is, in and of itself, a single product.
I have been privileged to be on the beta team for this app for a little while now and it is stellar. I have covered it’s desktop counterpart in the past but having it now on the iPad is especially useful. As you can see from the screenshot above, I used it just today to record and take notes of a Seth Godin keynote I have the privilege to attend.
Like the desktop version, Pear Note for iPad allows you to record audio while you take notes. When you play them back, your notes will highlight at the time in the recording you typed them. You also can place the cursor anywhere in the notes post recording and it will playback what was recording at the time you typed.
This is great for students, conferences, or anywhere capturing the details of a presentation or lecture matter.
Plus, it uses Dropbox to sync and share with the desktop version. Easy peesy.