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Have you ever managed a project with post-it notes? Do you use post-it notes to plan your workload? Have you ever made a work of art with post-it notes? We want your images…Death by POST-IT note

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We’re looking for original images of post-it notes in action in the work place, be it for a serious piece of management work or just a bit of fun. Please send your images to me at paul.saunders@conduce.net

The best contributions will get a free copy of our new iPad app we are working on and the very best picture will win a special prize. Winners will be announced at the end of January 2012.

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What is Delete Friction I hear you ask…
With most software when you delete something like a file or an data record you are normally asked whether you are sure. This momentary ability to opt out of your decision I call “friction”. Using a popup with an alert is a standard design pattern for most software including the latest and greatest software around. This is fine, but can be a little bit jarring for some examples of software. We are currently putting the finishing touches on an iPad app called YBoard and we decided we needed to apply a bit of delete friction to prevent user mistakes. In earlier versions you could delete notes without any chance to change your mind. This was seemingly fine because it was in keeping with the simple and minimalist nature of the app. However the app is designed as a genuine business or planning tool and the thought of accidental deletion of data was a bit of a worry, but we didn’t fancy having a popup asking the user if they were sure they wanted to delete something. We came up with the idea of a “ghost note”. Here’s what it looks like.

On deleting a note, the ghost note fleetingly appears for a few seconds before fading away. The user can tap the ghost note before it disappears in order to undo the deletion. We’re quite pleased with the results, but let us know what you think or if you have a better idea.

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Last week I had a busy couple of days working with Aviation Week on a guest blog post and helping with some technical details for a forthcoming magazine article. Aviation Week’s Kristen Majcher was kind enough to give me and a recent presentation I did at the 5th Annual Flight Operations Conference a mention in her Turnaround Time blog.

Amongst all that media attention I was also asked by the folks at Propelics to write a guest post for their blog. Propelics are an iPad strategy and app development consultancy based in California. They asked me to write a “state of the nation address” for the use of iPads in aviation.

You can read my guest blog post of the Propelics website here:
http://www.propelics.com/ipads-aviation-the-state-of-the-union/

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Conduce Software are pleased to announce that we have started work on the design and development of version 2 of AircraftIT for iPad, the highly successful app version of AircraftIT.com. The first version of the AircraftIT app was launched in October of this year as a fairly simple eReader of the latest AircraftIT eJournals. Version 2 is planned to allow users to browse back issues of the eJournals with alerts and downloads of the latest content.
It is expected that the new version will be available as a free download from the iTunes app store early in the New Year. Please visit the AircraftIT website for more information. The current version of AircraftIT for iPad can be downloaded here:
AircraftIT for iPad on iTunes

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A few weeks ago I was invited by Aviation Week’s Rupa Haria to write a guest blog post about the current state of use of iPads in aviation. After a busy few weeks I finally got round to submitting something today and it has been featured on the Aviation Week Turnaround Time blog.

Click here to read the article.

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Due to popular demand, I have updated my thesis on how to make it on to the front page of Slideshare. Once is a fluke, but twice implies I know what I’m doing.

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We’ve recently been working on a data acquisition app for a UK airline and have just finished prototyping the help system for the app. The app itself is pretty simple, largely self explanatory and originally had no scope for in app documentation. However we decided to support the external documentation and training material with a simple but useful in app help system. Here’s a quick demonstration of the solution we came up with.

I’ve seen the idea of a “help layer” used in apps a few times, but I wanted to use a solution which still allowed you to see the actual app behind the help layer. Hence the transparent idea. There’s nothing particularly clever behind what we have implemented. The help file is actually just a .png image with a 25% transparent blue background that appears over the screen on activation. There is a seperate image for each screen when the device is oriented in either landcape or portrait mode. It took a bit of experimentation to make the transition as slick as possible, but there is no animation between landcspae and portrait. If it looks like there is then that’s just a trick of the eye. I used Balsamiq Mockups to produce the help layer design as I wanted it to look like a sketched blueprint. We’re quite pleased with the results. Let me know what you think.
The app itself is in beta testing phase with the client, hopefully to be rolled out to their users over the next few weeks.

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Here are some of the best tweets from the recent 5th Annual Flight Operations Conference at London Heathrow last week. There was no official hastag in place but a few of us delegates quickly adopted the #OpsConf hashtag and had some superb online debate and banter. A search for the #OpsConf hashtag reveals a goldmine of post conference coverage.

The prize for the best tweet of the conference goes to Dean Stewart of Betley Bridge Consulting (@airlinesoftware) who made a profound observation about one of the panelists during a debate about carbon trading.

Several delegates joined in the banter…

as well as some offsite coverage and retweeting…

Did I mention that my presentation made it to the front page of Slideshare?

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The presentation by Paul Saunders at this week’s 5th Annual Flight Operations Conference at London Heathrow has been featured by Slideshare as one of their Top Presentations of the Day. This means that Paul’s slides have appeared on the Slideshare homepage attracting thousands of views.

Slideshare is the world’s leading online community for sharing presentations.
At the time of writing the presentation, titled “Are We there Yet? Realising the Potential for Tablets in Aviation” has had nearly 14 thousand hits and dozens of downloads and comments including a personal email from the Slideshare Comminuty Manager complementing Paul on his efforts. This is not the first time that one of Paul’s slide decks have made it to the front page of Slideshare. His previous presentation titled Tablet Strategy Bootcamp was a featured presentation attracting over 30 thousand views in the 24 hours that it was on the front page.

To see some of Paul’s recent presentations please visit our presentations page. We’re now taking bookings for speaking appearances in 2012. Make sure you book early to beat the expected demand.

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Here are the slides from my Keynote presentation at the 5th Annual Flight Operations Conference at London Heathrow on the 30th November 2011.Are We There Yet? Realising the Potential for Tablets in Aviation

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More content and coverage to follow. There was some lively debate and activity on Twitter during the conference using the #OpsConf hashtag.

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