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Here’s the video mashup of audio and slides from my presentation at the Airline & Aerospace MRO & Operations IT Conference in Miami on the 13th of March 2012.



I recorded the audio on my iPhone so is a long way from professional grade but serves to add some depth to the slides. If you are not a fan of Vimeo I also uploaded the video to my Slideshare account here.

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We’ve been working on the next version of our sticky notes app YBoard for iPad and now have a working beta which I used in anger at the recent Airline & Aerospace MRO & Operations IT Conference in Miami. One of the features that was lacking in the first version of YBoard is the ability to save boards and use multiple boards. This is the major feature that is going to be released in the new version which will be ready for release very soon. One of the design challenges was to allow the user to organise multiple boards in a way that didn’t detract from the minimal gesture-based UI. Having a list of saved boards displayed in a popover simply wasn’t going to cut it. We’ve opted for a concept that we call “the Room screen”.

A snapshot image of the each saved board is used and displayed in a Polaroid style frame which can be moved and layered on the Room screen just like notes can on boards. You can even zoom and pan around the Room screen just like you can with boards. We’re really pleased with the results and we think existing YBoard users will love it.


Here you can see a screenshot my Room screen.


…and here are my notes I used whilst chairing a panel discussion at the conference.

There are no major functional changes to the actual notes screen although we had to do a lot of work under the hood. We’ve added a gesture control to allow users to get to the Room screen which at the moment is a swipe left, but we haven’t quite settled on that decision just yet. We’ve also added an alternative gesture to allow users to tap and hold on a note to make it active and add or edit text. We’ve also made the necessary amendments in preparation for the new iPad’s retina display screen and have a conversion routine to ensure that existing users don’t lose any of their current notes when they upgrade.

Please get in touch if you would like to join our beta testing team ahead of the official release of YBoard for iPad version 2.0

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Here’s the UPDATED Tablet Strategy Bootcamp presentation that I gave at the Airline & Aerospace MRO & Operations IT Conference in Miami on 13th of March 2012.

UPDATED: Tablet Strategy Bootcamp

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The presentation went down really well and I’m looking forward to chairing tomorrow’s panel discussion on the subject of iPads on the flight deck. I recorded audio of the presentation on my iPhone. I’m going to attempt to mash together the audio file with the slides as a video and will post here as soon as I can.

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Did I mention that I’m presenting at the Aircraft Commerce Airline & Aerospace MRO & Operations IT Conference in Miami this week? It is a bit of a mouthful so I’ll be tweeting using the #AeroIT hashtag whilst I’m here. Last night I caught up with a couple of fellow delegates and we got talking about the agenda of presentations. I’m presenting an updated version of my Tablet Strategy Bootcamp workshop that I first delivered at the Far East leg of the same conference in Singapore last October. I was asked whether I had used Prezi or if I had considered converting any of me existing slide decks to Prezi. In short, I have seriously considered using Prezi several times in the past, but I’ve decided against using it as a permanent fixture in my presentation toolbox. Here’s why.

It runs on Flash
It certainly isn’t a dealbreaker on its own that Prezi relies on Abobe Flash to render its silky smooth animations, but it certainly is a heavy factor. Although there is an app which allows for Prezi presentations to run on iPads, the fact that an embedded Prezi cannot be viewed on an iPad or iPhone is a big problem for me. Talking of which the Prezi viewer app is a really nice presenter’s tool now that they have hidden the forwards and back arrows that blighted the early versions. However the graphic rendering speed and lack of in-app pointer is a bit of a let down.

It takes too long to make a Prezi
The first time I used Prezi I was quite taken back about how much effort was needed to build your presentation path. You had to throw all the presentation elements onto your canvas and then string together a path of your transitions. Unfortunately once you had your path in place you could easily edit or tweak it, so last minute additions required a major overhaul. This has been improved of late with editable paths and a draggable preview thumbnail of each “slide” more akin traditional presentation software. However the task of making additions to you presentation is a bit of an ordeal. In PowerPoint or Keynote you can simply drop in or paste in new content whereas adding content to an existing canvas can result in a major reshuffle of your prezi assets. You can make copies of existing prezis but I haven’t figured out how to merge prezi together in the same way that you can copy slides or whole chunks of decks from one presentation file to another in traditional tools.

Presentation Style

I’ve never quite got my head round the presentation style that most prezis end up looking like. I’m kind of turned off by the idea of conforming to the design pattern that is used. Although there is quite a broad set of themes and seemingly endless canvas you do seem to “be on rails” a little bit when it comes to styling your presentation. I think this is fine if you have no ounce of design capability of your own, but when you know what you’re doing with PowerPoint and Keynote its a bit of a challenge to adopt Prezi. As you would expect, using Prezi will not make a boring presentation any less boring. In fact it is possible that you might only succeed in adding nausea to the equation.

Not compatible with Slideshare
I love Slideshare! Any presentation effort that does not result in a couple of thousand views on Slideshare leaves me disappointed and thinking about the wasted opportunity. There’s no way I’m going through the effort of building a following on an alternative presentation community whilst Slideshare lives and breathes.

Having said all that I think Prezi is a really smart application and in the right hands results in some wonderful presentations. Its just not for me right now. Here’s a copy of a Prezi that I made last year looking at the subject of Social Media for Aviation MRO. I’ve never delivered it as a presentation, it was something of an experiment.

It will be interesting to see if any Prezis get aired at this year’s #AeroIT conferences.

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The other day I was poking around the stats and information on our iTunes Connect account. iTunes Connect is the Apple developer’s portal which also provides analytics of app downloads.

I stumbled across some reviews of our app YBoard for iPad. You can’t see any reviews of YBoard on the app store just yet because there aren’t enough of them, but the reviews we’ve had are quite enlightening. Here they are in full:

Simple and brilliant – ****
by FotoFan7 – Version 1 – Jan 15, 2012 (USA)
Great way to mind-map or develop ideas. I plan global projects with real stickies but now I can take it with me! Would love to have text box available to place headings on the white board and ability to save screens as pages allowing me to work on multiple projects. Can’t wait to see new developments. You guys are on to something here…

Super idée, mais… – **
by Jean1976 – Version 1 – Jan 27, 2012 (France)
Petit soft très sympa, avec une UI intuitive qui respecte la métaphore. Idéal pour mettre en ordre des idées, un plan, une présentation. En revanche un manque impardonnable, quand on veut l’utiliser sérieusement: impossible de sauvegarder un tableau de post-it pour le retravailler ! Autre suggestion : permettre la modification de la couleur du post-it après sa création. À bientôt pour la version 2?

…and here’s my rough translation

Super idea, but…
Quite nice software with an intuitive UI. Ideal for organising ideas, planning or for presentations. However there is an inexcusable problem that has a serious impact on usability: it is impossible to save boards. One other suggestion: allow the user to change the colour of notes after they have been created. Perhaps for version 2?

I think these are both really positive and constructive reviews. Thanks very much FotoFan7 and Jean1976 for taking the time to let us know what you think. By our own admission we are desperately lacking the ability to save and utilise multiple boards in YBoard, but I promise that feature is not very far away now! You can download v1 of YBoard from the iTunes app store and preview it here. If you are already a user of YBoard we’ve love to hear from you and let us know what you think and how we can make it better in future versions. Please write a review of your own on iTunes or in the comments below. Keep an eye out for the first update of YBoard for iPad coming soon.

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I’ve recently signed up to a Slideshare PRO account. I use Slideshare quite a lot for hosting my presentations and for keeping up with latest presentation design trends, so when I was offered a free 30 day trial I took the leap and signed up. For £19 a month I get an ad free experience, full analytics of my content, video hosting and a few other nice add-ons. If you are a Slideshare power user like I am then its a pretty good deal. I plan on doing a full review of the Slideshare PRO upgrade very soon.

I finally got round to testing the video hosting yesterday. I normally use Vimeo for hosting video, but the terms of Vimeo hosting does say that commercial hosting is not allowed, so I had been thinking about another solution, so thought I’d give Slideshare a go. I uploaded a demo video I made a few weeks ago for our new iPad app YBoard. Its a pretty amateur production which I filmed (poorly) on my iPhone and edited with iMovie on the iPad. It was never meaant as a viral video more of a means to demonstrate the features of YBoard and practising my limited video editing skills. However within a few minutes of uploading to Slideshare my video had several hundred hits. It got bumped up to being featured on the Slideshare home page under the “Top PRO Content” section. Nice one – here it is:YBoard Demo

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I was impressed by how quickly the video was converted compared to how long it takes on Vimeo, Facebook and YouTube. It was ready for viewing only moments after uploading. The video runs on Flash which means it won’t work on iPad or iPhone which is a shame as I know Slideshare have done a lot of work converting the presentations from being rendered in Flash to HTML5. Videos have obviously not had the same conversion yet.

A couple of hours later I got an email from Slideshare:

The slides that I uploaded back in December on how to make it to the front page of Slideshare had been featured on the front page. So now I had two pieces of content on the front page at the same time. That’s a first for me.

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Later this month I’m attending the Aircraft Commerce Airline & Aerospace MRO & Operations IT Conference in Miami and I’ve been asked to chair a panel dicussion on the use of iPads in the Flight Deck. Amongst the panellists will be delegates from Alaska Airlines, UPS, US Airways and the FAA.

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Panelists for the discussion are confirmed as:
Brian Hint, FAA
Capt Jim Freeman, Alaska Airlines
John Pass, UPS
Capt Mike Davies, US Airways

I’ve got a whole pile of questions I’m planning on posing to these guys but I need some crowd sourced input to help me curate what to fit into the hour we have. Here’s where you come in: If you have something you want me to pose as a question in this panel discussion, please get in touch or drop me comment below.

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The latest version of AircraftIT for iPad has been released on the Apple iTunes App Store and is now available as a free download. This version 1.4.0 includes the latest issues of both MRO and Operations AircraftIT eJournals. Work continues on version 2 of AircraftIT for iPad which we are hoping to launch in the next few weeks. Click here to preview AircraftIT on the app store.

Please contact us to find out more about our bespoke iPad and iPhone app development capabilities.

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