Archive for ‘November, 2012’

Here are the slides from the presentation I gave yesterday at the Aircraft Commerce 6th Annual Flight Ops Conference at London Heathrow. The presentation was about putting engineering software tools in the hands of pilots but I focussed mainly on the ridiculousness of current procedures for acquiring engineering data.

The presentation went pretty well, but I did manage to break the microphone midway through with a particularly vigorous hand gesture. I recorded the audio, so will mash that together with the slides and post here in the next couple of days.

Author: Paul Saunders

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Here’s a mashup that I made of the slides and audio from my MRO Tablet Strategy Masterclass presentation that I gave at AVM Summit on Friday 9th of November 2012.

You’re Doing it all Wrong from Paul Saunders on Vimeo.

The moment of surprise that you hear at the beginning was me realising that the technical challenge that I had to display my iPad wirelessly on the conference projector was much easier than expected. Apologies for the audio quality in a couple of places, but it was recorded on my iPhone and stitched together with the slides unedited.

Author: Paul Saunders

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I’m amazed by the attitude of some IT regimes that block informative sites like Slideshare and Wikipedia along with all other social media sites from their staff. Here’s a short presentation which I made which is currently doing quite well on Slideshare having featured on the front page.

Author: Paul Saunders

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My most recent presentations from the Aircraft Commerce Airline & Aerospace MRO & Operations IT Conference in Bangkok last month and AVM Summit in London last week both featured on the front page of Slideshare.


Get With the Programme was one of the Top Presentations of the Day


You’re Doing it All Wrong is a featured presentation at the time of writing.

Both presentations were new versions of my Tablet Strategy Masterclass talk featuring a new design and updated content. Each day hand picked presentations are featured on the Slideshare front page which have been chosen from the thousands of slide decks that are uploaded every day. Its a real pleasure and honour to be featured in this way.

You can view slides and other content from recent talks on our presentations page and please get in touch if you would like us to speak at your forthcoming event.

Author: Paul Saunders

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Back in April I wrote a blog post about presenting on the iPad. Last week I was presenting at an Aviation MRO conference in London when I presented from my iPad without wires for the first time. Here’s how I did it.

When I got to the conference in the morning I found that the video cable that was connecting the conference laptop to the projector was hard wired in and had very little slack. I would have been able to connect my iPad, but there was no give in the cable to hold it and move around. Whilst other presenters were giving their talks I started to think of a Plan B. The obvious solution would be to run my presentation from the conference laptop like everyone else, but this wouldn’t work because I had a couple of custom fonts which would not have been installed and I wanted to drop out of my presentation and demo a couple of iPad software examples.

Instead I decided to use some software called AirServer which we had been playing with in the office a few days earlier. Despite a couple of initial teething problems it had worked very well and was a really effective way to display an iPad’s screen on a PC or a Mac. I had used this a few days earlier to demonstrate an iPad app we are working on to a client during a web conference. I had a chat with the technician who was running the audio/video setup during the coffee break and he was kind enough to give me access to the private wireless network he had set up as you need to use a wifi connection for the iPad to communicate with the AirServer device. Everything worked really well and was much more reliable than the public wifi which most conferences are blighted with. Luckily for me, my technician friend was so impressed by AirServer that during the lunch break he downloaded a 7-day trial copy of the software to the conference laptop and it connected a treat. The presentation went down well (although I overran slightly) and the wireless connection gave me the freedom to roam beyond the stage and interact with the audience.

AirServer, as I mentioned, has a free 7-day trial that you can download, but a five user licence for PC is only a few dollars. There are a couple of pre-requisites that need to be installed to your computer, but apart from that it is dead simple to set up and use. You don’t even need to install anything on your iPad or iPhone and it just works….

If you missed any of my recent talks, you can catch up on slides and other coverage from our presentations page. You can watch me present wirelessly from my iPad again on the 28th of November at the 6th Annual Flight Ops Conference in Heathrow.

Author: Paul Saunders

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This week saw the long awaited release of version 2 of AircraftIT for iPad
We have been working in partnership with AircraftIT since its inception in Spring 2011 and are really proud of the technology behind the latest incarnation of the AircraftIT eJournal viewer app. Previous versions of the app required a new release to the app store whenever a new journal was published. This was a time consuming exercise both in terms of the effort required to publish a new version of the software every quarter, but also in terms of the time taken from each journal being published through to the app being submitted and finally approved by the iTunes App Store.
How version 1 of AircraftIT for iPad looked

We had been planning a content managed version of the app for some time so that new journal issues could be downloaded to the app without a new software version being developed and this was what was finally delivered this week.

We have used our own Conduce Application Framework to build a simple content manager web application. This is used to upload and publish new journals as PDF files along with a cover image.
When a user opens the app on their iPad a request is made to the content manager to download any new content. The latest cover image is displayed on the Welcome screen on the app for each journal type, whilst all cover issues are displayed as a coverflow in the journal screens. By tapping one of the journals, the PDF file is downloaded. We put a lot of time into researching the best way to build a really fast and secure web service for integrating between thousands of devices and our content manager. We finally opted to utilise Open Data Protocol (OData) which we think is a great way to connect data systems and is now being used in all of our apps to bring additional mobility into the workplace.

We did a lot of stress testing of the download process. We decided early on that we wanted to carry out background downloading of journals so that users could read previously downloaded journals in the meantime, so the download operation is threaded. This meant of course that multiple downloads could be carried out at once. We were concerned about the impact of multiple downloads on device’s resources. So we carried out a number of download tests on various devices. We found that the iPad 1 would crash after with 5 journals being downloads simultaneously, whilst the iPad 2 would handle 7 journals and the iPad 3 could manage 10. Instead of being clever and to help protect the resources of our server we opted to limit simultaneous downloads to 3 at a time regardless of the device. With almost 3000 users of AircraftIT for iPad we were concerned about the server resources of the Content Manager, but we use an Amazon EC2 server for our hosting so we are able to quickly scale the server resources up and down during peak times, such as the release of a new journal issue.

We wanted to include iOS notifications in this version, but have those planned in a future version. Instead we have created a messages feature which is another content managed feature which combines the ability for announcements to be made and for providing a limited application help page. Finally we have included a means for users to register with AircraftIT which grants users access to locked content such as back issues and in future access to other rich media content.
The AircraftIT iPad application and content manager now exists as its own application framework which can be rapidly configured and branded to suit any similar use case where rich media content and documents can be published to a content manager web application and distributed to tablet applications and has attracted the attention of a number of media outlets.
Please get in touch if you would like further information about the Conduce Application Framework or for details of our bespoke iOS development capability.
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