Macworld Final Tech Talk

The final tech teal I attended at Macworld/ iWorld 2012 was Visual Note-Taking with the iPad. Compared to the majority of Tech Talks I attended this year this one was a little bit of a creative indulgence. Rachel Smith specialises in visual note taking, a form of note taking which offers a creative visual edge to talks, lessons or meeting allowing people to revise and learn visually. Rachel’s talk is available on Youtube, it was made created, recorded and played back on the iPad using an called App called Brushes which records your drawing and allows you to play back your actions. Here’s a over view Rachel has posted on Youtube.


To those of you who cannot access you tube here’s a copy of the visual notes from the session.


Using IOS to Expand your Buisness

Hosted by Kyle Richter, Founder, Dragon Forged Software

The best session I attended this afternoon my quite a long way. Heavy on content, lots to take in and fast paced with a slick presentation, Kyle knows his stuff.

I gave up on taking photographs of presenters as it is hard to get one worth using in the low light without disturbing other attendees. Kyle has a twitter account you can follow him or see a picture here @KyleRichter

Kyle looked discussed the reasons for expanding and investing in IOS devices his mainf thrust to this argument was the stats on iPhone and the expansion and profits seen by apple in the news of late. Astounding statistics where:

  • There are 146 million iPhones currently being used around the world. Considering the average user group of an iPhone, that means statistically if you are offering technical support, or targeting sales or transferring a document in a meeting to a client it will most likely be an IOS device.
  • Growth in IOS device last year was 184% this kind of growth can only be seen as a boom and to recognise it as so would be a huge mistake.
  • 52% of page view on the net are through Safari on an IOS device. Which means if your website is being viewed it is statistically most likely that it is being viewed on an iPhone.

He then went on to offer numeral quick fir tips on how to keep afloat and ahead of the game where technology and IOS is concerned. Topics like:

  • Taking transactions at POS
  • Keeping electronic information up to date
  • Checking search hits on google
  • Avoiding dead formats -Flash
  • Leveraging existing IOS tools
  • Content delivery -great ideas here
  • Advice on which third part apps to utilise
  • Good buisness process
  • Training possibilities

From the Macworld Website:

Learn how MacOS provided the foundation for the Resurrection Concert and Live Concert DVD for the reunion show of Boston’s WBCN Rock and Roll Rumble and Boston Music Award winning Industrial Rock group Big Catholic Guilt.

Along the way, learn vital tips for planning your own shoot for a concert event from site survey to lighting, sound and staging.  Learn how we managed a 9 camera shoot on a shoestring budget with a largely volunteer crew and ultimately produced a full 90 minute concert DVD.

The tricks we used to solve picture sync, camera matching, color control and quality control across a spectrum of prosumer video equipment and video and audio post production will help any band make better video of their shows


Appleooza – Super iPad Apps for Work

Phil Goodman & Ben Levy

This was a very useful session, in their own words they went for the “Fire hose” approach to session, lots of information in a short time. Personaly I think all the session should be like this. Time is short and I traveled a long way for this conference so the more information I can get in a short time the better.

There’s too much to repeat here but what i learned here I can guarantee will be in integrated into a few training session I will be holding in the near future.

Topics and Apps covered include:

  • Embrace the cloud, Dropbox, Sugar Synce, iCloud,
  • Evernote, One Password and Goodreader
  • Core Buisness apps, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Quick office, Office Squared, Cloud on , On Live
  • Date Base, File Maker go
  • Managing Tasks, Things & Omni Focus
  • Mind Maps, flow charts and Diagrams, Omni Graffle, Carbon Fin Outliner
  • Uses of Insta Paper
  • PDF Expert for Signing document and annotation of PDFS
  • Idea flight for presentation through iPads
  • Agendas an app for organising and compiling meetings
  • A special section on taking payments with “Square”

I could go on, so you will definatly have to ask me about this one…

Great session… Next file sharing

Macworld Rapid Fire Thursday Evening

This was a panel of speakers made up of, Macworld writers, Guest bloggers and speakers from the conference. Each speaker had short time to present a rapid fire presentation on a subject of there choice.

I picked up a number of good tips along with a good insight into breadth of users  groups apples IOS devices had attracted.

Topics included:

  • Photobooth as tool to get people to interact
  • 5 IOS Tips you cant do without, How to manage too many apps, Text short cuts for words your iPhone cant get right, Dismissing notifications, Opening safari links in the background, Using Siri in context
  • 10 wild things people have done with there iPhone
  • Things you never knew about Maps app
  • Mac OSX 10 DATA Detectors – What they are.
  • How “Back-up” DVDs, Handbrake, VLC

Hidden Secrets of QuickTime and Presentation Magic

I attended two sessions back to back this afternoon before a whistle stop tour of the Expo:

The first session from Don McAllister was Hidden secrets of Quicktime. The main reason for attending was to clarify the exporting and encoding of Quicktime movies. Promotional or client video often arrive in formats incompatible or too large for the different devices we utilise day to day. This session showed how to export video file for use on different devices at more optimal resolutions and files sizes.

Additional learning came in the form of a guide on how to create chaptered screen capture movies. To make tutorials and guides for new users to assist with teaching.

One small addition showed how to add subtitles to video.

From the Macworld website:

Attendees Will Learn:
How to edit and export QuickTime video with the tools provided with OSX, as well as adding additional features to QuickTime videos including Chapters, Captions and Subtitle tracks.

Don McAllister making his presentation


The second session was fantastic session form Les Posen, anybody who has followed my blog knows that I’m a fan of his approach to Keynote and presenting as a whole. I attended his full day workshop last year at Macworld, you can read my review of it here.

A compressed and updated version of last years workshop, Les talks about the 5A’s of Presenting:

  • Audience
  • Attention
  • Authority
  • Authenticity
  • Affordance

and reveals his Magic do’s and the terrible don’t’s of presenting. Having trouble getting your audience to listen and remember? Take a leaf out of Les’s book.

From Macworld website:

New users to the Mac platform who bring with them the Powerpoint workflow often merely reproduce Powerpoint’s style with Apple’s Keynote. But Keynote can do so much more because of its advantages, if only users’ minds can be opened to its possibilities. There’s steal magic to be had in using keynote, and Les will demo the kind of Keynote uses that have audience go “Wow”, and then moan they can’t reproduce the effects on the Windows PCs!

With the online training business now worth billions, it’s time to see just what Keynote is capable of doing.


Whistle Stop of Expo:

This year I’m taking a new approach to the expo. Today I toured the floor with out my camera and attempted to take in as much as I can. I will do a full photo blog review at a later date.

Next up an evening session…

Macworld RapidFire

Come be dazzled in 5 minutes – over and over again!  Macworld | iWorld’s RapidFire is all about getting “to-the-point” and teaching our audience one cool thing, really quickly and really effectively. Join Dan Moren, Sr Associate Editor, Macworld, as he introduces each presenter to tackle one little known or little understood feature, one confusing concept, or one new approach and see if they can beat the clock to bet you the data that matters.

Backing Up Your Mac – What You Need To Know

Dave Hamilton, President & Podcaster, The Mac Observer / Mac Geek Gab

This session was extremely busy. Dave talked about different options for backing up with NAS drives,  different cloud services, network connect devices. He also discussed Evernote and Sugarsync as ways of preserving your data

From Macworld website:

A topic that is — or should be — hot on everyone’s minds these days is backups. While most people understand why backups are important and many understand at least one way of backing up, there’s more here than meets the eye. How reliable are your backups? What happens when you actually need to restore? Is Network-Attached Storage (NAS) something you should use? Most importantly: are you properly prepared for the day *after* the day disaster strikes? Dave Hamilton will answer these questions and more. Discussing not only Apple’s Time Machine, but alternative options including clouds, clones and copies, he’ll teach you the ins and outs of what options are available, helping you decide the best way to safeguard YOUR computing life.

Who Should Attend?
Any Mac user that values their data and wants to either learn more about Time Machine or go beyond it.

Attendees Will Learn:
– What backup options are available for Mac users?
– How do I build a backup strategy that’s effective and easy to manage?
– What does backing up to the cloud mean?
– What are the risks in backing up to the cloud?
– What else can I do to protect my data?