Education app of the week: Green Screen for iPad

Education app of the week: Green Screen for iPad

Green screen, or chromakeying, techniques have long been popular in the classroom as a way to encourage students to engage with storytelling through role play, and DoInk’s Green Screen app for iPad is an effective and very affordable way of getting started.

What is Green Screen for iPad?

The Green Screen app (DoInk, £1.99) lets you take video from your iPad’s Camera Roll or capture it through the app, then superimpose it on top of other video or still images to create virtual backdrops. It’s really simple to use, and anyone who’s familiar with working with video tracks in iMovie’s timeline should have no problem getting to grips with Green Screen.

Green Screen for iPad

How can it benefit the classroom?

Being able to place yourself in a scene of your own choosing is a great way to fire up students’ imagination. For example, you could recreate a historical scene to engage students with a particular time period in history, get them to play out a scene from a classic novel, create a setting for a news story – the list of creative possibilities is endless.

What’s the best feature?

One great feature of the app is having the ability to superimpose more than one recording onto the original video. This allows you to create layers or ‘conversations’ between characters. Where I’ve seen this idea work very well is in the languages classroom – imagine a dialogue between speakers of two languages, one translating the other. You could also use this idea to recreate dialogue from literary classics.

Where can I get Green Screen?

Green Screen app (DoInk, £1.99) is available from the App Store on your iPad, or you can also download it from iTunes here. It costs £1.99, but buying it through Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) entitles you to a 50% reduction when you buy more than 20 instances of the app, which works out at 99p each.

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Education app of the week: Tellagami for iPad

Education app of the week: Tellagami for iPad

Using an ‘avatar’ to speak for you has many uses in the classroom – from simply communicating what you want to say to storytelling and presenting. Tellagami is an iPad app that lets you create and share your message using an animated avatar called a Gami.

What is Tellagami for iPad?

Tellagami (Tellagami Labs Inc, free) is a free iPad app that allows students to communicate through an avatar that they can customise. Text can be recorded live using iPad’s built-in mic or entered into a text editor and then spoken using one of Tellagami’s many built-in voices.

Tellagami app for iPad

Tellagami app for iPad

How can it benefit the classroom?

Tellagami will benefit students who don’t have the confidence to stand up and ‘present’ in front of their peers, but who will be encouraged to share their ideas if someone else (the Gami) speaks for them. It could also be incredibly helpful for any student who has difficulty communicating verbally.

What’s the best feature?

The best thing about Tellagami is its ease of use. Simply customise your Gami, record your message and save as a movie to the Camera Roll, ready for sharing with other apps.

Where can I get it?

Tellagami (Tellagami Labs Inc, free) is available from the App Store on your iPad or from iTunes. Best of all, it’s completely free.

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App review: Adobe Ideas

App review: Adobe Ideas

After getting our hands on Photoshop Touch for iPad a while back, we decided it was time to revisit the Adobe mobile app range. This time, we put Adobe Ideas in the hands of our Senior Designer, Paul. Adobe Ideas is a great little tool for putting together rough vector-based drawings on iPad, so we asked Paul to tell us what he thinks!

“While we’ll always have a fondness for pen and paper, there’s no denying that iPad gives designers and artists a freedom to experiment with ideas like never before. That’s where Adobe Ideas comes into play. It lets you create freeform vector illustrations absolutely anywhere (anywhere you have your iPad, that is…). And while it’s not without its limitations, we’ve got to say we love it!

“The app itself is very easy to use, and there’s very little learning time needed to be able to get cracking. While I hadn’t really used any of the Adobe iPad apps before, I didn’t find it difficult to pick up the user interface – mainly because it was based on the functionality you expect from iPad. To give you an idea of how it works, the video below summarises the new features:

“From the get-go, I loved the drawing tools available within the app. You get both pressure and stroke control, so you can be quite expressive in the drawings you put together. That might sound like a basic thing, but it gives it an advantage over a lot of the alternative drawing apps out there. I’ve only had the opportunity to use my fingers to draw in the app, but I’d quite like to have a go with a stylus to see the level of control that you can achieve!

“There are also nice touches for filling in block colour; the fill tool works as you would expect, but you can also draw a closed shape then tap and hold within that shape to apply a colour. This could be taken from one of your colour themes – a great feature that allows you to create a colour palette from another drawing or an imported photo.

“Another bonus Adobe Ideas has over a lot of the competition is the layering. You can have up to 10 layers in your drawings, which you can scale or change the opacity of. It’s also really easy to flip, rotate and reorder layers, and as you’d expect those layers make it far easier to edit the drawing once it has been transferred to Illustrator.

“The navigation of designs itself is an easy process. Adobe Ideas puts the iPad’s multitouch functionality to full use. As well as being able to manipulate layers and make it acceptable for adults to do finger painting, you can use the standard pinch to zoom gesture to get into the finer details of your work.

“If you don’t have a Wacom then this really opens up options in terms of creating beautifully flowing type strokes. You can use the pen or brush tool to hand draw and then take it into Illustrator to apply to other artwork. This doesn’t just apply to type but any hand drawn element you need.

“One thing I would say is that you’ll need to ensure you have an Adobe Creative Cloud account if you want to get the most from Ideas! While you can use the app to do drawings regardless, an account will be needed if you want to import to Illustator to continue working.”

Adobe Ideas is available from the App Store for free. Visit the App Store here to download it, or get in touch with us to find out more about the Adobe Creative workflow and about making the move to Adobe Creative Cloud. Call us on 03332 409 251 or email

App of the week: junaio Augmented Reality Browser

App of the week: junaio Augmented Reality Browser

By now we’ve all seen augmented reality in action, and while a good chunk of the iPhone-wielding public have download an AR app only to dismiss it as a gimmick, for businesses it provides a wealth of opportunities for visualising and working in a more dynamic way.

What is junaio?

junaio by metaio is one example of augmented reality being put to good use – primarily a developers’ platform, it allows you to create and then publish your own location-based experiences to several million users (or a select few if you’d prefer…) via the junaio app in the App Store.

How does augmented reality and junaio work?

Augmented reality is the process in which virtual, computer-generated elements (sound, video, graphics or GPS data) are added to real life visuals to modify a view or enhance a view.

The junaio app is an augmented reality viewer that allows you to tap into the channels developed in junaio’s developer community. Within the app, you can:

– recognise imagery and add virtual overlays
– add interactive computer-generated elements to magazines and other publications
– tap into GPS data to find a local store or service
– scan QR codes
– read barcodes
– and more…

As an app user, all you have to do is download it from the App Store, load it up and download content from any of the channels in the built-in library. Take a look at junaio’s video below to see some of these examples in action.

Who’s junaio good for?

While the junaio app already includes thousands of options for viewing everything from the location of tweeters to the nearest place to get a hangover cure, for businesses, it will really benefit anyone who needs realtime visualisation in situ. On a basic level, it’s possible to create a store channel with details of all shop locations for the end user to find their nearest option, but it would also be possible for visual merchandisers to develop apps that scan shops for to identify product placement.

Construction is another area where junaio comes into its own. So much so that Apple have even put together a case study on how engineering and construction giant, Bechtel use junaio alongside Autodesk 360 on their iPad to view mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems over images of a construction site. The built-in GPS in iPad is used along with junaio to plot their location within the site for accurate visualisations. Take a look at the case study and video here.

Our favourite feature

When it comes to augmented reality, there have been a fair few duds released over the years for mobile devices (i.e. they didn’t quite manage to recognise imagery as well as you’d hope, and you’d be left shaking your phone in an attempt to get the virtual elements to catch up), but that’s just not the case with junaio – it’s actually incredibly accurate.

The big benefit here is that it has real business potential, as the Bechtel case study above proves. The accuracy and reliability with which it adds virtual content to real life imagery means that you can develop uses for the app which take a lot of the guess work out of visualisation.

Where can I get it?

The viewing app itself is available from Apple’s App Store and is completely free – click here to head on over there now to download. For businesses wanting to develop bespoke uses for junaio on iPad, head on over to the junaio site here.

For more information about business uses of iPad, get in touch with our team on 03332 409 306 or email

App of the Week: Sage 50

App of the Week: Sage 50

Sage’s powerful accounting tools have been going down a storm on Macs and PCs for some time, but less well known is the Sage 50 app, which lets you access your Sage 50 Accounts data on your iPad or iPhone.

What is Sage 50 and what can you do?

Sage 50 on the iPad is a secure accounting service that basically lets you access all-important accounts information from Sage 50 Accounts 2012 or above, no matter where you are! Designed for large organisations where you’ll need to be able to keep up to date with accounts on the move, this mobile app lets you:

– Demo data built-in to the app to experience functionality without having to have a live connection
– Dashboard, Profit & Loss, and Headline reports provide an overview of company financial position
– View details and transactions for customers, suppliers and bank accounts
– View and create invoices, sales orders, quotations and manage stock take
– View transactions on customers, suppliers and bank accounts
– View price lists and product details and manage stock take
– View projects and related activities

How does Sage 50 work?

Sage 50 works alongside your existing Sage 50 Accounts software, and provides quick and easy access to accounting tools on your iPad. All you have to do is download the app from App Store, log in using your existing Sage 50 credentials and you will be able to do all of the above.

One favourite feature

The user interface. Sage 50 takes many of the tools you’ll likely be used to in the full software versions and makes them friendlier to the iPad’s UI. As you can see from the screenshots below, this has an almost dashboard-like approach to it, with a clear breakdown of the different tools available down one side.

That being said, bear in mind that this is meant to give you access to information on the move, and is not an extension of the desktop version, so don’t go expecting it to do everything you can in the office.

How much is Sage 50 and where do I get it?

Sage 50 is completely free from the App Store, but as I mentioned before, you’ll need to be running Sage 50 Accounts 2012 or a more recent version to be able to log in. Download now.

Sage 50s baby brother: Sage One? 

The Sage One app comes in four parts: Accounts (£10 pcm), Payroll (£5) and Cashbook (£5 pcm), with an Accountant Edition for anyone who becomes so confident that they start offering financial advice to other companies.

Rather than apps in the traditional sense, these are web apps that let you track your business performance, manage incoming and outgoing assets, invoice clients and manage pay runs for up to 15 staff. You can also work online with your accountant, use the app to manage relevant contact information and create highly visual, easily to parse reports to communicate progress.

One of the biggest benefits of Sage One is that it’s fairly easy to use for the accounting novices out there.  Sage One cuts through all of the complications in more fully-featured software, simplifying the process for small businesses and sole traders. To give you an idea of the size of business you’re looking at, the Payroll app comes in three different pricing options; the largest of which is for up to 15 employees.

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App of the week: Pulsar for Salesforce

App of the week: Pulsar for Salesforce

Already using Salesforce? Well, imagine having access to its features on your iPad, while getting the benefit of social, cloud and device services. That’s where Pulsar comes in…

What is Pulsar for iPad?

If you’re already a Salesforce user, you’ll know that it provides businesses with incredibly powerful tools for nurturing and closing deals. And while there are all manner of apps available for extending those capabilities to iPad, few of them do it as successfully as Pulsar by Luminix.

Pulsar provides both online and offline access to Salesforce tools on iPad, meaning you always have access to data, regardless of where you are and whether or not you have a connection (and we all know how difficult getting a connection can be…).

How does Pulsar work?

Pulsar works by hooking into many of the features of Salesforce, while leveraging much of the functionality of the iPad. The user interface has been designed specifically for the device, adding everything from one-touch social functionality to visual pipelines and organisational charts.

Pulsar for Salesforce gives you:

–  Offline access to Salesforce data, so you always have the information you need, regardless of your connection status.

–  The ability to create and edit contacts and notes while offline.

–  Access to LinkedIn, Twitter and search engine results for leads and contacts, and a LinkedIn summary screen.

–  An integrated map that shows you the location of your account’s office.

–  A pipeline view that visualises your deals by stage, and a timeline view that shows exactly what has been done with each account so far.

–  An organisational visualisation to show which contacts are allies, champions and blockers.

–  Integration with device email, calendars and address book – basically, you can see Outlook, Google, Yahoo, Salesforce events and more in one calendar. Amazing!

–  A to-do list that helps organise your day and makes sure you follow up on activities.

–  Offline access to documents that have been saved in Salesforce’s shared libraries.

Who is Pulsar good for?

Salesforce users. If you’re not already signed up to that then Pulsar’s not going to be any use to you. However, if you’re following up and closing leads, and would like to be able to do that on an iPad, this is a great tool because it puts everything you need right at your fingertips.

It’s worth bearing in mind that there is competition out there (including Salesforce’s own Salesforce Touch), but as far as free options go, we’ve not found anything that can compete with Pulsar. Salesforce’s own ForcePad app doesn’t have offline access, for example, while the Dashboard app only displays the Dashboard features of Salesforce.

One favourite feature

The unified calendars! It brings together all of your different calendars and Salesforce events into a single view so that you can easily see exactly what you have on. When Pulsar was first released, it was one of the only free apps available that allowed you to centralise everything in this way. And it was a big draw for some of our own sales team choosing to use it.

How much is Pulsar and where do I get it?

As we’ve already mentioned, Pulsar is completely free, making it an appealing alternative to many of the paid options out there. Check out the Apple App Store to find out more or to download.

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The iOS apps you (and we) can’t live without

The iOS apps you (and we) can’t live without

From accountants to architects, here are some of the top apps that we have been recommending to customers.

One of the biggest benefits of Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is versatility. Apps allow you to transform an iOS device into just about anything you can imagine on a touch screen, and the Apple App Store already has a library of more than 520,000 approved apps – many of which are free. You can develop your own bespoke content that’s tailored specifically to your business’s needs but, apart from spirit levels and Angry Birds, what does the App Store have to offer?

For word processing: Pages

Pages (£6.99) from Apple is just one of a number of apps out there available for the iPad and iPhone that deal with word processing. Where this has the edge, though, is in its compatibility with Microsoft Word – it can import and export both iWork and Office for Mac files, as well as PDFs. It’s also far more flexible than its competitors, allowing you to import photos into text with minimal lag.

Download Pages from the App Store here.

For spreadsheets: Numbers

Download Numbers from the App Store here.Numbers (£6.99) from Apple is a spreadsheet tool that includes over 250 different functions. It’s completely compatible with Excel files (you can import and export the .xls file type), but bear in mind it doesn’t include pivot tables, sparklines and Macros – you’ll need to run Microsoft Office via VPN and remote desktop protocol for those.

For presentations: Keynote

Keynote (£6.99) from Apple is hands-down the best for creating and editing presentations, and you can work with both Mac Keynote and PowerPoint files. Bear in mind though, that if you just want an app for presenting that retains PowerPoint formatting, you’re better off going for GoodReader.Download Keynote from the App Store here.
For accessing and sharing files: mobilEcho, Dropbox and activEcho

mobilEcho (Get in touch for pricing) from GroupLogic has been a game changer in that IT can now give iPad users secure and managed access (via AD authentication) to files that are stored on corporate file servers. Basically, it lets iPad users access files in the same way as they would on their laptop.

Download free trial of mobilEcho here.

Dropbox (Free) by Dropbox is free but includes a storage limit, and lets you store any file type in cloud storage so you can access it on another device – you can save a document on an iPad and then carry on working on it on your desktop when you’re back in the office, without having to transfer over the latest version.

Download Dropbox from the App Store.

activEcho (Get in touch for pricing) from GroupLogic is the corporate equivalent of Dropbox, and works in the same way by giving you anytime, anywhere access to files stored in the cloud (either public or private). The one big difference: this improves security and helps you meet compliance requirements. Again, the client app is free but the infrastructure behind that isn’t.

Download activEcho free trial here.

For sketching and editing CAD files: AutoCAD WS

AutoCAD WS (Free) is purely aimed at anyone who works with 2D and 3D DWG, DWF and DXF files. It lets you view, edit and share drawings, and you can even work on designs offline or use the built-in design collaboration tools to review and approve colleagues’ work.

Download AutoCAD WS from the App Store here.

For retail and sales reports: Roambi Analytics Visualizer and Roambi Flow Viewer

Roambi Analytics Visualizer and Roambi Flow Viewer are both business intelligence apps that bring together complex data and engaging design. Roambi Analytics transforms existing business reports into stunning visual displays, while the Flow Viewer lets you turn business information (including Salesforce data) and multimedia content into a report for presenting to clients and colleagues. While both apps are free to download, for more comprehensive reporting in Analytics Visualizer, a subscription is required.

Download Roambi Flow Viewer from the App Store here.

Download Roambi Analytics Visualizer from the App Store here.

For monitoring and communicating leads: ForcePad and Salesforce Chatter

ForcePad (Free) by Salesforce Labs was formerly known as Salesforce for iPad, and gives you access to every Salesforce feature on the move. You can create, edit, clone and delete records in an Salesforce environment, view all your apps and visualforce/web/custom tabs, and post links to Chatter. This is great if you want to check leads or opportunities you’ve been assigned to.

Download ForcePad from the App Store here.

Salesforce Chatter (Free) by is a great way to turn your business into a social enterprise, giving employees the chance to communicate what they are working on and post photos.

Download Chatter from the App Store here.

For document management: GoodReader for iPad

GoodReader for iPad (£2.99) by Good.i.Ware is perfect for viewing lots of file formats, including PDFs and Microsoft Office files. Where this excels is in its flexibility and speed; you can load up PDFs of 100MB or more incredibly fast or even choose to load them without images, then use the annotation tools to look at other people’s comments GoodReader also uses a familiar file storage interface, and can sync with the likes of Dropbox and other remote servers.

Download GoodReader for iPad from the App Store here.

For notetaking: Evernote

Evernote (Free) by Evernote is more than just notetaking, if I’m being honest; you can take notes, capture photos, important PDFs, make voice recordings and more. Then save them all in the cloud in project folders. It’s the search function that really stands out, though, because Evernote will scan your saved images and PDFs as well as text documents for instances of your word or phrase.

Download Evernote from the App Store here.

For more of our must-have apps, keep en eye on our blog for our app of the week! Or to find out about creating and distributing apps within your business, call us on 03332 409 219 or email