Monday, October 19, 2015

Visual Schedule Android app - helping parents and special education professionals

The Visual Schedule app is aimed at helping parents and special education professionals working with children with special needs, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, and genetic syndromes, as well as children with learning disabilities, working memory deficits, ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder), behavior difficulties and more. The app can also be successfully used with older adults suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Dementia, Alzheimer, or other diseases affecting memory, learning or the ability to function successfully in a daily environment.
Visual Schedule allows for the creation of a visual schedule to support with transition times during the day, such as a first then schedule list supported with pictures of the daily activities (e.g., wake up, make your bed, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, get backpack, go to school). It could also be used to illustrate a sequence of steps required to complete a more complex task (for example, pictures labeled with a short word or phrase can be used in sequence to teach the child how to brush his teeth, plant a seed, do simple chores around the house or activities at school, or even more complex tasks, such as accessing a computer, using the remote control to watch TV, using household appliances or work related tasks). 
A visual schedule is a significant part of supporting the learning of children and adults with learning difficulties. It supports defining and setting tasks expectations, helps to clarify for the child or adult the intent and amount of effort required to complete the task as well as provides a constant reminder of the sub-steps to be done in order to achieve successful task completion.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Peer-to-peer WiFi notes sync between Android devices

The Journal Notes Multimedia and Diary Notes Multimedia apps now have the option to synchronize the notes between Android phones and tablets directly using the local wireless connection. Any two devices connected to the same WiFi home or office router can be easily paired using a 3 digit code. All the notes on the two devices will be synchronized and the connection will be remembered for the next sync. This new peer-to-peer sync option is a nice addition to the existing sync to Windows, making private notes even easier to manage within your own environment.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Journal/Diary Notes Multimedia usage tips: creating Charts and Graphs from notes

A measurement amount (like weight, temperature or money) can be inserted in the text of a note using the Add Features - Add Chart point menus. All the notes having this measurement unit in them will then be able to plot a time-based Chart in the Search/Chart screen of the app.

The first step in using Charts is to define one in the Options screen. The Chart units defined in the Options screen will then be available in the Add Features - Add Chart point menu of a note in edit mode.

You can add multiple Charts with different types of units. They can be shown selectively on the same Graph. The Graph image and the Graph data can be saved and exported from the Chart screen.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Local notes sync - an alternative to cloud based solutions

Journal Notes Multimedia was recently enhanced with the option to synchronize the notes to a Windows computer via a local WiFi connection. Together with the existing USB cable sync option, this makes it a lot easier to have your notes handy when needed.

There is always a trade-off between privacy and convenience. Journal Notes is closing the gap by offering a way to store and move the notes in your own controlled environment,

This solution can also be easily extended by adding strong encryption in the mix. The latest Android and Windows operating systems have the option to encrypt the entire device at hardware level. This combination, together with a consistent backup schedule should ensure a pretty good level of security for your notes.

Monday, April 21, 2014

TV display advertising - billboards on the cheap

So we have all these beautiful (and huge) new TV sets and monitors. They are all smart and equipped with all kinds of inputs. Why not use them to display billboard-style ads? Or living room posters for the next party?

With this idea in mind, we created a set of apps that merry the easy text and photo editing capabilities of Android devices to the ubiquitous flat screens. Quickly jot down some text, take a picture and you can load the new slide on the screen. Make more of these slides and you can put together a slideshow.

So far, we support most of the TV set and monitor interface flavors:  Smart TV, Chromecast and the Android set-top boxes like Sony and Assus. Download links on the right.

TV Billboard Creator app for Chromecast now available on Google Play

Use your Android device to create and upload billboards for display on your TV with Google Chromecast. Design impressive slides with text and photos in a few easy steps. Use them to display messages, presentations or commercial billboards (... or impress your guests with a welcome message in the living room). Design and broadcast rich slideshows from your phone or tablet to your TV set or HDMI capable monitor.

The app features integrated photo editing and drawing tools like Aviary and Samsung S Pen. The billboard text has adjustable size, color and background.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Smart TV Billboard Apps released on Samsung TV Smart Hub App Store and Google Play for TV

Use your Android device to create and upload billboards for display on your TV with Google TV or Samsung Smart TV. Design impressive slides with text and images in a few easy steps. Use them to display messages, presentation screens or commercial billboards (... or impress your guests with a welcome message in the living room).

A simple 5 digit code will connect your Android device to your Smart TV device if they are on the same wireless connection. Search for "stvbwsi" to find the apps on Google Play for TV's and on Samsung SmartHub TV Apps.

Supported media streaming devices for TV: Assus Cube with Google TV, Eagle Android TV Box, Hisense Pulse Google TV, LG Google TV, Logitech Revue, Netgear NeoTV Prime, Samsung SmartTV SmartHub, Sony Bravia Smart Stick, Sony Internet TV, Sony Google TV Internet Player, Vizio VAP430.