Evernote Presentation Mode

As if Evernote doesn’t do enough already . . . now premium members can display notes as presentations. Take this note for example . . .

Tap the presentation icon in the note's toolbar to blow up the note to presentation size.

Tap the presentation icon in the note’s toolbar to blow up the note to presentation size.

Here’s what it looks like in the presentation view.

presentation view

Same note in presentation view. Click image to view larger size.

It’s a bit clunky for actual presentations, but it can come in very handy during meetings and workshops for reviewing notes and such.


Facebook as a research source?

I belong to several “nostalgia” groups on Facebook – an alumni group for my high school and a couple of groups discussing local history. I am amazed at the photos and stories that regularly appear in those groups. Recently a fellow researcher in the Georgia county where my mother’s family lived recommended a similar group for that county. What a treasure! Not only do I enjoy seeing people and places I remember from our frequent summers in that area, it’s a wonderful way to¬†get reacquainted with old friends and long-lost cousins. It’s something else too – a way to develop relationships with other locals to learn more about the area and even family members no longer with us. Something as simple as posting a photograph can generate some amazing conversations and some very interesting leads.

You might also look to see if a local historical or genealogical society has a presence on Facebook. They could provide information on local resources – especially useful if your planning a trip to that area.

Are you using Facebook to help research distant locations? If so, what kind of results have you had?

Holiday Planning: Custom Cards

I am a big fan of ecards – both the commercial ones and ones I make myself. I love the fun and quirky Just Wink cards from American Greetings. I have the app on my iPhone (also available for Android, Kindle tablets, NOOK tablets and Windows Phones) and it’s an easy way to send a card that can be opened and read right in the email message, Facebook update or text message. You can even mail it as a “real” card if you want.

Quirky is fun for many situations, but Christmas isn’t one of them. I prefer something more traditional and family oriented. And, although the list keeps getting smaller, there are still a number of people on my list who only get paper cards. As a result, I have a growing collection of leftover Christmas cards taking up space in the office cupboards. Fortunately, there are now a number of very nice – and affordable – options which give me the choice of sending both digital and paper cards that can include both photos and personal notes. And, they even offer features that make the chore of getting holiday cards done a bit easier.

iPhoto Cards

My favorite “snail-mail” card service is Apple’s beautiful letterpress cards. Found in the desktop iPhoto ’11 app, you can create either post cards or folded cards from your choice of design and layout options. The folded cards have layout options that support multiple photos and some even have plenty of room to include a lengthy personal note.

American Greetings also has a build and mail service where you can build your own cards and they will send them for you. No special app is needed, just your web browser.

Hallmark provides a huge variety of holiday ecards – all a part of their very affordable ecard subscription service. They also do beautiful photo cards and offer a service where you build your card with the photo and greeting you want and Hallmark will print, address and mail your card to everyone on your list.

The Lifecards app [iOS – $1.99] offers both postcard and newsletter style greetings as ecards. There are designs and layouts for all kinds of situations and occasions. One of the things I really like about this app is the ability to email as well as save it as a PDF file.

Want to create something totally original? Get out your presentation software – Keynote, PowerPoint or Impress – and take advantage of all the “actions” available. This article from Valentine’s Day will remind you how easy they are to build.