May 2013 - Posts

Ampad’s New Shot Note Pads and App Gets You From Handwritten to Handheld
Thursday, May 30, 2013 9:30 PM

Despite our app happy world, paper pads are still the first choice of many for note taking and drawing. But the modern note taker no longer needs to choose paper over pixels or vice versa. Now, Ampad is introducing Ampad Shot Note Pads,  a line of paper pads, and the Ampad Shot Note App, which work together to let users easily save, search and share handwritten notes, memos and drawings.

How Does it Work?

The Ampad Shot Note App is free, user-friendly and makes sorting, organizing and sharing info easier than ever. Simply download the free Ampad Shot Note App to your iPhone. Then chose from one of our six pads to take notes, jot down a memo or sketch a drawing. Next, simply snap a quick picture of your Ampad Shot Note paper using the Ampad Shot Note App and save and tag the file. Presto, you've gone from handwritten to handheld! Sharing your files is equally easy; send it to multiple recipients via email or upload to Evernote, DropBox or Twitter. You can even save it to your camera roll and send it as a message.

The Ampad Shot Note line of pads has something for everyone; the line includes:

  • 5" x 8" writing pad - wide ruled
  • 5" x 8" writing pad - dot graph
  • 9" x 12" sketch pad - blank
  • 8 ½" x 11 ¾" writing pad - wide ruled
  • 8 ½" x 11 ¾" writing pad - dot graph
  • 9 ½" x 7 ¾" notebook - medium ruled

 

Ampad Shot Note pads are available on amazon.com and staples.com

We want to know how you use the Ampad Shot Note pads and app. Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.

 

 

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Network Smarter: Four Tips for Making the Most of Your Connections
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:44 PM

When life gets busy, networking is one of the first things to go. Make the most of your time by networking smarter; these four simple steps deliver results without eating up big chunks of time.

1.           Think, Then Dial: Before you pick up the phone for a networking call, develop a clear objective for your conversation. Be ready to let your network know your specific ask. Do you want to brainstorm? Or get an introduction? Do you have a company in mind where you'd like to work? Or are you looking for a chance to join a board or speak on a panel? The better the road map you present, the easier it is for someone to help.

2.           Listen Actively: Smart listeners walk away with a wealth of tips from every conversation. Ask your colleague what they've been doing; what companies they think are hot.  Actively engaging, and really listening to your network, should provide plenty of valuable information to shape your job hunt or networking. 

3.           Go Pro: Amp up your networking by soliciting introductions to headhunters and recruiting agencies. If a friend or colleague recently changed jobs, ask them if they worked with a headhunter or career coach. Once you have a roster of headhunters on your speed-dial, reach out to them every six months, even if you aren't job-hunting. They might very well be looking for a candidate for your dream job.

4.           Running List: Keep a running list of 5 to 10 target companies where you'd like to work. Whenever you have a networking call or lunch, see if your contact knows anyone at these dream companies. If they don't, do they know anyone who knows someone? Keep looking for a way into your dream gig, eventually you'll find it.

 

 

 

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Ten Wacky, Weird & Wonderful Time-Saving Tips
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 9:42 PM

Time-crunched clock-watchers know every minute counts. When it comes to saving time, no tip is too wacky or weird.

1.   Sock Sense: Tired of sorting socks for your family? Missing sock syndrome wastes valuable time. Say good-bye to missing socks (and wasted time) by safety-pinning socks together before they get tossed into the wash.

2.   Meal Makeover: Dinner food preps can be time-consuming.  Skip dinner in favor of a major midday meal and use your evening hours to nibble fruit, cheese and crackers while spending time on leisure pursuits or exercise. While you're at it, skip cooking for your next soiree. Go potluck or even prepared; no one will care if your side dish is from the deli counter as long as it tastes good. So long, from scratch!

3.   Beauty Station: Put an end to the morning, "where's the sunblock/hairbrush/lipstick," scramble by housing all your beauty needs in a basket. Keep it by the front door mirror for last minute primping on your way out the door.

4.   Water Works: Cut your plant watering time by as much as half by adding Osmocote, a slow-release fertilizer, which feeds plants with each watering, and Soil Moist,  a water-retaining polymer. Also, top your pots with hardwood much; it holds moisture in and creates a finished look.

5.   Desk Job: No time to work out during your busy workday? Get a treadmill desk that lets you log laps while working on your computer. Yep, it's possible to clock exercise hours while working.

6.   Liquid Diet: Put your shower on a liquid diet, using liquid soap (or glycerin bar soap) to cut hard-to-clean soap scum. The binders in traditional bar soaps cause soap scum which often leads to clogged drains.



7.   Less Mess: Fight microwave mess by lining the bottom of your microwave with 10 or so paper towels to protect the turntable. Cleaning up is as simple as taking the top paper towel off after each use.

8.   Fake It: Skip buying and watering houseplants and cut flowers by purchasing silk plants. A vase full of silk stems blooms all year round and best of all, only needs a periodic vacuum from time to time.

9.   Long Lashes: Tired of the morning mascara routine? Wish you could skip the even more time-consuming nightly cleaning?  Dye your lashes for lasting color, no clean up required!

10.  Commercial Free: Skip watching TV live, by taping your shows, you can fast-forward through commercials and shave your viewing time.

 

 

 

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Best Apps for Artists
Monday, May 20, 2013 9:39 PM

Spring's colorful blooms have long served as inspiration for artists. Now, this spring a crop of apps puts creativity at your fingertips... literally. With a quick swipe of your finger or double-click of the mouse, artists, illustrators and other creative types, can fashion wonderful works with a smartphone or iPad.

Picture This

Hands down our favorite new app for artists is the Ampad Shot Note App. The free, user-friendly app lets artists digitize and share all drawings made on an Ampad Shot Note sketch pad.  Artists simply draw, doodle or sketch to their hearts content. Once done, you snap a quick picture of the Ampad Shot Note paper using the Ampad Shot Note App and save and tag the file. Voila! The images are digitized, taking you from handmade to handheld.

Sharing your work has never been so easy; send your images to multiple recipients via email or upload to Evernote, DropBox or Twitter. You can even save it to your camera roll and send it as a message.

Sketch Pad to iPad

If iPads are more your thing, there are a host of creative apps to make your tablet zing. Check out the round up in 10 Best iPad Art Apps for Painting and Sketching  to unleash your inner Picasso. Digital artists will love that most of the ten apps offer all the bells and whistles of pro painting programs, but with interfaces designed for iPad users. The apps are simple to use, with intuitive interfaces that belie the complexity of the art that can be produced with their wide range of digital pencils, pens, markers, and airbrushes. Artists working on the go will appreciate that many of the apps offer Dropbox integration and the ability to import and export Photoshop-friendly files.

Beyond the Brush 

Artists and art lovers looking for more than just a new painting or drawing tool will want to read 15 Art Apps You Should be Using.  Sure,  the article does list the better painting and drawing apps, but its best recommendations go beyond the brush. Read on to learn about art related apps such as Art Authority,  a database of high resolution images of some of the world's most stunning art. The app also allows users to quickly and easily find cool art exhibitions or museums near their location.

 

 

 

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Best Apps for Bargain Hunting
Thursday, May 16, 2013 9:35 PM

Spring ushered in not only daffodils but warm weather fashion. Before plunking down your hard earned cash on sandals and sundresses, savvy shoppers should enlist one of these bargain-hunting apps.

ShopItToMe: Think of Shop It To Me as your free personal online shopper. Tell it your favorite brands and sizes and then it takes over. The app scours the Web to find the items you love and sends you personalized e-mail alerts that feature the latest markdowns, secret promotion codes, and VIP sale events.

ShopStyle:
This site aggregates clothing and accessories from more than 100 e-commerce sites (Asos, Bluefly, and Neiman Marcus among them). Fashionistas can use filters such as "sale" or price points to hunt for bargains, or can simply browse. If you spy a bargain you can't resist, the site forwards you to an online retailer. The free app lets you define your needs ("black sandals... ideally under $100") and then casts a wide net to see what's out there.

Coupon Sherpa:  Bargain hunting can be tiring. Let Coupon Sherpa handle the heavy lifting for you. The free app compiles Internet coupons from a variety of stores into one convenient location; the deals aren't limited to clothing either. The coupons are regularly updated and best of all, the app is free.  A real bargain!

 

 

 

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Color Me Organized
Thursday, May 16, 2013 9:27 PM

Looking to get more organized? Jump on the color-coding bandwagon for organizing ease, efficiency and some colorful fun. Color-coding can be used to organize just about any area of your home or office; read on for tips for harnessing the rainbow to make your life more organized and efficient.

Fresh Take on Filing: Color-coded filing systems assign colored labels to key letters, file names or categories. The highly visual system makes it easy to quickly assess where a file belongs or to spot misfiled folders. Experts agree that color-coding offers several benefits including: fast, easy access to files; a reduced number of misfiled folders; decrease in negative emotions associated with filing such as frustration, confusion and boredom. For a color-coding filing how-to, click here. 

Colorful Closets: Want an answer to the daily "what to wear?" dilemma? Color-code your closet for easy decision-making. When you organize you clothes by color, not only is it easier to find your clothing, you'll get a happy charge every time you open the door and see a Crayola Crayon box of options. Read How to Color Code Your Wardrobe  for tips.

Bright Bookshelves: Say so long to the Dewey Decimal system and elect to sort your books by color. While alphabetizing works best for libraries, at home you have more freedom, so consider expressing your inner artist by color-blocking your bookshelves. Visual thinkers may find the color code helps them locate books more effectively. Plus, it looks stunning; click here for examples.

Color-Coded Kids: Have a big household? Consider color-coding your kids for easier organization. By assigning each child a color, and using it for common household items such as towels, toothbrushes, and laundry baskets, busy parents can tell at a glance who is keeping up with chores and who needs a gentle reminder to return their items to their rightful spots. Check out How to Color Code Life with Kids  for more helpful ideas. 

Color-Code Email: Optimize your email productivity with color- coding. Did you know that Gmail, Outlook and Lotus Notes let you apply color filters to specific emails? You can assign a color to a specific sender (or topic) making it easy to see at a glance what type of emails need your attention. Check out Color-Coding Emails  for more helpful tips on color-coding your emails.

 

 

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Think You Need to Pick Pixels Over Paper? New Technology Lets Handwriting Get Digital
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 8:10 PM
Note takers, scribblers, list makers and artists, we know you love your paper pads. We do too. For many, the act of handwriting notes versus typing on a keyboard is essential for memory and information synthesis. For others, pads of creamy drawing paper...
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Book Bag: Organizing Tips for Book Lovers
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 8:06 PM
Curling up with a great read: wonderful. Being engulfed in stacks of books: not so much. If your book-loving ways have your home awash in piles of paperbacks and heaps of hard covers, we can help. No need for the formality of the Dewy Decimal system,...
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