Evernote 5.0 is Now Live | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

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· Thursday, November 8th, 2012 in Productivity · 1 Comment

Evernote 5.0 is now live and being pushed through the App Store.
Go get it!

Evernote 5.0 Premium Feature on iPad

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The Evernote Premium features look really sexy in the new 5.0 version for iPad.


Evernote 5 for iOS is Coming Soon! | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

An early look at Evernote 5

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· Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 in Apps and Software · 3 Comments

Evernote 5 for iOS is coming soon!
The Evernote team provided us with an early look of what’s to be expected in Evernote 5 on iOS.

We have some exciting news. Evernote’s team of developers and designers have spent months rethinking our app to make it as fast, uncluttered, and easy to use as possible. The result is the all new Evernote 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It’s a beautiful, re-imagined experience that puts everything you need no more than two taps away.

Evernote 5 for iOS - New User Interface

Evernote 5 for iOS Features

  • New Home Screen with updated Notebook UI & Access to Notestacks on iPad
  • Easy Access to create Quick Notes, take Quick Snapshots, and utilize the Page Camera
  • Easy access to premium features

I really love the way greater focus is given to the new note and photo capture buttons. The ‘notebook’, ‘tag’, and ‘places’ sections are now tabbed below the new note buttons with a cool new folder style user interface. And the fact that notes, notebooks, and notestacks are now distinguishable is a great boost in usability.


Pandora One for Productivity | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 in Apps and Software · 4 Comments

Music keeps me working. It’s as if I do more work when music is playing in my ear. Using Pandora One for Productivity doesn’t sound like a bad idea.

Pandora Keeps Me Sane

I finally end a “never-ending” conference call, and the appropriate “f*ck that b*atch” song comes on and I’m back in the swing of it all cursing and designing.

It’s great.

Using Pandora Web & Mobile Applications

I usually have the Pandora website playing in the background because I like being able to select an artist and having them create a playlist based on who I chose. They’ll play my favorite songs, but they’ll also throw in some new ones that I usually like as well. If I like the new songs, I’ll open up Google and download the song to add to my iTunes to throw into my daily run or workout.

Pandora One Features Spark Interest

Today, I thought about simply purchasing Pandora One so that I can take advantage of some of the features that they’ve listed.

  • Unlimited Listening
  • No Ads
  • Higher Quality Audio
  • Fewer Interruptions
  • Custom Skins

Now, I’m a designer, so you know when I saw ‘Custom Skins’ my thought was, “Suh-weeet! Maybe it’s like FireFox and WinAmp! Maybe they’ll have a Community where I can create and share my own Skin!” But I don’t think Pandora does that yet. If someone in development hasn’t come up with that idea yet, they need a new development team. My ideas are available for hire…kinda.

I think I might purchase it today and see how it is. I’ll let you know.

If you have it, let ME know what YOU think.


Using 43 Things for Goal Setting in the New Year | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Saturday, January 1st, 2011 in Apps and Software · 1 Comment

Last year was an interesting year for me. I learned a lot about my health and myself. I learned about the things I do like, as well as the things that I don’t like; whether it was about myself or the people around me.

I’m not setting a New Years Resolution. It never works for me. I end up selecting either one bad thing or creating a list of things that I won’t do, instead of things that I will do. The list of “wonts” just never works for me.

So, I’m doing things a little differently this year. I’m setting some goals that I’d like to meet this year. And then I’m going to make the strides to reach them. I’m creating my list of goals in my 43 Things (http://43things.com) account. And I’ll be checking in each week to either check a goal off, add a goal, or remind myself of the goals I’ve set.

I like 43 Things because I can check the list from the web or from my BlackBerry and iPhone. I can even modify that list on the go. I’m even able to write notes on each goal and receive comments and cheers from friends on Facebook. My notes will be the steps I’ve taken as I’ve taken them. I can even edit a progress slider to indicate how far I’ve gotten in reaching each goal. 43 Things makes goal setting much easier.

My goals will be short term goals that I can reach; goals that I can see and almost touch. Ya see, it’s easy for me to set the goals and get things in motion, but I have a hard time with the follow through. The largest goal that I have set by far is to follow through on the goals that I set in motion.

This year will be better.
I’ve got a primer now.

Let’s go.