Manually managing music on the iPhone

I’m down in California – had a good meeting yesterday with our colleagues from UC Berkeley about their organizational efforts, the Kuali Student project, and their collaboration tools strategy effort. Great stuff, and great folks! Now I’m in Cupertino for a meeting of the higher-ed iPhone task force. Should be an interesting day. At dinner … Continue reading “Manually managing music on the iPhone”

I’m down in California – had a good meeting yesterday with our colleagues from UC Berkeley about their organizational efforts, the Kuali Student project, and their collaboration tools strategy effort. Great stuff, and great folks!

Now I’m in Cupertino for a meeting of the higher-ed iPhone task force. Should be an interesting day.

At dinner last night I was complaining to Jason Ediger about not being able to manually manage my music on the iPhone by dragging and dropping songs from iTunes. He told me that I was wrong, and that with the iPhone update from January you could actually manually manage music and video on the phone.

And sure enough, he’s right!

If you set your iPhone settings to enable this, which you do like so:

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You can then drag and drop songs onto the iPhone – as shown below in this clip:

Omni Graffle 5 can open Visio files

While not the end of the world, one thing that’s been a long-standing annoyance for Mac users has been people passing along .vsd files created in Visio, which Macs haven’t been able to open. Now the new release of Omni Graffle 5 can open those files. Yay! I’m sure there’s all sorts of other goodness … Continue reading “Omni Graffle 5 can open Visio files”

While not the end of the world, one thing that’s been a long-standing annoyance for Mac users has been people passing along .vsd files created in Visio, which Macs haven’t been able to open. Now the new release of Omni Graffle 5 can open those files. Yay!

I’m sure there’s all sorts of other goodness in OmniGraffle 5 (Bezier curves, anyone?) which I’ll explore later. But this sure solved my immediate need. Thanks, Omni!

Cool new goodies from Apple

Watching the blog and chat coverage from Steve Jobs’ Macworld Expo keynote this morning. It’s nice to see Apple introduce some things I’ve been asking for – most notably a light notebook (the MacBook Air – 3 lbs, with lots of nice features including being really thin, a mutlitouch trackpad (like the iPhone), and an … Continue reading “Cool new goodies from Apple”

Watching the blog and chat coverage from Steve Jobs’ Macworld Expo keynote this morning. It’s nice to see Apple introduce some things I’ve been asking for – most notably a light notebook (the MacBook Air – 3 lbs, with lots of nice features including being really thin, a mutlitouch trackpad (like the iPhone), and an (exensive) option for solid state disk instead of spinning disk), and the email app on the iPod Touch (though that’s a $20 software upgrade).

The other thing they introduced that I think is significant is location awareness in the maps app on the iPhone (and the Touch). Interestingly enough, they’re not doing it with GPS (since the devices don’t have GPS, which I’ve heard was a decision based on the power consumption of GPS units), but through triangulation of signal strength from cell or wifi base stations. I know that’s an approach that CS faculty here have also been using in their research projects. I wonder if that location info will be available to applications when they release the iPhone SDK next month.

Not a revolutionary set of new products, but certainly some nice incremental progress from Apple.