July 29, 2011 in Productivity (E)
[prMac.com] Henley on Thames, United Kingdom - Dazzle Labs today releases an iPad app that helps people capture and develop ideas on a practically infinite canvas, enables teams to collaborate across iPads and quickly summarises the session into a presentation slideshow.
Early cave paintings demonstrate how visual communication is fundamental to human nature and how important it is to be able to express ideas visually. It is just as important today in this digital age, but software for visualizing ideas is still in its infancy and many digital tools tend to constrain the flow of the creative process rather than help it. Manual tools, such as whiteboards and flip-charts, while quick and easy to use, produce cumbersome, inflexible output, which then require significant effort afterwards to produce a usable result. This is demonstrated by the ongoing practice of photographing whiteboards and flip charts and diligently transferring these to word processing or presentation software after meetings.
Shared Paper addresses this gap. With Shared Paper, ideas can now be quickly sketched or drawn on the iPad, while collaborating with friends or colleagues and then presented and shared directly from the application. Automatic refining features smarten input and the results can then be instantly turned into a slideshow, which can be presented via projector or streamed to other iPads. "So many software applications are either formal drawing packages, requiring detailed knowledge and skill, or painting packages that produce rough results similar to a whiteboard. Neither quite do it." said David Hughes, co-founder of Dazzle Labs. "What we felt was needed was a more flexible tool that is fast and neat and requires almost no knowledge or skill to achieve great looking results really fast, but crucially, makes it easy to actively involve others too."
Many of the features in Shared Paper are designed to help anyone become immediately productive: 'Infinite Canvas' enables almost limitless space to work, where the iPad becomes a window on a giant canvas, 'Intelligent Brush' interprets strokes and gestures to recognise and smarten input and 'Themes' instantly enhance add style to the end result. "However there are two areas I am excited about." said Nigel Jenkins, co-founder at Dazzle Labs, "The first is wireless collaboration, where colleagues, family or friends can wirelessly link iPads together and explore ideas together. People can do amazing things as they work together on a shared idea practically anywhere. The other is the 'Slide Builder'. This is unique - you can take your ideas, spread out right across a vast digital canvas, maybe the results of a creative design meeting or even your new home extension, organise and collate them and then rapidly turn them into a polished slideshow summary which you can present and share by email on the spot. "
Shared Paper's unique ability to take an idea from initial conception to polished presentation, with networked sharing in one app, makes it a compelling productivity tool for any iPad user.
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.1 or later
* 8.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Shared Paper 1.0 is $6.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.
Located in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire/United Kingdom, Dazzle Labs Ltd was founded in Feb 2011 by David Hughes and Nigel Jenkins and is a UK based software development company, with a background in visualisation, collaboration and computer graphics, developing applications for the IOS platform. All Material and Software (C) 2011 Dazzle Labs Ltd / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPod, the iPod logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.