Klisto Services To Be Discontinued

Due to a lack of demand, our Klisto® web-based services, including cloud syncing and access to Klisto.com, will be discontinued and will go offline on Monday October 20th at 11:59 PM EDT. We are sending this notice so that customers have adequate time to export their data. After this date you will not be able to access data via Klisto.com or sync your Klisto mobile app with our cloud services. You *will* still be able to use the Klisto iOS app to store data locally on your mobile device. Customers who purchased the Klisto iOS app will still be able to install it via iTunes.

During the next 60 days, all users with current subscriptions, or who purchased the app or a monthly subscription within the past 6 months, will be provided with access to Klisto services without the need to renew their monthly subscription. Effective immediately, the Klisto iOS app and in-app-purchase subscriptions will no longer be available for purchase.

Instructions for exporting your data are available on our blog home page at http://smallmobile.infogenium.com/ .

We apologize to our loyal customers. Our internet services did not meet the level of demand required for a sustainable business. Over the next few weeks we will be considering what to do next, including the possibility of a simplified mobile-only product offering. Please feel free to contact us at this email address if you have any questions.

Regards,
The Klisto Support Team

Email: support @ infogenium .com

Exporting your Klisto data

Your Klisto data can be exported by using the Export List feature at http://www.klisto.com .  On the Klisto home page, you’ll see the My Lists table with all your lists.  Click on a list to view the data.  Once there you can click the Export List button to download your data in CSV format.  The file format is UTF-8 encoded with a comma delimiter and double-quote text qualifier.

Export Lists Button

 

To export images associated with your data, you’ll need to connect your mobile device to your desktop or laptop.

  • Connect your phone to your PC or Mac that has iTunes installed
  • In iTunes, go to iPhone > Apps > File Sharing
  • Under File Sharing, select Klisto, then select the username_files folder
  • Click Save To, and save the folder to a local directory

iTunes File Sharing 3

 

 

File names will be in a format such as 0D5C0414-F2E7-4BCE-B1C1-3A1024F0A1BA_Photo-20140510-111923.jpg. The end part of the file name (Photo-20140510-111923.jpg) will match with your data records.

PhotoData

 

App Review: Simple, Flexible iPad Content Creation with Nebulous Notes

By Kroton (Own work) CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), via Wikimedia Commons

By Kroton (Own work) CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), via Wikimedia Commons

One of the early misconceptions about the iPad® was that it was not an ideal tool for content creation. This has proved false with the availability of apps for creating everything from spreadsheets to digital audio recordings. Yes, I’m a happy GarageBand app user.

I recently found the need to write extended text copy on my iPad. I wanted a tool that allowed me to focus on just writing with few bells and whistles; no rich text needed. Unfortunately the first app I purchased did not provide the ability to customize. This is marketed as a feature, which was fine until an upgrade of the app resulted in a smaller font size. I find it very helpful to use larger fonts when writing on an iPad. Maybe my eye doctor can help with this, but it’s nice to have options. I also like using serif fonts like Courier.

Luckily I ran across a mention of Nebulous Notes. I tried their free version and immediately knew I had found a winner. I upgraded before an hour had passed to the paid version. I am writing this posting on my iPad right now using this app.

What makes it so practical? It’s as simple as you need it to be, but it gives you options. I liked being able to customize the font style and size. Setting the background to an off white color was also helpful. There is a full screen view that hides the toolbar that I really like. The bottom line is I have lots of options without getting lost or distracted.

Nebulous Notes also does an excellent job of syncing with Dropbox. I can write an article locally and then upload it. Once uploaded, changes are synced automatically. You can also switch to manual syncing. It only takes a click to sync the latest changes.

Why is an app like this useful for me? I mostly write copy on a desktop machine, but you never know when inspiration will hit. This is especially helpful for writing blog postings. Being able to write down my initial thoughts or an entire article, no matter where I am, with a simple text editor is very useful. I’m sure I will like it even more with a Bluetooth keyboard. I wrote this using the on-screen keyboard. It was actually a pleasant and productive experience.

Nebulous Notes by Nuclear Elements, Inc.

Get Your Tweets Noticed With The Right Hashtags and Mentions

One of the best ways I have found to get Tweets noticed by my target audience is by putting in the right # hashtags and @ mentions.  You’ll want to use no more than 2-3 of these, and be sure they are relevant; otherwise it looks spammy.  This is especially important for mentions. Topsy.com is a great resource for looking up trending topics.  You can see activity totals and graphs for a tag, mention or plain text.  Using this I determined that #mobileapp was a better option than #mobile for a future Tweet. This is an effective way to optimize your tags and avoid using those that are overused, underused, misspelled or less specific/relevant. Topsy also provides RSS and email alert summaries for search results.

Topsy.com Screenshot

How to Focus Your Small Business Marketing

As a small business owner, it’s easy to feel like your marketing efforts are too scattered.  While we may have a sound strategy regarding our product positioning and target customers, the number of marketing channels available can seem overwhelming, even when limited to digital marketing.

Alyssa Dver provides some excellent advice on how to focus your small business marketing efforts:

Rather than trying to tweet, blog, cold call, and do an email newsletter, focus on one well-thought out marketing program such as a blog or PR campaign. Then find as many ways to reuse the content as possible using tools or even interns to place the already created information into other relevant channels. In this way, you can “do” a lot of things but in essence, you are focused on the quality of one.

via Expert Advice: How to Create a Successful Marketing Plan for Small Businesses | LinkedIn.

9 Tips for Better App Demo Videos

Film CountdownWhether you are developing your own mobile app or building for a client, at some point you may want to create a demo video. A professional quality demo can be just as effective as downloading the app and lets you highlight the benefits and features that make your product unique. Here are some tips we learned from building the Klisto™ Mobile Database app demo that I think you may find useful.

1. Use the app simulator

Lighting is extremely difficult when it comes to recording your mobile device screen due to issues with shadows and reflections. Hand and finger placement can also cause problems. Unless you are an AV pro, it’s much easier to record the app simulator than a real device.

2. Use a screen recorder

I found Camtasia for Mac to be indispensable for getting the job done and reasonably priced. It has intuitive screen recording and audio/video editing tools. TechSmith provides excellent online tutorials; after reviewing these I was sold. The ability to zoom in and out of the screen is especially helpful for smartphone apps, as well as tablets, since this allows you to focus the viewer’s attention. Transitions help you create a smoother running demo. Audio tools are useful for silencing loud keyboard clicks. Camtasia is a powerful tool. If you are just getting started, check out the tutorials and keep it simple. Use only the features you need to make a professional demo.

3. Write a script and practice, practice, practice

A lean script will allow you to keep the flow of your demo moving and eliminate excessive pauses and wording as you narrate. It will also help limit your demo length. Here is a sample script. Be sure to include screenshots to make it easy to follow along. Run through your script multiple times before you start recording to identify missed or awkward steps. A red pen and hardcopy are recommended; you will probably have multiple detailed changes. Be sure to use a USB microphone or headset for better audio quality when you are ready to record. It may also take a few initial recorded takes before you feel ready.

4. Keep it short and get to the point

Limit your demo to no longer than 2.5 minutes, and try to put your most important messaging (your app’s purpose and differentiator) in the first 30 seconds. You want to entice the viewer to keep watching. Make sure the pace of your presentation keeps things moving. The longer your demo runs, the more viewers will drop off, resulting in wasted production effort. If you want to show the viewer more, create an overview video and save detailed workflows for another demo.

5. Record (and upload) in HD

This is highly recommended, even if your demo will not take up that much screen real estate on your site or blog. I struggled with pixelated screens in YouTube when I initially recorded in Standard Definition 640×480 and found that recording and uploading 1280×720 HD video resulted in higher quality and legible screenshots, even when YouTube displayed the downconverted SD version (once you upload, YouTube will convert your video to multiple versions with different resolution quality). If you are unsure, create a short test video of about 30 seconds and upload it. Just be sure to mark it private.

6. Edit, edit, edit

Play back your demo multiple times using your video editing tool and take notes. Your goal is to keep refining to tighten the flow. You will find things to cut such as a long pause while you were referencing the script, or a section of the demo that just doesn’t work. Issues like this will not be obvious with initial viewings but will be later to the point of being tortuous. Consider this an iterative process. Watch and take notes (include the timestamp), edit, repeat. If necessary you can record a new take for a segment and edit it in. This may sound like a tedious process, but you will be glad you did all this when you are viewing your demo for the hundredth time or showing it to colleagues. It will feel a lot more polished.

7. Upload, then test all your devices

I personally found YouTube to be the best option to host the demo. Another alternative is Vimeo, which requires a paid subscription for commercial use. Upload your video and be sure mark it as private. Test it on multiple devices and browsers before you go live. Test your site or blog with the embedded video.

8. Edit auto-generated captions

YouTube will automatically generate captions for accessibility. There will be multiple words that were translated incorrectly by voice recognition. Be sure to review and edit the captions using your script.

9. Use Video Analytics

YouTube provides some very useful analytics, including audience retention. Here is the latest report for our demo, which I’m happy to say shows good retention throughout. I chalk this up to the fact that I get to the point quickly, keep things moving, and keep the demo short.

AudienceRetention

I hope you find these tips helpful. Creating the Klisto app demo video was a pleasant and challenging experience, resulting in a useful tool for educating customers on our product.

Do you have any app demo tips you wish you knew before you got started? Please feel free to share them in the comments below.

The Klisto™ Mobile Database App for iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch® is now available in the Apple AppStore. Organize your business and personal data. Sync your iOS devices with the cloud. Web access from your desktop browser.

Demo video: Klisto™ Mobile Database app

See cloud sync, web access and collaboration in action.

Klisto is the mobile database app for your iPhone® and iPad® that syncs with the cloud to help keep your data organized.

4 Legal References for SMBs and Informed Readers

Old Tyme Legal AdWhether or not you are a small business owner, you are probably exposed to legal topics on a regular basis. There are daily news developments regarding patent lawsuits, especially in the mobile arena. “I’m not a lawyer” (INAL) is a common phrase you’ll see on message boards and blogs as individuals seek informal guidance on areas such as business formation and Intellectual Property (IP) issues.

While you always have the option of consulting a licensed attorney, you may first want to do your own research so you can have an informed conversation. I’ve found the publications from Nolo® to be extremely helpful for general and business-specific legal knowledge. Here are some recommendations from my personal library.

Nolo’s Encyclopedia of Everyday Law – covers a variety of subjects for your business and home, and is a good first step when you begin your research.

Form Your Own Limited Liability Company – Covers what an LLC is and compares it to other business entities. Member/manager responsibilities and tax issues are covered in detail. Takes you step by step through the process of forming your own LLC. Nolo has similar references available should you choose another entity type such as an S Corp, C Corp or Partnership.

Legal Guide to Web & Software Development – covers areas such as licensing agreements, contracts and IP law (trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and patents). Whether you are building your own web site or software, or contracting out development projects, this is a very useful guide.

Trademark: Legal Care for Your Business & Product Name – from your company and product names to your logo, trademarks are something you’ll want to learn about. What exactly is the difference between TM, SM and ®, when can you use them, and what can be trademarked? You’ll find out here. You will also learn how to conduct a trademark search, which is helpful if you are marketing a new product or service. A registered trademark will provide the most protection. This guide also walks you through the process of registering your trademark with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

For tablet and e-reader users, these books are available in electronic format, so you can refer to them any time no matter where you are.

Klisto™ Mobile Database for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch® is now available on the Apple AppStore. Your data synced on your devices and the cloud.

“Nolo” is a federally registered trademark. All trademarks appearing here are the property of their respective owners. This article is not legal advice and I am not a lawyer. If you require professional assistance you should consult with an attorney licensed in your state. I figured I should add this paragraph based on what I learned in the books I just mentioned =)

Infogenium Software Releases Klisto™ Mobile Database App with Cloud Sync for iPad® and iPhone®

Infogenium Software Releases Klisto™ Mobile Database App with Cloud Sync for iPad® and iPhone®

Mobile Database Now Available in Apple’s App Store

PHILADELPHIA, PA – November 12, 2012 – Infogenium Software today announced the availability of Klisto, a mobile database app for iPad and iPhone devices that syncs with the cloud, to keep data organized on multiple devices while also providing web access and collaboration features.

Klisto lets users organize and edit business and personal data with an easy-to-use native iOS mobile app. Users can create and customize any list for their needs. Klisto works with the cloud, to keep data in sync on all your devices and support data access and collaboration through a desktop web browser at Klisto.com.

“We’re very excited to offer Klisto to the community of empowered iPhone and iPad users.” said Andre Oporto, founder of Infogenium Software. “Klisto has cloud features that set it apart from other mobile database products, including automatic syncing, as well as web access to cloud data for editing and collaboration. Small to midsize businesses and consultants will find Klisto especially useful, thanks to templates that are provided for organizing business data such as customer information, sales and inventory. Power users will find it useful as a productivity tool. This is a very flexible app that makes it simple to keep your data in sync on all your mobile devices.”

Klisto is a universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It is now available worldwide in Apple’s App Store for $9.99 in the U.S. and is priced accordingly in other regions. Cloud sync and Klisto.com access require a paid subscription, which is available through In App Purchase. A 14-day subscription is included with the purchase of the Klisto app. Cloud storage for records and files is limited based on the selected subscription. For more information visit: http://www.infogenium.com/klisto

Infogenium Software LLC is a privately held company with headquarters outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our mission is to help individuals and organizations grow and share knowledge, by providing simple and effective productivity and collaboration tools.

Klisto and the Klisto Cloud logo are trademarks of Infogenium Software LLC. Apple, the Apple logo, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Andre Oporto
Founder and President
Infogenium Software LLC
Tel: +1.484.693.0876
Email: press@infogenium.com
Twitter: @infogeniumsoft

Klisto™ Mobile Database for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is now available on the Apple AppStore

Your data on your devices, organized and in sync

The Klisto Cloud

Klisto™ is a mobile database app for your iPad and iPhone that syncs with the cloud to keep your data organized and accessible. Organize your business and personal data. Create and customize any list for your needs. Works with the cloud to keep your data in sync on all your devices. You can also access your data through a web browser at Klisto.com.

http://www.infogenium.com/klisto

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