If your a fan of the Soundcloud music service be it for mainstream music or the underground scene & want access to it outside the website environment then Soundnode may be for you. Personally I’ve always preferred a desktop app experience & soundnode brings that cross platform to your Windows, OS X, and Linux.
Currently the app allows you to login & display Top 50, Stream, Likes, Tracks, and Playlists. Overall the app offers a clean & minimal user interface for Soundcloud lovers.
Download the app today for more information!
The popular photo sharing app Instagram has finally brought search functionality to its web counterpart. Instagram.com has been a complimentary portal to your feed for some time now. Today they’ve made it possible to search users, hashtags, and locations all via the web.
Via the website you can just about do everything you can on mobile with the exception of actually uploading photos. The sites main purpose is to serve as another method of access to your photo stream & people your following. While Instagram plans on keeping its main focus of course on the mobile end this is a nice addition for those who like myself time to time like to open up IG on the browser end.
As of now still no word on a desktop/web uploader for photographers who may use another camera to take their pictures. For now you’ll have to stick to importing the photo from desktop to mobile device. However search away at Instagram.com
My thanks to the team over at Literature & Latte for sponsoring this post & series of content on writing. They’re the makers of the essential writing app Scrivener for Windows or OS X. Providing an all in one writing studio that allows you to edit, outline, storyboard, and most importantly write in an efficient system. Use it for scriptwriting, books, essays, and more. A must have for all writers.
Scrivener is no doubt a powerful all in one writing tool. Be it essays, books, or what have you. One thing I specifically have been using it for lately is for outlining, creating, and publishing an eBook. Scrivener makes it all simple & easy while allowing you to fill in all the elements you want in your eBook whether its for personal or professional distribution. Here’s a look at the process.
Step 1: Creating a new Project
I recommend starting off under the “Fiction” templates and then selecting “Novel”. This takes care of a lot of the structural formalities you’ll have to worry about when setting up your eBook. Such as chapters, metadata, and cover art.
Step 2: Importing/Creating Content
Now begins the actual creation aspect. Essentially with Scrivener each folder under the originally labeled “Manifest” folder (you can rename it of course) represents a chapter of your eBook. So the folder naming scheme would reflect that of your chapters. This can be tweaked later in the export process as well.
Within each folder you can easily start to create your content. So your actual material text & other media. You can of course deal with things like formatting here if you’d like however keep in mind at the end before exporting there are many options to deal with such issues.
Step 3: Cover Art
Arguably a very important part of your eBook like any book is the cover. The thing that’ll be represented within whatever digital library you publish to. Scrivener designates this section very easily and allows you import/replace the existing image very simply.
Note: 600×800 JPEG/PNG format is the recommended size and format for your cover art
Step 4: Compliation
After you’ve written and imported all your material. It’s time to compile all of it together. Opening the File menu on windows or OS X should reveal a dropdown with “Compile” as one of the options. Selecting this will bring up a window allowing you to select your desired format. In the case of eBooks theres 3 major file types supported by Scrivener that you’ll be interested in.
.ePub (Widely Universal)
.mobi (Amazon Kindle)
.docx (Apple iBooks)
Selecting your compilation format obviously depends on what market your trying to target and publish to. After selecting this you can then enter your advanced options by clicking the “All Options” tab. This reveals a ton of options to edit before exporting.
You can use this menu to do general formatting to sections, edit metadata for the eBook, adjust the overall layout and so on. It’s definitely worth combing through all of these and tailoring your eBook before the final process.
Step 5: Export!
The last and final step is selecting your desired export destination and letting Scrivener do the rest. From here you can now preview it in a eBook reader of your choice such as “iBooks” app or even sync it to a device to see how the eBook behaves. This allows you preview everything before publishing it out there to the web and for others to consume.
Here’s a few places you can submit eBooks to:
Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon)
From there you can now enjoy your published eBook! Scrivener takes this complex process and makes it as simple as 5 steps. Of course your free to populate the content as much as you want and add in all the details your heart desires but at the end of the day Scrivener makes it that much more simpler to outline, create, and ultimately publish an idea to an eBook. Get started with Scrivener today!
Our thanks again to the Literature & Latte team for sponsoring the series of content on Scrivener & other writing posts we’ve done over the last couple of weeks be sure to check out the other posts below!
Best Writing Tools for OS X
How To: Improve your Writing Workflow
Periscope was purchased by Twitter several months ago for $100 mllion & was going to be their entry into the livestreaming space. The company officially released the mobile app yesterday to the public for iOS users. This comes at a time where live streaming & social network integration has become a big thing with competing services like Meerkat.
The idea behind Periscope is to see the world through someone else’s eyes. The application is a mixture of livestreaming & the social network Twitter integration. Combining socializing & sharing to the world whatever it is your seeing.
Periscope’s app has a very polished & clean look to it. Compared to its counterpart Meerkat the app features a much more complete & native experience. From streaming to viewing other streams Periscope offers a great UI.
The app features the ability to:
- Live Stream to your followers (private stream) or public stream w/external or front facing camera
- Chat with your stream viewers/streamer (Built into the app) Unlike Meerkat which carries the conversation through Twitter
- Tap to “Heart” the stream
- Save your stream as a “Replay” feature for others to watch later
Your account is based off your Twitter account so you automatically have the option to follow your exisitng followers who have Periscope acconts. Live streaming has been around for quite a few years now & is nothing new. However the integration on the mobile end allows users to share their moments live with their own social following. Creating an interactive experience thats easy to turn on/off. Apps like Periscope or Meerkat are paving the way to make live streaming a social norm.
That said we’ll have to wait to see how Twitter continues to integrate Periscope within their already popular social network & how it’ll stack up to Meerkat overtime.
Download Persicope for iOS (Coming for Android soon)