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twenty.two o.nine squared http://2209squared.com Mobile application development Thu, 29 May 2014 18:23:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Syncing Ilaro using iCloud http://2209squared.com/syncing-ilaro-with-icloud/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=syncing-ilaro-with-icloud Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:39:01 +0000 http://2209squared.com/?p=579 We spent a lot, and I mean a lot — as in months, of development time working on a reliable sync solution that would meet our technical requirements, meet our users’ expectations, and protect our users’ critical data from data loss.  Ilaro’s reliance on Apple’s brilliant Core Data technologies has made sync a more challenging […]

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We spent a lot, and I mean a lot — as in months, of development time working on a reliable sync solution that would meet our technical requirements, meet our users’ expectations, and protect our users’ critical data from data loss.  Ilaro’s reliance on Apple’s brilliant Core Data technologies has made sync a more challenging problem and, in turn, lengthened the 2.0 development cycle.  Without re-hashing the well-publicized issues developers have faced, let’s just say sync is hard.

The Good News: iCloud and Core Data sync improved with iOS7.  However, the improvements didn’t address all of our concerns and Ilaro’s needs.  Thanks to Drew McCormack and Ensembles, however, those problems have been solved.  Internally we have been testing Ensembles sync via iCloud with no data loss and no unexpected side effects.  This means that soon Ilaro users will be able to seamlessly sync data between iOS devices, as well as with our impending Mac OS X release.

We first conceived of Ilaro with iCloud sync in mind.  And we are very pleased to finally be reaching the point at which we can bring this core feature to our users.

The Not-As-Good News: Due to the size of many of the note libraries our users keep, we can’t quite yet “turn on” sync in Ilaro.  In the coming weeks, Ensembles development will focus on just the optimizations we just happen to need in order to ensure a more reliable and consistent user experience.   The remaining obstacles are minor compared to what developers faced prior to Core Data Ensembles.  For now, we are continuing work on making sure the user experience with sync will be smooth and simple.

So keep an eye out.  Sync is coming.

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Ilaro 2.0 http://2209squared.com/ilaro-2-0/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ilaro-2-0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:35:16 +0000 http://2209squared.com/?p=574 For Ilaro 2.0 we focused on improving the Ilaro workflow while simplifying search and card filtering. We are quite proud of the result and think you will be pleased, too. The first change Ilaro 1.x users will notice is iOS 7 integration. iOS7 eschews skeuomorphic design for content-first simplicity and clutter-free design. Ilaro benefits from […]

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For Ilaro 2.0 we focused on improving the Ilaro workflow while simplifying search and card filtering. We are quite proud of the result and think you will be pleased, too.

The first change Ilaro 1.x users will notice is iOS 7 integration. iOS7 eschews skeuomorphic design for content-first simplicity and clutter-free design. Ilaro benefits from this new design language as well as iOS7 innovations such as Dynamic Text and AirDrop.

We integrated note card filtering directly into the interface. Now you can experiment with different filtering options while still browsing your notes. Also, full-text search expands your filtering options by allowing you to perform queries not directly related to your tags. The text search also allows you to quickly find items in lists.

We aimed to simplify source entry by integrating ISBN and ISSN lookup. Now you can simply enter these codes in the source lookup field and Ilaro will query the internet for the full source record. Even better, use the camera on your iPhone or iPad to scan barcodes for even more efficient source entry.

And once your source records have been entered, export your sources in bibliographic format. With the integrated CSL processor, Ilaro can now offer support for a number of citation styles. With each update, we will expand the citation formatting options. Feel free to contact support to help us prioritize which citation styles to integrate next.

With the 2.0 release, we return to our monthly update cycle so keep those feature requests coming!

Ilaro 2.0 is a free upgrade for purchasers of Ilaro 1.x.

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Ilaro 1.3: Available in the App Store http://2209squared.com/ilaro-1-3-available-in-the-app-store/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ilaro-1-3-available-in-the-app-store Fri, 10 May 2013 18:54:24 +0000 http://2209squared.com/?p=562 If you are one of those users who has wanted to group and re-order cards, I have good news for you: with Ilaro 1.3, now you can. We call this new feature “Stacks.” The Stacks option appears as a new content type along with Notes, Sources, Authors, and Subjects. Create card stacks just like creating […]

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If you are one of those users who has wanted to group and re-order cards, I have good news for you: with Ilaro 1.3, now you can.

We call this new feature “Stacks.” The Stacks option appears as a new content type along with Notes, Sources, Authors, and Subjects. Create card stacks just like creating other cards (by tapping “+”). Tap a stack card to explore the content of that stack. Editing options include the ability to add and remove cards to and from the stack, to edit the stack description, to duplicate the stack in another project, and to delete the stack (but not the note cards) from the project. To rearrange stacks and their contents, just tap and hold the card, then move it to a new location. As with note cards, stacks can be exported and printed.

You can get started with stacks today! The Ilaro 1.3 update is now in the App Store. Along with the stacks feature, this update brings important improvements and bug fixes.

Updaters will notice a few interface changes: The updated dashboard better allows you to quickly preview your notes and journal entries. On iPad, the research journal saves you a couple of taps by better integrating the date selector into the journal. We are always looking for ways to improve the Ilaro workflow!

As requested by users, you can now highlight text while editing notes and journal entries to get text formatting options. Also, as requested by users, you can also now set the card sizes on a per card type basis.

The update also fixes bugs related to linking cards without content and improves both timeline and smart filter stability. Be sure to contact support (support@2209squared.com) with any bug reports or stability problems you experience. Reporting problems directly to us is the surest way to getting issues resolved in a hurry.

As always, contact us at support@2209squared.com with your feature requests, comments, and ideas. We are always looking to improve the product and your feedback matters immensely!

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1.3 Update is on its way http://2209squared.com/1-3-update-is-on-its-way/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=1-3-update-is-on-its-way Sun, 07 Apr 2013 08:00:36 +0000 http://2209squared.com/?p=545 It may have been a bit quiet on the blog recently, but that’s only because we’ve been hard at work on an update to Ilaro.  The 1.3 update focuses on improving users’ workflow and introduces: A Dashboard Redesign The new dashboard makes it easier to switch between projects and to get a snapshot overview of your […]

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It may have been a bit quiet on the blog recently, but that’s only because we’ve been hard at work on an update to Ilaro.  The 1.3 update focuses on improving users’ workflow and introduces:

A Dashboard Redesign
The new dashboard makes it easier to switch between projects and to get a snapshot overview of your project.

A Revised Research Journal Interface
There are several improvements to the research journal interface that improve workflow.

Text Formatting
Text options now include bold, italics, and underlining.

Stacks
The Stacks feature allows users to group and reorder notecards, probably the most requested new feature.

There are still a few more weeks until the update will be available in the App Store but it is on it’s way and will be here soon.

Again, a huge thank you to everyone who has submitted feature requests, questions, and/or concerns.  These really help to develop Ilaro into an app that meets your needs and you will see many of your suggestions in our update.

Please contact support at support@2209squared.com to share your experiences using Ilaro.  Knowing how you are using Ilaro helps drive our engineering and design efforts.  While we cannot promise to implement every request submitted, we can guarantee that we will seriously consider every idea that comes our way.

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1.2.5 update is now available http://2209squared.com/1-2-5-update-is-now-available/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=1-2-5-update-is-now-available Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:44:07 +0000 http://2209squared.com/?p=510 The #1 requested feature for Ilaro is now in the App Store! Ilaro now includes a handy, dandy user guide to make it even easier to get get up and running with Ilaro. The 1.2.5 release includes a few enhancements to make staying organized even simpler. You will immediately notice that note cards now feature […]

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The #1 requested feature for Ilaro is now in the App Store! Ilaro now includes a handy, dandy user guide to make it even easier to get get up and running with Ilaro.

The 1.2.5 release includes a few enhancements to make staying organized even simpler. You will immediately notice that note cards now feature color to signify subject category tagging. The category colors appear on a strip and in direct relation to the top subjects on the card. We received this request from teachers deploying Ilaro for class room use. If you don’t want card coloring, it can be disabled under “Appearance” in settings.

Note cards with category colors

To support and encourage use of subject categories to organize research, Ilaro has improved support for merging subjects and categories. For anyone who finds themselves having duplicate subjects or want to remove a subject that has been tagged on 100 cards, no need to worry. Just select the option to merge the subject with a different subject to preserve your tagging!

Remove subject by merging

The filter tool now includes logical operators for subject and category filtering. This user requested feature will better support different styles of note tagging and subject creation. Operators are also saved on Smart Filters!

Logical operator on filter

For our advanced users, we have amped up bibliographic record keeping by adding more fields to references (DOI, for example) and added a number of source formats to make filtering an even more powerful tool. These improvements will prove useful as we continue development of the 1.3 release.

If you haven’t already, head to the App Store for the latest update! And keep those requests coming. We enjoy your feedback and will keep doing what we can to make sure Ilaro keeps getting better and better!

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New year promo code giveaway http://2209squared.com/new-year-promo-code-giveaway/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-year-promo-code-giveaway Tue, 01 Jan 2013 18:47:53 +0000 http://2209squared.com/?p=501 twenty.two o.nine is giving away 5 promo codes for Ilaro for iPhone and iPad! To win a code simply follow these steps: Follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook Page. Retweet this post or Share on Facebook. We’ll begin randomly selecting winners within 48 hours.  Good luck! Let us know how you use Ilaro!  Your […]

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twenty.two o.nine is giving away 5 promo codes for Ilaro for iPhone and iPad!

To win a code simply follow these steps:

  1. Follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook Page.
  2. Retweet this post or Share on Facebook.

We’ll begin randomly selecting winners within 48 hours.  Good luck!

Let us know how you use Ilaro!  Your feedback is invaluable!

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Ilaro 1.2 is available http://2209squared.com/ilaro-1-2-is-available/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ilaro-1-2-is-available Fri, 21 Dec 2012 01:45:21 +0000 http://2209squared.com/?p=461 The improvements just keep coming, and this one is a doozy!  Thanks to everyone in our user community who took the time to offer your feedback and encouragement and for letting us know how you are using Ilaro in your own work.  Your feedback had a major influence on Ilaro 1.2. Here are a few […]

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The improvements just keep coming, and this one is a doozy!  Thanks to everyone in our user community who took the time to offer your feedback and encouragement and for letting us know how you are using Ilaro in your own work.  Your feedback had a major influence on Ilaro 1.2.

Here are a few things you will notice:

The first feature update is the note card detail view.  Now when you tap a card, you get a full suite of useful and pertinent information.  Ilaro now shows you related notes and content with fewer taps.

The second thing we did was provide a research journal for those users who rely on that style of note taking.  The journal is a great way to gather your thoughts and even engage in a little pre-writing.  To make that even easier, the journal will display the content you have created on the day of the current journal entry.

Finally, we pulled it all together with a project dashboard.  The dashboard gives you a brief overview of your research notes, journal entries, and timeline.  It also enables us to more efficiently provide users future enhancements and features.

We love hearing from our users! Thanks for sharing your experiences and encouragements as we work to make a great app even better!  As always, feel free to contact us at support@2209squared.com.

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Ilaro 1.2 update is near http://2209squared.com/ilaro-1-2-update-is-near/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ilaro-1-2-update-is-near Fri, 30 Nov 2012 01:56:28 +0000 http://2209squared.com/?p=404 The 1.2 update is currently in testing and nearing completion. The update focuses on 3 areas: stability, workflow, and functionality. Stability Thanks to all our users who have contacted support with your stability issues. Ilaro 1.2 addresses every problem brought to our attention.  Keep the reports coming! Inline card creation The 1.2 update adds inline […]

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The 1.2 update is currently in testing and nearing completion. The update focuses on 3 areas: stability, workflow, and functionality.

Stability

Thanks to all our users who have contacted support with your stability issues. Ilaro 1.2 addresses every problem brought to our attention.  Keep the reports coming!

Inline card creation

The 1.2 update adds inline card creation. Gone is the need to exit your note to setup the authors, sources, and subjects you need to tag a note card. Users will be able to create cards as they need them without abandoning their current operation.

Note browsing

We have also revamped the card detail view. The new view allows users to browse related notes, subjects, authors, and sources from the detail view. We believe this significant update helps realize the Ilaro vision of maximizing research productivity.

Functionality

We also have added two additional modes to supplement the note card grid and timeline modes. The new modes are designed to address the workflow and organizational needs of researchers.  We’ll let those be a surprise.  However, we think you’ll love them!

A kind thanks

We love hearing from our users! It is exhilarating to hear about the reports, books, and projects being worked on in our user community.  Knowing how you are using Ilaro helps direct our engineering and design efforts.  Please contact support at support@2209squared.com to share your experience using Ilaro as well as any concerns, questions, or requests.  We can’t promise we will implement every feature you want to see, but we do promise every idea will be well considered.

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Ilaro updates have come! http://2209squared.com/ilaro-updates-have-come/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ilaro-updates-have-come Fri, 16 Nov 2012 04:44:57 +0000 http://2209squared.com/?p=270 Thanks to everyone who is using Ilaro and submitted requests to us.  We heard the requests and the updates are here.  Version 1.1 offers exporting of  your research cards into RTF, TXT, and HTML format, AirPrint support that allows you to select which research cards you would like to print, localization in 5 languages: Chinese […]

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Thanks to everyone who is using Ilaro and submitted requests to us.  We heard the requests and the updates are here.  Version 1.1 offers

  • exporting of  your research cards into RTF, TXT, and HTML format,
  • AirPrint support that allows you to select which research cards you would like to print,
  • localization in 5 languages: Chinese (simplified), Japanese, French, Portuguese and Spanish,
  • an improved feedback panel that streamlines the feedback process,
  • updates to labels to clarify the intended use of some features,
  • an additonal help panel on some menus to help guide new users, and
  • a fix to a category filtering bug that would cause a crash when adding new subject cards with an active category filter.

Check it out and let us know what you think.  We love the feedback and the input from Ilaro users.

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The note card system http://2209squared.com/note-card-system/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=note-card-system Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:14:05 +0000 http://2209squared.com/?p=290 The note card system organizes research notes on 3×5 inch or 5×7 inch index cards. The system has been a staple for researchers for decades and is still recommended by researchers and instructors as a great way to organize your research notes.  However, even if you do not use actual index cards, the method of […]

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The note card system organizes research notes on 3×5 inch or 5×7 inch index cards. The system has been a staple for researchers for decades and is still recommended by researchers and instructors as a great way to organize your research notes.  However, even if you do not use actual index cards, the method of organizing and sorting notes still proves useful.

“Good notes and critical reading lead you to more sources, inspire new ideas, and pave the way toward sound conclusions. Knowing how to take good notes saves you headaches down the road, as you’ll know when and whom to cite and have clear ideas about the relationships that exist between your documents.” — William Cronon

The Research Note Card

Index cards used for making note cardsA research note card contains a single quote, note, or idea.  Due to the physical size of index cards, there is a limit to how much you can write on on each card. But this limitation forces you to keep concise notes. The short notes make it easier to organize thoughts and outline writing.

So how do you turn an index card into a research note card?  Well, it so happens that there are simple rules to follow:

One Source Per Card

Clearly identify the source or document from which you take the note. Relating each note to a single source helps you later when it comes time to cite your sources.

One Item Per Card

Try to limit your note to a specific idea or quotation. Concise notes make it easier to rely on the note cards to create outlines and organize your writing.

Label Each Card

Keywords make it easy to track the content of your note cards. When it is time to write, the key words give you ideas on how to group and organize your cards.

Write a Complete Note

Make it clear whether a note is paraphrasing, summarizing, quoting directly, or recording your own thoughts and analysis. Taking this action greatly reduces the chances of unintentional plagiarism.  Additionally, full notes helps you gather your thoughts as you write.

Use Quotation Marks When Quoting

Just in case it wasn’t already clear: use quotation marks to protect against plagiarism. This is by far the easiest what to know when the text you see came from you or from someone else.

The Source Card

Source cards are all about looking ahead. In this case, looking ahead to when it is time to write and cite sources. Recording bibliographical data before you start taking notes helps avoid plagiarism and saves time when it is time to compile a bibliography.

Making Note Cards Better

Ilaro

Ilaro is a database for note cards.  Ilaro works to combine the best parts of the note card system with the intuitiveness and power of iOS.  In addition to providing note cards and source cards,  Ilaro improves the note card system with additions such as cards for both authors and subjects.

The Author Card

Ilaro Author Note Card

Author cards let you see, at a glance, the sources that person has authored or edited.  Ilaro’s author card also allows you to see which subjects you have related to that author.

The card displays the relationships across all your notes in all of your projects.  If you select a project, then the card displays the relationships just within the selected project.  If you select more than one project, then the Ilaro author card will generate and display the combined data for every selected project!

The Subject Card

Ilaro Subject Note CardThe subject card isn’t just a tag or keyword.  It is much more powerful than that.  As you tag notes, Ilaro tracks the changing relationships between subjects.  The end result is that you can easily see how many notes you have taken on a given subject or how many times two subjects are related on the same note card.  Ilaro goes a step further by letting you see which specific authors and sources are related to each subject.

Future Ilaro development will enhance research workflows by adding key features for organizing note cards and moving your research to the writing process.

More About the Note Card System and Research Note-Taking

Books

The Craft of Research by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams.
A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th Edition by Kate L. Turabian.

Websites

The Study Guides and Strategies Website.
The Learning Historical Research website by historian William Cronon.
Purdue Online Writing Lab.

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