July 20, 2019

Canva Logo Design

Canva makes it easy to create you own custom logo. You simply type in your company names, select some styles that you like, and within a matter of minutes you get some creative ideas.

They provide lots of cool styles and inspirational ideas to get you started.

Website Description

Make a custom logo for your brand in minutes.

Canva’s logo maker is trusted by millions of businesses worldwide. Thousands of professionally designed logo templates. Share and edit your logo design seamlessly. Access millions of images, icons & illustrations. Artificial Intelligence generates custom logos Publish, share, download your high-resolution logo anywhere. Hundreds of professional font combinations.

Canva Logo Maker
https://www.canva.com/tools/logo-maker/

July 19, 2019

Repeat Last Capture (SnagIt)

TechSmith Snagit is a great screen capture tool. It has lots of features that can help make touch up a screenshot to help tell more of the image.

Additional Capture Items

Snagit has a capture tool in the menu bar - making it easy to capture the screen. You can select from different options, include making your own preset.

One thing that users may not notice is that there are additional short cuts available - beyond the menubar options. These are located in the Snagit Preferences.

Snagit Captures Keys

Repeat Last Capture

The "Repeat Last Capture" is a great way to quickly take a screenshot of changes on a webpage - or application. Simply define the capture area using the "Select Capture Mode" then use the "Repeat Last Capture" to capture a change.

This is useful when capturing steps on a website, from page to page.

The nice thing about the "Repeat Last Capture" is that it's silent. The capture goes right into Snagit Library without opening up the application window. This allows distraction-free capture.

July 18, 2019

Statler Park

At the corner of Columbus Ave and Stuart Street, across from the Boston Park Plaza Hotel is a small park called: Statler Park.

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Six Things I Learned About Statler Park

In 1927, Ellsworth Statler donated the land (.23 acres) to the City of Boston as a part of the design of the Hotel Statler. The hotel is now the Boston Park Plaza.

In 1930, he donated the water fountain as a park centerpiece. It's called "The Fountain Figure." It was given as a gift to the City of Boston from the Hotel Statler Company. The water fountain was created by Ulysses Anthony Ricci. There is a marker in the water fountain for Ulysses Anthony Ricci. If you visit the park, Check out the various signs of the zodiac in the fountain. At one time, the water used to flow from the top of the fountain.

In 2010, major renovation was done to the park to The redesign won the Halvorson Design Partnership the Preservation Achievement Award in 2010.

There are two markers in the park, one about the history and the other about the 2010 Improvement done in the park.

2004 - As part of the Silver Line Phase 3 planning, there was some consideration to put an underground station at Statler Park. Some users thought it might have caused some serious damage to the little park.

The park is located across the street from the Coconut Grove Night Club and was probably used as a staging area during the night that night club caught on fire.

July 17, 2019

iPhone Hearing Aids Rating

The iPhone XS Max has two HAC Ratings for Hearing Aids: M3 and T4. In fact, Apple has had the two ratings since the iPhone 5s.

Industry Standard Rating

The ratings are are the American National Standard Institute hearing aid compatibility standards. They measure the radio-frequency interference and how well the inductive coupling works.

The ratings are based on a scale from 1 to 4.

The iPhone XS Max is hearing-aid compatible under the FCC requirement guidelines since they are within the acceptable range for radio-frequency and inductive coupling.

While this is good news, it doesn't mean that your hearing aid may work. It's highly recommended to test the iPhone at an Apple store. Simply ask one of the workers to test your hearing aid with a phone. (Floor models don't have the cellular activated, you will need to use a special phone for testing.)

Enable Telecoil Mode

To activate Hearing Aid mode on the iPhone XS Max, go to Settings > General > Accessibility. Hearing Aid mode on the iPhone XS Max modifies the phone’s acoustic settings to improve compatibility with hearing aids set in "T" or telecoil mode. Telecoil mode is not enabled by default on the iPhone XS Max. Check your hearing aid manufacturer as you may have better options than telecoil mode such as Bluetooth.

Oticon Opn 3

The Oticon Opn 3 works great with the iPhone XS Max. The sound quality is great and very clear. Audio is stream directly into your hearing aids without anyone knowing via the MFi connection bridge.

The MFi connection bridge is like a Bluetooth connection but doesn't work the same way. You can't just sync the hearing aid to any Bluetooth device.

One thing to keep in mind whether your using Airpods or Made for iPhone hearing aids, people can still hear the sound if you have it too loud. Just because the device is in your ear doesn't mean that the sound doesn't escaoe if it's loud enough.

July 16, 2019

Notion Microsoft Word Import

Notion supports the ability to import 11 different formats including Microsoft Word documents. So I was wondering, How well does Microsoft Word Import Work?

I have many Word documents. I was wondering how well will it handle some of my complex Microsoft Word Files.

Four Things I Learned

  1. You need to convert any "legacy" Word Documents (.doc format) to use the Microsoft Word XML format. Otherwise the import will fail.
  2. Embedded images and tables are imported very well. I didn’t have any problems with the tables and images after it imported.
  3. It was actually easier to read the documents once imported. Nice to see the “web flow” without the page breaks.
  4. Table colors are not imported - as they aren’t supported in Notion. It does impact how the table looks.

Microsoft Table Colors

Notion Color Tables View
Having color actually makes reading the table data a bit easier.

Overall View

Overall, the import of 20-files went well. Word Documents that had color tables did look a lot better with the color table cells.

I was impressed with how quickly the import process went and how Notion kept all the same formatting - so the documents looked good.

There's no indication when Notion will support table colors.

July 15, 2019

Test Plan Guidlines

A test plan provides a detailed outline of testing for a particular project in a particular release.

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Having a carefully well written test plan can help ensure a feature gets well tested at every release cycle.

There are several key parts of the Test Plan:

Testing Considerations

This is where the QA Lead identifies various conditions which makes it possible to test the functionality.

Assumptions

This is where you list the conditions that can't be known a for sure ahead of time, which you have to make assumptions. These need to be stated so that QA can evaluate whether they are reasonable.

Example Assumptions

  • Database contains the correct data.
  • SQL Integration Service validates the data being inserted into the database.
  • Users can only setup one category for the Employee Update page.

Dependencies

Dependencies that this test plan has on external conditions.

Example Dependencies

  • Nightly backup of external HTML XML Feed data
  • Intranet User Authentication

Risks & Issues

Conditions that add risk to the quality of the functionality or that may impact the accuracy of the test plan.

Example Risk Points

  • SQL Server Integration Service is unable to read the XML Feed
  • Poorly written specs
  • The business owner is not clearly defined for this project.
  • The current database schema is not available.
  • QA isn't aware of the technology being use to display the data on the page.

Feature Description

In several paragraphs explain in detail the feature that is being tested. Links to external spec documents and technical documents should be referenced here.

A list of project/developers should be listed here. These are the people that should get tickets of any bugs found when testing this product.

Testing Outline and Summaries

This section should list all the test cases title summary. It would be good to sort the test cases by some sort of topic.

Example Test Case Summaries

Data Validation
  • Validate that the XML passes the XML validator test 

  • Validate that the intranet page is loading after the nightly XML update 

  • Validate that the intranet page loads if there are no new hires 

  • Validate that the intranet page loads if there are no upcoming anniversary dates 

  • Validate that if a user hasn’t set a configuration, the page still loads 

July 14, 2019

Purity Supreme Circular

Recently I was going through an old bin in the basement and came across an old flyer for Purity Angelo's and Heartland. This is from July 9th, 1989.

Purity Angels Heartland1989
Download the Flyer and check it out!

Yes this flyer is 30-years old! Download the PDF version of the Flyer and check it out!

The flyer was for the stores on Cape Cod. I probably saved this because that's when I was working at the Purity Supreme in Dennis.

Purity Supreme was acquired by Stop & Shop in 1995.

Four Things I Learned from this Flyer

  • There are lots of coupons in the flyer. It appears it was a way to get people to read the flyer.
  • Sweet Bing Cherries are about a $1 more at Market Basket.
  • Today's flyer's all full of color. This particular flyer appears to only use green and black.
  • This flyer came out when coconut oil and palm old was considered bad. The flyer mentions how it was cut out of all the bakery products.
  • One of the things I remember When I workin in the Dairy department, was that when Tropicana went on sale we would have to stock it up. On some days, Tropicana half gallons would have to get restocked more frequently than some gallons of milk. In this flyer it had Tropicana for 2 for $3, which was a good deal.
  • Klondike Bars are advertised at $2.39 - about the same price today at Market Basket.
July 13, 2019

Typing Speed Test

Do you think you're a good at typing at the computer? Why not take a test to see how good you really are. The Typing Speed Test at Live Chat Inc. is a good way to test your typing accuracy.

Why not take the test and start a foundation of your typing skills.

Website Description

Yes, this is a free typing test. As makers of LiveChat - customer service software for business, we wanted to provide the community of our customers and live chat agents with a free typing test. This way they can constantly practice typing and improve typing skills. You also can test your typing speed for free. Our test is a free typing test with WPM score, but it can be also used as a typing speed test for kids.

Typing Test
https://www.livechatinc.com/typing-speed-test/#/

When I took it, I was surprised how bad I did - I scored a 39 WPM with a 99% accuracy. Time to go back to typing school.

July 12, 2019

Bootstrap 4 BBEdit Tools

Recently I upgraded the website from Bootstrap 3 to Bootstrap 4. This was a big upgrade as there were a lot of files that needed to get changed.

No more Panel or Wells

One of the biggest changes is that Bootstrap 4 no longer supports panels or Wells. Instead, Bootstrap 4 now puts emphasis on Card types.

Slight Problem

This site used both types extensively. Which means that I had to do multiple search and replace. So I would need to edit multiple files with various changes.

BBEdit TextFactory to the Rescue

Bootstrap Text Factory
Download the BootStrap 4 Text Factory File

BBEdit Text Factory is the only tool that I have found that will perform multiple Search/Replace on a group of files.

I simply created a TextFactory will all the search and replace rules and the run it against various files on my site. It was easy to set up and certainly made the migration a lot easier than I thought.

TextFactory File

If you're migrating to Bootstrap 4, from Bootstrap 3, you should download my TextFactory file. I think you'll find it helpful with the migration process.

To install this into BBEdit, simply double click on the BootStrap.textfactory file, it should open in BBEdit. Then save the file in the ~/Library/Application Support/BBEdit/Text Factory/ folder.

Make sure to check out all the various search/replace options. You may need to adjust them based on your how your files are set up. BBEdit has more information about using the Text Factory.


Bonus: BBEdit Text Clippings

BBEdit Bootstrap Clipping
Download the BBEdit Bootstrap Text Clipping Library

I put together 60 Text Clippings for BootStrap 4. I separated them into two groups, Bootstrap and Bootstrap Colors. These will make it easy to use BBEdit to edit and create Bootstrap files.

To install these clippings, simply download the BBEdit BootStrap 4 Clippings file. Unpack it and move the BootStrap and BootStrap Color folder to your Clippings Folder. The easiest way to find your BBEdit Clipping folder is to open BBEdit and select the Clipping Menu - it's the C next to Help. Then select the "Open Clipping Folder." Drag the folders to the Clipping Folder.

July 11, 2019

Swan Boat Experience

The Swan Boats in the Boston Public Gardens is a great way to experience Boston. Hop on board and enjoy a few minutes around the Boston Public Gardens.

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Six Things to Know about the Swan Boat Experience

  • The Boston Public Garden's lagoon is very shallow - maximum 3-feet deep. This is why you won't see any life jacks on the boats.
  • This is a very short ride - about 12 minutes. The total duration depends on the number of boats in the water and the number of passengers on each boat.
  • Each Swan boat has six rows of benches, with room for 2-adults and 2 small children in each row. Rarely will they fill the boat in each ride - as they don't want to crowd people in.
  • The line for the Swan Boats move pretty fast. It's about a 10-minute wait from the trash can - just outside of the stone circle.
  • Pro-Tip: You'll want to sit on the right side of the boat so that you can pay attention to the island as you go around it. You'll have an opportunity to see nests and babies around the island. Keep an eye out for turtles.
  • Tickets are good forever. Cost $4 for adults and $2.50 for Children over 2.I would recommend getting some extra tickets as a souvenir when you return to Boston. (If you're a local, it makes for unique stocking stuffers or birthday gift!) The Swan Boats accept MasterCard and Visa - I believe they were once an all-cash business. (In 2016, the ride was $3.50 for adults and $2.00 for children)

Shallow Water

This is what the lagoon water looks like in the early March 2018. As you can see the lagoon is very shallow:

Shallow

July 10, 2019

Enabling Lock Lens Functionality

Using the iPhone XS Max, have you ever experience a situation where the video would flicker as you zoom. This is because the iPhone XS Max is switching between the two lenses to get the best possible picture.

Apple has set up a way to avoid this by enabling the "lock camera lens settings"

i Phone Dual Lens

Setting up the Lock Lens settings

  • Go to Settings
  • Select Camera
  • Select Record Video
  • Click on the switch where it says Lock Camera

What Happens When enabled

When you have the Lock Camera enable the iPhone won't switch lens when you zoom in during the recording. You'll get a nice smooth zoom.

These settings have no impact when you zoom in to take pictures or when you set up the video before recording. The "Lock Camera" will not prevent you from using the Telephoto lens.

Note this only effects the Camera app. This has no effect on ProCam, Camera+ 2, or ProCamera apps.

July 9, 2019

Notion Tables

Notion currently doesn't supports the use of Markdown tables via clipboard copy paste. For example if you copy/paste this format will not work in the current version of Notion:

|  | Boston | New York | Chicago | London |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |

You can't simply copy a table and paste it in. However, You can import a Markdown file that has the same table and it will import perfectly!

Notion supports importing from CSV, Trello, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Evernote and more!

So you can easily get your data into Notion and start doing some cool things.

Notion Tables
Lots of good choices available when selecting the column type

Notion isn't Your Standard Table Display

The concept of tables is different in Notion than Evernote.

In Evernote tables are just a static way to display data.
In Notion, you can do more with the data such as filter the table, or sort columns,

Formula in Databases

Notion also has the ability to use formulas within tables. For example, can have a Table column that outputs the number of days someone has started working at my company - that way I can note personal milestones. This is the formula that I use:

dateBetween(now(), prop("Started"), "days")

There are a lot of formulas that you can add, check out the official Notion Formulas page for some cool options.

Tips Using Tables in Notion

  • To Create a table simply type in: /table and select either an Inline table or a Full page table.
  • The generic table always start with the following headers: Name, Tags and Files.
  • Try importing an Excel file and seeing how Notion can transform it. (Note: You do have to convert your Excel document to CSV format first!)
  • Check out the 'Full Template Gallery' for some tables that are pre-setup with different default headers. They are alway adding new templates which may give you some ideas on how to structure your data.
  • The Fundraising Database is a great example of what you can do with a database/table.
  • If you don't like the "typical" table view, you can transform any table into a Kanban Board, Calendar, List or Gallery

Notion Tables is a cool way to get more control of your data. Learn more about how Notion Database works in the Database 101: build and view guide.

July 8, 2019

False Negative

According to the National Institute of Health:

A false negative is a test result that indicates a person does not have a disease or condition when the person actually does have it.

In Quality Assurance Automation testing, the National Institute of Health example could be rewritten as:

False Negative happens when a test is run and returns a success when the actual test should have failed.

False Negative

Why Good Test Produce False Negatives

This can happen because of various reasons:

Hard Coded Information

Sometimes an automation test case may be written to use a specific datasets and/or urls. This type of test case doesn't take into account of actual path that users may use. Taking shortcuts may seem like a good idea, but are risky since they don't take into account the true paths users may take.

Real Life Example

If someone changes a button link url reference, and automation just goes to the URL, without clicking on the button, it will miss that change. The test will pass, but it should have failed.

Not Checking for Errors

In some instances, an error might be thrown to the user - or the browser console during an automation run. Since this isn't directly impacting the flow of the test case, it's considered a "pass."

Real Life Example

A login page test is run. however, a necessary JavaScript file is not found by the browser, and throws 404 console error. Some parts of the page - not directly related to the test - looks weird. This particular automation test case doesn't see it because it's not part of the test.

Not a Challenging Test Case

I have seen some test cases take the soft route of testing. The test case doesn't check for data validation. Some test cases assume too much and don't intentionally thrown an error - such as entering too much data in a text field.

Real Life Example

A simple test case runs the critical path of a registration process. However, the test case doesn't check to see if the email address field validation is working. Thus when someone made a global JavaScript file change it didn't catch the field validation stopped working.

Ways to Avoid False Negatives

Four ideas to help reduce the chances of test cases returning False Negatives:

  • As a clean up step in automation, check the console logs for errors.
  • If using Ghost Inspector, watch the video in some of the critical path testing to see if there's anything out of the ordinary.
  • Code review automation test cases.
  • In one of my previous jobs, if an Automation test passes for 3-consecutive releases, it's a candidate for an audit. The audit should be done by someone who didn't write the initial case. The audit should think about ways the test could be more productive.

Automation Encountered a New Feature
Ideally the Automation team should get a "heads up" on a new feature being shipped in the current release and areas of impact. Every once in a while, the automation team will be left off the code review or show-me meetings.

Poorly Written Test
The automation steps didn't take into accounts of other situations that may happen when the test are run.

Infrastructure Issues
Something happen that cause the server to behave weird - such as a slow network or disk space full. These types of issues are unavoidable.

July 7, 2019

DayOne Journal

The best way to create content for a blog is to use the Day One app.

I started using DayOne as my primary Blog content creation and planning tool since April 29, 2019. I have found that It's been very easy to organize my content and plan things out.

Previously I was using Trello and Evernote to plan content. I found it hard to get an idea on upcoming

Blogging Day One

Five Things I Learned Blogging with DayOne App

  1. Very easy to add content on my iPhone XS Max or Macintosh computer.
  2. Limited formatting capabilities - there's no tables or fancy text features. Which is fine, because I can always touch up the content before posting. DayOne lets me focus on the content first.
  3. Change the Date - I can change the date of any Journal entry. This is huge because now I can prep up a future post whenever I want.
  4. Multiple Journal Views - I can view the Journal entries by a brief summary, Photo Thumbnails, Locations or by Monthly Calendar. I like the Monthly Calendar because I can easily jump to the blog post of the day.
  5. You can have multiple Journals! I created an Idea Journal for when I come up with future blog ideas. I tag the idea based on the blog category. That way in the future if I am looking for a blog idea on a particular topic I can just go here. I can also save related photos and videos - so I don’t have to go searching for them.
July 6, 2019

Blog Title Generator

Creating the perfect Blog headline can be tricky. What headline in a Google Search will attract the largest possible target audience?

Title Generator has some good title ideas. While many of the titles are just keyword substitution, they are some good things to think about. Title Generator is also good when you have that post topic but need a way to organize the actual post.

Website Description

Title Generator: create 700 headlines with ONE CLICK: Content Ideas + Catchy Headlines + Ad Campaign, E-mail Subject Lines + Emotional Titles.

Simple - Efficient - One Click

Awesome Titles
https://www.title-generator.com/

Sample Headlines

Here are some suggested headlines for was the "Moon Landing was Faked" keywords. I can say I am not impressed with this top-15 results but it's some ideas to think about:

  • How To Find The Right MOON LANDING FAKE For Your Specific Product(Service).
  • Learn Exactly How We Made MOON LANDING FAKE Last Month
  • MOON LANDING FAKE An Incredibly Easy Method That Works For All
  • Being A Star In Your Industry Is A Matter Of MOON LANDING FAKE
  • What Everyone Ought To Know About MOON LANDING FAKE
  • Cracking The MOON LANDING FAKE Code
  • What Make MOON LANDING FAKE Don't Want You To Know
  • How To Quit MOON LANDING FAKE In 5 Days
  • MOON LANDING FAKE: What A Mistake!
  • The A - Z Guide Of MOON LANDING FAKE
  • 5 Brilliant Ways To Use MOON LANDING FAKE
  • The Truth About MOON LANDING FAKE In 3 Minutes
  • How To (Do) MOON LANDING FAKE Without Leaving Your Office(House).
  • 15 Lessons About MOON LANDING FAKE You Need To Learn To Succeed
  • MOON LANDING FAKE? It's Easy If You Do It Smart
July 5, 2019

Managing the Mac Dock

The Apple Dock is a great central resource to launch popular applications. Back in 2016, I wrote a blog post of what applications I have in my dock and a way to add spacers to the dock.

My Dock needs have changed a lot since 2016, today my dock contains:

Google Chrome, FireFox, BBEdit, Brackets, Transmit, Evernote, Dayone, Notion, iTerm, Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, PhotoScape X, Snagit 2018, LaunchBar, Keyboard Maestro, Slack, and Apple Mail.

Apple Dock Tips2

More Great Apple Doc Tricks

Here are some additional tips to manage your Apple Doc:

How to add a ‘Recent Applications’ folder to your Apple Dock

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add '{"tile-data" = {"list-type" = 1;}; "tile-type" = "file-tile";}'; killall Dock;

How to add a ‘Recent Items’ folder to your Apple Dock

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add '{"tile-data" = {"list-type" = 1;}; "tile-type" = "recents-tile";}'; killall Dock;

How to Highlight Hidden Applications

When you select to “hide application” the icon in the dock will be slightly transparent. So you know which Apps are hidden.

defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden -bool yes; killall Dock;

Only Show Open Applications in Dock

When you only want to use the Dock to show active Applications. This is useful when your using LaunchPad or LaunchBar.

defaults write com.apple.dock static-only -bool true; killall Dock;

July 4, 2019

Sailing the Charles River

One way to enjoy Boston is to take on the views from the Charles River. Certainly, you can do this by the Boston Duck Tours, but it would much more adventurous and rent a sailboat.

Community Boating Inc, has small sailboats available for daily retails. They have two boat types available:
  • Cape Cod Keel Mercury which carries 4-person ($89 day)
  • Rhodes 19 which can hold 5-people ($119 a day)

Some Key Rule on Rentals

  • Sailing is limited to the Charles River Basin between the Mass Ave bridge and the Longfellow bridge.
  • Lifejackets are provided and must be worn at all times.
  • Must be able to swim 75 yards.
  • Prior experience is required, candidates are interviewed by the dockmaster on duty.
  • Minimum rental age is 18 years old. Guests under 18 may crew with parent or guardian permission.

Thisis Boston Sailing

About Community Boating

Community Boating, Inc. (CBI) is the nation's oldest, continuously running public sailing center, incorporated in 1946. The mission of Community Boating is to enable “Sailing for All". We offer sailing and other water sports to people of all ages, abilities, and means in the greater Boston area.

Five things I Learned About Community Boating

  • When the non-profit Community Boating first open in 1946 it was America's only public Yacht club.
  • In 1956 they had 51 boats. Today they have 63 Centerboard Mercuries, 20 Keel Mercuries,2 RS Venture Connects, 4 Rhodes 19s, 7 Sonars, 6 Ideal 18s, 12 Lasers, 18 E420s, 30+ Sit-on-Top Single/Double Kayaks, 20+ Windsurfers, 15+ Stand-Up Paddleboards.
  • Every March the Community Boating house has an early season open house. It's a great way to learn about their summer sailing program.
  • During the July 4th Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular you can get reserved seating at the Boat house! It's the only public reserved seating event on the river. People that attend the event get to watch the Pops on Jumbotrons, enjoy Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, face paintings and much more.
  • There is no on-site parking. The nearest parking lot is the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary. If your taking public transportation, get off at the Charles/MGH Red Line station.
July 3, 2019

Cloud Backup of Burst Mode Photos

Burst mode, also known as continuous shooting, is a creative way to make sure you catch all the action on camera. What it basically does is take multiple photos which created a sequence of images. You can then later pick the image that works best for you. For example, in an action shot you may pick the photo that shows the runner suspended in Mid-air.

Burst Mode Cloud Backup

Not all cloud services back up burst mode the same. Here's how some of the most popular cloud services handle burst mode photos. (Google Photos, Amazon Photos, Apple iCloud, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive)

Google Photos

All burst photos get downloaded.

Amazon Prime Photos

Only the first image is backed up to Amazon Photos.

Apple My Photo Stream and Apple iCloud

By default only the images you select as your favorite are uploaded. You can change this by going to Settings, then Search for "Burst" and then turning on "Upload Burst Mode"

Dropbox

Only the favorite image in a Burst mode set is backed up to Dropbox.

Microsoft OneDrive

Only the first image is backed up to Microsoft OneDrive.

July 2, 2019

Moving from Evernote to Notion

This July I plan to discontinue paying for Evernote. There are many reasons why, but the main reason is that I don’t use it enough to justify the cost. So I am looking for an alternative solution that may make managing some of my data easier.

I still plan on using Evernote, but plan to focus on another application. For the next few week's I'll do a deep dive into the capabilities of Notion.

Evernote Notion
Can Notion really replace Evernote?

Why Notion?

There are four main reasons why I am considering Notion:

  1. Very popular with former Evernote users. There are a lot of other alternatives, but there's a large community of former Evernote users using Notion.
  2. Lots of power and capabilities - such as Cover Images and Tables that perform calculations.
  3. Works like a personal Wiki. Which I think will make it easy to navigate and find information. Evernote content is mostly found using search. Notion has a good search, but I think it may be easier to organize content by relate type.
  4. Markdown Support - Markdown format is really popular. I find that it's easy to move data between applications using Markdown.

Over the next five weeks I’ll look at Notion as a potential alternative to Evernote.

Notion Dashboard

Many people have been sharing how they use Notion. Here's 10 Notion Templates To Inspire Your Use - Keep Productive - Medium. This is good to see how some people use Notion.

Cost Difference

If I stay with Evernote, it would cost me $34.99 per year. As I am still on the Evernote Plus plan. The current Premium plan would be $95.88.

If I switch to Notion, it will cost me $48.00 a year or $4 a month.

Notion is a cheaper solution if Evernote discontinues the Plus Plan. Otherwise, I don't know if the features in Notion are really worth the extra cost. That's what I'll be investigating all month long.