Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Giveaway: Tag your annotations for free!

TagNotate – the ONLY app that allows you to tag annotations across your PDFs, and the ONLY app that I have ever developed – got several (5-star!) reviews across the UK, US, and German app stores, but when you go find the app on the app store, the stars are dimmed out, and you get this:

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for the current version of this application.

Apple require a critical mass of ratings before it displays an average rating. No one seems to know what that critical mass is. So... we need reviews. Honest reviews. Though to be as honest as those reviews, I'd be happy even with dishonest reviews! Actually, we don't even need reviews. Just ratings.

So here are some promo codes that will allow you to download the app for free (it's just like paying for the app - you get updates when they come out, etc. Just paste the code into where it says Redeem on the App Store. You'll save yourself $2.99). We don't get to see which promo codes have been used, just that some number have been used. So I'll post more if it looks like they get used up. Or, if you find that none of the codes work, just email info@tagnotate.com and say you saw this on my blog. There is some legal stuff that I have to post, from Apple, but I'll put it in very tiny print...


Thank you! And do please write a review or click the stars to rate it! Not that I'm begging... but let's face it: Flappy Birds was rubbish as a PDF reader, and you certainly couldn't tag your annotations with it... but if necessary, I will rename the app Flappy Tags...

Codes expire on 22nd April 2014 and is redeemable only on the iTunes Store. Requires an iTunes account, subject to prior acceptance of license and usage terms. To open an account you must be above the age of 13. Compatible software and hardware, and internet access (fees may apply) required. Not for resale. Full terms apply; see www.apple.com/legal/itunes/ww/. For more information, see www.apple.com/support/. This app is provided to you by Tim and Gerry Inc.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

TagNotate 1.2 waiting for approval!

It's been a hectic time:

On the domestic front, my father and I are each moving house (the two overlap to the extent that I've been helping sort through the layers of family possessions which, rather like geological structures across time, get put down gradually over an extended period, with each new layer of things covering up the previous layer). While planning my own move, I'm also planning the house into which I shall move - it's being built right this minute... er... well... no... not unless they're working through the night out there in the sub-zero temperatures of Connecticut. I had no idea that choosing appliances for the kitchen is so painful, or that 15% of refrigerators break, or that the phrases "contemporary staircase" and "made in Connecticut" do not co-occur on Google. Or anywhere else.

As exciting as all this is, I find it hard not to extol the virtues of that other big 'thing' in my life just now: TagNotate. Version 1.2 is with Apple waiting for approval before it can go live on the App Store. It's hugely improved. And we have a new marketing tagline:

Among the changes - iOS 7 look-and-feel, and importing of files and folders in zip archives. I used it recently for a grant panel that I had to prepare for, and it took me less than half the usual time it takes me to read, annotate, summarise, and review each grant. It's such a shame that I can't review it myself on the app store! So if anyone's reading this... please download and review it! Better still, tweet about it, or post about it on your own blog! And once you've done that, you could even consider using it...

Other major changes in my life: Cognition has an Editor-in-Chief-Elect who will replace me from Jan 1st 2015. I daren't look at how many manuscripts I've made decisions on during my time on the journal. I think that by the time I leave it could be around 4,500. Which reminds me: I'd best get back to working on #4269...

Subliminal advertisement:

Buy it. Download it. Review it. 
Annotate your PDFs. Tag your annot... nah... just buy it, and review it.