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One app to rule them all: 16 ways to use DraftPlus to improve your life at work

We designed DraftPlus for wireframing, but we believe it is a flexible tool for your iPad and therefore here you go with a list of key/additional/complementary ways to make the most of the app you own…

Stop using paper for your draft versions and use your iPad instead. ūüôā

 

Use it for designing


1. Presentations.
2. Web site structures.
3. Software applications concepts.
4. Blueprints

DraftPlus is a drag&drop presentation designer that you can use to store information on your iPad or to create concepts just about anything. Use frames to groups items together and design App, websites, concepts of database. You can create the very first navigable version of your application and share it with your colleagues/friends wherever you are.

Design presentations

Design presentations

Design App concepts

Design App concepts

To build, publish & present on external screen


5. Navigable blueprints for…just anything.
6. Professional presentations.

DraftPlus is built to work with concept design. You can create your model, add the links to the stickers and try the navigation instantly. In presentation mode gives you an indication where are the buttons and when you publish the project, all the details about the menu navigation are added to the notes.

Test Navigation flow

Test Navigation flow

To write, review & share


7. Personal or business notes.
8. Projects,concept, images.
9. Page navigation flows.
10. Newsletters.
11. Reports.
12. Scorecards
13. Multi purpose notebook.

DraftPlus¬†has integrated functions that let you write, create tables or chart all at once. You write your values in a table and then you decide how to present the information. “Automatic charts” builds your chart automatically, choosing the right spacing, the color, the font and the number of axises you need. Every chart is built ensuring visibility of all the information and it can be resized to fit your needs.

Automatic Cahrts

Automatic Charts

Table data

Table data

If what you need is just a notebook for your stories or a sketch book, you can use DraftPlus¬†to write and archive your books. Copy/Paste images or text from other applications, write notes, create new images compositions…take pictures of your pages and send them to your friends with your notes.

My favorite magazines

My favorite magazines

What I have read so far...

What I have read so far…

Everything you create on DraftPlus can be presented on an external screen using the iPad standard functionalities (a cable might be required in some cases).

 

To create storyboards


14. for movie scripts, books, presentations, etc.

Working with Storyboards

Working with Storyboards – images

Working with Storyboards

Working with Storyboards – scripts

…and to use secure data transfer


15. Share confidential messages with anyone.
16. Share sensitive data.

DraftPlus does not require any login or registration to be fully functional. Your data and your projects are not stored remotely. Information remain on your iPad and when you want to share the content (or run a backup), you can use encryption with password to send data via e-mail to the final recipient. Only the users having DraftPlus installed on their iPad and knowing the password, can read the information received.

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2 ways to save webpage content with DraftPlus

DraftPlus can be a powerful tool to save information you found interesting from internet or you want to use later on.
If you copied text or images, you can paste them on a page and they become stickers, that can be further formatted.
Using the sticker settings panel, you can use images as fixed backgrounds, logos, etc.

Let’s have a look in more detail…

Method #1: Print the screen from web browser.
Once you saved a screenshot of your favorite web page, you can pickup the image from the iPad gallery and copy/paste on a page. If you have already on a page an input-image sticker, just double tap on it. If you want to create a completely new sticker, use the paste sticker option to create a new image item. The image can be adjusted later on to fit your needs.
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Method #2: Copy an item directly.
On a web page, select the text or copy the image you like and then paste the content on the page. This method is more flexible, if you want to change the layout later on. Each sticker can become a hyperlink so you can re-create a navigation flow and build your own notebook.

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Finally, you can publish your album in pdf or as photo collection and share it with your friends and colleagues.

Learn more on our web site.

DraftPlus is the quickest way to create presentations on your iPad

Build an executive slide in 2 minutes

DraftPlus is a powerful tool on your iPad to create wireframes of your presentations or to publish the final version, when you are not at your desktop computer.

Starting from version 1.0.8 you can use the frames to create custom templates of pages, stickers…anything.

Let’s see how…

If you use presentations in your everyday office work, you have already reused presentations or old slides to produce : updated reports, newsletters etc. etc.

DraftPlus makes everything quicker and you can produce pdf presentations with the very same quality you are used to at your desktop computer.

In this example we will create a presentation only with one page, the one we want to save as a template.

Our page template will have a title, three text paragraphs, a table and an highlighted paragraph for the final message. To show the page layout, here the 3 paragraphs have dashed borders, but we will remove them, later on.

DraftPlus - Working with frames

Using frames

Each sticker can become a frame. When a sticker is set as a frame, every other sticker within its boundaries can be moved as a group.

Every sticker can be customised and stored as a custom sticker. If you save as custom sticker a frame, also all the stickers included in the group are stored.

This is the quickest way to create custom pages and reuse them among projects or share ¬†them with your team members….

In the figure below we added on the page a sticker and we positioned as page background. The size of the sticker is the size of the page (here 1024×768 pixels), so all the others page items are grouped.

DraftPlus - Working with frames

DraftPlus - working with frames

If you move now the new added sticker, all the other elements follow.

Create a custom sticker

Using the sticker settings panel, we add the frame sticker as custom item to either the project or the group library. If you add the object to the group library, all the projects you create inside the group, will be able to use the new items. Since we are adding a frame that contains the right page layout we need, we can now go on any new project or page and add the new sticker.

When the page contains the text we want, we make the frame transparent and remove the borders.

The new page will look like the image below.

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DraftPlus - working with frames

Draft+: Charts, tables and slides, all in one App!

Draft+ makes it easy to create your prototype of presentation but it is not just that…

You can use Draft+ to publish your final work too and most important, you can create professional looking slides in literally 1 minute!

The problem with “old” type of office application:
With standard office software, you usually need two or three applications to add in one slide tables and charts. You need one app to create a presentation and some other external party to generate charts or input data.
More, everytime you edit a table with some data, charts need to be formatted again, the labels need to be moved to avoid overlapping, you need to reconsider if the style of the chart or the scale used is still good enough for the space you want to allocate in the slide…

Tailored for tablets
Draft+ is developed for iPads, meaning we reduced to the minimun the steps you need to take to create an effective presentation.
It is intuitive, everything you need is just one tap away…

Work with data tables
You can add table to a slide inserting a data-cube object.
This item is a group of data information that can be easily reshaped according to your needs.
You insert the data once and after you choose the way you want to present them selecting the proper style.

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When you finish inputing the data, you can choose another table style…

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…or you might want to present the same table as a chart…

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About the chart business
The app will add a chart series for each numeric column of the table.
The first column of the table will be used as legend entries.

Few important things to notice about the automatic chartings:

1. Series are organised in a way that will always ensure visibility of the data.
2. Colours are selected automatically starting from the main theme colour.
3. Colours are always selected to present the right contrast and visibility.
4. The labels for the values never overlaps.
5. The legend is built automatically and can be placed in different location.

Automatic Cahrts

So you have a meeting and a presentation in 30 minutes…

Have you ever been in such situation?

You are out of your office to meet a client, you’ve got your presentation ready, perfect slides, charts and suddenly your team or people from the office call and tell you that the data you are using in your charts is wrong and it needs to be changed before the meeting with the client…

You spent all the night before creating a perfect slide, adjusting the chart colours and labels to create a perfect presentation and now with the new data, everything will have to be edited again…

Chart are tricky objects…they are a powerful mean to represent information BUT, sometimes they require some estensive editing to look professional and clean.

If you have an iPad and you have installed¬†“Draft+” this would not be a problem anymore…because this App generates automatically charts from any added table and ensure that the visibility (colours,fonts, spacing) is always the right one.

So you edit the table with the new data and with a gesture you have a professional-looking chart compliant with the theme you are using for your presentation.

If your table contains series using different metrics (integer, decimal, percentage), Draft+ will organise the series, grouping similar metrics.

Now just export the presentation in PDF and the meeting can take place smoothly…
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Why all our Apps end with a “+”? ;)

We start developing with the idea of providing the same user experience to our customers.

Whether you are creating a world map or a presentation, if you know one App, you will know already how to use the others.

The menus, the actions, the way the content is structured, all follow the same logic, so after few taps, you are able to be up-to-speed in any scenario.

We put particular care into creating this smooth experience and you will see how easy it is to switch from one App to another, even without the need of a tutorial…

So we decided to identify with a “+” sign all those Apps that use the same user interface logic.

World Map+
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Thematic+
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WorldMap+

We talked to the people…about the map business

Using World Map Plus

When we decided to enter in the iPad’s software development business, we had the clear idea that what we would introduce in the market should have been something bringing value added to the office’s productivity.

When you work in an office there are many tasks that would require automation to reduce the effort and speed up productivity. Sometimes, budget constrains, might reduce the amount of automation versus a more intensive use of human resources.

The final purpose of our Apps is to introduce office-automation or best practice at a very affordable cost. If you have an iPad at office,  you already believe that the business is moving toward a more mobile version. The iPad is the extension of your computer, you can do additional tasks just everywhere!

The maps businessThe first set of applications we introduced are related to the report-publishing business. You work in a multinational company, you need to produce periodic reports with maps and data, where would you find the right map?

Let’s not shoot higher than we need…Certainly there are many software out there creating maps. On internet you can find many companies providing that kind of service.Some of them are very expensive and/or would require your company to purchase licenses. In most of the cases, if the only thing you need is a map for a presentation, these solutions are not what you are looking for…

¬†…but still we want to look professional:Internet provides today also with free available solutions that could fit (partially) the task to create a thematic map or just a world map with colours indicating a footprint,some distribution,etc.Very often, these solutions are free but also have some limited customisations (or they add a logo or a copyright notice in the footprint).Presentations that are aimed to be sent to the high management cannot have embedded copied (or/and somehow modified) content from internet or other sources. ¬†Adding these kind of pictures in the presentation, will ¬†make it look like a draft version or just not professional enough… More, if your target audience is a room full of people (e..g presenting on stage), you really don’t want to show them additional distracting details that are not 100% compliant with your company (e.g. other companies logos).

Considering all the reasons above, we decided to build two distinct applications,helping people to create quickly, fully customisable maps, for any document or presentation.

  • WorldMap+: your iPad can now generate images of vectorial maps, with the colours you need, no logos, no additional not-needed information.You choose the WorldMap+countries,the colours, the style and the resolution; the app does the rest and you can use the resulting image in any document you need. More…you can re-use the previous maps and add details or change colours; so if you do periodic reporting, your maps will always look identical ¬†in shape and selection, and alignment,plus you will be presenting the updated version. WorldMap+ does not only generates maps….you can create reports with notes and descriptions or you can archive the projects. You can work with people in parallel or you can merge data from other projects. Every functionality in WorldMap+ has been tuned in a way that you make the most out of your iPad and your time. The result has always a professional-look.
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WorldMap+

 

  • Thematic+: it is an app to generate thematic maps. You decide which country to¬†present, which values, which intervals and the app produces beautiful professional¬†Thematic Plusmaps with legend and descriptions. You can use Thematic+¬†to create an overview of a¬†coverage or a distribution.Also this App, contains functionalities that will help you working in groups and review the draft versions. The images are fully customisable, so you can choose, colours,style and backgrounds to best match your company themes. Adding a thematic map to your presentation can really change the way your audience accepts the message.

Thematic+