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+

Draft+ | the storyboard with description

So your boss asked for a presentation…

A typical scenario.

You meet your boss and you come back with the task of putting together a presentation. It needs to be ready in a couple of days.

Have you ever been in this situation?

You might have already some ideas or a set of slides that you used in the past, nevertheless, the time is your enemy.

You need to share the requirements with your team members, decide what to put and what to exclude, you need to work in parallel and most important, you need to communicate what it is required, clearly.

This situation would require concentration, figuring out what to present, drawing sketches on several papers, handwriting the major titles…etc etc

After, you would shared the papers with your team, ask for first inputs, assign to some of them the task to merge the contents in a final deck,etc,etc.

So your papers run through the team/the office and maybe at a certain point, after several reviews and hours, become less and less clear…how many papers did you use?

If your team is spread along regions (or world wide), the task is even more complex…

Of course the task is still duable but there is a better way to do it, if you have an iPad…using Draft+ (Draft Plus).

Draft+  is an App than runs on IOS7 or higher, designed for exactly these kind of tasks.

You drammatically speed up your productivity, particularly creating the first drafts of you slide deck, merging all your inputs and maintain a history of your works so that next time, you don’t have to go searching for an old paper…somewhere.

You can control and communicate your versions remotely so that you can easily merge, review and add changes.

No need of using papers anymore! It is even environmentally friendly…you only need to print the very last version,if you needed on paper.

You can start with building a clear storyline for your presentation, maybe just the titles at the beginning…Arrange the pages according to the storyline you want to present.Adding more content…and finally creating the first draft slides.

You can use Draft+ to create the final PDF version of your slides or just send the file as a guideline for the editor, the one who is going to produce the very final version for the management.

Draft+ is fully customisable and you can paste content (images and text) from websites, other documents or other Apps that allow the copy function on the iPad.

Learn more about it…

Draft+ | the storyboard

Creating the titles

Draft+ | the storyboard with description

Add content to the titles

Executive Summary | build with Draft+

Executive Summary

 

Draft+

Use the iPad photo gallery as your source

Draft+ is the first generation of our tools for presentation. “First” does not mean basic.

Using the iPad factory functionalities such as copy&paste or the Photo gallery, you can share content on iCloud, print, present on external screens (using the presentation function in the tool).

Draft+ is a collector, you can merge any content (text or picture) from any App,document or internet page that allows the copy functionality.

So you can paste an image from internet with a caption describing the url from which it was taken or you can add your own description.

You can create beautiful presentations or notes just with few touches.

Learn more about it…

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Provide guidance to your team

Use Draft+ to give guidance on the slide deck you want

Draft+ | give guidance on the slide deck you wantSometimes  you need to prepare presentations quickly.

If you are a manager, you will gather with your team to discuss what the slide deck should contain and how you would like to look like. You communicate this on paper, drawing sketches that sometimes might lead to different interpretations and additional loops of reviews.

If your team is a virtual one, meaning spread in different regions, the number of reviews  and the clarity of the guidance will make the difference in terms of time and results.

You can use Draft+ and your iPad to build the structure you want, the notes, the descriptions, the formatting and then share them via email.

With Draft+ you can give a flavour of what you need in a very effective way:

– Build a storyboard that tells the story you want to tell.

– Send projects to be reviewed.

– Keep tracks of the changes.

– Add notes on snapshots of the pages to comment additional changes.

Let’s have a look to it in more details…

 

Use case: Present an update about sales in your regions.

Executive Summary | build with Draft+

Executive SummaryUsing Draft+ with few touches on the screen you can create a slide like this.

The idea is to present two charts and a main message to introduce the story of the deck

You can paste on the page some images from your iPad’s gallery, if you have them or you can add 2 chart place holder stickers, like in this case.

Draft+ | adding notes to the page

We flip the page and also add a description of what the slide shall present, a more descriptive text, giving additional information about when the first draft should be ready.

Once the slide is ready, you can decide to share it in different formats, depending if your are reviewing a project or you are sending your guidelines for the deck to an editor.

 

Publishing Slide deck in PDF

The whole slide deck can be exported as a series of images of the pages you included.

The pages are reproduced as you see them, so if you want to added some pictures from the gallery, they also will be rendered.

If you choose (in the project settings) to publish the pdf with a cover page, your pdf file will have an additional page at the beginning presenting the title of the project and the project description.

An additional option is also to include the page notes. If this options is set, the pdf file will have an additional text page added after each original slide.

Publishing Slide deck Outline

This format allows you to communicate easily the layout of the pages and the description of the content at once. The information is available on one page and it is exported as
Page Layout description | using Draft+html file.  If you have a presentation with many slides, you are using a low band internet connection and you want to send quickly the document, you can use this format.

Learn more about Draft+…

 

Minimalism is good!

When we design a product we think: “what is the most recurring task?, Which is the functionality that the user will use the most?”

We believe an App needs to be blend with the content you want to create.

It should be natural, simple in few words minimalist.

The most important functionalities are in front of you, all the rest will appear when you decide to take an action…

So the publishing, will suddenly present additional features, the  editing of the page will unfold new characteristics… and so on.

Minimalist does not mean basic.

Draft+ | Minimalist interfaceThe look and feel of the user interface is neat , flexible and allows you to focus on your contents, knowing that more functionalities will be available when needed…

Let’s take as example Draft+’s  user interface.

You have the possibility to use almost the whole screen and the editing functionalities are available when you touch the screen.

When you finished editing and you want to do something else…the bottom bar will bring somewhere else…

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Maybe you want to publish you content…or take a snapshot of the current page or browse the project gallery…or change the scene and go browsing other projects.

StoryboardYou can access the storyboard with one simple gesture.