September/October Issue of Mindjet Connections Newsletter Out

Check out the latest issue of Mindjet Connections Newsletter. It is chock full of great articles and a really great JCVGantt Video Tips 'n Trick from yours truly. Enjoy!

PS: If you organization is looking for someone to create video tutorials or demonstrations, please feel free to email me.

Go Green with Forms with Adobe Acrobat 9

In my previous post I wrote about the new Portfolio feature in Adobe Acrobat that is bound to change the way you think about sending PDF files. In this blog installment I want to talk to you about how both business and school organizations can cut down on their use of paper and reduce their carbon footprint by using the Forms feature in Adobe Acrobat 9. If you work in any organization you know that there is a form for just about everything and anything that takes place in your office. Forms for travel Expenses, Sick Days, Vacation Requisitions, Tuition Reimbursement and the list goes on and on. I'm sure you know the drill- get the paper form fill it out and send it via inter-office mail. Or in some instances the form may be posted on your organization's website but you still need to print it out and fill it in and send it to the appropriate office. That seems like a lot of work, and if you multiply that by how many employees are in your organization that sure is a lot time and paper that is being used in the process.

Using the Forms feature in Adobe Acrobat 9 will not only make your organizations form flow more efficient-but can significantly reduce the amount of paper and time that it takes to complete and route forms. If you haven't looked at the Forms feature in Adobe Acrobat 9, I suggest that you do. You will find it very easy to create forms from your existing paper based forms, electronic forms that you may have in Word, or from a Acrobat PDF template. If your existing form is paper based you can scan it into Adobe Acrobat 9 and have Acrobat convert it to a fill in blank form for completing with Acrobat Reader. The process is very quick and within minutes you will have an electronic form ready to be filled in. If you are not familiar with the process you can use the Forms Wizard to walk you through the process for creating your form. Within minutes you will have your form ready to go. Once your form is complete the next decision you need to make is how are you planning to distribute the form? You have several options-you can distribute it on, as an email, and to an internal server. Using the free website makes it a cinch to distribute forms and all of the heavy lifting for distributing the forms is done within Adobe Acrobat 9. You can get a free account and use it to distribute your forms-however, bear in mind that if you are dealing with information of a confidential nature you should consider hosting the form on your internal server. Once the form is distributed you can email it to select individuals or have it available on your website for completing on line with Acrobat Reader 9. The real beauty of using Adobe Acrobat 9 Extended is the ability to use the Track Forms feature to view the Responses. When you initiate this feature Adobe Acrobat 9 will go out to your server or to and pull in all the completed forms. If you have never used this feature it is a very fast and efficient way to collect your information without the need to print out forms on paper. This can quickly change your entire work flow and help your organization move towards moving forms in a paper-less fashion. Now imagine the cost saving and just how good you will feel that you are doing something good for the environment!. If you want to try it out you can certainly download Acrobat 9 Trial version from the Adobe web site.

To see what it is like to fill out the form, you can complete this Contact Form and send it to me with the Adobe Acrobat Reader. To download the Contact Form click on the Menu in the Thumbnail below and download the form. After filling in the Form just click on the Submit Form button which is located on the top of the Acrobat Reader.

Creating PDF Portfolios in Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended

I have been a long time user of Adobe Acrobat and use it extensively in the work that I do as a professor and technology consultant. While many of us are used to using Adobe Acrobat Reader- you don't really understand the power and utility of Adobe Acrobat until you start working with with the Standard, Pro or Pro Extended versions. When Adobe announced that they had just released version 9 of Adobe Acrobat, I knew that I had to take a look at it and see what new features it offered. I once again would like to thank Roman from A & R Edelman for providing me with a review copy of Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended. There are currently four different versions in the Adobe 9 product line which include: Reader, Standard, Pro, and Pro Extended. Each version has a different set of features which are delineated on this matrix provided by Adobe. For the purpose of this review I am going to be speaking about Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended version which has the most advanced feature rich set.

In this post, I will highlight two very exciting features which I know will change the way we think about PDF's (Portable Document Format) and how we use them. On the top of my list is the introduction of portfolio's and the ability to play Flash assets within a PDF which takes this version to a whole new level. Let me start off by talking about the Portfolio feature which I know will make us all rethink how we create and distribute information that we produce. I'm sure that if you are like me, you often get emails with several PDF attachments. When the email is delivered into your inbox you have no idea which one to open first and once they are opened you then have to save them to a folder and organize them in some way so that they are useful to you. Well all of that has changed with the concept of creating a PDF Portfolio with Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended (Portfolio's can be created with the Standard and Pro editions of Acrobat).

Now imagine that you can now take your existing PDF files, SWF files, Word files, Excel documents, and picture files and create one unitary portfolio which stores all of your documents. When you are ready to share your documents via an email attachment there is only one file to attach. While this is certainly an improvement over the way we used to do it, now imagine that you have the ability to craft the portfolio so that it has the look and feel that you hope to achieve for your communication. Once you begin to create your portfolio you can choose a layout, add a welcome and header, select a color scheme, specify file details, and publish the portfolio. I found it very easy to create the look an feel that I wanted and I was able to add my picture to personalize my portfolio. I choose to use the Revolve layout which gave me a sort of cover flow effect that you might find on your iPod. To add the files to my portfolio- it was as simple as dragging them into the portfolio from my desktop where they were stored. You should note that my PDF Portfolio contains several different types of files, just to show you the power of this new feature. I included a Word document, a Captivate SWF movies, and several PDF files. Acrobat allowed me to use the nice blue color schemes from a large palette of colors. One of the really impressive features is the ability to present your documents in the order you desire when the recipient receives them. By creating an Order field within Acrobat, I was able to place a number from 1 to 6 into the field and then sort the documents so that they appear in the order that I want. As you create your PDF Portfolio there are lots of features that you can change to insure that it looks and behaves as you wish. Before publishing your PDF Portfolio there are lots of ways that Acrobat allows you secure your PDF portfolio. Click here to watch how I created a PDF Portfolio in Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended

What really got me excited is the way Adobe Acrobat 9 handles files within the portfolio. You will see if you download my PDF Portfolio that Acrobat will allow you preview your Word and Excel files right within the portfolio. You will also note that I placed a Captivate 3 swf demonstration video within the PDF file that plays right within Adobe Acrobat Reader 9, without the need of any additional players. This feature alone is huge. Imagine being able to great technical and training guides complete with Flash videos embedded right within the PDF. With Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended you can easily embed Flash video within your Word and PowerPoint presentations. Once you install Adobe Acrobat 9 Extended you will now have a new Acrobat menu embedded within Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. By simply using the Embed Video drop down you can insert Flash and FLV videos right within your documents that are automatically converted to Flash when you publish your PDF's. This is truly an awesome feature and one that will change the way we think about how we use PDF's for training and distributing information. Remember you will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 to view the Portfolio.

As part of Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended you also get the added bonus of Adobe Presenter 7 which is an add-in to PowerPoint. I must say a very powerful add-in to say the least. I have highlighted the use of Adobe Presenter in a previous post- so if you missed it here is the link.

RTIME/MyRTIME TM 5.0 - Visual Brainstorming and Requirement Capture with MindManager® Integration

I had the opportunity to speak with Bob Chenal from QAVantage just last week, who has developed a MindManger 7 Pro add-in to there software product RTIME. Using MindManager® Pro 7 from Mindjet®, Business Analysts, Product Managers and any other stakeholders can visually map out software requirements across the lifecycle of the product. MindManager will not only improve your teams productivity, it will improve requirements quality and communication. Free form capture your ideas or start with a pre-defined MindManager template(s) provided by QAVantage. Once the information has been organized within MindManager Pro 7 you can quickly transfer the information into the RTIME application to monitor the lifecycle of the project.

BSF: Can you share with us a little bit about your background and how you got started developing the MindManager add-in?

RC: QAvantage is really two consultancies that merged in 2006. The first started development in software lifecycle consulting and specialized in testing services on large projects in the corporate IT space. Since 1997 they had developed and refined a very nice tool for requirements tracking, tracing and coverage. The other was consulting primarily to commercial software development companies and had developed some requirement prioritization and management tools for product managers. It didn’t take long after discovering one another that we concluded that if we combined elements of our respective tools we could fill a rather wide gap in the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) Market, where the offerings are either very big, expensive portfolios of tools, or very focused point tools that don’t cover a wide swath of the lifecycle. So we invested, hunkered down, blended and revamped what we had and then started marketing in earnest this past summer, a product called RTIME 5.0.

RTIME uses a structured database at its core (Microsoft SQL Server), so up until our integration with Mind Manager Pro we had no graphically based requirement development facility. Most SDLC tools and the majority of requirement development point tools don’t have a graphically based front end either, and those that do are really purpose built for just a single facet of requirement development, like Use Case Diagrams, so it’s a common problem. We are very excited to be the first company to offer this, but we do expect others to catch on eventually.

BSF: When did you see first see the fit between Software Requirements Management and using Mind Manager?

RC: We think it was back in 2002 that a couple of us got the first exposure to MM and that was by the COO of a software company who used MM for a whole variety of things, including his quarterly meetings presentations. We went back to ask about the tool because it seemed so handy, but being as busy as we all are in the software business, we didn’t have the time to explore it. It’s too bad we didn’t take a closer look then.

Then just eight months ago, a fairly large commercial software company was in need of a tool like RTIME. RTIME really starts with users entering requirements into a structured database so that requirements can be approved, tracked, traced , and then evolved into development tasks, tested etc. But requirements themselves need to be elicited from users and documented in some way and MMs are really just excellent for that purpose because they’re geared to taking thoughts and ideas and forming them into useful visual information with structure. When we saw it used that way we were blown away by how much better this was than the most common tools- which are Word or sticky notes. Yes, that’s actual yellow paper sticky notes.

So we basically raced to understand the Mindjet API to see if we could build an import capability from Mindjet to our system. When we found that we could do that and have it done by our release of RTIME 5.0 we were ecstatic, because we knew that this would help us not just with this opportunity, but that it would give a great strategic advantage.

The richness of the visual interface, the flexibility, the well developed APIs and deep integration to Office tools means that you can carry the primary form of the requirement in a MM, manipulate it and then just export to all the other forms depending on your needs, which is really perfect, especially when requirements are in the formative stages

BSF: Can you share with us how your SQL based Software Development Lifecycle Management system integrates with MindManager? And how does it work?

RC: We have an Mindmanager export plug-in that first examines the mmap file, then allows you to designate various containers and the content thereof for export, does integrity checks, alerts the users to any invalid structures, and then maps it into the RTIME data structure. So when you import a mind map that has requirements in containers at some level, their higher level groupings, descriptions and attributes and assumptions are imported into RTIME. The traditional file and folder format that RTIME presents to the user is consistent with the MM depiction. If the user has relationship lines in the MM, they are translated into dependency links between requirements.

This is just the beginning. We have much more extensive plans for MindManager that we are working on for RTIME 6.0.

BSF: What are the benefits of using MindManager and RTIME together?

RC: When you step back, the whole process of developing software from conception to final product can be summed up in just two notions. One, it’s the stepwise crystallization of (sometimes rather wispy) thoughts into the very brittle stuff that software is- and Two (ever so important Two) being sure that what you created consistently does what you originally conceived it to do.. without breaking.

Notion two is RTIME’s turf. Any SDLC tool worth its salt needs to have extensive prioritization, reporting, traceability, test coverage and process management components. Those are best supported by a system where just one databases, is used to drive these components. So we have constructed RTIME as an affordable product that has a straight forward single database structure with a broad set of capabilities. We even have a single user version called MyRTIME.

Notion one is where everyone needs even more help. How do we develop better requirements to begin with? How can we speed up the crystallization process? How can we do this without having to learn complex specialized tools that take big investments in time and money just to put in place? This is where MMs have so much value. When requirements get really complex and there are a lot of interrelationships, Business Analysts and Product Managers need requirements tools that will help gather, reveal gaps, optimize structure and quickly convey those requirements and to others.

Now that we have both of these bases covered in the overall solution, we have a front end tool that helps us cover this most challenging area and integrates in a nice clean fashion to what RTIME handles well. But using a MM can help whether or not you use any SDLC tool. As far as I know, the most structured text documents out there contain requirements and specifications that describe some sort of technology. Whenever they get large, a MM can help you make them better.

My case in point: I worked for many years at HP Software as a Solution Marketing Manager where a good portion of my time was laboring over really huge requirements documents that came in to our group in the form of RFPs for complex telecom database systems. When I saw early this year how easy it was to import one of those highly structure Word documents into a mind map where it could be viewed and reorganized in MM form, then exported into a better Word document, I wanted to cry. All I could think of was all the mind numbing hours I spent scrolling and searching through those monster documents when I could have viewed, drilled into and modified them in a far easier way.

BSF: Who is presently using RTIME and MindManager? What are your users saying about the tie in with MindManager

RC: We’ve had extremely enthusiastic response back from our first users. I think it’s because everyone that’s used it so far has been sort of blindsided in the same way we have. Here’s a gush from a Business Analyst at a New Jersey based Medical Marketing group that is now using the new 5.0 RTIME:

The integration between MindManager and RTIME is awesome. It gives an excellent visual representation of requirements making it easier to recognize gaps. It's a huge time saver and simple to use. I'm addicted!”

And from Mike Tilman, COO of IDRT, a company using 5.0 to help with their development of a very cool hardware and software system to translate American Sign Language into English text and speech.

“Being able to map out our requirements in MindManager Pro® speeds both the process of capturing our requirements as well as communicating them clearly across our internal and external team members. Equally importantly is once we import them into RTIME™ we can manage them through the entire development and delivery cycle. ”

And the initial reaction from that fairly large company I mentioned earlier is very positive. We expect we’ll be importing hundreds of Mind maps that they have accumulated over the last several years as they formalize their entire development and test process.

For more information about RTIME click here

Webspiration to Go Beta This Week

It is with a great deal of excitement that I announce that Inspiration will be releasing in a public beta Webspiration, their online visual thinking tool. (Webspiration will be available to the public this Wednesday for a free sign-up). I have had the privilege to work with Webspiration for the the last couple of months and have to say it was a truly wonderful experience. Inspiration, Inc has been able to take that same experience you have had when using the software on your desktop and translate it to that same experience within the browser. You will feel right at home once you log into Webspiration and all the familiar icons still adorn the web application. The major difference between the desktop application and Webspiration is that you are now able to invite others via an email to collaborate with you on your visual web. This is a very unique feature and one that will go a long way in the classroom, as you build collaborative activities. You will be glad to learn that you can upload your existing Inspiration graphic organizers to the web as well as download the ones you create from within Webspiration. Overall, Webspiration gives you all the power of the desktop version with the added benefits of collaboration, and being able to access your visual maps from any computer connected to the web. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Adobe Presenter 7- Making eLearning Come to Life

While attending the NECC 2008 Conference this summer, I had the opportunity to sit through several of the Adobe presentations to see what new applications were on the horizon. Adobe was tauting their latest application called Adobe Presenter 7 which is a plug-in to PowerPoint. I would like to thank Roman from A & R Edelman for providing me with a review copy of Adobe Presenter and for his support. In a nut shell, Adobe Presenter 7, lets you convert your legacy PowerPoint applications into a Flash based presentation or PDF file. That being said, there is a lot under the hood of Adobe Presenter 7 which can turn your PowerPoint slides into a dynamic eLearning environment complete with video, navigation, attachments, quizzing, and audio. PowerPoint 2007, Adobe Presenter 7 installs a new Ribbon with all of the features. Adobe Presenter 7 is part of Adobe Acrobat 9 Extended version. Using the Help menu it was rather easy to build my first Adobe Presenter 7 presentation which included video, Flash based video tutorials that were authored in Captivate 3, and audio. Using a webcam I was able to include a video of myself introducing my company and services, which gave my piece a nice touch. Adobe Presenter 7 allowed me to customize the look and feel of the final project and even let me include PDF attachments which can make this a great way to deliver eLearning material on the web.

Having created Flash based software tutorials in Captivate 3, I could easily embed them in my PowerPoint slide presentation with complete control of how they behaved with the controllers. When thinking of the future of training, I for one am very excited by the fact that I can now embed Flash based videos directly into a PDF file which can be viewed with nothing other that the free Adobe Reader 9. This is a new feature with the release of Adobe Acrobat 9 this spring. Think about that for a moment. That is very powerful! With nothing more than Adobe Acrobat Reader 9, your students or clients will be able to take advantage of video and audio with the confidence it will just work. As long as you have Flash installed on your computer you can be sure that your presentation will deliver the content. According to the surveys more than 98% of all computer users have Flash installed. This is very exciting for me just thinking of all the possibilities of building engaging and interactive environments for others to learn new skills.

In the presentation that I created you will see how all of these elements have come together. I was able to include video from my webcam, audio from a lapel microphone, and Flash video tutorials, along with some training PDF files. What I'm most impressed about the product is just how well it wraps everything up and when you are finished you get a very professional looking presentation to share with the world. I found Adobe Presenter 7 easy to learn to use and without so much as a manual I was creating this highly interactive eLearning materials. Adobe Presenter 7 is a wonderful integrator, helping you to bring all of the pieces together to make for an exciting and interesting elearning experience. I for one really enjoyed putting this project together. Click here to view the presentation, right within your browser or if you want you can download the presentation as a PDF file here. The PDF file is 11 megabytes and will take a little time to download. This will give you some idea of the power of Adobe Acrobat in its current release. You will need to download Adobe Acrobat 9 Reader to view this presentation. Adobe Presenter 7 also allows you to create quizzes for the purpose of assessment, with a variety of different types of question formats that can be integrated into your learning management system (LMS). I will tackle this feature in another blog post later next week. You can download a trial version of Adobe Presenter 7 from the Adobe website.

Google Presentation Updated

For its 1 year anniversary Google has updated Google Presentation and added a couple of new features in the process. As I use Google Presentation, I realize the value and ease of storing my files in the cloud and have been trying to move my graduate students to experience this new way of computing. I think I'm having an impact and I will know later next month when they all have to do a group presentation. I wonder what percentage will use PowerPoint and what percentage will use Google Presentation. I will let you know. In any case Google has added an Incremental Reveal and has added the ability to Zoom in and Zoom out when editing your presentation. I tried it out and it works well. I know my students will appreciate the incremental reveal which can be accessed by right clicking on the text block. You can also see that there are a number of new presentation

Mead Map Updated

I just received word that Mead Map has been updated, and in addition to real time collaboration, auto zoom for easy navigation and other innovative features, the online tool can now incorporate attachments. Users can attach pdfs, jpgs, Microsoft office documents and other files to their Mead Maps. This enhancement improves group collaboration, allowing teammates to quickly store and update all project resources in one centralized location without juggling USB drives, disks or CDs. One of the things that I really enjoy about Mead Map is its ease of use and the ability to publish your maps to the web so easily. I had a chance to try out the new version of Mead Map and was able to incorporate my attachments without a hitch. Being able to incorporate attachments is a key feature for using visual maps as an information repository. Mead Map gives each subsrcriber1 gigabyte of online storage for your files. For a free 30-day trial go to

Here is an example of a Mead Map with an attachment:

Adobe Captivate 3- Awesome!

While attending the NECC Conference this summer in San Antonio I had the chance to stop by the Adobe booth and connect with some of my colleagues who work for Adobe to find out what is the latest and greatest. At the Adobe booth I was shown several of the new releases which included Captivate 3, Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional, and Presenter 7. One of the Sales Engineers gave me a tour of Captivate 3 which really wowed me. Many of you know that I have been producing software video tips and tutorials for the past year or so for the Mindjet Newsletter which goes a long way for showing others how to accomplish tasks using MindManager 7 and JCVGantt Pro 3. Using screencasting software to demonstrated how to accomplish tasks with a particular software product makes the process of providing "just in time training" a reality and can cut down on support calls at the workplace. I want to thank Jody at A&R Edelman for providing me with a copy of Adobe captivate to review and to RJ at Adobe for doing a great webinar with me on Adobe Captivate 3.

For the past several years I have been using Camtasia Studio 5 extensively to do my screencasting work and find it to be an outstanding product to get my work done. Camtasia Studio 5 lets you record your screen and then provides you with post editing tools to fine tune your screencast. Camtasia's approach to screencasting is similar to that of taking a video camera and pressing the record button. With this approach every screen and all of the audio is continuously being recorded. Any mishaps or errors while doing the recording will need to be post edited or in some cases need to be re-recorded. Adobe Captivate 3 takes an entirely different approach to capturing your computer screen which has some real benefits. Adobe Captivate 3 captures individual screen shots only when you move the mouse, click on the screen, or type some text. When you are finished capturing your screens Adobe Captivate 3 pulls all of the screen shots together and builds a Flash video of your demonstration. You also have the opportunity to add audio to your demonstration while you are creating your video or after the process is complete. One of the really nice features of Adobe Captivate 3 is the ability to not only create demonstration-but you can in one fell swoop also create simulations, training, and assessment videos. You can watch my screencast to get an idea of how Adobe Captivate 3 works.

I have found that using Adobe Captivate 3, I can create custom demonstrations videos very quickly, with Adobe Captivate 3 doing a lot of the work for me. What do I mean by that? When I am creating a video demonstration Adobe Captivate 3 will automatically include captions when I am selecting menus, dialog boxes and clicking on the screen. Watch the video to see what I mean. In the demonstration video you will see a number of captions that have been generated by Adobe Captivate 3. All of the captions can be edited and formatted if you need to. Having Adobe Captivate 3 generate the captions saves a lot of time when producing these videos. I have chosen not to use audio in this demonstration but if I wanted to I could always go back and add narration to the demonstration video. As I work with Adobe Captivate 3 I I find it an outstanding tool to work with to create video demonstrations and training scenarios. I will over the next couple of weeks share with you some other tips and tricks that I have learned about Adobe Captivate 3 - so stay tuned.

Dell Inspiron Mini 9

Earlier this week I had alerted you to the imminent release of Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 their fray into the netbook market. Some of the early reviews are in and most have been very favorable. The base Dell Inspiron Mini 9 ships with the 1.6-GHz Intel Atom processor, and a tailored version of Ubuntu, starting out at $349 dollars. The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 can be customized and built to order on the Dell website which includes having Windows XP installed, adding a larger hard drive and more memory. The introductory price with XP installed is around $399. The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 has a glossy 8.9-inch, 1024 x 600-pixel resolution screen which will provide high quality viewing and can be configured with a webcam. Two speakers are located at the bottom of the screen. The Dell Inspiron Mini 9, features three USB 2.0, VGA, and Ethernet, as well as a headphone and a microphone jack. It also has a 4-in-1 memory card reader. According to the reviews the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 measures 9.1 x 6.8 x 1.3 inches and weighing just 2.3 pounds and is one of the lightest netbooks on the market. One of the factors to consider with the netbooks is that the keyboards are smaller which may not be that much of a problem for students but could be a hindrance for adults. From the pictures that I have seen the charging unit is on the small side which should not add much extra weight to the total package. It sports a 4 cell battery which should give users about 3 hours of use. Based on what I have read the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 could be an ideal netbook for students who need access to a computer that they can comfortably carry between home and school. PDF's on Your Blog

Over the past year I have watched the website flesh out its free offerings which I have to say are quite impressive. I have been a big fan of Adobe Acrobat for years and not only use it for my own work but have also used it as an access tool for some of the students that I work with that have physical disabilities. More about this feature in a later post.

While reading the Acrobat Blog I came across a couple of tips and features that I wanted to share with you. First off, if you don't have an Acrobat account sign-up for one- you will find it very handy. If for no other reason, just so you will have another online repository for your files-but it can do a lot more than that. In this tip you can upload or create a PDF file if you don't own Acrobat Standard or Professional right on the website. Once you have your PDF file uploaded you can click on the Copy Embed Code which will then allow you to post the PDF to your website or blog in a widget. By simply pasting the code into my blog, I am now able to generate a widget that displays my PDF file. You can see the result of this technique below.

Using gives you the freedom to post and share your PDF files using the embed feature without using a lot of overhead. It is a simple and easy way to share your information in the ubiquitous PDF format. From the widget, individuals can zoom in on the file and download it if they like. Take a look at this feature-with it it is now even easier to share PDF files than ever before on your website or blog.

Dell Inspiron 910 netbook to be launched this week

Rumor has it that Dell will finally release the Dell Inspiron 910/Mini Inspiron later this week. There has been a lot of talk about this netbook since the spring. It will finally be nice to see the specs when it is released. Some sites on the web are reporting that it will have at least an 8.9 inch screen and use the 1.66 Intel Atom processor. The only thing we haven't yet heard is the pricing. Stay tuned to find out more once it is released.

Google Chrome Released

Taking a minimalist perspective on the browser, Google today released Google Chrome their new web browser with some unique features. Here is some of the information I have for now before I get a chance to download and use it.

One box for everything
Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.

Thumbnails of your top sites
Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

Shortcuts for your apps
Get desktop shortcuts to launch your favorite web applications.

To download Google Chrome Click here.

bCisive Webinar

I recently wrote a review of bCisive from Austhink Software which is a unique visual mapping tool for business decision making and just received an email today announcing a webinar which will take place this Thursday to demonstrate the benefits of bCisive. I have had the opportunity to speak with Dr. van Gelder and he brings a unique and practical perspective on business decision making. So tune into the webinar to see how bCisive can be integrated into your business practices. Here is the information about the webinar. Click here to see an example of a bCisive map that I created.

Friday September 5, 2008 – 9am Australian EST
(USA: Thurs 4 Sept – 4pm PDT; 7pm EDT)

Join us for a free webinar and learn the basics of business decision
mapping (BDM) with cognitive scientist and Austhink founder Dr Tim van
Gelder. Using bCisive we will work through a simple business decision,
discussing key principles along the way.

Other topics to be covered briefly include:

* the benefits of BDM
* the kinds of decisions for which it is most suited
* introducing BDM into an organization

Please contact us to register for this free event: