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Never miss another message or blog again?

18 Oct

Today I discover an answer to a prayer. A few weeks ago IFTTT (If this then that) service (at ifttt.com) lost access to Twitter. The little tool was a life line for me to keep track of all my tweets which were automatically archived in an Evernote notebook. I discussed Evernote in a recent post so will not elaborate further here.

Anyway, with a new project starting it was necessary to find an alternative. Zapier is a competitor to ifttt which I have never heard of. However, it seems to be more flexible than ifttt.com with corporate options. For my purposes, the free version is sufficient.

I am writing this note as much for my benefit as yours. Why not give Zapier a try. The “zaps” you can make are nearly infinite, just use your imagination. There is no limit to number of triggers on the free plan. There is a time limit; updates will only be sent every 5 hours. If you need quicker polling than this the next tier US$15/mo.

IFTTT

Calibre ebook management & Dropbox

23 Sep

                

Today was a day of discovery. A discovery which looks to help with book management using the popular Calibre e-book management tool (http://calibre-ebook.com/) and file management across several (mobile) devices and the popular cloud service Dropbox (http://www.dropbox.com ). I can now integrate these with my favourite ebook reader on Android, Aldiko (http://goo.gl/2fnCH )

Introducing dropsync (http://www.ttxapps.com/dropsync) which seems to be the answer to the prayers of many people trying to keep their cloud storage synchronised with their laptop, desktop and any other mobile devices. An amazing thing about this – it is Android only at the moment! For an extra £3.99 you can unlock the full functionality of this tool (http://goo.gl/kDAGU ).

Anyone who uses an ebook reader like the Kindle and Kobo should have Calibre on their desktop. Using dropbox on the desktop with dropsync permits 2 way real-time synchronisation with your work at home, work and on your mobile device. You have full control over the folders you wish to manage in this way.

For my ebooks, this provides a very efficient way of keeping your ebook readers synchronised (be warned this will use a lot of data on your mobile plan, so you should only sync on WiFi unless you are on an unlimited data plan. If you are like me the tablet is not always available, so it can be helpful to have the document (book) updated automatically on the phone. For aldiko, the books are saved to /sdcard/eBooks so this is the folder which is synchronised on Dropbox.

Keeping working documents synchronised is also straightforward with dropsync.

Calibre companion (http://goo.gl/FEhO3 ) is a paid app (£1.99) which efficiently keeps your ebook library on your mobile device(s) up to date with your main Calibre ebook library. Just wirelessly connect the mobile device with your PC, tell Calibre companion where to store your ebooks (I chose the Aldiko ebook directory).

So one great program for Mac or Android to exploit cloud storage (dropbox), with two fabulous programs for android only at the moment to go further with real time synchronisation of any files/folders (Dropsync) and ebook management on your mobile devices (Calibre companion).

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Calibre book management (Windows/android/Mac/Linux) (free)
Calibre companion (android) (£1.99)
Dropbox (android) (free)
Dropbox (windows) (free)
Dropbox (Mac) (free)
Dropsync (android) (free)
Dropsync Pro Key(android) (£3.99)
Aldiko ebook reader(android) (free) ($2.99 [in 2010])
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