App of the Week: CloudOn

Title: CloudOn
Cost: Free
Platform: iPad and Android tablet (iPhone app in development)

CloudOn is an app that allows you to create Microsoft Office-like documents and save those either to your CloudOn account or your Google Drive, Dropbox, or Box accounts. It brings almost all of the functionality of Microsoft Office to your mobile device and makes it easy to edit and create documents in the cloud no matter where you are. Check out the video below to see how it works.

For more apps for teen reviews on the YALSAblog see the App of the Week Archive

30 Days of Innovation #17: Go Open Source

I’m what some circles call a security wife – I think I’ve mentioned before that my husband is in information security.’  Lately, I’ve been sucked into helping plan their conference in November, which has furthered my immersion into the whole field. Yes, a lot of it goes way over my head, but I know more than the Average Jane. So what am I taking away from all of this to use in my own work? Well, I’ve increased my skill at designing the conference badges in GIMP, which is the open-source version of Photoshop. (If you need Photoshop, and the light version isn’t enough, beg your IT department to let you download GIMP. It’s free, and if you already know Photoshop, GIMP is a breeze). Open source shouldn’t be seen as innovative for our libraries in this day and age given how long it has been around, but it is. Continue reading