Post it App : How to combine analog and digital brainstorming

Brainstorm by combining analog and digital versions of post its. The best of two worlds.

Analog creativivity

When you are on a creative path, from planning a keynote to thinking of the structure of a book, don’t forget using post it : these little pieces of colorful paper are your best ally to freely write your ideas and than reposition them according to the structure you’re thinking of.

Think analog would say presentation gurus like Garr Reynolds (http://www.presentationzen.com @presentationzen) in its great book Presentation Zen or Nancy Duarte in her book Slideology (http://www.duarte.com @nancyduarte) among other useful insights on the way of building and delivering great stories.

But until these recent days, the question was how do you keep these post it with you or share them with somebody else ?
Moving them rimes with unsticking, repositionning, etc.
Sharing them is even more complex !
Taking a picture and sending it wouldn’t help much as it froze your ability to modify the content.

Post it App : And paper post it becomes digital !

Comes in this awesome new app from Post it (named Post it !) and its great new functions.

Keep on brainstorming by creating your paper post it map : Post it after post it, drop your ideas.
Position them freely on the surface of your choice.

Take a picture of your board of post it

Take a picture of your board of post it

 

Once done, take a picture with the Post it app.
Here starts the magic : the app will automatically scan and transform each of the paper pieces in its digital avatar !

Automatic identification of the post it. You can help the app if some of them remain undetected.

Automatic identification of the post it. You can help the app if some of them remain undetected.

The app creates a digital version of your post it. You can start reordering them and share them among other things.

The app creates a digital version of your post it. You can start reordering them and share them among other things.

What’s the use?
1. Not only can you keep your post it projects with you, but
2. you can now reposition them virtually on your tablet or smartphone screen (far easier on a tablet by the way) to organize a new structure of the history you want to tell. Once you’ve defined a board, you can add, move, delete and enjoy plenty of other useful functions.
. Even better, you can share them in various formats from PDF to the app native format. If a coworker has the app on its idevice, he’ll be able to add its own idea of a new structure.

Draw rectangles : it works too !

And by the way, it works even if you don’t have post it ! Just write on a paper board or white board and draw rectangles around your words.
The app will detect the lines as it would do it with post it.
In case it doesn’t, just select the undetected squares and the app will tag them. Just be sure to use a thick marker to help the detection.

Analog creativity has even become better !
The app is free. Enjoy and let me know what you think !

 

 

The screenshots I share in this post are related to a new presentation planed in a french university in Angers this coming month of November. I’ll let you know how this app helped me design this 60 minutes story.

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