Jott Integration

September 25, 2008

I’m pleased to announce that Jott has added a Premium Jott Link for Enleiten. While full signup instructions are here, all you really need to do is sign into your Jott account (post-beta, this requires some level of paid account), click “Add Jott Links”, choose “Premium Links”, and click “Add” next to the Enleiten icon. Feel free to change the link name if you’re so inclined, and check “Send SMS Response” if you would like to get a confirmation. Click save, and you’ll be briefly redirected back to Enleiten. If you’re not currently logged in, you’ll be prompted for your Enleiten login, otherwise you’ll immediately be redirected back to Jott. That’s it.

Now, just call into Jott, answer “Enleiten” (yes, they do know what it sounds like), and record your message. A new task will be added to your Enleiten inbox, with a link in the details back to the full audio.


Office 2.0 Getting Things Done panel with David Allen

September 4, 2008

The Getting Things Done panel discussion at Office 2.0 is now online. Watch David Allen, Neil Mendelson of MindJet, Kevin Merrit of blist and our very own Doreen Hartzell discuss how Office 2.0 tools can support Getting Things Done.

Video here:

Office 2.0 Google Keynote – Matthew Glotzbach

September 4, 2008

Badge.png10 things I can do in the cloud I couldn’t a year ago.

10. Everything on the go. iPhone. It has opened up mobile computing. Can do pretty much everything from the mobile phone now. Email. Document access. Review presentation on way to talk on train. Hopefully soon give cloud hosted slides from phone too. Can get normal work done from phone at airport without hauling out the computer. Impact about what is coming and what to expect.

9. Search all my mail. Google’s move to cloud computing really started with GMail. Has 14 GB of mail. Can save everything. “Do you know Bob?” Search email and find old communication from years ago. (externalize nonessential memory?) But can still access the actual content in the traditional ways if desired through preferred clients. Important for enterprise clients who are attached to their desktop applications because they already know how to use them, even if they have complaints about the shortcomings of a given tool. Hit sync when boarding is called at airport, process it all in the air, sync upon land to send.

8. Chat with customers and partners in any language. Real time translation on chat. Collaboration can cross boundaries – not just within a company, but internationally. Invite a chat bot natively within GChat. Invite a foreign language speaker. Start chatting as normal and get live translation sent with your messages. Very useful for international chatting, can also teach the translator by sending feedback if the translation is not very good.

7. Collaborate simply and securely on projects with sites and documents. Shared document space creates single repository. Can then grant journalists and others access when launch documents are ready, they can track changes and revisions until time to announce. Makes a lot of version tracking obsolete.

6. Organize all business travel by email.

Accepts confirmation messages and it parses your itinerary components and aggregates them into a single itinerary. Adds them to you calendar too via iCal feed you can subscribe to. Has iphone optimized mobile interface as well. Makes confirmation numbers easier to find, when at a check in desk. Built on existing, widely adopted technology: email. Also allows sharing to track and notify others about where people are if on the road.

5. collect data in forms and dump to spreadsheet. (Google Spreadsheets – “Create new form” menu option) Drag and drop to reorder questions. gives embed code. Live tracking as results come in as well has spreadsheet copy for later use. Dynamically updates spreadsheet in the background.

4. Build any scalable business application on the cloud platform. Google app engine,, AWS. Not just small applications. On demand large processing without major infrastructure costs.

3. Online templates for documents, spreadsheets, presentations.

2. Run fast, secure, stable web applications. Broswer is the gateway to the cloud. Chrome is a speed, usability leap forward. Geared for next generation web applications. Sergey asks the developers daily when the Mac version will be ready, so it will be okay for us Apple people soon. Run browser as application window that interacts with OS like desktop software. Can kill individual plugins and tabs without closing whole browser application. Order of magnitude faster javascript engine over IE.

1. Video sharing in Google apps. Mac, Phone and flip cam mean 3 videocameras being carried around all the time. Lots of opportunities for sharing and communicating. 3000 sign ups a day at Google, huge growth in usage and adoption.

Speed up email with custom email templates

July 23, 2008

I’ve been talking with one of our users about ways to streamline some of his business operations. Sending inquiry emails to sale listings takes up a lot of his time, so we were looking for a way to speed those up. Developing email templates is a great way to speed up your workflow on repetitive tasks. Unlike mass mailings, it still allows you add a personal touch and comment to each recipient.

Tim Ferris has more on creating and using standardized emails in his book, The 4-Hour Workweek. He’s also got some great comments about making email productive and not getting bogged checking messages all day.

Outlook’s built in template function makes it easy to save them, but opening one up takes almost as long as rewriting for short messages. Greg Shultz over has TechRepubic has a nice tutorial on creating your templates and then adding them to your menu bar so you can generate emails from a template quickly.

If you’re a Gmail user, this handy Google homepage module can help you create you templates as well: Gmail Template Generator. Here’s a quick example to show it in action.

Just type in the details in the form.

Hit “generate” to create the message and see how it looks.

Then bookmark the URL to save the template.

Using Jott with Enleiten

June 29, 2008

We’ve become badly addicted to the most excellent Jott here at Enleiten. Unfortunately, while it’s incredibly easy to use and quite useful, it hasn’t been possible to integrate into our trusted system until now. We are still waiting for Jott developers to add us to their official list of Jott Links, but until they do, here’s how you can set up a custom link yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Enleiten tutorial videos

June 6, 2008

We’ve been working on getting some screencasts together to show how Enleiten’s project management app works. I’ve added the link over there on the right, so you check out the collection at your leisure.

Here’s a quick little video telling you about the three way you can currently add tasks to your Enleiten account.

And here’s a quick run through of the different ways you can retrieve and sort your tasks when you’re ready to get down to work.

If you’ve got any other requests for video tutorials, please leave a note in the comments or send us an email to

Yahoo!’s been on a roll

June 3, 2008

Yahoo! has been on a roll the last couple of weeks, which is excellent news for those of us that have become (maybe a little too much) attached to some of their front-end tools.

Let’s see, we’ve got:

  • A new wireframe stencil kit that integrates both their excellent Design Pattern Library and YUI. [ed. Why didn’t they have that a year ago?] (via the YDN Blog)
  • The Yahoo User Interface javascript library has been bumped to 2.5.2 — DataTable users can finally take out that mess of patches, and they’ve added support for Firefox 3.0RC1 and Opera 9.5b2. (via YUIBlog)
  • BrowserPlus looks to be a promising way to bring in some of the goodies that Firefox has made available for years (and that WebKit is fast catching up to). Now if they’d just do a public release, there’s way too much in there I want to use.
  • Oh, and Douglas Crockford has a new book out. Javascript: The Good Parts looks to be all kinds of useful — I’ll post a review as soon as I lay my hands on it. If you’ve not watched them, I can’t recommend the series of training videos he did a year or so ago highly enough.