[Sponsor] The new Doxie Go

Just announced: The new, turbocharged Doxie Go. The next generation Doxie makes it easy to scan anywhere – no computer required – then sync to your favorite devices and the cloud. A major upgrade today adds lots of new features: legal size scanning, enhanced Dropbox integration, document signing & faxing with HelloFax, Basecamp integration, a […]

Just announced: The new, turbocharged Doxie Go.

The next generation Doxie makes it easy to scan anywhere – no computer required – then sync to your favorite devices and the cloud. A major upgrade today adds lots of new features: legal size scanning, enhanced Dropbox integration, document signing & faxing with HelloFax, Basecamp integration, a beautiful new add-on carrying case, and much more.

Going paperless should be simple – with a brilliant design and great software, Doxie is the best way to scan all your paper, everywhere you go. Now shipping worldwide.

[Sponsor] WeatherSnitch 2

Staying on top of the weather forecast is simple and easy with WeatherSnitch. Other weather apps come stocked full of distracting animations, unnecessarily large clocks and other convoluted features which slow them down and make them impractical. WeatherSnitch throws these tired gimmicks to the wayside and gives you access to weather forecasts that are heavy […]

Staying on top of the weather forecast is simple and easy with WeatherSnitch. Other weather apps come stocked full of distracting animations, unnecessarily large clocks and other convoluted features which slow them down and make them impractical. WeatherSnitch throws these tired gimmicks to the wayside and gives you access to weather forecasts that are heavy on information and not glitter.

Available now for only $2.99

[Sponsor] Treehouse

Do you ever wish you could look over the shoulder of your designer/developer heroes and learn from the best? At Treehouse, you can. With a Gold Membership, you get access our entire Projects library. Watch as our crackerjack team take various projects from idea to implementation, then download the source code and get your hands […]

Do you ever wish you could look over the shoulder of your designer/developer heroes and learn from the best? At Treehouse, you can. With a Gold Membership, you get access our entire Projects library. Watch as our crackerjack team take various projects from idea to implementation, then download the source code and get your hands dirty. Finish off by completing quizzes and code challenges and show off what you’ve learned.

Build your own app, launch your own startup, or get that dream gig. At Treehouse, we’re helping you bring your ideas to the light of day. Excuses not included.

[Sponsor] Harvest

Harvest is a painless time tracking tool for creative professionals available anywhere you find yourself working. Track time via the web, desktop or your mobile device. Within seconds, turn your billable hours into an invoice. Get started with a free 30 day trial today.

Harvest is a painless time tracking tool for creative professionals available anywhere you find yourself working. Track time via the web, desktop or your mobile device. Within seconds, turn your billable hours into an invoice. Get started with a free 30 day trial today.

[Sponsor] Sudoku Touch

Shiny Things is pleased to announce Sudoku Touch which features an innovative and simple interface, retina graphics and 5 difficulty levels. Sudoku Touch is powered by advanced handwriting recognition to enable users to intimately connect with their puzzle on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It is available today on the App Store for a […]

Shiny Things is pleased to announce Sudoku Touch which features an innovative and simple interface, retina graphics and 5 difficulty levels. Sudoku Touch is powered by advanced handwriting recognition to enable users to intimately connect with their puzzle on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It is available today on the App Store for a special price of 99c.

[SPONSOR] Dark Sky

Dark Sky is a new kind of weather app. It uses state-of-the-art weather forecasting to predict when it will rain or snow — down to the minute — at your exact location, and presents it to you alongside the most beautiful radar visualizations you’ve ever seen. Now only $3.99 in the App Store.

Dark Sky is a new kind of weather app. It uses state-of-the-art weather forecasting to predict when it will rain or snow — down to the minute — at your exact location, and presents it to you alongside the most beautiful radar visualizations you’ve ever seen.

Now only $3.99 in the App Store.

[Sponsor] Igloo Software

Work isn’t a place – it’s what you do. And you might work on a lot of devices – a Mac, an iPhone, an iPad – in a lot of places. You might work on the road or maybe from home (with your Aeropress and clickity keyboard). And that makes it hard to securely use […]

Work isn’t a place – it’s what you do.

And you might work on a lot of devices – a Mac, an iPhone, an iPad – in a lot of places. You might work on the road or maybe from home (with your Aeropress and clickity keyboard). And that makes it hard to securely use a shared drive, coordinate with clients and collaborate with your team.

Igloo offers a complete digital workplace – you get full access to all your files, project discussions and plans for world domination. The information you need to work is available anywhere in the world, literally at your fingertips.

Igloo has a space for your team. Each team gets dedicated file sharing, Twitter-like microblogs, activity streams and a host of other collaboration tools in one cloud-based platform. Plans start at just $4/user/month.

Work better, not harder.

Enter to win an Aeropress and try Igloo free for 30 days.

[Sponsor] PDFpen

Note from Ben: this is my account, that Smile asked me to share in lieu of normal RSS sponsorship text. I had a stack of a hundred of pages of paper. Nothing too important, but everything important enough that it needed to be kept. I could scan it all, but that gives me a bunch […]

Note from Ben: this is my account, that Smile asked me to share in lieu of normal RSS sponsorship text.

I had a stack of a hundred of pages of paper. Nothing too important, but everything important enough that it needed to be kept. I could scan it all, but that gives me a bunch of files that needed renaming and sorting. So I worked up a little foo.

All scans go into a folder called OCR from my ScanSnap, that part was easy enough.

From there, this handy AppleScript from David Sparks does the heavy lifting. The Script opens each PDF in PDFpen and does OCR on the document, then saves the file back. Now that my document is fully searchable I don’t need to worry about sorting or naming.

From there, Hazel moves the PDF into my PDF archive folder.

All of this is done without me touching a thing. It’s like magic and I doubt I will ever run into a build up of paper again.

I use PDFpen daily, it’s the default PDF application on my Mac. It’s a great app, add to it the iCloud sync with the iPad version of the app (which I really love), and you can begin to get a clear picture of how I keep minimal paper in my office.

PDFpen is $60, PDFpenPro (which I use) is $100. As a reader of The Brooks Review Smile on my Mac is offering you a special code: $15 off PDFpen or PDFpenPro. That means that you can buy PDFpen (or PDFpenPro) and PDFpen for the iPad, for the same price that non-TBR readers would pay for just PDFpen. (Expires May 15, 2012. Does not apply to upgrades.)

These two apps are essential to my daily workflow.

[Sponsor] Drafts

Drafts is the quick way to capture and share ideas on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Drafts reduces the friction between you and that next great tweet, email, or task. Drafts opens with a new ready to edit draft – enter your text, and you’ve captured that thought. When you’re ready to do something with […]

Drafts is the quick way to capture and share ideas on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Drafts reduces the friction between you and that next great tweet, email, or task. Drafts opens with a new ready to edit draft – enter your text, and you’ve captured that thought. When you’re ready to do something with that idea, Drafts offers a growing set of output options: Tweet, Email, Message, Export – or send to other apps like OmniFocus, Things, Tweetbot and more.

It’s even in Ben’s dock, take a look.

Only $0.99 on the App store.

[SPONSOR] Minigroup

An Atlanta design firm uses Minigroup to work smarter and keep its clients happy Braizen uses Minigroup to manage projects and collaborate and communicate with their clients. A minigroup is a private, secure online space where members communicate with posts and comments, share large files, and manage projects. Braizen uses one minigroup like an intranet, […]

An Atlanta design firm uses Minigroup to work smarter and keep its clients happy

Braizen uses Minigroup to manage projects and collaborate and communicate with their clients.

A minigroup is a private, secure online space where members communicate with posts and comments, share large files, and manage projects.

Braizen uses one minigroup like an intranet, to discuss business and assign tasks. They also create separate minigroups for each client, where employees working on various accounts present comp designs and drafts.

“Telling potential clients that we use this tool, where we’ll keep in constant contact with them, definitely helps seal the deal,” says Tyrie, the copywriter at Braizen.

Watch the full interview with Braizen.

Minigroups start at just $3 per year for owners, with plans up to 100 minigroups and 100GB of storage. There are no user/member fees.

Find out more or try it free for 30 days.

[SPONSOR] World War Hack

Inspired by true events, World War Hack is a graphic novel that tells the story of how the U.S. Government gathers top computer hackers from around the country, under the guise of a hacking competition, to unknowingly help solve a pressing national security crisis. Little does the government know that eighteen-year-old hacker, Wyatt Dyer, is […]

Inspired by true events, World War Hack is a graphic novel that tells the story of how the U.S. Government gathers top computer hackers from around the country, under the guise of a hacking competition, to unknowingly help solve a pressing national security crisis. Little does the government know that eighteen-year-old hacker, Wyatt Dyer, is both the cause and solution to their crisis.

As a special for the readers of The Brooks Review, you can preview the first full chapter online for free. Pre-order before May 6 and you’ll also receive free shipping.

[SPONSOR] Byword

(Note from Ben: it seems there is a belief that I think Byword is a “bad” app, but that is simply not true. If you are looking for a writing app, Byword should be on your shortlist of apps to check out — I own it and keep very close tabs on it’s development.) Byword […]

(Note from Ben: it seems there is a belief that I think Byword is a “bad” app, but that is simply not true. If you are looking for a writing app, Byword should be on your shortlist of apps to check out — I own it and keep very close tabs on it’s development.)

Byword is a Mac and iOS app for modern writers.

Modern writers don’t just sit at a desk and write. Sometimes it’s great to be able to write, edit or proofread when and where inspiration strikes and not be restrained by a single device or location. Byword makes this kind of workflow easy by integrating iCloud and Dropbox synchronization.

The flexibility of Byword: An article idea came to your mind last night on the couch and you began working on it on your iPad. This morning, at the office, you picked up where you left off by opening Byword on you MacBook Air — and finding the article was there just as you left it on the iPad. After lunch, on your way to the coffee shop, you pull out your iPhone to proofread and finish the draft.

Byword is available on the Mac App Store for $9.99, and for iOS on the App Store at the introductory price of $2.99. Check it out.

[SPONSOR] One More Thing – iOS Conference

Interested in the design, development and business of iOS apps? At One More Thing, our goal is to get developers confident, psyched, and ready to move from dreaming of making apps to just doing it. Learn from awesome developers & designers such as: Loren Brichter (Tweetie/ex-Twitter) Neven Mrgan (Panic) Karl von Randow (Camera+) Raphael Schaad […]

Interested in the design, development and business of iOS apps? At One More Thing, our goal is to get developers confident, psyched, and ready to move from dreaming of making apps to just doing it. Learn from awesome developers & designers such as:

  • Loren Brichter (Tweetie/ex-Twitter)
  • Neven Mrgan (Panic)
  • Karl von Randow (Camera+)
  • Raphael Schaad (Flipboard)
  • Matt Rix (Trainyard)
  • Shaun Inman (Last Rocket) and many more…

They’ll be in Melbourne, Australia on the 25th & 26th of May, 2012. Register before April 12th for discounted early-bird pricing. It’s a perfect excuse to visit Australia too!

PopClip for Mac [SPONSOR]

When Apple announced they were bringing iOS features “Back to the Mac” with OS X Lion (and doubled down on it with Mountain Lion), the iOS implementation of copy and paste was not included. PopClip is a clever Mac app that brings iOS-style copy and paste to OS X, and raises the question of why […]

When Apple announced they were bringing iOS features “Back to the Mac” with OS X Lion (and doubled down on it with Mountain Lion), the iOS implementation of copy and paste was not included.

PopClip is a clever Mac app that brings iOS-style copy and paste to OS X, and raises the question of why Apple hasn’t done this already. If you’re curious as to how well it works, the answer is: pretty well. The most common sentiment in the user reviews is: “I’m hooked.”

If you have a Mac, you should check this out. You can download a free demo at Pilotmoon Software. The full version costs $4.99 on the Mac App Store.

TextExpander [Sponsor]

Note from Ben: This is actually a great deal from Smile because you can get 20% off software in their store — be sure to use that code before it expires though. That really means you have no excuse not to own PDFpen or TextExpander — both apps that I use daily, hell minute-ly for […]

Note from Ben: This is actually a great deal from Smile because you can get 20% off software in their store — be sure to use that code before it expires though. That really means you have no excuse not to own PDFpen or TextExpander — both apps that I use daily, hell minute-ly for TE.

TextExpander can be as simple or as geeky as you want. Whatever your level of experience, there’s a TextExpander tip for you:

Getting Started: Make a snippet for your email address. You’ll be amazed at the keystrokes you’ll save not having to type that over and over.

Intermediate: Add one of the Predefined Groups, like HTML/CSS snippets or instant URL shorteners. There’s even an AutoCorrect group to fix your typos.

Advanced: Try fill-in snippets, which have multiple variable fields. For example, you could have a form letter with blanks for name, product, company, etc. Type your abbreviation, fill in the fields and you’re done.

Even More Advanced: Create your own AppleScript and shell script snippets.

Get the free demo. Don’t miss the 20% off special discount. Use the coupon code SYN0312 in the Smile store (Expires March 31, 2012).

TextExpander [Sponsor]

Do you type the same things again and again? TextExpander will save you time and keystrokes. Just assign short abbreviations to your frequently-used snippets of text and TextExpander does the work for you. You can also use one of the included snippet libraries for HTML, CSS, autocorrection, accented words and URL shorteners. Try it out […]

Do you type the same things again and again? TextExpander will save you time and keystrokes.

Just assign short abbreviations to your frequently-used snippets of text and TextExpander does the work for you. You can also use one of the included snippet libraries for HTML, CSS, autocorrection, accented words and URL shorteners.

Try it out – there’s a free demo at Smile Software. And you can get 20% off TextExpander through March 31. 2012. Use the coupon code SYN0312 in the Smile store.

Denso [Sponsor]

Denso is a video app for people who don’t know what to watch. Create personalized video channels by connecting your Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Google Reader accounts. Connect your Instapaper, Readability and Evernote accounts to Denso so you can bookmark videos from around the web to Watch Later. Browse from our carefully curated list of […]

Denso is a video app for people who don’t know what to watch.

Create personalized video channels by connecting your Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Google Reader accounts.

Connect your Instapaper, Readability and Evernote accounts to Denso so you can bookmark videos from around the web to Watch Later.

Browse from our carefully curated list of channels which have an eclectic mix of interesting videos.

See what all the fuss is about. It’s Free on the App Store and the Android Market.

TinyLetter

TinyLetter is the simplest way to send email newsletters. Creating signup forms is a breeze, and TinyLetter even makes it easy to reply to your readers individually. It’s also free. TinyLetter doesn’t have all the features most email services offer. It’s built for people, not business. Just compose your message, send it to your readers, […]

TinyLetter is the simplest way to send email newsletters. Creating signup forms is a breeze, and TinyLetter even makes it easy to reply to your readers individually. It’s also free.

TinyLetter doesn’t have all the features most email services offer. It’s built for people, not business. Just compose your message, send it to your readers, and find out what they think. That’s all there is to it.

InVision Prototyping Tool [Sponsor]

The UI prototyping phase of the design process is crucial to get right. It’s about figuring out how your product will work, and ensuring everyone is aligned before moving into building. InVision is a web-based prototyping tool that lets you paint an accurate and realistic picture that anyone can understand. InVision lets you design in […]

The UI prototyping phase of the design process is crucial to get right. It’s about figuring out how your product will work, and ensuring everyone is aligned before moving into building.

InVision is a web-based prototyping tool that lets you paint an accurate and realistic picture that anyone can understand.

InVision lets you design in your tool of choice. It simply requires .jpg, .png or .gif files. Create them however you want. Take your static files and drop them right into InVision all at once. The bulk uploader makes adding files a snap. Then use the web GUI to draw Hotspots and link them up.

As a special offer for our readers, InVision is offering a 30 day free trial along with a special discount for the first six months.

Design anywhere. Bring it to life with InVision.

kooaba Shortcut [Sponsor]

kooaba Shortcut is a shortcut between real life and the Internet. Take a picture of what you are reading in a newspaper or magazine and instantly get connected to the digital version. Using image-recognition technology, Shortcut recognizes what you’re reading. Once recognized, you can share the digital version of the pages via Facebook, Twitter, SMS, […]

kooaba Shortcut is a shortcut between real life and the Internet. Take a picture of what you are reading in a newspaper or magazine and instantly get connected to the digital version.

Using image-recognition technology, Shortcut recognizes what you’re reading. Once recognized, you can share the digital version of the pages via Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and email, or store them in Evernote. This works with over 1,000 newspapers and magazines worldwide. (See http://www.kooaba.com/products/shortcut for a list of publications.)

Shortcut also works with advertisements in newspapers and magazines, and billboards with the Shortcut icon. After taking a picture of such an ad, you gain access to extras such as coupons, sweepstakes, or store locators.

With Shortcut you no longer need to type links into your phone, google for information, or cut out articles – Just take a picture instead!

Shortcut is available for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 7.