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iPad Location Viewer


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Today we are happy to say that our 2nd app has been approved for the iPad on the iTunes store!

It gets you into the location database section of our ProductionLogin site without having to login to the site.  You can search by any combination of the fields – Category, Geography, Keywords, Photo #.

Of course if you are a registered member of our website, you will have greater access through your browser because you can search with more levels of categories, save images to one of 3 private albums, and also save PDF files to your desktop.

This app gets you in quickly and efficiently (even on a 3G connection) to get ideas or to find the scout that shot the location images – his/her phone number is included with each image.

You can find it on the iTunes App store by clicking here.  See images below to view some screenshots of the app in action.

Video Added to Location Scouting Program

 

We’ve begun getting requests from photographers and agencies for a video file to be included with the still images in our location scouting “folders”.

So we’ve added another tab (video tab) to the scouting database program and set it up to import a video file to be included with the “View All” section of each location in the web load up.

Send us an email if you have any questions.   staff@productionlogin.com

 

Production Login App Live in the AppStore


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We are excited to announce that the iTunes AppStore has approved our projects viewer for the iPad.

Manage your projects more quickly and efficiently with the new Production Login App.  Simply enter the User Name and Project to access your project, all functions (search, sort, update, mark selections, hide, and approve) work seamlessly.

Click here to go to the iTunes Store to check it out.  (screenshots below).

Touch Scout on iPad

We started out with Touch Scout on the iPhone. It is small and convenient to have in your pocket, we designed in several screens for the different types of content, and we put in a scrolling page for the images information to be recorded.  (see previous posting)

But we found that the iPhone version might be too small to be used effectively, so we redesigned it for the larger screen of the iPad and it just works. (3G iPad is necessary for the App to grab the GPS information while scouting so the location database can map the location for you).

When we return from each day of scouting we simply sync the iPad with our desktop location database and then import the images.  With all of these tools designed to work together, the end of a long day of scouting doesn’t mean more long hours getting the images and data ready to upload to the web.  All of this is designed to work seamlessly with the production tools on www.productionlogin.com so we get to dinner at a reasonably time.

Locations Database on iPad

See the previous posting about our Locations Database on the iPhone and iPodTouch and you see how convenient having all of your locations in your pocket is on production.

We’ve take this great idea and redesigned it for the larger screen of the iPad.

The pictures are bigger and the information is much easier to access on the iPad’s screen.

Locations Database on the iPhone & iPod Touch


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We’ve had requests from the majority of the users of the desktop version of our location database program to put it on the iPhone or iPodTouch so they have all their location data in their pocket.

So, we explored a couple of different way to accomplish this and you can see what we came up with here.

We decided to have one scrollable screen per location (there are 3 images here of it) so all the information is displayed and you just swipe your finger up and down to find what you need – and if you touch on the image it goes to a larger image on it’s own screen where you can zoom in.

Search by any field and have one image for reference with all the data.  We decided to only use one image per location in the iPhone/iPadTouch version to save space on the device.

Mileage Log for iPhone


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After developing the PPP Petty Cash App we saw we could use the iPhone to keep track of all the trips and mileage on a production.  So, like the PPP Petty Cash App, you enter your Job information and then go to the Trips section to enter the information about each trip. You enter the date, where you went, what the purpose of the trip was for, the beginning mileage, and the ending mileage – the App figures out how many miles.  Then after syncing with your computer, you print out your mileage log and it has calculated the number of miles for each trip and what the total bill is for those miles.  It is easy to submit this log for reimbursment.

PPP PC – Petty Cash Log for iPhone


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We decided that there must be a better way to keep track of all the tips and petty cash spent on a production.  We tip the cab driver, we tip the Skycap at the airport, we tip the Valet at the hotel, we tip the Bellman at the hotel – and we always have our phone so that seemed to be the best tool for the job.  We created this App where you enter the job information and then go to the receipts page to enter your petty cash items.  You can swipe your finger up and down to see the petty cash items that have already been entered for that job.  There is a desktop companion program that the App sync’s with so you can print the petty cash log at the end of the job from your computer. (we are waiting for Apple to support more printers so you will be able to print directly from the phone in the future).

This App has been working for us for a few months and we will submit it to the App Store in the new year.

Independent Contractor App

So many times on a production we’ve encountered someone that forgets or doesn’t have an invoice for us.  Many times we have to try and track those people down to get their invoice so we can complete the bill for the project.

Our first solution was to carry blank paper invoices with us on production so we can get things resolved quickly, but now we can have the independent contractors enter their information on our production iPad and complete their invoice right there on location.  They enter their information, put in the items that they are charging for (the iPad does the math), and then the App can email a copy of the invoice right to themselves while on location so they have a record.

We can also email a copy of the invoice to ourselves, or sync the App to our desktop and print out the copy when we are in the office.

PPP Invoice App

The iPad really has become a tool for us to use on location and to use the “down time” traveling to and from location.

We built this App for ourselves to create our company invoices for the productions we are working on, and can do it while on a plane traveling, in the back of a taxi on the way home from the airport, sitting in the restaurant or bar waiting for the rest of the crew to arrive, or on the couch at home recooperating from a long job.

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