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How to Use Automateit to Simplify your Android

How to Use Automateit to Simplify your Android

Browsing through the “productivity apps” section of the Google play store, you’ll come across a few common types of apps.

While there is nothing wrong with these programs and they do (sometimes) offer different features from each other, there are a lot of very similar apps that do very similar things.

What about productivity apps that are different from the usual lot? What about productivity apps that can save you time, speed up your workload, or just simplify things?

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Automateit is a productivity app with a difference. It isn’t the same as these other apps. Instead, you can set it to automatically do tasks for you.

The basics

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        Automateit is basically like IFTTT for your Android instead of across the internet. You can set a trigger (such as a time of day, getting a text message with a subject on it, etc.) and then an action to do.

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        There are 6 sample settings that are automatically built in (to clarify I’ve highlighted the triggers in red and the action in blue)

        • Turn on silent mode after 10:00pm
        • Turn on normal mode after 8:00 am
        • Show a low battery notification when the battery is at 35%
        • Unmute you phone by getting an SMS with the text “Unmute” (very useful if you lose it)
        • Lower volume when you plug in your headset
        • Max volume when you unplug your headset

        You don’t have to keep these rules, and you can customize them (I have changed the time of silent mode and also the volume levels on my phone when I plug in/unplug my headphones).

        What’s more, you can create your own rules as well to really personalize your android to your taste. The simple and easy-to-use user interface helps you to create custom rules without any hassle of programming or other ways to get similar effects.

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        Advanced features

        But that’s not all — once you have set up your own settings, you can upload your rule, or download settings that other users have uploaded. Some of the top rated include sending you the last known position when you text it “find me” as well as getting your phone to tell strangers to leave it alone when they turn it on.

        The difference between pro and basic

        There are certain extra “triggers” you can only get in the pro version such as the calendar, the recurring event, the sensor trigger, and extra events as well like composite events (where you can do multiple actions) and enable/disable the lock screen.

        However in the basic version you can still get triggers based on:

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        • the time of day
        • SMS (when you get an SMS, any SMS)
        • sound mode (if you change from silent to normal)
        • boot
        • usb status
        • wifi status
        • screen on/screen off
        • power connect/disconnect
        • NFC
        • outgoing call
        • location
        • headphone plug in/out
        • GPS status (turns on or off)
        • cell ID (get a call from a certain person or people)
        • bluetooth status (connect or disconnect a device)
        • battery level
        • airplane mode
        • SMS text (text your phone a command)
        • SMS from a contact
        • Application status (turn an application on or off)

        So there are quite a few ways you can activate a service.

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        All of this means you can save yourself time by thinking about the common things you do with your device to save power or rig up a cleaver trick.

        You don’t need to worry about turning notifications off at night, you don’t need to think about turning off your mobile data when you get near your homes Wifi, you can turn on your mobile data when you are away from home, or you can text your phone “where are you” and get a response telling you the last known GPS position of your phone.

        Automateit is a great break from the millions of online notebooks and similar apps, gives you the option to free yourself from all those boring functions you have to do with your phone, and hacks your productivity. Give it a try today (oh, and share your favorite settings below).

        Download AutomateIt [Google Play]

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        8 Replacements for Google Notebook

        8 Replacements for Google Notebook

        Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

        1. Zoho Notebook
          If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
        2. Evernote
          The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
        3. Net Notes
          If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
        4. i-Lighter
          You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
        5. Clipmarks
          For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
        6. UberNote
          If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
        7. iLeonardo
          iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
        8. Zotero
          Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

        I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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        In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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