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Sep 14

Flying Logic 2.0

The Revolutionary Tool for Proactive Thinkers.

Play “What if…?” with plans, arguments, and ideas.

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The Elevator Pitch

Flying Logic is a revolutionary tool for proactive thinkers, whether you want to change your personal life for the better, or grow a world-class business that impacts thousands or millions of people. Flying Logic is a highly visual, easy to use software application that does for reasoning what spreadsheets do for numbers. Just as you would not do detailed financial projections in your head, you need Flying Logic for all nontrivial planning and reasoning endeavors. Project management software won’t help you when you have no idea what part of a complex system needs improvement, or what that improvement might look like, or how to cause that improvement. Answering these questions is a critical and often-overlooked part of the planning process, and this is where Flying Logic shines. Flying Logic diagrams are not static images— they are working models of your reasoning that you test as you build and that stay “live” as you share your reasoning with others.

Version 2.0 Now Available!

Our first paid upgrade includes a huge number of new features and enhancements including our top request: Incremental Layout! The document window has a completely new design including inspectors that can be shown, hidden, and resized to suit your work style. Also: custom symbols, colored groups, zoom the canvas up as well as down, group hoisting, and too many more to list here! So check out the list of new features, read about the new features in detail in the Flying Logic User’s Guide, and watch for articles, tips, and videos in our blog.

“Flying Logic is a powerful tool for visual support of critical thinking. I have used the diagrams to explain the rigor behind proposed methods for solving customers’ challenges and have enjoyed great feedback. I have successfully used the tool to define inter-related actions and requisite conditions required to effectively mitigate Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI). Flying Logic elevates my ability to think visually and to rethink with minimal rework in the diagrams. It is a true enabler of constructive thought.”
Rich Petersen – Principal, Capridea, Inc.

Fast, Beautiful, and Truly Compelling Plans

If there is anything in your life, business, or organization that needs improvement? Flying Logic is a highly visual, easy to use software application that does for reasoning what spreadsheets do for numbers. Just as you would not do detailed financial projections in your head, you need Flying Logic for all nontrivial planning and reasoning endeavors.

Critical Thought More Critical Than Ever

Rational thinking, planning, and communication skills are key to every field of human endeavor ranging from personal growth to building viable, competitive businesses. Even the ability to successfully articulate non-rational concepts such as emotion and intuition ultimately depends upon the mind’s power to reason. And anyone from young children, to governments, to the CEOs of multinational corporations can benefit from well-developed reasoning abilities and a common language in which to reason. Flying Logic is a revolutionary tool that fills a widespread need for software that supports, simply and beautifully, the practice of reasoning. However, no software can do your thinking for you, so Flying Logic was inspired by the Theory of Constraints.

The Theory of Constraints (TOC)

The Theory of Constraints is an overall management philosophy founded on the idea that all real-world systems; whether personal, interpersonal, or organizational; have at least one constraint: something that holds the system back from accomplishing more of its primary purpose, or goal. The rate of this accomplishment is called throughput. If a system had absolutely no constraints, it would be capable of infinite throughput. But though infinite throughput is impossible, amazing throughput gains are possible through the careful identification and management of the system’s key constraints. The purpose of the TOC, originally developed by Eliyahu M. (“Eli”) Goldratt and first popularized in his bestselling business novel The Goal, is to give individuals and organizations the tools they need to manage their constraints in the most effective manner possible. Originally applied to manufacturing lines, TOC principles have been successfully adapted for areas as diverse as supply chain, accounting and finance, project management, health care, military planning, and software engineering.

TOC claims that a real-world system with more than three constraints is extremely unlikely, and in fact usually only one constraint is key. Perhaps counter-intuitively, this is because the more complex a system becomes, the more interrelationships are necessary among its parts, which results in fewer overall degrees of freedom.

A major implication of this is that managing a complex system or organization can be made both simpler and more effective by providing managers with few, specific, yet highly influential areas on which to focus — maximizing performance in the areas of key constraints, or elevating the constraint (making it less constraining.)

The Five Focusing Steps

To accomplish this, the developers of TOC developed the Five Focusing Steps, which define a process of ongoing improvement. (Step Zero was later added for additional clarity.)

  1. Articulate the goal of the system. How do we measure the system’s success?
  2. Identify the constraint. What is the resource limiting the system from attaining more of its goal?
  3. Exploit the constraint to its fullest. How can we keep the constraining resource as busy as possible, exclusively on what it does best?
  4. Subordinate all other processes to the decisions made in Step 2. How can we align all processes so they give the constraining resource everything it needs?
  5. Elevate the constraint. If managing the constraining resource more efficiently does not give us all the improvement we need, then how can we acquire more of the resource?
  6. Avoid inertia. Has the constraint moved to some other resource as a result of the previous steps? If so, don’t allow inertia itself to become the constraint: go back to step 1.

The Thinking Processes (TP)

The Thinking Processes emerged as TOC practitioners worked with organizations that needed to identify their core constraints and how to manage or elevate them. They needed the answers to three deceptively simple questions:

  • What to change?
  • To what to change?
  • How to cause the change?

The Thinking Processes are based on the scientific method, to which is added a simple visual language for describing and reasoning about situations, arguments, and plans using the language of cause and effect. There are two basic kinds of reasoning: sufficient cause and necessary condition.

“Flying Logic is easy and intuitive to use. For those of us who use the TOC Thinking Processes, Flying Logic has succeeded where every other tool — whether it’s software, sticky notes, or pencil-and-paper — has failed. First, it eliminates the time spent on drawing and arranging the entities, and leaves us with more time to do the thinking! Second, it enables us to test our assumptions quickly, easily and visually.”

- Lisa Scheinkopf, author, Thinking For A Change: Putting the TOC Thinking Processes to Use

From these, the practitioners developed several methodologies called application tools designed to answer the three questions. The application tools provide the ability to develop a complete picture of a system’s core constraints and how to overcome them.

Current Reality Tree

Used to move from an articulation of the undesirable symptoms (or desirable strengths) present in a system to the core cause that has the most influence over them (i.e., the constraining resource or core issue.)

There are illustrations and explanations for many other “trees” on the Flying Logic website.

The Need for Software Support

Although there are many success stories of organizations that have implemented TOC using the Thinking Processes, so far there have been two problematic approaches to working with the application tools:

  • Groups work with a facilitator in front of a white board to capture their thinking. This has the drawback that as they grow, whiteboard diagrams quickly become disorganized and difficult to understand.
  • Individuals create their own plans or memorialize plans created by other groups using tools such as Visio. The primary drawback to this approach is that the planner often becomes bogged down in diagram layout details: fonts, sizes, colors, placement, styles, etc., that have nothing to do with the actual planning process.
  • Either way, there is no easy way to test the logic inherent in the diagram.

Flying Logic was designed to eliminate all of these constraints by allowing groups or individual planners to create Thinking Process diagrams using an intuitive interface that requires no attention to layout issues, and by producing presentation-quality output as a by-product of the planning process.

By providing a clear, visual language of causes and effects, Flying Logic encourages detached, rational thinking. By removing constraints around re-working the diagram, Flying Logic encourages people to painlessly consider every factor that really matters, and address every blind spot as it comes up. A good analogy is spreadsheet software – before spreadsheets, people still did financial projections, but they were laborious, error-prone, and there was a great deal of resistance to rework. After spreadsheets, people take many more factors into consideration and easily explore many more alternatives in their financial planning.

Just as a spreadsheet allows you to play “What if…?” with numbers, Flying Logic lets you play “What if…?” with plans, arguments, and ideas.

The Flying Logic Interface

Flying Logic uses a simple, gesture-based interface. Drag from the list of entity types on the left to create your diagram. Each time you place an entity, it “snaps into place” with arrows that represent the causal relationships automatically appearing where you want them. Drag from entity to entity to create additional causal relationships as desired, or drag from entity to arrow to combine causes into necessary condition relationships. Relationships representing AND, OR, and NOT are easily created.


System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later • 26MB free disk space
  • Flying Logic runs identically on Mac OS X, Windows® or Linux, and files can be freely exchanged across platforms. Want a license for the Windows or Linux version? Drop us an email at support@macZOT.com

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    OS X Mountain Lion Video Training

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    Aug 14

    PinPoint and/or Scenario

    PinPoint: Join the Custom Pointer Revolution for $2.99!
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    macZOT Developer Interview with Renaud Boisjoly

    Lagente Software, Based in Montreal, Quebec

    1 What’s the most unique, useful feature of your product?

    For PinPoint, users really enjoy the animated properties of some of the pointers, like Pulsing Circle with Click Wave. But the most unique is probably the Full Screen Crosshairs which can span multiple monitors. Each user has their own favorite, so I guess flexibility is the preferred feature?


    2 Why did you create these apps? or What need were you trying to satisfy?

    Years ago, a friend of mine was using 6 monitors for trading Stocks and was always losing his mouse pointer on all that screen real estate. PinPoint was the solution to that problem and over time, as it became more popular, users send in requests and we simply implemented one after the other. It also became a presentation tool so we enhanced it for that more and more, adding the ability to display keystrokes for example.

    For Scenario, being MacBook users we needed a way to prompt us when waking our Macs to remember to set our iChat message appropriately. AppleScript would allow us to set this, but being bird-brained, we always forgot to launch the script. Scenario now takes over and asks us where we are and sets the status accordingly. If you are well-versed in AppleScript, you can even deduce where you are using many tricks like the IP address you get from your provider for example and set the location accordingly.

    3 What is most interesting to you about developing SW for the Mac platform.

    Really, the Mac and Cocoa would allow developers to focus on the need to fulfill and less on the complexity of the programming environment. The genius in Apple’s strategy was to leverage NextStep which was already an amazing development environment which made it a lot easier to learn how to program and offer great solutions in less time. Leveraging all this again for the iPhone is another fantastic coup!

    4 What features should a prospective buyer look into during a trial of your product?
    Most people buy a piece of software to fulfill one precise need. With PinPoint, they discover new uses as well. For example, one user bought it because they wanted a way to visually locate their pointer on screen, but discovered that by installing it on their customer’s Macs, and activating the ” Show Keystrokes ” feature, users they were helping would also see which keys they were pressing during a remote connection and learn from this.

    5 What are somxe interesting experiences you’ve had creating new versions of your software when OS is upgraded?

    Well, moving to the Mac App Store was one change which forced us to reconsider the whole interface. We cleaned up many things in the UI. But it got us thinking of our next version… and how to really take advantage of the new technologies in Mac OS X. Stay tuned, we want to make it exciting!

    6 What’s your favorite Mac app out there from another developer? Why?

    Anything that makes us productive and creative really excites us. We have a few faves. Acorn for graphics work is something we use every day. Fast, simple efficient. Love it. Omni Outliner to jot down and organize our ideas, Mac and iPad versions. We use it everywhere, even in the car (my wife likes to drive, don’t worry). Keynote and Pages for presos and documents, Crashplan for backups, wow, the list never ends! Twitterrific, FileMaker Pro, 1Password, all awesome! Oh, and our favorite coding tool? This is really great… PaintCode! If you like drawing shapes in code in your Apps, this tool is more than a must! But you need to be a developer to appreciate it :-)

    7 What features would you like to add to your product that at this time seem improbable/impossible?
    Ah, the Holy Grail of pointer enhancement is to be able to completely hide the Mac’s pointer. Simply not possible on the Mac at this time and the most-requested feature. We tried many things and some users use a tool call Cursorcerer to do this, but that tool would not be approved on the Mac App Store we think. No way around this… so we focus on enhancing the existing pointer as much as we can.

    But for our next version of PinPoint… we’re looking into neat neat stuff. Stay tuned, we need some encouragement as this will take some time as it is a total re-write. Faster, leaner, beautiful-er…

    8 What would you like a user to ask you?
    We just love getting feature requests from our users. It gives us goals to strive for. Any very useful feature we love hearing about.

    9 What should I ask that I’m forgetting?
    What are the best bagels out there? I’d have to answer either St-Viateur or Fairmount… Montreal Bagels yeah!

    10 What are the answers to some common questions people have about your app before they buy?
    People buying PinPoint don’t ask too many questions beforehand. They see the value to them and they ask enhancements later sometimes. For Scenario, we do get a few questions before as it is a more technical tool. Users will ask how to solve a specific problem and we let them know if we think it is possible and if Scenario will help them. We love challenges.

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    ★★★★★
    I run a pretty custom setup. Mac Pro/Imac with 5 x 27″ monitors. I am prone to lose my pointer often. I use the full screen cross hairs on both machines, this allows me to find my mouse when it is lost. – Guy Denton

    Scenario:

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    Aug 03

    UltraKey 6

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    Aug 01

    AppleGrad ZOT Wrap-up and Giveaway!

    Last Day to get the Extremely Popular Aperture Training ZOT from this page.

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    Jul 31

    Creating iOS Games for Beginners

    1534 users are already taking this course!
    Marin Todorov takes a hands-on approach and walks you step-by-step through the process of building a complete game using Cocos2d.

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    From INFINITE SKILLS

    by MARIN TODOROV
    Where would we be without the games? Angry Birds, Cut The Rope, Peggle? Each one is as unique as they come, but they’re tied together to one simple principle: Cocos2d can make them. Cocos2d is the leading, open-source, royalty-free smartphone game engine. It’s easy to use, community-supported, reliable, mature, and over 1500 mobile iOS games have been published using it!



    Why is Cocos2D so easy to use? Because you can play a sound effect, animate a flipping sprite, flash some rad custom font, all with just a couple lines of simple, pure Objective C code. No knowledge of OpenGL is required! Rotating, mirroring, parallaxing, scaling, tinting, sliding, jumping, and a Halloween-sackful of other effects are quickly at your fingertips.

    Table of Contents

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  • Develop simple games
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  • You will be expected to have beginner/medium understanding of Objective-C
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    About the instructor…

    Marin Todorov is an independent iOS developer and publisher with 10 fun and innovative titles released on the App Store. He’s got experience in developing software on many different platforms- on the desktop, in the cloud and at present the iPhone. Marin was a university teacher for several years and also wrote a textbook on programming related to his course. He has published numerous technical articles in print and online media; his last larger contribution were a couple of articles on security and bundled databases to a book from Adobe and O’Reilly.

    Marin is also very active in the iOS developer community – he’s regularly writing in his blog about iPhone development and the App Store in general: www.touch-code-magazine.com ; he also sometimes writes guest posts and tutorials on other popular websites.

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    Jul 26

    Onde AudioBook Converter For Mac

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    Jul 25

    MovieCaptioner

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    If you choose MovieCaptioner, you’re in good company. MovieCaptioner is being used world-wide by:

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    • Government agencies such as NASA, NOAA, USDA Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, NREL, US Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Defense, and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority are just a few of many world-wide users.


    What Our Users Say:


    “Thanks so much for your help. I’ve been using MovCaptioner for years and telling folks that you regularly update the software and offer amazingly responsive customer support. You’ve once again demonstrated that commitment, which along with MovCaptioner’s flexibility and ease of use convinced my program to order licenses for one of our teaching labs so that we can more effectively incorporate captioning into our digital media curriculum.”

    “…Our crew member who uses the program captions all of our YouTube videos and was just hired by an outside company to caption their educational DVDs. The ability to use this program and to finally have a paying job means all the world to him and me. So thank you again.”


    “I was so happy when I discovered MovieCaptioner! I work at Washington School for the Deaf in Vancouver, Washington, and I have been captioning videos since 1983, when we got our first computer and it took nearly 60 hours to caption a 1-hour program! The advances in technology have greatly reduced the captioning process time, and with the option of using MovieCaptioner for captions or subtitles, it makes it an indispensible tool. I also love the feature of being able to export captions for use on YouTube!”


    “We found out about MovieCaptioner via YouTube at a point in time when we wanted to increase the accessibility of our videos. We knew we wanted to add captions, and wanted the process to be as simple and streamlined as possible. We’ve been able to repurpose our voiceover text documents and import them straight into MovieCaptioner to quickly get our captions set up, and saved for YouTube use. Even though YouTube offers caption translation, in the future we’ll likely use MovieCaptioner to add translations of our own in additional languages.”


    “Thanks for beeing really supportive on your excellent software. It is great to know that if there are any questions, you are right there to help. Thanks to MovieCaptioner I have subtitled all the last productions with German, English and French Captions. It is great. I export them as “.SUB” for YouTube use and “.SCC” for Iphone and Ipod use. The last projects we did here in Frankfurt, Germany, were dealing with sign language and deaf people. It is great to be able to produce barrier free with just simply adding captions. It is really not a big deal, thanks to MovieCaptioner. There is no reason not to create captions for a video – that goes out to everyone!!!”


    “I just wanted to say thank you for making such a great piece of software. MovieCaptioner does one thing really well (captions) and has saved me “buttloads” of time in creating captions and translations for our videos.”


    “Thank you again for a fantastic solution that my clients love and which saves me considerable effort and time!”


    “Thank you for making a great program even better! I love the Nuance Dictate addition [MovieCaptioner works with Nuance Dictate for Mac so you don't even have to type!]. I am running a session for teachers on MovieCaptioner today with teachers and therapists here in Australia this afternoon.”


    Requirements

    • MacIntosh OSX 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7
      (Windows version now available as well.)
    • QuickTime Pro 7.6.6 or higher required for embedding caption tracks (not required for creating transcripts, SMIL, or Flash XML files, etc.)
    • Flip4Mac plugin (free) required for loading Windows Media movies to create SAMI captions
    • Perian plugin (free) for QT required for loading FLV movies
    • ClosedCaptionImporter plugin for QT (free from Apple) for creating SCC captions

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    A Few Questions for MovieCaptioner’s Developer, Pat Besong


    1 What’s the most unique, useful feature of your product?

    MovieCaptioner really streamlines the process of creating captions and transcripts by making the video run in a loop for 4 second intervals (this is adjustable). So, all you have to do is type what you hear, then hit the Return key and it moves on to the next few seconds. It’s almost addicting in a way, because you’ll think, “I’ll do one more,” but maybe it’s mid-sentence, so you think, “I’ll just finish the thought.” Pretty soon you’re halfway through your movie.


    2 Why did you create this app? or What need were you trying to satisfy?

    I created MovieCaptioner out of frustration with some other software created for captioning movies. It was either too clumsy to use, didn’t work on a Mac, or cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars. It’s been quite a popular piece of software for small video companies and universities.


    3 What is most interesting to you about developing SW for the Mac platform.

    I’ve been using a Mac since they first came out (Apple Lisa), so I’m a true Mac guy. I like to be able to create something that other Mac users can use to make their work easier.


    4 What features should a prospective buyer look into during a trial of your product?

    Ease of use and efficiency is the name of the game in creating captions. Watch the Getting Started With MovieCaptioner video (above) and get a feel for how the process works. It’s really very easy once you see it in action. There are more tutorial videos on my website as well. There is a Help menu that launches the manual, so it should be easy to find what you’re looking for. And of course, I’m always an email away if you have any questions.


    5 What are some interesting experiences you’ve had creating new versions of your software when OS is upgraded?

    I’ve had a couple of times when Apple has thrown me a curve. Most notably when Snow Leopard came out I found out that the default version of QuickTime installed with Snow Leopard did not have the QuickTime Pro functionality that QuickTime 7 has, which is necessary for doing embedded QuickTime text captions.


    6 What features would you like to add to your product that at this time seem improbable/impossible?

    I’ve recently completed a Windows version and it can do most things that the Mac version can do. I am also working on adding a Spell Check, but that’s still not done. My suggestion to users for now is to export a Transcripts (with timecode) file and open that in Text Edit or some other application that has a built-in spell check. By using the transcript with timecode, you will be able to easily find the words in your MovieCaptioner project by referencing the timecode.


    7 What would you like a user to ask you?

    Can I buy more licenses? I’m kidding. While I’ve had many repeat customers and customers that have upgraded to a site license, I really appreciate it when users ask “Hey, can you get it to do this?” Most of the features in MovieCaptioner are a direct result of user feedback and requests. I do listen to what people say and if it makes sense (and I think I can do it), I’ll try to add that feature to the next version. I use MovieCaptioner myself (it’s called “eating your own dogfood”), so I’m open to any suggestions that will make the software better.


    8 What should I ask that I’m forgetting?

    Maybe how big SynchriMedia is? I’m just one guy who does this in his spare(?) time, believe it or not. I’m not even a programmer by trade. My degree is in Art. I’m not the best programmer in the world, but I do what I can. Somehow I keep finding a way. I think the creativity of an artist lends itself well to programming in this regard.


    9 What are the answers to some common questions people have about your app before they buy?

    I usually recommend that people copy their movies to their main hard drive before starting a project. This is so the Preview text files can be written to the same folder as the movie, and so that there aren’t any write-permission problems or file path problems that may occur if the movie is on another drive. As I’m not an expert on the broadcast production end of things, I usually point users to the Creative Cow captioning forum, where there are lots of people who do this sort of thing daily.

    Using a low resolution (320×240) movie is usually sufficient for creating captions (for better performance) and you can always swap out to a higher resolution version before exporting.

    Also, if you want to change the font or size of a previously set caption you need to remember to click either the Change Selected Caption(s) or the Change All Captions button to effect the change.

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