How to Organize a Successful Open House

Whether you’re a homeowner, broker or real estate agent, keeping track of the details for open houses can be challenging. With the LifeTopix app for iPhone and iPad, you can effortlessly organize the details of your next open house that you host through LifeTopix “Events,” which is found in the Events + Appointments topic.

View the Presentation – “How to Organize a Successful Open House”

Check out the following slide deck to see how you can take advantage of LifeTopix to better plan open houses. Hint – you’ll get the best view of this deck by downloading it directly from Slideshare.

How to Easily Print and Generate PDFs in LightArrow Apps

 

Printable Calendar Agenda

If you’re not familiar with LifeTopix, it’s an all-in-one productivity app for business and life available at the Apple App Store. With LifeTopix, you can organize and plan just about anything in your busy life. You can manage projects and tasks, make to do lists, take notes, manage files, make grocery lists, track finances, plan services, manage contacts, track assets, create events, plan travel, manage education, track health and much more.

One of the unique aspects of LifeTopix, is the ability to print agendas, to do lists, checklists, tasks, asset reports, notes, grocery lists and more. Today’s post shows you how to get the most out of the printing features of your LifeTopix app.

Printable Calendar Agenda

Knowing what’s on your schedule today, tomorrow and the next seven days is key to getting things done on time. That’s why LifeTopix includes a unified agenda with your to do lists or checklists, reminders (LifeTopix and iOS) and calendar items (LifeTopix and iOS) all in one easy-to-read view as shown below.

LifeTopix Printable Calendar Agenda

LifeTopix Printable Calendar Agenda

You can easily print your agenda by tapping the icon that’s indicated in the above graphic in the upper right corner. After you choose “Print,” you can choose whether you want to print in Portrait or Landscape mode. Next, LifeTopix asks if you wish to save the Agenda to the My Documents folder. When you save the file to My Documents, it becomes available for use as a PDF. You can now associate this file with many items in your LifeTopix app, such as projects, tasks, contacts and more. An example of  a printable agenda is shown below.

LifeTopix Printed Agenda

LifeTopix Printed Agenda

Tapping the icon in the upper-right corner in the screen above allows you to share, print or open the document in a different app.

Printable Asset Reports

One of the unique features of LifeTopix is the ability to keep a list of assets that you own or lease. In fact, you can use LifeTopix’s asset features in a variety of ways. For example, real estate agents use assets to track home selling details for their clients.

In LifeTopix, assets hold a variety of information. For example, an asset may include manufacturer, model, SKUs, serial number or VINs as well as other information. Assets also include categories, purchase dates, last updated dates, statuses and optional context tags; in addition, assets can be sorted, organized and printed by these categories.

The images below show an ungrouped and grouped list of assets in the LifeTopix iPad app. The grouped assets are organized by category, which in this example is “For Sale,” “In Contract,” and “Sold” for a real estate agent’s properties. These statuses are flexible and defined by you.

LifeTopix Ungrouped Assets

LifeTopix Ungrouped Assets

LifeTopix Grouped Assets

LifeTopix Grouped Assets

Once you display these assets, you can generate an asset report in portrait or landscape mode by tapping the icon at the bottom left and choosing Print as shown above. Just like the Agenda view, you can choose to save the report to your my Documents folder or go directly to the print button to print the asset report, open it or share it. Examples of the uncategorized and categorized reports are shown below.

 

LifeTopix Ungrouped Printable Asset Report

LifeTopix Ungrouped Printable Asset Report

LifeTopix Grouped Printable Asset Report

LifeTopix Grouped Printable Asset Report

Printable To Do Lists and Checklists

One of the most valued features of a to do list app is the ability to print the list, but this feature is not always available from the single purpose apps that you find at the Apple App Store. LifeTopix includes wide-ranging checklist and to do list capabilities in the Notes + Files, Lists topic. You can prioritize, print, re-use, add due dates, copy, and export your to do lists and checklists. In addition, you can convert these lists to “Pro Checklists” in order to add tasks, appointments, reminders, activities, nutrition, health stats, medication and wellness entries to a list.

An example of a LifeTopix checklist for a real estate agent is shown below.

LifeTopix Printable Checklist

LifeTopix Printable Checklist

Printing a to do list is simple. Tapping Actions -> Print as shown above displays the checklist and gives you the choice of saving it as a PDF if you wish. An example of the printed checklist is shown below.

LifeTopix Printed Checklist

LifeTopix Printed Checklist

Tapping the icon in the upper-right corner in the screen above allows you to share, print or open the to do list in a different app.

Printable Tasks

The LifeTopix Tasks + Projects gives you the ability to organize, enter, prioritize, track and check off even the most complex projects and tasks in a natural, streamlined and easy-to-understand way. An example of a task list for a real estate agent’s project is shown below.

LifeTopix Task List

LifeTopix Task List

Sometimes, you might want to print out a list of tasks for a project. The best way to print a list of tasks for a project is to follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Tap the Tasks + Projects topic.
  2. Locate the Projects tile and tap it.
  3. Locate the project that contains the tasks you wish to print and tap it. Tip: Use the Group By filter to help you locate the project if you have many projects.
  4. Tap the project to open it.
  5. Tap Actions -> Print. Once again, you’re given the option of whether or not you wish to save a PDF to My Documents.

An example of the printable task list is shown below.

LifeTopix Printed Task List

LifeTopix Printed Task List

Tapping the icon in the upper-right corner shown in the screen above allows you to share, print or open the task list in a different app.

Printable Grocery Lists

Often times, many users of grocery list apps would like a printable list, but it’s not available from all apps. A printable grocery list comes in handy if you wish to easily give a spouse, family member or coworker a shopping or grocery list. You can generate shopping lists in the Shopping + Gifts topic of LifeTopix. The following image shows a shopping list that was generated for a trip to India. As shown, you can simply tap the Actions button and easily print the list.

LifeTopix Printable Grocery List

LifeTopix Printable Grocery List

The list appears as shown below and tapping the icon in the upper-right corner allows you to share, print or open the shopping or grocery list in a different app.

LifeTopix Printed Grocery List

LifeTopix Printed Grocery List

Printable Notes

The Notes + File, Lists topic in LifeTopix includes powerful note-taking, drawing and note organization features. It also includes features for managing online files from Dropbox™, Google Drive™ and OneDrive™ and syncing online notes from Evernote® and Toodledo. LifeTopix’s built-in and extensive note-taking features include printable notes. An example of a LifeTopix note created by a real estate agent to hold client’s requirements is shown below.

LifeTopix Printable Note

LifeTopix Printable Note

Like other objects in LifeTopix, you are able to easily print a note, as shown above. An example of the printed note is shown in the following image. Tapping the icon in the upper-right corner (below) allows you to share, print or open the note in a different app.

LifeTopix Printed Note

LifeTopix Printed Note

Accessing Your PDF Files

When you save your files to the My Documents folder as described previously in this blog post, you might want to access them later in order to associate them with objects in your LightArrow app or for viewing purposes. For example, you might want to associate a checklist with a project.

To locate your saved files, perform the steps below:

  1. Tap the Notes + Files, Lists topic.
  2. Tap Files and then tap the plus sign.
  3. Tap Folder and then tap Local Files.
  4. Tap the information icon next to “File.”
  5. Then tap My Documents. A list of your local files is shown. See the image below as an example.
LifeTopix Local Files List

LifeTopix Local Files List

After you locate the file you wish to work with:

  1. Choose View to see the PDF or choose Select to add it to your list of files.
  2. In the New File view, tap Save.
  3. It is now included in your list of files and you can access it by tapping the File tile in the Notes + Files topic.

Now that you’ve added the PDF as a local file, you can associate it with LifeTopix objects (assets, events, goals, notes, projects, etc.) directly from the object itself or from the file as shown below (Associate Topic or Associate Contact).

Associating PDF with LifeTopic Item

Associating PDF with LifeTopic Item

In addition, all files saved in the My Documents folder can be shared via AirDrop, sent via text message, opened in other apps (such as Dropbox, Box, Adobe Reader etc.), by tapping the icon in the upper-right corner as shown below.

Sharing and Printing Local PDFs

Sharing and Printing Local PDFs

More Options

In LifeTopix, printing is available in many more views, such as the detailed views of trips, contacts and more. In fact, the LightArrow team is constantly improving the print support.

Please Comment

I hope this post gives you a general overview of the printing capabilities of LifeTopix. If you have any questions about LifeTopix or its printing capabilities, feel free to comment on this post below.

Introducing Best Calendar App, Pro.Calendar

Pro.Calendar Best Calendar App

Recently we released Pro.Calendar and made it available at the Apple App Store. Pro.Calendar is the “calendar edition” of our LifeTopix app. It includes all popular calendar relevant topics such as project management, events, travel, health, notes and media and allows additional topics to be purchased through in-app purchases for managing shopping lists, contacts, finances, assets, education, passwords, email feeds, Evernote® feeds and Twitter and Facebook feeds. It’s a great selection for those who want the power of LifeTopix, but don’t want or need the entire 12 topics.

Pro.Calendar’s Time Ribbons

Pro.Calendar includes versatile calendar options including patent-pending “Time Ribbon™” views for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. If you’re a current LifeTopix, My.Agenda, My.Self or Pro.Inbox customer, you’ll notice that along with this launch of Pro.Calendar, we’ve updated the calendar views of those apps. Consequently, all LightArrow app users who use the calendar can enjoy the new, enhanced calendar views and “Time Ribbons.”

To learn more about Pro.Calendar and the enhanced Time Ribbon views, watch the following video below.

Pro.Calendar is available from the Apple App Store for US 3.99. As a universal app, a single purchase entitles you to use the app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The app requires iOS 6.0 or later and is optimized for the iPad and iPhone 5 with iOS 7.

Your Turn

Please let us know if you like Pro.Calendar and if you have any “wish list” items for Pro.Calendar or any of our apps. Thanks!

Not Crazy About the New iOS 7 Calendar App? Here’s the Answer.

You’ve updated to iOS 7 and you’ve noticed the new, beautiful minimalist design and the lack of skeuomorphism, which is a fancy word for faux stitching, wood panels, and leather. Essentially, the metaphors of the real world have vanished and are replaced with a more modern, flat design. It makes me think of upgrading the decor at Grandma’s house with the sleek interior design of the W Hotel.

We at LightArrow are huge fans of iOS 7. It is a great leap forward in our opinion in both form and function. However, with significant change there are always some “challenges” in terms of people’s habits and personal preferences. One of the biggest changes is the calendar for both the iPhone and the iPad. The calendar is now black and white and red all over. Sure, it’s pretty, but it’s a real-life riddle to many users as to why some of our favorite views are missing — with the most noticeable being the month detail view.

For example, one calendar user wrote the following on an Apple discussion thread:

I personally can’t stand the fact when I am on any given day, there is no list view for all the events at the bottom like there used to be. This is an extremely bizarre thing for them to get rid of in my opinion. It is much more cumbersome to see your events quickly for the day now.

Good news. There are several apps at the Apple App Store that can fill the void, including our apps — LifeTopix and My.Agenda. A little background — LifeTopix is our full-featured personal information manager and My.Agenda is the starter version of LifeTopix that you can customize to meet your needs through in-app purchases. You can compare the apps by following this link.

I Want an Agenda View!LifeTopix Agenda View

Check out our side-by-side comparisons below and decide for yourself if the LifeTopix Calendar Views provide you with a better alternative to the new iOS 7 calendar. Remember, you don’t have to replace the iOS 7 calendar because LifeTopix shows you all your events from it (including your Google, Yahoo, and Outlook events that you display on your iOS device calendar). And keep in mind that LifeTopix is a complete personal information manager so there are several types of objects that it supports, which the iOS 7 calendar does not support. In addition, searching all items (appointments, notes, tasks, etc.) is included from the Quick Menu at the bottom left. This might not be evident from the images.

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Month View

The Month View is several people’s biggest disappointment in iOS 7 because it no longer includes the detailed list view in the main view. Instead of showing you the entire month with tiny appointments, LifeTopix shows you a list of your appointments for a chosen day and you can easily choose the day you want to view by tapping the date. There’s an indicator on each day to show you if items are scheduled on those days. You can also completely manage those items by tapping them.

IOS 7 Month View

Click the image to see a bigger view.

Year View

The LifeTopix Calendar Year View allows you to scroll through a list of all your appointments and other items in one view for the entire year. You can also access past years’ items. The iOS 7 Calendar Year View only shows a calendar with the current date highlighted. On the iOS 7 calendar, tapping a date returns you to the IOS 7 Calendar Month View. Alternatively, with LifeTopix, you can manage your items directly from this view.

IOS 7 Year View

Click the image to see a bigger view.

Week View

The LifeTopix Calendar Week View and the iOS 7 Calendar Week View are very similar. Besides the look and feel, there are only a few subtle differences in functionality. In LifeTopix, you tap the arrow to move through the week. In the IOS 7 Calendar, you scroll to the right or left. This is a personal preference.

IOS 7 Week View

Click the image to see a bigger view.

Day View

The primary difference between the LifeTopix Calendar Day View and the iOS 7 Calendar Day View is the side-by-side view that the IOS 7 calendar provides. Both calendars require you to open a management screen when editing.

IOS 7 Day View

Click the image to see a bigger view.

Repeat Schedules

LifeTopix includes many more options for repeat schedules over the iOS 7 Calendar. Custom schedules are available in LifeTopix as the image below shows, which provides you with more flexibility when setting up your appointments and tasks.

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Click the image to see a bigger view.

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Join the Conversation

What do you think? Does the LifeTopix app address your calendar issues? Please comment and let us know!

LightArrow Partners With Box to Turbocharge Your Personal Organization and Business Productivity

box_partnership_seal_blue(1)Organizing your life and business can be difficult, especially when there’s so many appointments, events, meetings, and projects that you’re juggling. And as a matter of course, you have supporting documents for many of your projects and meetings, and it’s always difficult to find those documents when you need them. You can print them and store them in file folders that clutter your office space or you can save them to your hard drive and risk the chance of hardware failure and losing them for good. So what’s the solution for keeping these documents stored safely, easily finding and retrieving them when you need them, and making them accessible wherever you go? LightArrow and Box have teamed up to solve these problems. Imagine you’ve started a new project and you have a weekly meeting to discuss all the logistics. Your boss calls you while you’re at the airport and needs to know the specific details about deadlines and the roadmap. You can pull up the project in LifeTopix then and there, and access all the supporting files containing the weekly meeting notes from the LifeTopix project. Or, perhaps you’ve moved to a new city and you need to start preventive care for your pets. Instantly access a Health project in LifeTopix and locate photos or scanned documents of your pets’ vaccination records. With LightArrow’s new integration with Box, you are now able to easily associate your files that are stored in the cloud with Box to LifeTopix projects, products, events, trips, visits, notes, services, service providers, metrics, subjects, and assets.

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Imagine having the ability to link tasks, checklists, appointments, reminders, bookmarks, files, audio, photos, videos, notes, expenses, services, and shopping items to your projects. And picture how impressed your boss will be when you answer his or her questions on the spot, while on the go. And if you’re using more than one iOS device, you can also use Box for device-to-device sync — keep data on all your devices the same.

So how do you get started?

  1. Go to www.Box.com and set up an account if you don’t already have one.
  2. Create and store your important documents and files in Box.
  3. Go to the App Store and purchase LifeTopix.
  4. In LifeTopix, tap Settings and then Logins for Integrations.
  5. Under the Box section, add your Box account.
  6. In the LifeTopix Notes + Files topic, add your Folders and Files from Box by tapping the Folders and Files tiles.
  7. Associate your files with LifeTopix projects, products, events, trips, visits, notes, services, service providers, metrics, subjects, and assets.

Want to learn more?

Find detailed tutorials about our integration at the LightArrowInc YouTube page by following the links below. Associating Files and Folders | Device-to-Device Sync Find information about LightArrow Apps at the Box website by following the links below. LifeTopix | My.Agenda | Pro.Notes | My.Notes | My.Shopping

Celebrate Back to School with Free Note Taking Apps

In just a few weeks, kids and college students will be filling the rooms of schools and halls of campuses everywhere. In many schools, students will be carrying their iPads and iPhones — loaded with the latest and greatest productivity software. One of our newest apps My.Notes is a great app for recording assignments, making back-to-school shopping lists, taking notes in class or elsewhere and doodling. Give it a try for free by using a promo code below!

Get a promo code for free note taking app

To get you started, we’re giving away several copies of our new App My.Notes for free. But hurry, these promo codes will go fast and expire at the end of August.

If you’re not familiar with My.Notes, it’s a powerful and simple app for organizing and managing notes and lists — all in one place. You can create and organize todos and checklists, notes, drawings and media such as video and audio. My.Notes stores your data privately on your device. No ads, and no web logins required.

If you’ve never used a promo code at the Apple App Store, on your device, from the App Store, tap Featured and there’s a Redeem button at the bottom. Tap it, and then enter the code. It will find the app based on the code. You’ll need to redeem it quickly before someone else grabs it!

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LightArrow Reveals Vision for the Company’s Future — iOS, Windows 8, Android

LightArrow CEO Interviewed on Vision — Shares Priorities for iOS, Windows 8, and Android in the Enterprise

LightArrow, Inc. co-founder and CEO Adi Mishra talks to *second screen INSIDER about LifeTopix, and shares the vision for the future of their apps and the company’s relative priorities for iOS, Android and Windows 8 platforms for business apps.

Watch the interview below or watch the original at *second screen INSIDER:

Adi Mishra from Angel on Vimeo.

Your Family Calendar, All in One Place

Organizing your calendar and schedule is a big challenge when you have a lot going on — and most of us do. And if you’re a mom who’s organizing the whole family, it’s even more challenging. Learn how LifeTopix and our starter app, My.Agenda, come to the rescue.

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Organizing your calendar and schedule is a big challenge when you have a lot going on — and most of us do.

And if you’re a mom who’s organizing the whole family, it’s even more challenging.

Between Zumba, baseball games, meetings, carpools, and clubs, you feel like your drowning and it’s practically impossible to keep it all straight.

This is when LifeTopix and our starter app, My.Agenda, come to the rescue.

LifeTopix is a central hub for your tasks, projects, shopping, events, travel, and more. My.Agenda is a starter, more economical version of LifeTopix that enables you to start small and expand as your organizational needs grow.

As the central hub of your life, LifeTopix works with all your calendars, including Outlook, Google Calendar, Yahoo Calendar, your device Calendar, and others. You just need to configure these items in your device’s Mail, Contacts, and Calendars Settings.

So Why LifeTopix?

You might be wondering why you would use LifeTopix instead of your standard device calendar or a free online calendar.

There’s lots of ways to justify it – with 12 big reasons. The 12 Life Topics, which are intelligently designed topics that manage more than just calendar events.

These topics are connected and in one place, which eliminates the app hopping that you do when you install a flock of apps to do many different, disconnected things.

For example, when your contacts and service providers are linked to your calendar events and other items, you can easily contact them if you’re running late in just a few simple taps. You never have to open your device’s contacts or search for an email address again.

And don’t worry about getting lost with LifeTopix’s location services, you can always view your destination on the map.

LifeTopix keeps the whole family on the same page because it uses cloud services such as Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Google Drive for device-to-device sync. Because of this, LifeTopix or My.Agenda becomes the perfect place to share your kids’ doctors appointments, playdates, sports, and other events with the whole family.

And LifeTopix gives you other options for sharing. You can share items via email, text, or social media with friends or family members.

Before you get started with Cloud Sync, all you need to do is go to www.dropbox.com and set up a free account for the family to share.

Once you’ve set it up, everyone in the family can point LifeTopix to the Dropbox folder using LifeTopix Settings.

Next, Voila, everyone can start using Dropbox sync.

You’ll find another video on our website or youTube channel that describes these steps in detail.

Now everyone can be on the same page about what’s going on from appointments, to checklists, to bill payments and more — we’ve got you covered.

Now that everyone’s sharing the same calendar, you can easily add all types of items to your family’s agenda without a lot of nagging.

And your weekly review is a piece of cake with this handy agenda view.

We know you have a lot going on, keep track of it and keep everyone in the loop while on the go with LifeTopix.

If you want to learn more go to www.lightarrow.com or find LifeTopix or MyAgenda at the Apple App Store in the Productivity section. Thanks for Watching.

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Earth Day – Eight Things You Can Do Today to Save the Planet

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Each year, Earth Day is celebrated to educate Americans about ecology and what they can do to reduce their environmental impact. Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day in 1970 and it’s still celebrated today to honor our planet. In this post, we’d like to do our part to educate you about a few simple things that you can do today that will protect and honor planet earth without drastically changing your lifestyle.

1. Set Auto Shutdown on Your Laptops

According to Casey Roe, Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, Duke Sustainability Office [source], it takes 60 to 300 trees to absorb the annual impact of a computer that’s left on 24 hours a day, and only 60 percent of US adults turn their computer off during the night. A simple change that you can make today is shutting down your laptops and devices at night.

To make it super simple, in many cases you can set up your computers to shut down or use other energy-saving options (such as sleep or hibernate) automatically. Macs have options that enable you to automatically shut them down during times that you’re not using them.

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You can use the Energy Saver preferences in the System Preferences application. Just click the Schedule button, and you can set up the schedule that works for you.

2. Eliminate Junk Mail

According to 41Pounds.org, “more than 100 million trees are destroyed each year to produce junk mail. 42% of timber harvested nationwide becomes pulpwood for paper.” Furthermore, they state, “The world’s temperate forests absorb 2 billion tons of carbon annually. Creating and shipping junk mail produces more greenhouse gas emissions than 9 million cars.”

So what can you do about it? There are services that allow you to stop the influx of junk mail that you receive at your home. And if you’re a marketer, consider more green (digital) options. I recently started using Catalog Choice. Catalog Choice unlists you from marketing lists for catalogs and allows you to search for and choose the catalogs that you no longer wish to receive. What’s neat about the site is you can also view the environmental benefits of your contribution and the contribution of others as a whole.

3. Buy Used or Borrow Things That You Only Use Once in a While

Many of us rush out to buy something new any time we need it. In fact, according to the The Daily Green, “studies have shown that the average power tool is used for only about half an hour it its lifetime.” If statistics are correct, you probably have some lonely and dusty power tools in your garage. Instead of rushing out to the nearest home improvement store, consider purchasing used items and borrowing tools and other items. 

Nowadays, there are many choices for borrowing items such as tools, and when you no longer need an item you can consider donating it. In the United States, a “Tool Library” movement has begun and continues to gain momentum, which allows you to borrow several type of home and garden tools. Just perform a local Google Search and you’ll find many options for lending and borrowing.

4. Use Cloud Services

Using Cloud Services is a popular trend, but it also can help you to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. According to Go Green, “large companies adopting the cloud can reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by 30 percent. The better news is, small businesses even save more energy than the larger counterparts – up to 90 percent.”

We often talk about cloud services and how you can use them to store your documents, photos, and other media to help you achieve your paperless goals (as opposed to printing these items and placing them in file folders). We also commonly talk about how our app, LifeTopix, allows you to access these documents in context with all the things you’re doing and planning in your life. Examples of cloud services that are popular and can be used for free include Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive, Evernote, and Google Drive.

You can refer to their websites to sign up and learn more about these services.

5. Reduce Travel

Whether you’re traveling across town or traveling across the earth, consider video conferencing as an option to reduce your carbon footprint. An article published by Yale University by Elisabeth Rosenthal [source] states that, “According to various estimates, emissions from aviation currently represent 2 to 3 percent of CO2 emissions and are likely to double or triple by 2050.”

To reduce the number of trips that you take, consider video conferencing options. Lower cost and free options that are available include Skype, Google Hangouts, iChat on Apple Computers, or Adobe Connect Pro among many others. Refer to their websites for more information.

6. Cancel Paper Newspaper Subscriptions

Are you still receiving the daily newspaper? Have you ever wondered about the environment impact of that daily newspaper? According to the Daily Green, “The paper industry is the 4th largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions among United States manufacturing industries, and contributes 9% of the manufacturing sector’s carbon emissions” and “Paper accounts for 25% of landfill waste (and one third of municipal landfill waste).”

Understanding this, I investigated a local newspaper and found that there are several options for online, iPad, and various tablet subscriptions. I also found that the tablet choice was more economical than choosing the paper option with full online access. Consequently, there’s no need to give up the subscription altogether.

7. Use Reminders, Notes, Lists, and Calendar Applications

iOS reminders, calendar apps, shopping/to-do list and note apps, and personal organization apps such as LifeTopix are excellent for helping you incorporate green habits into your life, such as reducing the amount of paper that you use. For example, you can use a variety of apps or use LifeTopix to:

  • Set a reminder to carry your reusable shopping bags to the grocery store or farmer’s market.
  • Schedule times that local farmers sell at the markets.
  • Schedule recycling day.
  • Create digital shopping lists and ditch the paper lists.
  • Stop using paper notes and create digital to-do lists and notes.
  • Set reminders to turn off the lights in your house.

8. Better Plan Your Errands and Carpool

Near_MeOne great way to reduce emissions is to cut back on the amount of time you spend in your car commuting and running errands. According to the EPA, “Leaving your car at home just two days a week can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by an average of two tons per year.”

Your built-in map app on your iOS device or Google maps can help you plan the most efficient route when running errands. And, if you use an app such as LifeTopix, you can use the handy Near Me feature to view shopping and other items on your map to ensure you’re taking advantage of the best route.

There are several websites and apps that can help you find ways to carpool. Social media is also a great way to arrange rides with friends.

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LifeTopix 6.0 Guided Tour

Team LightArrow is very excited about our new 6.0 update of LifeTopix, which includes several new features, usability improvements, and defect fixes. LifeTopix 6.0 is available from the Apple App Store as a free update for anyone with previous LifeTopix versions. If you’re new to LifeTopix, it’s available for a limited time at a special price of 99 cents. As a universal app, a single purchase entitles you to use it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

New Sync Options

We’re happy to introduce Dropbox sync to keep your data in sync across your multiple iOS devices. We’ve also introduced a technology preview of Google Drive sync/backup and restore. You’re welcome to preview it, but we recommend that you utilize Dropbox sync at this time. We’ve made several improvements to iCloud Sync, and we’re working with Apple to resolve issues that affect reliability. However, we’re continuing to consider iCloud Sync a “Technology Preview.” When you update to LifeTopix 6.0, iCloud sync will be disabled. We highly recommend that you switch to Dropbox sync after updating your devices.

To access sync options, tap Settings and then tap Cloud Sync to access the new view shown in the following screenshot. Tap Manage to get started with your device sync setup.

LifeTopix cloud sync

Freehand Drawing & Note Taking

In the 6.0 update, we’ve given freehand drawing and written note taking a complete makeover. Writing and drawing is now easier and provides a richer experience. We’ve added pinch zoom and expand; undo and redo; and the ability to email your drawings directly from the drawing view. Drawing/writing includes an eraser; 40 color choices; alpha capabilities; six shapes including circles and squares; and line width adjustment.

You can create freehand drawing and take notes by choosing Notes + Files from the My Topics view. The screenshot below shows an example of the drawing view with the variety of shapes that you can create.

LifeTopix Freehand Drawing

New Colors in My Topics View

When you open the the My Topics view, you’ll see that we’ve given it a new look. The changes were made to give you easier identification of the 12 topics through varying colors, as shown in the following screenshot.

LifeTopix My Topics View

Configurable Dashboard Navigation

You can now reorder the navigational items in the Dashboard on the left side. Simply tap the i icon, which is identified in the following screenshot, and then drag the items to the position you prefer.

LifeTopix Configure Dashboard

New Themes

You now have the ability to change the main and accent colors that LifeTopix displays throughout the app. Choices include Azure, Beige, Black, Charcoal, Classic Blue, Classic Green, Dark Blue, Dark Red, Deep Ocean, Forest Green, Gold, Hot Orange, Lime Green, Magenta, Mocha, Plum, Scarlet, Slate, and Violet. Themes are not synced across devices, which allows you to create a unique theme for each of your devices.

You can change colors in the My Settings view as shown in the screenshot below.

LifeTopix Themes

New Engage View

As collaboration and support are among our highest priorities, we’ve made it easier for you to locate information about LifeTopix, contact us, and share LifeTopix with your friends, family, and colleagues through the Engage view. We welcome your questions and comments via social media, our website, or directly through email.

By tapping the Smile in the navigation panel of LifeTopix, you can view the central location for sharing via social media, contacting LightArrow, and finding information, as shown in the following screenshot.

Engage View

Support of All Day or Date and Time in Appointments

You now have the ability to view all-day appointments, tasks, projects, trips, and visits at the top of each day, above the list of times. This allows you to easily view other appointments that might be scheduled during the day. The following screenshot shows how all-day items display.

All Day

Person Detail Tap Through To Associated Items

In your Person view, you will now be able to see associated items with a person, and tap the associated items to view the details. For example, in the screenshot below, you’ll see that you can tap [Personal Trainer]: Johnny to view this service provider’s details and any associated appointments, tasks, checklists, reminders, bookmarks, files, audio, photos, video, notes, or services.

Person Tap

Repeat Schedule Improvements

We’ve improved recurring appointments, bills, and tasks. Previously, the maximum number of these items was 72. This number is increased to 150, and performance is improved when this large number of items is created. However, if you’re using an older device, a large number of items may take a few seconds. The following screenshot shows the options for the maximum number of appointments in the My Settings view.

LifeTopix

Photo, Video, and Drawing Thumbnails

In list views, such as the Recently Updated view, thumbnails for photos, videos, and drawings are displayed in place of an icon, as shown in the following screenshot.

LifeTopix Thumbnail

Improved Agenda View

The Agenda view now includes a streamlined Alerts section with overdue and undated items. In addition, you’re now able to open these items directly from this view.

LifeTopix Agenda Alerts

People + Services Usability Enhancement

Groups are now available directly from the People + Services view, which provides easier access to Groups, as shown in the following example.

LifeTopix Groups

Autoscrolling to First Item in Day in Month Views

In My Calendar, when viewing the Day and Month views, LifeTopix will automatically scroll to the first item, which makes it easier for you to view your schedule. For example, when viewing the Day view, if you have a 9:00 am appointment and a 10:00 pm appointment, LifeTopix will automatically scroll so the 9:00 am appointment will be the first item that you see.

Calendar View Performance Enhancements

In this update, you will notice general speed improvements in the My Calendar and Agenda views.

We hope this helps you under­stand how to lever­age the new fea­tures in 6.0. Enjoy!