Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WotW: Digital Sticky Notes

I have a problem. A big problem. I love sticky notes. Always have. I find them extremely useful in scribbling quick notes, posting reminders around the house and for a quick love note. But sticky notes aren't free... until now.

Welcome to LinoIt, an online cork board that allows you to post as many digital sticky notes as you can fit on the board. To get started, sign up for a free account. This site really thrives off a username, so be creative when creating one.

Once you have created an account, you will be brought to your Dashboard. Here, you will see you have two pre-made Canvases (cork boards) – Main and Someday. You can keep these, modify them or delete them. It's all up to you. You can also create your own canvas, but we'll get to that in a minute.

Go ahead and open one of the Canvases. You will notice a sticky pad in the right corner.
There are five different types of notes:

1. Text sticky notes of various colors
You can type any type of note here. Make a to-do item, a note to yourself or the brilliant idea you came up with in the middle of the night. You can change the color beyond the four default colors you see.

2. Photo sticky notes
Add a photo to your canvas, much in the style of Pinterest.

3. Video sticky notes
Add a video to your canvas. You can add videos from a number of popular video websites by simply copying and pasting the URL.

4. File sticky notes
Post a file of any type.

5. Transparent sticky notes
Well, it's just like it sounds.

To add a sticky note to your canvas, simply drag and drop it.
Once the note has been added, it will automatically pop open. In the large box, add your text. You can also add tags, due dates, icons, font size, font color and/or sticky note color. Once everything is just the way you want it, press Post.

Once the note has been posted, you still have a few options. These are found at the bottom of the note. The image above explains the functions. You can also pin a note to the canvas by clicking in the top-center of the note. You can rotate the note by clicking in the top-right corner of the note.

OK, so we get how LinoIt works, but what are its uses?

  • To-do list
  • Wish list
  • Reminders
  • Brainstorming
  • Love notes
  • A fun way to blog
It's the last one I want to talk about. You can embed any canvas into a blog and, depending on the settings, you can allow others to add their sticky notes to your canvas. See the example at the bottom of this post.

To get going, create a new canvas by going to your Dashboard. Click "Create New Canvas" and give it a name. You can add a custom background, but I kind of like the cork board look. You can set the access level to your canvas here. If you want others to be able to post, choose the Everyone may Post Stickies option.

Open your canvas, customize it and find the embed code (it's the the little i-icon in the sticky pad).

Feel free to add a sticky to my LinoIt. You can move around by clicking and dragging the board. Have fun and hope to hear from you soon!

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