Loose Leaf – A Different Kind Of Paper

I’m extremely excited to show you the first demo of my new scratch paper app Loose Leaf!

This app has been my labor of love for nearly two years, and I’m finally getting close to the App Store release this summer. (Sign up to be notified when it’s ready if you haven’t already!) All of the major development is done, and I’m now working through the last few features and testing.

So what is Loose Leaf?

It’s just that: scratch paper. The vast majority of my notes and sketches don’t need to be perfect. It’s far more important that I get them down quickly than it is to get them down perfectly. When I’m in a meeting, or when an idea hits me, I don’t want to lose the flow of conversation or forget any details while I’m sorting into the right notebook or picking just the right shape for my diagram.

Loose Leaf lets you quickly and easily jot down a note, diagram, idea, photo, mockup, or annotation, then show it in the moment, and 1 button export it if you need to save it. No settings. No Sync. No menus. No textures. No brush arsenal. No popovers. No “edit mode” vs “pen mode” vs “image mode”. No fluff.

It’s just blank paper, simple gestures, and simple tools. You can write on it. You can throw some pictures on it. You can use scissors to cut it up. You can export when you care. And that’s it. And all of it just works like you think it should: a pen, an eraser, a ruler, some scissors, images, and blank paper.

Available this Summer

I’m finishing up the very last features and testing, and will be launching on the App Store this summer. Sign up and get notified when it’s live.

Christi’s cancer story is featured by Providence Hospital

Early this December, Providence Hospital asked Christi to come back and share her story during their Festival of Trees fundraising brunch for their Cancer Center. They also asks her to share her story for their “How We Care” video series on their site.

The video of that interview is online here. I’m extremely proud of her for sharing her story. After everything we’ve been through, it’s so rewarding for both of us to see something good come out of it outside of ourselves.

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Not only is she able to share her story and encourage current cancer fighters, but after her surgery she was able to donate her tumor to ongoing research at Providence. Dr. Keith Bahjat is using her tumor, among others, to research a vaccine for cancer. It’s an incredible way to teach the patient’s own immune system to better recognize the cancer cells and fight against them directly. His program is just recently started human trials, and we’re eagerly awaiting results to see this research through to completion!

Automatic PHP API

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I’m a big fan of Automatic. It’s a very cool widget that plugs into your car’s data port and will monitor your driving habits. It tracks your average MPG, alerts you if you accelerate too fast or brake too hard, and rolls all of its data into a simple weekly score – high your score the better you’re driving! It’s a super simple way to reinforce safe driving habits, and improve your fuel efficiency at the same time, very cool!

However, since the product is still so young, there’s no official REST API yet to access all of your own data. I tinker with QS and always want to have access to my data for all of the services I use. I’d love to be able to get my data out of the Automatic service, but since they don’t have an official API, I decided to figure out how the iOS app fetches data and see if I can piggy back on that to download and process my own data.

The result is the Unofficial Automatic PHP API:

// login to Automatic API
$automatic = new Automatic($username, $password);
// fetch trip data between the two input dates
$trips = $automatic->getTrips($start, $end);

The API so far lets you login and get your account and link information, get trip data, and get your weekly scores, information about your car, and even it’s parked location.

One thing to note, the username and password to use when logging into the API are not the same as what you use to login to the app. I’ve documented on the wiki how to find your API username and password.


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