Always room to innovate the old

So many new ideas, concepts and inventions happen daily that sometimes we forget innovation can happen right under our noses. We continue to use old methods, processes or tools to accomplish what we need to accomplish without a thought about it. There is always room for innovation.

I love cool new stuff, and when I saw this I really said to myself… “wow, what a great way to simplify!” Shift Agent is an online tool for managing your employees work schedules. I thought back to those days long ago working in a restaurant and the annoying confusion around work schedules and absences. This tool really sounds like it could be applicable to so many different types of businesses, like restaurants, retail, manufacturing, etc.

Shift Agent is an online service that allows you to publish the best employee schedule quickly. Use the app to save time and money every week as you manage your labor schedule and handle requests for days off, trades, and availability updates with ease.

Check out the demo video and decide for yourself…

Follow them on Twitter at @ShiftAgent

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Status update

Going to try posting more often but sometimes shorter posts or thoughts. Posts too long for Twitter or even Facebook but maybe too short for a full blog post. We’ll see how it goes. I have to get these thoughts out somewhere.

 

 

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What an exciting time for CAD!

2015 has already been an exciting time for CAD and other nerdy related things. Autodesk has officially released AutoCAD and Inventor 2016 which are as usual, chocked full of new features. Inventor 2016 has a new text editor and updated presentation environments which were two of the areas of Inventor almost untouched since Inventor was first released. 2016 also allows you to work more efficiently with other CAD file formats, always a much needed area for improvement with the rapidly changing landscape of CAD software. Check out the full description of what’s new in Inventor on the Design & Motion blog.

In other news, GrabCAD rocked the market again by announcing their flagship Workbench was now free for all. This certainly garnered quite a bit of excitement from anyone looking for an easy way to hit the ground running on a simple way to collaborate.

Develop3D magazine wrapped up another Develop3D live with John Hirschtick (OnShape) and Carl Bass (Fusion360) going head to head discussing their competing CAD in the cloud platforms.

Speaking of CAD in the cloud… OnShape officially launched its beta and Fusion360 is adding new features at feverish pace.

So much that’s new and changing, so little time to write about all of it. What excites you? Find me on Twitter @cadtoolbox and let me know.

 

 

 

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Random Idea: Dropbox replace your postal mail

Just a random weekend idea. I get a bunch of postal mail every week. Health insurance statements, utility bills, etc, etc. There already is services to change to paperless billing but what about everything else? Why can’t we just have a web service where we enter our home address into and if a company needs to mail us something they see if there is a match already and a PDF version is sent to use. No sign-up required per company.

I’m sure there is someone with the time and resources out there that can make this happen. Anyone else like the idea?

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