NewEndian

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    Apps for an evolving world of film and television production

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  1. Could I ask my JW peeps to send me pictures of blank Daily Time Sheets? I have built into Timecard Buddy a Daily Times export mode (because, let's face it, daily time sheets are a pain), but I need to know what productions are looking for so that they will be sure to accept it. Very much thank you! newendian@gmail.com
  2. I certainly can add more templates in the future. If you feel so inclined you can email me a scan (Color, at least 1650 x 1275 resolution) at newendian@gmail.com. Or you could snail mail me a paper timecard, my business address is on my website: www.newendian.com My other concern would be the Paycheck page. I'm reasonably familiar with American paycheck calculations. I don't know if what I've provided would be compatible with Canadian practices. Some insight on that would be appreciated.
  3. I probably should specify. Timecard Buddy is geared directly toward the popular union payroll companies. Each template is actually attached to an image of the payroll company's timecard. For instance, Entertainment Partners template results in a filled-in Entertainment Partners timecard pdf. I'm hoping that this too will smooth over the transition to digital. I've personally had it both ways. Most productions I've used it on have been just fine with the email. Only one so far has said that receiving a ton of emails from employees would be cumbersome. I'm hoping that since a lot of departments have one person in charge of timecards, the group mode and resulting batch export will also lessen that concern. As for minimizing phone usage, a chief concern for me was that entering times could be done as fast as possible. When lunch comes, open the app and it automatically goes to the correct day. Entering the time in the Default set causes it to be entered for everyone in the department at once. I do need to know when productions do not accept it, and if there's a particular reason that I can properly address. That's where you guys come in.
  4. Timecard Buddy is for Android as well. I do believe TV Timecard also works on Android
  5. Hey y'all. I've been introducing my latest app, Timecard Buddy, to larger and larger groups of people, and I wanted to open up the discussion here. My aim is to completely replace the paper timecard but there are a lot of use cases out there so I need feedback. Free to download; you can find the app links as well as an overview video on my revamped website: https://newendian.squarespace.com/timecard-buddy/ And I'll ask, what do you like and dislike about the current timecard apps: TV Timecard, Crew Time Card, and Wrap Time? For those who haven't started using a timecard app, what has been your hesitation?
  6. I have a new app! Yes, it is another timecard app, but it is free up front so everybody should try it! Video Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxkxMsfPSAU iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/timecard-buddy/id1101203997?mt=8 Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.newendian.android.timecardbuddyfree&hl=en Also I have a new website: http://www.newendian.com
  7. Mea culpa, Olle. I submitted a fix to Google Play store. Should be available in the next couple hours. Had to do with the Enable/Disable Tones setting that I added a while ago. Thank you for pointing it out!
  8. I really do appreciate the well wishes. So you all know, this really is more about me than it is about you. Sincerely, James
  9. Hi folks. I've decided to leave the forums. It is my personal belief that most people in the world (at least in my limited exposure to it) take too much liberty in their assertions: make biased or illogical claims and do not show the humility that should be inherent in being human. I also believe that the best way to come to the correct conclusions is through the uninhibited "marketplace of ideas" that this forum has proven to be. But I am tired of fighting. At times it has become both an obsession and a real practice in patience and humility, but it has not always been best for me. It would be hypocritical for me not to say that I too am subject to the same biases, particularly, in this case, of loss aversion and the availability heuristic. That is to say that of course the bad conversations are remembered more than the good. I don't recommend leaving for everyone. Just for myself, right now. That said, those of you who know me know that it is very important that I address meaningfully and speedily all of my users concerns, comments, and questions. But this will no longer be a venue to do so. I encourage anyone who so wishes to reach out to me at newendian@gmail.com. I believe fully in the ever progress of our craft, and whatever stumbles I make along the way will always be in search of a better future. Sincerely, James
  10. Just so you guys know, I find this particularly offensive. I do happen to sell two products that have expensive counterparts and the quality of my products in no way lacks compared to their expensive counterparts (and I'd like to create more). I pick the prices that I do because they are both fair for me and fair for you and because I genuinely believe in forwarding our craft. But I do get people who have never used either product commenting on them, based on price alone. And I do my best to kill them with kindness. But I see no kindness here and no humility. Cutting something down for no reason at all benefits no one. Really I'm pretty upset by this whole line of comments, some from people I've come to respect. I have decided it would be best for me to leave these forums, not just for this post, but for others as well. I do wish everyone the best. P.S. I happen to love karaoke, and actually have a karaoke app (Android only)
  11. @soundmanjohn I've had the same experience with the $2000 Sennheiser EK 3241: on numerous channels, on multiple receivers, by multiple sound men, in an isolated environment, with IAS coordinated frequencies, and scanned by the most meticulous and technically savvy sound man I've ever met. And then I plugged a $15 USB dongle receiver into my computer and got better range. Naturally, it didn't have Sennheiser's companding and deemphasis filter, but those could be programmed in, and there is more expensive (but not $2000 expensive) SDR hardware with even better RF performance. Seems I've fallen into the trap again. If there's anything that makes my blood boil it's arguing with anecdotal evidence. I'm going to excuse myself from this conversation, and leave with my usual plea of being cautious with your conclusions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking,_Fast_and_Slow
  12. No one is saying that we aren't willing or justified in paying the price for equipment we know that works. Just stop reviewing equipment without using the equipment. If you've never used a piece of equipment, don't say anything about it. Just don't. I assume you haven't used that VocoPro Karaoke system either. So I don't know what your point is in posting it.
  13. Nobody is saying that there aren't people out there willing to sell cardboard boxes for $20 and call it wireless, but I've also seen people out there willing to sell cardboard boxes for $3000 and call it wireless. And I've also seen people sell $500 wireless products and have it be pretty damn good. To put it in platitude form: You can't judge a book by it's cover.
  14. Exactly my point. If you haven't actually evaluated something, don't pretend to know everything about it. Price isn't everything. Actually I take back everything I said: https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/baba-shiv-how-wines-price-tag-affect-its-taste
  15. That phrase doesn't make sense. People are afraid that lower equipment prices mean lower rental prices, but that isn't true either. Productions rent gear because it doesn't make sense for them to buy it. Instead, renters compete with each other to set prices. Once the equipment is bought and paid off (and let's be honest, it doesn't take that long) then the renter can charge whatever he wants (a low price is better than no price). I've seen plenty of renters undercut average prices on high end items. So rental price has very little to do with item price. Newbies charge less to make up for what they lack in experience and skill. As soon as they obtain that experience and skill, they charge as much they can, which is a price that is competitive with everyone else. It doesn't have anything to do with equipment prices either. That is a platitude. Economics is much more complicated than that.