25 Incredibly Useful iPad Applications

Check out Andrea McDougal’s blog post on 25 Incredibly Useful iPad Apps at Masters in Project Management

The site is geared towards helping people find a great graduate program for PM (cough – University of Texas at Dallas – cough), but her recent blog post on iPad apps has some great ideas in it.

(And Merlin made the top of the list) Continue reading

Managing Projects on the Mac and the iPad

Over the past few weeks I’ve been able to give a few presentations about doing project management on the Mac and on the iPad. I had a few requests so I thought I would post them.

The first is the presentation I gave in the Philadelphia Walnut St. Apple Store on how to manage projects using a Mac: Managing Projects on a Mac.

The second is the one I gave at the PMI Lehigh Valley Professional Development Day on how to use the iPad as a Project Management tool: The iPad and Project Management

The iPad2 and Project Management

Last year when Apple unveiled the iPad, I, along with countless others were overcome with that all too familiar craving for new gear from Cupertino. Having tried and quickly abandoned several tablets running the other operating system, I was hopeful that the iPad would gain the acceptance it has rightfully earned, but as a project manager, I was mostly curious about how this new device would fit in with my job. The Windows tablets I had tried in the past always seemed to make my job harder. So, when I purchased it, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do it… but like I said… The craving…

Since then I’ve found a number of ways the original iPad enables me in managing projects and best of all, I’m able to use it with Merlin. And now, we have the iPad 2. Continue reading

Merlin – secure projects and access over the iPhone or iPad app

We have wrote in the past how to secure your Merlin projects when wanting them to be accessed over the web by a supported web browser.

Are you wondering how to proceed when requiring password protected access over the iPhone or iPad app?

The answer is… very similar to how you do for web sharing and access.
On your Mac with Merlin for Mac OS X…

  • You create a resource in case you haven’t one already in your project.
  • You enable its ‘is user’ flag and enter a password.
  • You enable the project setting ‘hide from anonymous users’ for more privacy.
  • Save your project and enable iPhone sharing.

On your Merlin app on the iPhone or iPad

  • You ‘login’ by the appropriate user and password first
  • you see Merlin Server refreshing its list up authentication
  • and tap the project afterwards to access it from your app.

For those of you preferring pictures over words, check out the following screencasts. Continue reading