By Branchfire on August 2, 2012
Firestarters are iAnnotate PDF aficionados using our app in creative ways. This month we feature Emmy-winning director Greg Yaitanes, known for his work on amazing shows such as House, Lost, Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, and the upcoming HBO/Cinemax series Banshee.
We recently caught up with Greg to learn more about how he uses iAnnotate PDF and why he considers it the “industry standard for film and television.” Click on the image to the right to download our annotated PDF profile of Greg, and open it in iAnnotate to hear a special message he recorded as a sound annotation!
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Are you a Firestarter? Tell us how you use iAnnotate PDF for a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue. Note: starting actual fires will not increase your odds of selection.
By Tony Abraham on March 5, 2012
We caught this today on twitter. Soledad O’Brien, host of CNN’s Starting Point and loving mother, has downloaded iAnnotate PDF upon the recommendation of her 11-year-old daughter. My colleague Matthew (@Branchfire) followed up on twitter, and it appears that the younger Ms. O’Brien uses iAnnotate PDF in her 5th grade class.
In cases like this, it’s always good to defer to the professionals. Mss. O’Brien and O’Brien, we thank you.
By Tony Abraham on March 2, 2012
Mother Nature Network has a few posts about television actors going paperless with iAnnotate PDF. David James Elliott, who stars in ABC’s upcoming GCB and formerly on JAG, chose iAnnotate PDF as his go-to app for reading and studying scripts. Matt Ryan, who stars in “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” also uses iAnnotate and mentions the benefit of sharing his scripts and notes via email.
Thanks for the praise, Messrs. Elliott and Ryan. If either of you are in desperate need of a talented extras to walk by on camera or sip coffee in the background of a scene, you can count on us.
By Tony Abraham on February 13, 2012
Mark Strauss, a screenwriter and blogger, notified us to a response he wrote about printing and proofreading screenplays. Traditionalists have recommended hammering out scripts on typewriters, xeroxing, and marking up the stacks of paper. Mark, on the other hand, embraced the age and purchased iAnnotate PDF, which was “the best sawbuck [he] ever spent.”
It took him only a few minutes to adjust to using a stylus, and he soon found it much better and so much more forgiving. Now he marks up, highlights, proofreads, and shares his edited screenplays with only a few taps. This is “extremely valuable for professionals and aspiring writers active in screenwriting groups.” On a recent trip to Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, he proofread 90% of a script, most of which he did poolside with a cup of rich Mexican coffee.
Thank you for the kind words, Mr. Strauss. If we ever cross paths in Nuevo Vallarta, I will buy you a piña colada.
By Tony Abraham on August 1, 2011
House with a boombox
We always love hearing about how our customers use iAnnotate at the workplace. We especially love hearing about iAnnotate’s use in industries we hadn’t initially considered, like media, movies, and television. Last month, I got in touch with Greg Yaitanes, director and executive producer for the highly acclaimed House M.D. television series and a firm proponent of iAnnotate.
Greg told me that he discovered his “dream of an ideal gadget” with the iPad. On House and other television shows, scripts are passed around electronically in PDF form. Greg showed up at the start of last season with his iPad and iAnnotate, and he was instantly the most popular person at script read-throughs. One by one, iPads running iAnnotate appeared in the hands of the actors and crew. Eventually the familiar rustle of paper was replaced by the quiet tapping of fingers and styli on multi-touch screens.
Greg told me that the 1-2 combination of the iPad and iAnnotate has impacted the way he and his peers work in the television industry. Greg continually gets new scripts via email, opens them in iAnnotate, adds “a layer of paint” in annotations, and then refers back to these notes over the course of the show’s production. He carries around an entire season of searchable scripts and notes in a secure, efficient, and compact form on the iPad.
Thank you for being an emphatic supporter of iAnnotate and a producer of quality television, Mr. Yaitanes.
As I said, we’re always interested in hearing about how our customers use iAnnotate. If iAnnotate has changed the way you work, or if it’s just a great addition to your workflow, please shoot me an email
and give me the rundown.
By Tony Abraham on July 2, 2011
Click above to watch the full clip on foxnews.com
We got word of this Fox News video clip last week. At the 15th annual Webby’s, Meg Baker asked the attending celebrities to choose their favorite apps. Marlon Wayans’ favorite is iAnnotate, which he uses to read and mark up his scripts. Thanks for the praise, Mr. Wayans.
To return the favor, we decided to choose our favorite Marlon Wayans vehicle. Phil and Ravi chose Requiem for a Dream. I was split between Senseless and Mo’ Money. I settled on the latter after a sleepless night of indecision.