Archive for June 14, 2012

Beyond Siri: Top Voice Assisted Apps for Android & iPhone

Since 1995 we have seen the voice assistance taking new levels as the technology grew along starting from text-to-speech to Natural language understanding. During 1995 what started as a virtual telephone assistant using the text to speech technology enhanced to the virtual concierge using the speech recognition technology during 2000-2010. Year 2011 is when we saw the virtual search assistant using the speech recognition technology, Google introduced voice search. The coming years, 2012 to 2015 is going to be the new era of your lifestyle buddy, a new UI that understands natural language. With Apple’s successful launch of its Siri technology in 2011, voice-activated mobile virtual assistants (VAs) have crossed the chasm into mass-market deployments. With the help if Apple’s Siri Technology success in 2011, voice activated  mobile virtual assistances have enabled users to complete their tasks like search, dialing or texting via voice commands. 

Beyond Siri, here are top 10 virtual assistance ( voice assistant) apps in terms of downloads since their launch.

1. Voice Search ( Android ) by Google


Downloads: 109 million & Revenues: 0

2. Vlingo Virtual Assistant ( Android ) and Voice App (iPhone) by Vilingo Corporation

Download 8.2 million & Revenues: 0

3. Iris (Android) by Dexera

Downloads: 4.4 million & Revenues: 0

4. Skyvi (Android) by Blue Tomado

Downloads: 1.9 million & Revenues: 0

5. Assistant (Android) & Skeaptoit Assistant (iPhone) by Speaktoit


Downloads: 1.7 million & Revenues: 57 thousand USD

6. AIVC – Free & Paid (Android) by YourApp24

Downloads: 1.4 million & Revenues: 57 thousand USD

7. Car Home ( Android ) by Google Inc


Downloads: 1.2 million & Revenues: 0

8. Dragon (iOS) Search by Nuance Communications

Downloads: 1.1 million & Revenues: 0

9. Jeannie ( Android ) and Voice Action ( iOS ) by Pannous

Downloads: 1.1 million & Revenues: 665 thousand USD

10. Everfriends ( Android ) by i-Free Innovations

Downloads: 0.7 million and Revenue: 0


Four Free Storyboard Software

Storyboards are graphic organizers in the form of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence. Storyboard software lets you to design storyboards easily and sequence them to tell the story.

Here are some free Storyboard software that lets you to design storyboards easily:

1. StoryBoard Pro Software

Free Storyboard

StoryBoard Pro is a free software is a software designed by Atomic Learning’s to give teachers, students, and home movie makers a tool to plan ahead when creating video projects. Here are some of the key features of the software.

  • Enter shot titles and descriptions, complete with planned lengths and edited order.
  • Indicate shot types: video, still, audio, music, or titles.
  • Enter film tips for your camera person when videotaping the shot and editing tips to be used when editing in iMovie, Movie Maker 2, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, or any other editor of your choice.
  • Import existing video clips, still pictures, and sounds to better illustrate each shot.
  • Create, save, and import templates for video projects.
  • Print copies of your storyboard for use while filming or editing.
  • Print blank storyboard worksheets for brainstorming new ideas.
  • NEW: Shot tips that link to online Atomic Learning Library sample video clips


2. Storyboard Tools

Free Storyboard

Storyboard Tools is for film-makers, directors & storyboard artists who want to storyboard a movie on a PC in a manageable way. ST stores all the images together as one file and prints the images in a format portable enough to be taken on set. You can draw or import images, arrange them, give them captions, numbers and additional information, view them in sequence with editing effects and generate a web-page.


3. Springboard

Free Storyboard

Springboard is a fast, light, easy-to-use Windows application for easily and quickly sketching and annotating your storyboard ideas for film, video, animation, or other dynamic media. Work with story outlines, scene images, shot descriptions, and visual annotations to show camera movements, special effects, etc. Set shot durations and view animatics. Use it to plan your work on-screen, print, or export to many formats to show others.


4. SLang – story development freeware

Free Storyboard

SLang is story-development software. It allows you to write events for your story as "virtual index cards" and print them out.

Here are some of the features of my story development software, known as SLang:

  • Ideal for brain-storming story ideas.
  • Ideal for story writers who don’t quite know where they want their story to go.
  • Ideal for writing "whodunnit" stories or "adventure" type stories where there may be alternative "routes".
  • Can export to my screenwriting software, ScriptMaker (with version 1.6 of SLang upwards)
  • Stores your story as "events" and "themes".
  • Print events/themes out on index cards.
  • Events viewed as separate windows.
  • Artificial Intelligence features.
  • Export whole story to RTF or TXT file.


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