March 7th, 2017 | By: Keith Liles | Tags: Technology, Management, Productivity, Tools
Imagine having easy access to the information spread across all of your devices and apps. Really, take a moment to think about how being able to quickly find anything you’ve seen in your digital life might transform your world.
Consider the hours, the days you’ve lost… Various studies show that workers spend 20% of their time searching for information and gathering data.
We are remarkably bad at retrieving information that we’ve already seen. So bad, it brings to mind the George Carlin bit on little moments that we all share: Did you ever look at your watch and then you don’t know what time it is? So you look again, and you still don’t know the time. And you look a third time, and somebody says, “What time is it?” and you say, “I don’t know.”
Well, with Atlas Recall, you always know where the information you need is hiding. You can find what you need and share it in just a few clicks. This is made possible by Atlas Recall creating a searchable index of everything you’ve seen across all of your devices and applications.
In effect, Atlas Recall is “a photographic memory for your digital life.” At your fingertips.
A quick search by keyword, content type or time will bring up anything found in your files, emails, accounts, websites you’ve visited or applications you’ve used. Atlas Recall is the only such tool that works across all of the places you keep information. Google is limited to the internet, Evernote only works if you’ve remembered to put information there to begin with. And Spotlight is restricted to your local Mac/iPhone. (Currently, Atlas Recall is available for download on Mac and iPhone.)
Say goodbye to the tired routine of opening one app to run a search only to find nothing, then moving on to email only to find nothing, and… With Atlas Recall, you can see everything relevant while foregoing the tedious process of opening apps and entering authorizations.
Slack messages, Trello cards, Google Drive, email, Twitter, Dropbox, Asana – Atlas Recall works with all of these services and several others.
Users have three main ways to take advantage of Recall. As a Google Sidecar for Chrome, Recall will display results alongside the regular results of a direct Google search. Atlas Recall will do the same when using Spotlight to search Mac files, or Recall can be opened as a separate window for an “experience [that] is designed to be immersive and visual.”
Practical controls and features give individual users greater control over their data and allow them to conduct searches even more efficiently. The big takeaway, though, is that Atlas Recall is simple to use, fast, and an effective time saver. And, at least while it’s in open beta, it’s free to download.
Atlas Recall is made by Seattle-based Atlas Informatics, and backed by investors that include Microsoft, Aspect Ventures, and Nathan Myhrvold. Jordan Ritter (Co-Founder of Napster) is the active CEO.
To breathe new life into your workflow, learn more details about Atlas Recall, or to receive news when the app becomes available in Windows 10, visit the website here.
Keith Liles is a freelance writer who loves travel, music, wine, hiking, poetry, and just about everything. He practices saying “yes” to life vigorously, rehearsing for the phone call when he’s asked to tour with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Follow Keith on Twitter @KPLiles.
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