E-Workbook is Here — v2.9.2

Features, Releases

We have been holding on to this release for quite some time, trying out the new E-Workbook in seminars throughout the country. Tweaking, building and refining what we think is an excellent add-on to Velvet Singer.

After automatically downloading the newest update, v2.9.2, you can open up the Workbook add-on from the Main Menu.

This is an entirely separate file (the first add-on that we have released) and it is a very feature rich application of its own. We may even begin to sell it as a separate product. For our current customers? Free!

From the E-Workbook menu, you can open up the workbook for either of our Seminars:

– Seminar A: Organization / Goal Setting
– Seminar B: Business Plan

There is tons of information and TLC poured into both, but we think the Business Plan workbook functions really well as a stand-alone application.

The Bottom Line: Persuasion and Communication

The Workbooks walk you through everything you need to know, helping you generate rich and persuasive prose. For example, rather than trying to describe your values from scratch, you can first pick from a list of 39 common values.

E-mail Reports

From the Business Plan menu you can generate two types of reports, opening them in your web browser to print or preparing an HTML email to your family, friends, teachers and supporters. You can also Resume your workbook from the last page you edited, Backup your data, Submit your data to our compilation project or Clear all of your previous responses.

The E-Mail report allows you to send a beautiful and colorful HTML report directly from the system with no setup required.

Customize your message to request feedback and direction, or make an appeal for direct financial report. The more you involve your stakeholders, the more they will support you.

Business Plans

Your business plan will arrive with professional and colorful styling. It will contain copious amounts of valuable information, yet it will also be well organized and readable.

Velvet Singer business plans contain the following information:

  • Executive summary
  • Mission
  • Vision
  • Values
  • Current approach
  • Entrepreneurship strengths / weaknesses
  • Product strengths / weaknesses
  • Positioning / branding
  • Ambitions
  • Financial outlook
  • Risks analysis
  • Strategy
  • Five year plan
  • Priorities
  • To do list

Trends Module

Rebuilt and optimized to show you only the best information without any setup required on your part, the trends module is completely prefabricated and ready-made. Simply navigate to the Trends module from the main menu, and the system will compile your data. Click around, learn and share.

From each Trend record, you can see composite information describing your progress. For example, this singer has been doing about coachings per month.

View your profitability over the years or show the same data broken out into months. You can also drill down into income or expenses.

Trend reports gather high level data so you can analyze them together or share them with your professional contacts.

Print to PDF for Portability

FAQ, Features

Ever wonder what PDF stands for? Portable Document Format. When you email or upload a text document, consider it the only option.

Do you ever send your resume as a Word document? If you do, then the people that read your resume may be reading something entirely garbled and crowded. Your “.doc” will appear and print differently based on which version of MS Word is installed. So you may be singing a perfectly polished audition while the panel is staring at a sloppy resume.

Before you send any document (resume, bio, reviews, homework assignments), be sure to first save them as PDF.

Mac

We are thrilled that printing reports from Velvet Singer directly to PDF is now easier than ever.

If you are on a Mac, then you have probably already seen that from any print dialog, you can chose to “Save As PDF”. The PDF print driver comes installed with the Mac operating system and everything just works.

Windows — Install Print Driver

Now it looks like there are several excellent PDF print drivers available on the Windowsside that will make things easy.

Basically, you can install a PDF driver so that you can print to PDF from any application. After you have installed it, you should see the new driver as an optional printer in your print dialogue (for example from MS Word or from Internet Explorer).

Then you print the report from Velvet Singer and choose the new print driver instead of your normal printer. That will allow you to save the report as a PDF. Then you can attach the report to an email.

“PrimoPDF” is the way to go. Check out this short video on CNet. It will give you a good idea of why this print driver is the best:

  • Primo PDF on CNET

You can even append two Velvet Singer reports into one PDF using this excellent print driver.

“Print2PDF” also looks solid:

  • Print2PDF on CNET