What does Tech Briefcase do?

Tech Briefcase locates IT research across the web and allows you to find, access and share it more simply than ever. You can browse and search for content, store a profile used to access content that requires registration, create tag lists in your briefcase and share items to your colleagues via email or social networks.

Create you profileCreate your Profile

Creating a profile enables you to tag and add items to your briefcase. The basic profile includes only your email address and password. Your profile can also store data that many publishers ask for before allowing you to view their content. By storing this data in your profile, you will not need to re-enter it when viewing content from different publishers.

Find Research

You can find new content using the Featured, Categories and Search links.

Featured: The featured content menu includes three views: New, What's Hot and Recommended. You can sort this menu by clicking the toolbar at the top of the screen. New content shows the latest IT research Tech Briefcase has located. What's Hot shows the content most viewed by Tech Briefcase users during the last week. Recommended shows content most relevant to items you have stored in your briefcase. Click any content item to get more detail.

featured view

Categories: The category view lists the most popular IT topics and shows you the number of assets available about each. Click a category to see all research available. You can sort this list by using the tool bar at the top of the screen. Sorts work the same as they do in the Featured Content menu. Click any content item to get more detail.

Search: Use the search function to locate content using keywords such as company names, topics or technical terms. Click any content item to get more detail.

Description View

Click any content listed in the featured list, a category list or search results to see a detailed description. Share, view or add the item to your briefcase using the buttons in this view. If the item is already in your briefcase, you can also edit the tags. Swipe left or right (tablet users) or click next/previous arrows to see details about the next or previous items in the list.

Adding to your Tech Briefcase

add to briefcase screen shotClicking Add to Briefcase from a description will place the item in your briefcase so you can find it later. Tag each item so that you can keep your briefcase organized.

You can select from one or more of your existing tag, create a new tag or add the item to your briefcase without tagging it.

Viewing content

You can view content from the Description View or from your Briefcase.

Click "Get" to retrieve the content from the publisher. If the publisher requires information not in your profile, you will be asked to add this data to your profile so it can be passed to the publisher.

PDFs will be downloaded into your Briefcase. Once a download is complete, Click "View" to see the PDF.

If the item cannot be downloaded, a link to the item will be stored in your briefcase so you can access it on the publishers' website.

Using your Tech Briefcase

Click the Briefcase tab in the top of the page to access your Tech Briefcase.

You must create an account to create your briefcase. Your Tech Briefcase contains items you've added in the past and allows you to organize those items using tags.

Tags can be any topic, project name or other term you find helpful to sort the contents of your briefcase. See a list of all the tags you are using in your briefcase by using the top navigation bar.

Click a tag to see all items tagged with that term. You can get and view content from either the lists or the description pages inside your briefcase.

 


Acknowledgements

The following components are included in Tech Briefcase

  • Facebook iOS SDK by Facebook
  • Twitter client built by using MGTwitterEngine by Matt Gemmell and includes the Twitter+OAuth code by Ben Gottlieb
  • OAuthConsumer Framework by Jon Crosby
  • GData.framework developed by Google
  • LinkedIn API by LinkedIn