Tag - Tasks
This does not come up every day: I've been using OmniFocus for at least five years now, and I've never done this before -- but I've wanted to. I've been thwarted by what seems to be a simple process, but has just a couple of little catches that meant it never seemed to work for me. If that's you too, this is how to do it. If that isn't you, if you find OmniFocus child actions or subprojects as obvious as they are intended to be, you could've let me know. On the other hand, if you don't know OmniFocus at all, let me tell you at evangelical length.
In the two years or so since we last looked at this app, it's been updated 17 times. That somehow seems fitting for software designed to keep you productive. Pocket Informant 4.91 is for busy people juggling busy lives, and especially ones that revolve around both tasks and appointments.
We're a funny bunch, really. All of us. We're high-functioning human beings, yet if an app tells us we're lagging behind some goal, we do something about it. Ask any Apple Watch owner if they aren't at least more conscious of their daily exercise now. Goalify 2.0 wants to press on this Pavlovian reaction tendency of us, and use its power for good. It wants you to achieve things, and it wants to help you.
We are unabashed fans of the Omni Group, and in particular of two of its four apps: OmniFocus and OmniOutliner. These are the company's To Do and outlining apps, and we use them across OS X and iOS. Not everyone on MacNN uses them, but those who do seem to either be actually using them constantly, or just talking about them all the time. They are very strong apps in their fields, and now we've got that out of the way, we want to point out a problem with them. This being Pointers, we'd also like to fix the problem.
We've argued before that the To Do app Things has the best name for this kind of app, but we had forgotten Remember the Milk, which is unquestionably the cleverest title in the genre. The reason we'd forgotten it, though, is that RTM is a very long-standing service that hasn't particularly kept up with the times -- until now. Now, with a revamped online service and a new Remember the Milk 4.0.41 universal iOS app, it's back.
Due 2.2 is not the reminders app to beat all reminders apps: it's the one to join them. Whatever To Do app you're currently using, Due can work alongside it in your life -- and we're still surprised at that. Uncomfortably surprised: it cannot be a good idea to have some of your tasks in one app and the rest in another, it just cannot. Yet it is. We've been using Due alongside Wunderlist and OmniFocus, and in both cases it's proved just too handy to leave.
The Wunderkinder company, makers of Wunderlist 3.4.0, was bought by Microsoft back in June 2015 and if you thought that meant the app would get subsumed into Outlook, well, you weren't alone there. However, it's had four updates since then and if it all stopped tomorrow, it'd still be a superb To Do app.
The MacNN staff who don't happen to use this To Do manager are secretly convinced that the rest of us would do a new Hands On if the Omni Group even so much as changed the color of the app. We resent that accusation, and wish to point out that it is patently not true -- for they changed that back in 2.6, and we didn't say a single word. Now the various incremental updates since our last review have brought us to OmniFocus 2.8 for iOS. It's got more than a color change, it's got a native Apple Watch app, and now the iOS version has certain features that are better than the OS X release.
Not everyone has OmniFocus, but maybe everyone should. True, it's a bit of a bionic To Do manager, and overkill for many people; plus, more than perhaps most software, this kind of thing is very individual. You can hate OmniFocus and adore Todoist, and we wouldn't think you're a bad person. Only, if you are an OmniFocus fan, or you're just starting out with it, you are the sort of person who needs its powerful features, yet may not be getting to grips with them. You will. Let's just take a jump forward now, and get you using what we'd call its five best but least-known excellent features.
It's a big job, Getting Things Done. David Allen's clever system takes effort but it actually works and despite all the work you have to put into it, you do tend find yourself feeling lighter than you used to. Fewer things are pressing on your mind because you're handling them all. If the hardest part of GTD is keeping at it then we'd say the second hardest part is understanding Allen's corporate language. Hopefully we've dealt with translating that all week – including yesterday's coverage of the single most vital part of GTD – but now we want you to go do things. We want you to do them with our recommendations of specific Apple technologies and software.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE