Tag - Project
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.
While lower-level swaps of employees between Tesla and Apple are not uncommon, it is rare that a senior executive from the popular electric automaker jumps ship to join Apple. In the wake of reports that the alleged former head of the mysterious Apple automobile project, Steve Zadesky, left Apple earlier this year, the iPhone maker may have recently lined up his replacement for what is sometimes referred to as "Project Titan:" former Tesla Vice President of Vehicle Engineering (and also form Aston Martin chief engineer) Chris Porritt, who appears to have joined Apple to work on "special projects."
Last weekend, a friend asked us to help out with promoting her project on Facebook. She was going to be away but she needed several updates posted, and of course we recommended various tools for setting that up in advance. Only, she could already do that, what she couldn't so readily do is this: wait until an entry went live on her Wordpress site and then post a link to it on Facebook.
It all sounded so easy one week ago when we revealed that we were going to make a Job Book database in FileMaker Pro and for the most part, it has been very easy. We took a deep dive into fields on Wednesday which meant absorbing terms that might be new and using database calculations that –– to us anyway –– felt like Sudoku puzzles to be solved. Otherwise, though, it was a pretty smooth ride from idea to final working database. That's the key thing here: the database is working. It's a real database that we truly are using every day and as we keep saying, the way to learn something is to have a real project to do.
There is one thing we haven't mentioned in this entire project: we're here to make a Job Book database that records our commissions, but it is only useful if we can actually use it. All the planning we did, and then all of yesterday's detail work about fields and records -- what we want to note about the work we do -- is for nothing if we don't use the database. Full disclosure: sometimes we haven't. So, in this chapter, we're making the database not just usable, but pleasant to use, reducing the excuses to not use it.
Previously on this MacNN project, we realized we had a problem, and that a database would be the solution. To our mind, that means a FileMaker Pro solution. It means FileMaker in part because we've used that application in one-man companies and international media ones; it also means that because we've learned how flexible it is.
First, we realized we needed a database. Then, it took about a picosecond to realize that what we need is FileMaker Pro 14. This is a tool for making databases, from simple ones like ours up on to the tools that international corporations use. Whether you're a corporate level user or starting out, though, the steps involved in creating and using a new database are the same -- they're the steps and considerations we're using in this project to build a Job Book database.
We're building a Job Book in FileMaker Pro: a database that we are genuinely using in freelance work to log and do some basic tracking of the commissions we get. Last week we explained what this was about, and why we know it's the way to take a productive deep dive into the very powerful database app. Today we're doing something that might not sound right: we're leaving FileMaker Pro.
Brand new MacNN Pointers –– Get More from Your Apple Software. The best of the MacNN Pointers tutorials is now out in iBooks and Kindle for $1. It's out because you asked for it: Pointers began as an experiment one year ago but it's now a hugely popular staple of MacNN with three new guides every week. Talking with you, we think we've figured out why it's popular: we all know that Apple software "just works" but no, it doesn't. There are times it stops working, and there are many more times when you could be doing something faster, easier and better but you don't simply because you have no reason to even know the facility is there.
What we've said before is that if you as an individual have a lot of things to do, you should get a To Do manager. However, if you as your job have one single very big thing to do -- like build a bridge or run a conference -- you should look at project management software, too. It's sensible advice, but it hides the fact that PM software is always an order of magnitude harder to use than a To Do app. OmniPlan 3.0.2 does not take away the fact that you'll need time to learn it, but it does make that time shorter, and it does make you enjoy the learning.