Tag - Project management
We might not want to believe this, but whether you have to wear smart clothes to work or slob out at your freelance desk in the den, we all do our jobs in remarkably similar ways. The office worker might be assigned impossible tasks, and the self-employed might have to find the impossible commission, but there's getting the task, and there is following it through to some point where you deliver it. Aeon Timeline 2.0.7 is a way to help everyone do exactly that.
There should be two types of project managers in this world, at least among those who already use Macs and iOS: those who have instantly upgraded to this release, and those who really ought to think of moving to OmniPlan. It's not as fully or perhaps excessively featured as the industry standard Microsoft Project, but it remains a heavyweight power tool on the Mac and iOS. This OmniPlan 3.1 for iOS release brings the iPad and iPhone edition to within a hair's difference of the Mac one, and for many people will be the only version they need.
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.
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.
When To Do apps just aren't powerful enough for you, when OmniPlan is too powerful and when Microsoft Project might be powerful enough but is only on Windows, there is Pagico. It is a mid-range project management app which means it doesn't have superpowers but it does have strength and it does have ease of use.
The standard application for project managers is Microsoft Project for Windows, but there are two big reasons why you would buy something else: you're on a Mac, and Microsoft Project is expensive. As we said in our review of OmniPlan, a very good Mac-based project management application, even the price of MS Project is complicated. It ranges from $250-$850, but whatever price you get it at, you can count on it being too costly to buy for everyone who simply needs to view the plans. Seavus Project Viewer 1.8 is a Mac app that opens Microsoft Project files, and lets you examine them for the details you need.
Digital scrapbooking app Ember for Mac has announced another new update for its software for OS X -- the second update within a week. Ember v1.4 features an auto-importing function, that upon selection of a number of rules for the program to follow, imports images from one's library automatically. A new set of browser extensions have launched with today's update as well, which facilitate saving images from Safari and Chrome's right-click menu into Ember. The extension always shows the latest collections in one's library due to the new native snapping window with the page's metadata.
The Omni Group is launching an update to its project management software, OmniPlan 2.0 today. The update adds collaboration capabilities, allowing managers to create and share projects with a team, and syncing over MobileMe, Omni Sync Server or a WebDAV server. Other added features include support for fiscal calendar years for scheduling according to business protocols, the ability to save filters for re-use in later projects, and new printing customizations, like flexible headers and footers and more margin control.
The Omni Group has released a public beta of its project management software, OmniPlan 2.0. The focus of the v2 release is collaboration, with support for project sharing within a team and sync support over MobileMe, Omni Sync Server or a WebDAV server. Tasks publish automatically on saving by a team member, and new changes can be grabbed over Bonjour at pre-determined intervals. Other improvements include plan exporting, scheduling and printing changes.
Despite being numbered like a minor bugfix release, the new version of RationalPlan, v3.21, makes a number of important changes and improvements, including better reporting capabilities, direct browser management of projects (using RationalPlan Project Server), more undo and re-do actions, improved Microsoft Project integration, the addition of a Dutch localization and more.
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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu