Category Archives: Productivity

Tent

Tent is a new web protocol that gives you control over what you create and write online. It has the potential to transform your online social life.

Read a brief explanation and try out their microblogging service which is a small piece of Tent.

I believe so strongly in the importance of this project that I am investing a great deal of my personal time to make it successful.

More to come.

Paperless

I am attempting to go paperless.

It has been a long time coming but I am finally giving it a shot. Paperless, by David Sparks, is my guide. This is the kind of book I like to read. It is full of practical examples and explanations.

I’ve begun using Readdle’s Scanner Pro to convert paper to PDF through my iPhone and iPad and am starting to get the hang of it. The app got refreshed this week with iCloud sync so that both versions of the app contain all my scans. This is huge for me since I scan with whichever device is in front of me.

More to come…

Instapaper: Improving on Great

Marco writes on the Instapaper blog:

The Instapaper “Read Later” bookmarklet is now redesigned as a faster, more compatible full-page overlay that’s easier to see.

I use Instapaper all the time to save web articles for reading later and for referencing in an article. The bookmarklet gets used a lot.

Developers like Marco who obsess over their products to make them better get high marks in my book. Bonus points for not having to update the bookmarklet. The “old” bookmarklet gets the new features automatically.

OmniFocus and Omni Sync Server

The Omni blog on Omni Sync Server:

We definitely have some ideas for a great new OmniFocus feature or two involving OSS. We also have plans to use it more and more for all of our document-based apps (see: everything else), and will move away from importing/exporting and over to syncing of documents.

OmniFocus is the most-used application that I own and I use it to plan and execute on every aspect of my life. As I’ve mentioned before, I use all three OmniFocus apps: iPad,  iPhone, and Mac.The sync feature of Omni Sync Server means they all stay synced. Unless there is an outage but those are very rare in my experience and have never impacted my work. Sync just works.

Sync is going to become modus operandi as we advance further into a life of mobile apps. In the Apple ecosystem, iCloud will help developers implement this but creating your own and managing your own hardware has some distinct advantages since you control.

I hard hardly wait to see what the Omni ninjas are building into OmniFocus 2.