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Calculating Dates When Automating OmniFocus

A few days ago, I wrote about my first attempt at using the new and improved automation features in OmniFocus for iOS. In that attempt, I used Editorial to create a Taskpaper-formatted template that prompted me for dates. Those dates would carry over as due dates in an OmniFocus project. I’ve since added tweaked that template, so that it flags the tasks, and automatically calculates defer dates based on the due dates.

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OmniFocus iOS Automation – First Look

The Omni Group released a new version of OmniFocus for iOS yesterday. That version dramatically improved automation in OmniFocus for iOS, adding support for two-way communication with other iOS apps. This was irresistible for me, so I dove in, albeit at a very basic level.

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My Two-Item iOS 10 Wish List

Every year, Federico Viticci of MacStories publishes a wish list for the next version of iOS. He’s done it again this year, and I’d love it if even half of his wishes come true. I don’t use iOS to near the extent that Federico does, so my personal wish list contains just two items, including one that I didn’t find on Federico’s list:

1) A share sheet for the Mail app. This is perhaps my biggest source of annoyance on iOS, and the reason why I constantly evaluate third party mail clients. All I want is an easy way to get content directly from the Mail app into OmniFocus and other apps. I can use Omni’s Mail Drop service for this, but with Mail Drop, I need to later go in and add projects and contexts to my tasks. Omni is also adding automation support to OmniFocus 2.14, which could make use of the share sheet even more helpful.

2) A search box in the Slide Over app picker. As more apps support split screen multitasking, the shortcomings of the Slide Over app picker become more glaring. Having to scroll, and scroll,and scroll, and scroll, and (you get the idea) just to find an app is a chore. Federico has mocked up very a great fix, with a tighter clustering of apps, the ability to search, and the ability to pin favorite apps. All three would be great, but I’d be happy with just the ability to search apps.

To see this mock up, and many others, hit the link below. I hope some influential people at Apple read MacStories.

iOS 10: Wishes and Concept Video – MacStories

Cross Your Fingers for the Scrivener for iOS Beta

The iOS version of Scrivener appears to be getting closer to seeing the light of day, as development is moving from alpha to beta testing. If that sounds familiar, it was just over a year ago that the iOS version of Scrivener entered closed beta. Alas, it was not to be, as so many bugs were found that the entire project was scrapped, and started from scratch.

Let’s hope the beta goes better this time. The founder of Scrivener on the Mac took over coding duties himself for this go-around, after using an outside developer for the last attempt.

Scrivener is one of my favorite writing apps on the Mac, especially for writing legal briefs. Scrivener’s ability to handle reference material is unparalleled among writing apps. The absence of an iPad app, though, is becoming increasingly problematic as I do more writing work on the iPad Pro. I’m crossing my fingers that soon we will be easily moving back and forth between Scrivener on the Mac and iOS.

∞ From Alpha to Beta | Literature and Latte

10 Ways I’m Using the iPad Pro

I’ve been using an iPad Pro for more than three months, and while my MacBook Pro is my workhouse, the iPad Pro has found an essential place in my workflow. Since I’m a couple of years overdue on posting a numbered list, here are a ten examples of how I use it.

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Dispatch Comes to the iPad, at Last

Dispatch has long been one one of my favorite email apps on the iPhone. Lately, I’ve been going back and forth between Dispatch and Spark. I suspect I may be switching to Dispatch full time now, though, since Clean Shaven Apps has just released an update to the app to make it universal. 

Yes, you can now use the app on your iPad. Truth be told, you could always use the app on your iPad, but you were using it in scaled mode, and not taking advantage of the iPad’s differences from the iPhone. Now, the app is optimized to run on the iPad.

The app’s strengths have always been its email powerful triaging capabilities and customizable sidebar, but it also offers support for numerous third party services, such as TextExpander, 1Password, and Evernote. I’m just excited to be able to use the app in landscape mode on my iPad. You can get the app for $6.99. If you already own it, the update is free.

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AnyList for iOS – For When OmniFocus and Evernote Aren’t Quite Right

AnyList

I’ve never been shy about foregoing the use of one tool if another tool works better for a particular purpose. I use OmniFocus as my primary productivity tool, and Evernote as my main information repository for non-sensitive data. Recently though, I decided there had to be a better solution for creating simple lists. Both OmniFocus and Evernote are great, but are overkill for simple lists.

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Scrivener for iOS Enters Closed Beta

If you’ve been waiting for Scrivener to hit the iPad and iPhone, there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel. Literature and Latte, the popular writing app’s developer, has announced that Scrivener for iOS is now feature complete and has entered a closed beta. The initial version of the iOS version will use Dropbox to sync with the Mac and Windows versions. A summer release has been targeted.

I’ve found Scrivener on the Mac to be quite handy for legal writing. I can organize research within the app, and break down my document into sections that I can easily rearrange. The grand plan, of course, is to use the app to write a novel some day.

The Cellar Door » A Quick iOS Update | Literature and Latte blog

OmniFocus 2 for iPad – First Screenshots and Release Date

Yep, that image you see above is a screenshot of OmniFocus 2 for iPad. OmniFocus has been my task management app of choice since early 2012. I use it on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The Mac and iPhone versions have both received updates since I started using them, while the iPad version has been stuck with the “old look.” The bigger drawback of the current iPad version, aside from the look, is the lack of background sync. That means that the app currently only updates when it is active. Read more

Easy Paragraph Selection in iOS

This is one if those tips that makes you wonder what else about iOS you don’t know. I had been doing this the hard way – tap and drag those tiny handles. Two finger tap doesn’t seem to work in all apps that I tried, and certainly is easier on an iPad.

Use a two-finger tap directly onto the paragraph to instantly select the entire paragraph or group of contiguous words.

 

Thanks to OS X Daily for another handy tip.

Select Paragraphs & Large Text Block Easily in iOS with a Two-Finger Tap | OS X Daily

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