Ergonis Software today announced the release of Typinator 6.9, a new version of their popular text expander. The new version offers improved import of TextExpander snippets, an extended DOuble CAps exceptions set, support for the Sogou input method for Chinese, and more.
Autodesk is synonym with AutoCAD and the Maya 3D animation software, but the company also has one of the best sketching and painting applications money can buy. Currently in its eight reincarnation and available under the terms of a yearly subscription fee of some 20 Euros, SketchBook Pro 8 is a dream for designers, artists and people who like to make their inspiration flow by doodling.
Yet another cheat sheet for keyboard shortcuts KeyCue 8 is not. It’s an extensible command centre for people who can’t memorise the thousands of shortcuts across applications, who want to add their own and want to access app commands without having to drag the mouse to a menu option.
In the pursuit of task managers done right, I investigated several applications, starting with OmniFocus. I went on trying out Things and The Hit List and today I am reviewing 2Do, the last of the task managers I found to run on the Apple platforms. Ironically, the last also proved to be the best.
Ulysses for Mac is simply gorgeous, blends in with El Capitan completely and has minimal design written over every aspect of its interface. The sheet of paper concept that you’ll find in MS Word has been abandoned. Instead, Ulysses gives you a perpetual writing environment. Ulysses has a toolbar that only slides down when you need it. There are screen modes that make everything disappear from vision, except your text and the blinking cursor. In short, Ulysses will never sit in the way of the two things you need to focus on: your thoughts and the sentences into which they are converted.
Ulysses 2.5 will be released on March the 8th. For iOS, Ulysses will come as a universal app for iPhone, iPad and iPad Pro. The app is priced at US$24.99, but will be offered at an introductory price of US$19.99 for a limited time. For owners of the predecessor — Ulysses for iPad — the new version comes as a free update.
Meditation helps creativity. Zen meditation is a good example of how an activity can be used to attain quietude and rest. A state of mind is attained that opens up the creative gates. To get to the peace of mind that is needed to create “flow” in the first place, you can use less exotic […]
Karelia Software’s “The Hit List” is a GTD app, a shopping list or a database to collect your thoughts and ideas. It has all the features to make managing your time quick and easy. It comes in two flavours: Mac and iOS, with the iOS Universal version delivering a unique user experience on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Finally, Karelia Software has its own synchronisation server, just like OmniFocus and Things.
I am not a GTD fan — I don’t want to concentrate on managing my tasks, but on the tasks themselves. I do love task managers, but only if they are simple to use and if they can read my mind. I’ve yet to come across one that can do the latter, but there are a few candidates for the former. I tried OmniFocus but while it looks great when you’re using it a week or two, it becomes bothersome after a month or so. The app forces you to think about the management itself instead of allowing you to just dump tasks and forget about them until I need to be bothered. My last attempt at task management is Things. Things 2.8.3 isn’t perfect, but in the current market it comes closest to “just-in-time” task management the way I like it.
If you’re a freelance, a time tracking app to prepare for your invoices is a must-have unless you never bother to see how much time you spend on tasks. And if you ever find yourself calculating a time-based fee, a time tracking app should really be capable to automatically add up the numbers for invoicing. A small Mauritius-based team of developers may have the time-tracking app you’re looking for. Minco 2 lives in your menu bar, has a small memory footprint and tracks time as none other.