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  • Guesting on Connected 248

    6:31pm By David Sparks
    This week I guested on the Connected podcast where Federico and I had an extended discussion of the new iPadOS Files and Siri Shortcuts applications and I tried to understand the Connected contest rules.
  • Manage PDFs with PDFpen (Sponsor)

    Tue 1:00pm By David Sparks
    This week, MacSparky is sponsored by PDFpen for Mac. Preview does a good job at very basic PDF edits but if you need more powerful tools for PDFs, look no further than PDFpen and PDFpen Pro. I use PDFpen Pro nearly daily to manage and create digital documents…
  • Cardhop Updates

    Tue 11:25am By David Sparks
    Cardhop, the popular address book replacement app from Flexibits for iPhone and iPad and for Mac got a nice update today. There are several new features including multiple business cards, customizable contact templates, smart groups (my personal favorite new…
  • Mac Power Users 487: Josh Centers: Beta Spelunker

    Mon 11:00am By David Sparks
    Josh Centers is the managing editor at TidBITS, which has been covering the world of Apple for nearly 30 years, and is a writer for the Take Control of series of books. He sits down with Stephen and me on this week’s episode Mac Power Users to talk about his…
  • PDFpen 11

    Thu 11:00am By David Sparks
    Recently, Smile Software released the most recent version of PDFpen (now 11) for Mac. PDFpen has been a long time sponsor of the Mac Power Users so you can take this how you will, but I also use PDFpen every day in my law practice. I love how it can take a…
  • Project Planning with inShort (Sponsor)

    Jun 13, 2019, 10:00 am By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by inShort (website) (Mac App Store) (iOS App Store). inShort is a project planning application for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad that lets you plan projects and processes graphically across all of your Apple devices. Click on the…
  • Timery for Toggl

    Jun 12, 2019, 10:55 pm By David Sparks
    I’ve been teasing a third party Toggl app on the various podcasts now for months. The app is called Timery and if you are tracking time through the Toggl service, you’re going to want to check this out. It has a clean interface, it’s rock solid, and has…
  • Focused 75: Intentional Constraints

    Jun 12, 2019, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    Mike and I are continuing the conversation on moving the needle by talking about intentional constraints on the latest episode of Focused. Mike embarks on a task management spirit quest, I share my bullet journal advice, and we consider the balance of process…
  • Mac Power Users 486: Essential iOS Apps

    Jun 10, 2019, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    Join us for this week’s episode of Mac Power Users as Stephen and I scroll through our iPhones and iPads to share some of our most used iOS apps. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by:1Password: Have you ever forgotten a password? You don't have…
  • Automators 25: WWDC 2019 Automation Update

    Jun 7, 2019, 2:00 am By David Sparks
    On the latest episode of Automators, Rose and I are on the ground at WWDC in San Jose to bring you up to speed on the new automation heading to iOS and iPadOS. We also recap WWDC, the Automator's meetup, and Rose describes how she lost a fight with a leaf.This…
  • Apple’s Renewed Interest in iPad and Mac

    Jun 6, 2019, 10:33 am By David Sparks
    One thing that is clear here in San Jose is Apple’s renewed focus on the Mac and iPad. The argument that Apple has turned exclusively into the “iPhone company” no longer holds water. Maybe that is a result of the fact that Apple has literally saturated…
  • Mac Power Users 485: WWDC and Interview with the Mac Pro Product Manager

    Jun 4, 2019, 9:00 pm By David Sparks
    Stephen and I have boots on the ground in San Jose for WWDC 2019. In the latest episode of Mac Power Users, we interview Doug Brooks, the Apple product manager for the new Mac Pro. Afterward, we share initial thoughts on updates to macOS and the brand new…
  • Keynote and Mac Pro Photos

    Jun 4, 2019, 4:28 pm By David Sparks
    On Scene…
  • Attending the Keynote

    Jun 3, 2019, 10:02 am By David Sparks
    I’ve got boots on the ground in San Jose and I am attending my first Apple Keynote today at WWDC. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram. You can be assured that I am going to enjoy the hell out of this.
  • Add Features to Apple Mail with SaneBox (Sponsor)

    May 31, 2019, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    Recently, I was talking to a nerd-friend about email, and he explained how he likes email but just wished it had a few additional features, like deferred mail. What he didn’t realize is that he could have all of that immediately, in Apple Mail, with this…
  • Last Call for Introductory Pricing on Keyboard Maestro Field Guide

    May 30, 2019, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    The response thus far has been pretty amazing for the Keyboard Maestro Field Guide. Thanks to everyone that purchased it. I really enjoyed making it and I’m happy it is resonating. I’m already hearing about some cool automations that customers have created…
  • Ten Hours in Batuu

    May 30, 2019, 9:30 am By David Sparks
    Tonight Disneyland officially opened Galaxy’s Edge, their new Star Wars themed “land”. Galaxy’s Edge contains the planet of Batuu, a way station on the edge of wild space where the Black Spire outpost exists. It’s an ancient place but also thoroughly…
  • Focused 74: Moving the Needle

    May 29, 2019, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    On the latest episode of Focused, Mike and I unpack my new system to help focus on important work, talk about stepping off the hamster wheel of efficiency, and discuss what to do about productivity shame.This episode of Focused is sponsored by:ExpressVPN:…
  • Moving the Needle

    May 28, 2019, 6:25 pm By David Sparks
    Do you ever have one of those days where it feels like you worked all day and yet got nothing done? It happens to us all, and it can be frustrating. We all have things we’d rather do than be working and there can be nothing more frustrating than realizing…
  • Mac Power Users 484: Unlocking Keyboard Maestro

    May 27, 2019, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    From trigger to actions, variables to debugging, Stephen and I go through the powerhouse that is Keyboard Maestro and discuss my new Field Guide on the subject on the latest installment of Mac Power Users.This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored…