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  • OmniFocus Gets Better and Better - Sponsor

    Wed 12:32pm By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by OmniFocus 3 for Mac. This new version of OmniFocus is a winner. The Omni Group has been hard at work on this new version for some time, and they deliver the goods.…
  • Free Agents 58: A Better Path, with Joe Buhlig

    Wed 11:00am By David Sparks
    Podcaster and programmer Joe Buhlig shares his free agent journey, from bean field to office to family room. Listen to this week’s episode of Free Agents to hear Mike talk about his experience solving problems, how to let things go, and finding your own…
  • MailSuite Beta

    Mon 8:39pm By David Sparks
    One big change with Mojave was Apple’s tightening up of the mail plugin mechanism. As a result mail plug-in makers have been hard at work bringing their products in line with the new security protocols. Today SmallCubed, makers of MailTags and Mail Act-On…
  • Mac Power Users 452: 2018 Developer Roundtable

    Mon 11:00am By David Sparks
    Ken Case of the Omni Group, Greg Scown of Smile, and Dave Teare of AgileBits join Katie and me on this week’s episode of Mac Power Users to talk about the state of development for Mac and iOS and life as an Apple developer.…
  • Automators 8: File Automation

    Oct 12, 2018, 1:51 pm By David Sparks
    The latest episode of the Automators is up and it’s all about file automation. Okay. Admittedly file automation is not the sexiest topic we could cover on Automators but we all file documents every day and a little automation here could go a long way. In…
  • Some Speculation on iOS 12's Faster Adoption

    Oct 11, 2018, 5:36 pm By David Sparks
    Apple is tooting its horn today about iOS 12 adoption. Specifically, 53% of iOS devices sold in the last four years are running iOS 12. That’s faster than in the past and, from my informal research, at least part of the reason for that uptick is that people…
  • I'm Trying Bear

    Oct 10, 2018, 1:14 pm By David Sparks
    I have a thing about text applications. I love the idea of an app that can hold little buckets of text. I look at these as reference libraries, and I've gone through a string of apps for this purpose over the years. For the last couple of years, I've mainly…
  • Blast Through Your Email Inbox with TextExpander – Sponsor

    Oct 8, 2018, 4:09 pm By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by TextExpander. I feel like this is particularly appropriate because TextExpander has been helping me keep up with what can only be described as an email deluge over the last few weeks. Last month I released two field guides,…
  • Mac Power Users 451: Task Management Strategies

    Oct 8, 2018, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    On this week’s episode of Mac Power Users, Katie and I revisit the topic of task management. We talk about digital task managers, our history managing tasks, various tiers of task management from simplified to advanced, systems for digitally managing our…
  • The Siri Shortcuts Home Screen

    Oct 5, 2018, 1:20 pm By David Sparks
    I was listening to Cortex this week and heard CGP Grey talking about replacing applications on his home screen with Siri Shortcuts links. It was some really clever insight and led me down a rabbit hole of experiments resulting in this, the all Siri Shortcuts…
  • Free Agents 57: Chef = Boss

    Oct 3, 2018, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    This episode of Free Agents is all about space. Mike and I discuss the role of mise en place (French for “set up” or “putting in place”) for a successful free agency. Also, I talk about the effect of dedicated spaces on production, Mike is thinking…
  • Get Three Free Months of Ulysses – Sponsor

    Oct 2, 2018, 10:52 am By David Sparks
    This week, MacSparky is sponsored by Ulysses, the writing application I use every day. Ulysses gives me a focused writing environment, eliminating distractions and encouraging me to do the hard work of moving the cursor across the line.…
  • Mac Power Users 450: MPU+: I'm a Big Phone Guy

    Oct 1, 2018, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    Join us this week for MPU+. Katie and I chat about my new phone, Katie's broken Mac, iOS 12 follow-up, Siri Shortcuts, transitioning from Dropbox to iCloud, my laptop replacement, and more.…
  • Facebook Breach: 50 Million Users

    Sep 28, 2018, 7:22 pm By David Sparks
    Today Facebook explains that on Tuesday, they discovered a security issue, compromising 50 Million accounts. Just to be clear, that is a five followed by seven additional zeroes. While I’m not a fan of Facebook generally, I do appreciate that they shared…
  • OmniFocus 3 for the Mac

    Sep 27, 2018, 9:42 am By David Sparks
    This week, the Omni Group has released version 3 of OmniFocus for the Mac. This release closes the loop on the version 3 release which began a few months ago with the release of version 3 for iOS.…
  • iPhone Xs Max Video Review

    Sep 26, 2018, 4:22 pm By David Sparks
    Here’s my 5 minute video review of the iPhone Xs Max, via my memoji-fied avatar.…
  • SaneBox, It Just Works … Everywhere

    Sep 26, 2018, 4:08 pm By David Sparks
    This week's sponsor, SaneBox, might be my most used web service. SaneBox helps me manage the deluge of email. I've had a few releases in the past month, and that means the old inbox has been getting hammered. SaneBox has had my back the whole time, sorting…
  • Announcing the OmniFocus Field Guide, 3d Edition

    Sep 24, 2018, 6:00 am By David Sparks
    I'm happy to announce the release of the third edition of the OmniFocus Field Guide. This is a video course that takes you, soup to nuts, through the Omni Group's supremely bad-ass task manager. My goal is to make you no less than a task-managing ninja.…
  • Mac Power Users 449: macOS Mojave

    Sep 24, 2018, 1:30 am By David Sparks
    On this week’s episode of Mac Power Users, Katie and I talk about Apple's latest operating system, macOS Mojave. We discuss the state of the Mac, yearly release cycles, what we like, what we don't, new features for productivity, and more.…
  • The Elevation Labs Draft Table Video Review

    Thu 11:00am By David Sparks
    I've got a new video review up. This one is of the Elevation Labs Draft Table iPad Stand. If you are looking for something sturdy to hold your iPad while you work on it, look no further.…