Things 3 – for personal task management

I’ve never found a task manager app that worked the way I wanted it to.

My frustration with Fantastical as is task manager is in order to have a task with a due date you have to have a reminder. A lot of times I don’t want or need reminders but I do sometimes want a due date. This led to constantly rescheduling reminders.

In Things, I can create a task with a due date and no reminder or with a reminder. I can also have tasks that I can through in Someday (kind of like a bucket list) or Anytime.

When I used Todoist it never felt right. It was too advanced for my simpler task management needs. I hated seeing unimportant tasks from the day before show up as overdue the next day and then have to reschedule them.

In Things, tasks placed in the Today simply move to the next day when unfinished.​

The Upcoming view lacks the level of detail of Todoist, but I never used those features anyway. All I need is to glance at what’s coming up in the next few days, and that’s what Things 3 provides. Tasks can be easily dragged from one day to another, and each day has its calendar items displayed here as well for a sense of how busy I’ll be.

Things 3 just feels like it’s made for the way I think about tasks.

Check it out. There are Mac and iOS versions of Things 3 and sync works across all your devices.

Addresses in Bear notes link to Maps

I discovered this totally by accident. I was creating a note in the Bear notes app that included an address. What I found was, when I place an address in a note it becomes a link to the address in Apple Maps. Of course clicking the link takes me to the address in Maps. This saves having to launch Maps and type the address again. This can also be frustrating if you want a plain text address because there’s currently no way to disable address linking. I did find this workaround. If you bold the address it won’t link. It would nice if Bear would include an option for an address to be a link or plain text.

Web Finds for October 6, 2017

Web Finds are from my web surfing travels. You’ll find some unique, informative, and some of the coolest websites and apps that you may have never known existed. Enjoy!

60 Mac Tips, Volume 2 – David Sparks & Brett Terpstra
60 Mac Tips, Volume 2, is a collection of tricks and tips to make you more efficient on your Mac. With 60 screencasts and two hours of video, the book explains why each trick or tip is special and shows you how to set it up and use it on your Mac. Learn these tips and turn yourself into a Mac power user.

Among these 60 screencasts are tips on macOS, Siri for the Mac, using the keyboard, Spotlight, Automator, Safari, Mail, Apple Notes, Apple Photos, Terminal Tips, and third-party apps. After reading and watching these tips and tricks, you’ll be more efficient on your Mac than ever.

Whink
Whink for iOS is uniquely designed for the iPad and iPhone to provide the best note-taking experience at school, at home, and at work. And with iCloud, your notes are always up-to-date on all your devices. Supports Apple pencil.

BackupLoupe
BackupLoupe for Mac is an alternative GUI for Time Machine. At its core it provides a Finder-like interface where you get to select a snapshot and it will show you what has been backed up.

STRYD
Stryd is a power meter for runners. Using a tiny device clipped onto the shoe, Stryd measures data at lab-grade power when you run. Using power as a metric, Stryd understands how fast you can run (fitness), how long your can run (muscle endurance), and how well you run (form and efficiency). It then guides you through purposeful training, efficient running, and faster racing.

Previous Web Finds are here.

Yoink – My favorite drag-and-drop utility for Mac

I discovered Yoink thanks to a blog post by John Gruber back in May. On his recommendation, I purchased it that day.

Yoink is a terrific utility for MacOS by Matthias Gansrigler. It gives you a shelf at the side of your screen where you can drop files (or clippings, like URLs or text snippets). Think of it as a place to park drag-and-drop items temporarily, while you switch apps or whatever.

I do a fair amount of dragging-and-dropping. Before Yoink drag-and-drop was always a bit of a pain especially on my MacBook Pro. Yoink has simplified the process and sped up my workflow.

Yesterday Yoink got an update to version 3.4 with two new features. One allows you to add content from the clipboard and the other is a PopClip extension. I’m especially excited about the PopClip extension. I’ve had the opportunity to use the extension several times. It’s slick. It saves the step of having to actually drag highlighted text to the Yoink shelf.

You can get Yoink in the Mac App Store and it’s only $7. There are some helpful usage tips here.

Search Safari and Chrome tabs at the same time

As you all know I’m a big fan of Alfred. I use it more than any other app on my Mac.

Here’s a helpful workflow I found a few weeks ago and I’d like to share it with you.

Do you ever have tabs open in Safari and Chrome and want to go to a specific tab but you can’t remember whether it’s open in Safari or Chrome? Here’s an Alfred workflow that lets you search the open tabs in both browsers at the same time.

The workflow is “Search Safari and Chrome Tabs” and you can download it here.

To search your tabs, type “tabs” in the Alfred bar followed by your search term.

When you select a result, it’ll bring your browser to the front and switch to the selected tab. You can also close a tab by holding down alt when selecting a result.

Now you can exclude apps from clipboard history in Keyboard Maestro 8

One complaint I have with Keyboard Maestro is the way passwords are handled in the clipboard history.

Clipboard entries that resemble passwords are obscured, deleted after they reach position ten in the clipboard history, and not saved to disk. You can option click on an obscured password to reveal it.

This way of handling passwords has always made me uncomfortable. I’m used to being able to exclude apps like you can in Alfred or Copied.

Now with Keyboard Maestro 8, you can exclude applications using the Keyboard Maestro Excluded Preferences. I added 1Password to the excluded list. Now when I copy a password it will no longer be stored in the clipboard history.

Thank you Peter.

On its last legs?

I’ve been using nvALT for notes since I started using a Mac. Yes, I’ve tried other options but have always ended up coming back to nvALT. I’ve written a few posts about nvALT on this blog in the past.

Today Brett posted that he had been having problems getting nvALT to work with High Sierra but had finally gotten it fixed and released a new version 2.2.8.

Here’s to nvALT’s survival until BitWriter gets back on track!

I’m wondering if it isn’t time to make a permanent move to Bear which I’ve used, for short periods, in the past? Or at least until Brett gets BitWriter finished.

How to display Favicons in Safari tabs on Mac

A few weeks ago John Gruber wrote a blog post about how Safari should display favicons in tabs. I agree. It would make it so much easier to identify and navigate between open tabs.

Daniel Alm, the developer of Timing, thinks so too. This week he released Faviconographer an app with the single purpose of adding favicons to tabs in Safari for Mac.

I’ve installed the app on my iMac and MacBook and it’s working as expected.

You can learn more about how Faviconographer works and download it here. It’s also free.