Web Finds for June 12, 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!

Screenfloats
Use ScreenFloat for Mac to create floating screenshots that are always visible, no matter which application you’re in. This way, you don’t have to move or resize windows around to keep information visible on your screen. You can send shots created with ScreenFloat to any application that handles image files. I love this app.

Yoink
Yoink for Mac simplifies and improves drag and drop between windows, apps, spaces and fullscreen apps. When you start dragging files in Finder or content from an application, Yoink fades in a tiny window at the edge of your screen so you can drag to it. This frees up your mouse so you can comfortably navigate to the destination of the files and resume the drag from Yoink’s window more comfortably.

TwitRSS.me
Get a twitter user feed or search as a RSS.

2017 Apple Design Awards
This year’s Apple Design Award winners were announced at WWDC last week. The thirteen apps selected at this years awards include 5 games and 7 apps for iOS.

Previous Web Finds are here.

Web Finds for May 23, 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!

Apple launched a new iPhone 7 video series entitled “How to Shoot on iPhone 7,” featuring a range of tutorial videos.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac scans for and removes malware and Trojans that degrade the performance of your system.

Focuslist
FocusList is a daily planner & focus app for planning your day and being more productive using 25 minute intervals. Go through your tasks in 30 minute blocks. (25 minutes work + 5 minutes break). It helps you focus by separating work time and rest time.

Bartender 2
Bartender 2 for Mac lets you organize your menu bar apps, by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to the Bartender Bar. You can display the full menu bar, set options to have menu bar items show in the menu bar when they have updated, or have them always visible in the Bartender Bar. Bartender has a 4 week free trial.

Previous Web Finds are here.

I’ve gone paperless

No more filing cabinets no more bankers boxes full of paper. I now keep my bills, medical and insurance paperwork, bank statements, etc. digitally.

For first 30 days, I ran paperless while maintaining my paper workflow. Once convinced going paperless was going to work I started the great purge of my old documents.

Here are the tools in my paperless workflow:

Scanner
I use the scanner that is part of my older Canon printer. It’s slow but it works for me. If you don’t have a scanner check out the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i Mobile Document Scanner . It comes highly recommended. I also have Scanner Pro by Readdle. on my iPhone.

PDFpen
My scanner doesn’t have OCR capabilities so I needed a way to OCR my scans. For this I chose PDFpen. PDFpen besides its OCR capabilities is also a great pdf reader and editor. If you’re not familiar with OCR here is what it does. It converts an image of the text to text that is searchable by computers and computer software like Hazel, Spotlight, and Alfred.

Hazel
Hazel is the program I use to automatically name and organize my files according to rules I’ve created.

Shredder
After I scan my documents I destroy the originals with a cross cut shredder.

The Great Purge:

I processed my backlog of documents this way. I went through all my old documents and organized them into three groups scan and keep, scan and shred, and shred. With that complete, I reached the point of doing the actual shredding. There was no way I was going to be able to shred 18 boxes of paper with my little shredder. So I called a local mobile shredding service and had them come to the house and do the shredding. It took just 15 minutes and I was able to watch all my get shredded.

Here’s my paperless workflow:

Now every incoming piece of paper goes into the inbox pile on my desk. All digital documents go into the Inbox folder on my Mac. Every Friday I go through both inboxes and process all the documents using the tools in my paperless tool in my paperless workflow.

Here are a couple of recommendations if you are thinking about going paperless. Read Zachary Sexton article Think going paperless is hard work? Think again. Here’s how I showed my 56-year-old dad go paperless. Zachary’s article got the ball rolling for me. For a more in-depth guide check out The MacSparky Paperless Field Guide by David Sparks.

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Web Finds for May 7, 2017

Apple releases security updates for iPhone and Mac. Update now and be safe online.

On Monday Apple released security updates iOS 10.3.2 (for iPhone and iPad users), MacOS, and OS X. They also released updates for watchOS 3.2.2, iTunes, Safari, tvOS and iCloud for Windows 6.2.1.

Looking at the list of fixes it is clear that scores of security vulnerabilities have been addressed for iPhones, iPads and Macs.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to apply the necessary updates.

Moving read later to Pinboard – No more Pocket – No more Instapaper

I’ve used read later services since around 2012. In the past, I’ve kept my bookmarks in Pocket, Instapaper, Evernote, Notes, Bear, and sometimes a combination of the above. I was never happy with any one system until I moved all my bookmarks to Pinboard.

I’m a recent convert to Pinboard. My move to Pinboard was influenced by Brett Terpstra, the developer of nvALT and Marked, and Gabe Weatherhead of MacDrifter. They spoke so highly of Pinboard that I wanted to give it a go. I went all in with the archiving account.

Since I moved all my bookmarks to Pinboard I started to wonder if I still needed Instapaper? The answer. No.

I now save all my read later to Pinboard. There is a healthy ecosystem of apps around the Pinboard service, as a read later solutions. I use Readkit on my Mac and Pinner on my iPhone for managing my bookmarks and reading later. After reading an article I delete it or if I want to keep it I mark it read and add the appropriate tag(s).

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Web Finds for April 28, 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!

Collate
Collate for Mac is a privacy focused, locally hosted, cross-platform note-taking application. Choose between Rich Text, Markdown, Outline or Web Clipper note types to take notes more effectively. Sync via Dropbox. Collate is $20, but you can check it out for free during a 14 day trial to see how it works for you.

Prizmo – Scanning, OCR, and Speech
Prizmo 4 for iOS is now available with improved design and workflow, alongside brand new features! Prizmo is a universal photo-based scanner app that lets you scan and recognize text documents, business cards, and images, and then export them as PDF/Text, vCard, or JPEG/PNG. Prizmo relies on state-of-the-art technologies, like a highly accurate OCR, real-time page detection, and beautiful image cleanup. Using iCloud, you can even shoot the picture on your iPhone, and finish editing on your iPad or Mac. All of this in an elegant and intuitive user experience.

Snappy
Snappy for Mac and iOS Snappy is perfect for clipping stuff from your screen, visual note taking, reference information between windows on top of the many creative uses you’ll discover along the way. And because snaps are always visible until dismissed, you don’t have to Alt+Tab all the time, thus keeping your focus intact.

Canvas – Episode #34: Password Managers
This week Fraser and Federico look at another aspect of personal security on iOS and Mac: password managers. Many people have looked at password managers and decided they are too complex, too annoying or just too geeky for daily use. This episode is here to convince you or your friends and family of all the great and important reasons why you should be using a password manager.

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AppStories

I want to share a new podcast with my iOS fans. AppStores is a new podcast by Federico Vittici and John Voorhees over at MacStories. Here’s Federico writing about the new show:

Just like MacStories is our personal chronicle of the world of Apple, AppStories will be an ongoing exploration of the world of apps. Our goal is to provide listeners with a fresh perspective on the App Store and its ramifications with episodes that are easy to follow, well-researched, and respectful of their time.

We want AppStories to stand out as the premier show entirely focused on apps. That includes interviews with app makers, an analysis of the app culture and opportunities created by the app economy, as well as stories about our own relationship with apps. We have a lot of ideas for topics to cover, and it’s going to be a long journey.

I’m a fan of MacStories and Federico’s other podcasts Canvas and Connected. I listened to the first two episodes of the new AppStories podcast and recommend it. The first two episodes are here.