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I love peeking over other people’s shoulders and getting a glimpse of the apps and tools they use. Likewise, one of my preferred sections in tech podcasts is when they talk about their favourite apps or little gems that make their life and work easier, more efficient or simply more fun.

Somewhat spurred by Andreas’ post, I decided it was about time I return the favour and let others peak over my shoulder. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover your next favourite gem.

Editorial Workflows - Send TaskPaper Tasks to Reminders

With the advent of Fantastical 2 for iPad, I thought it would be as good a time as any to write about these two little Editorial Workflows I have. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m using Reminders to keep track of my time sensitive tasks. If something needs to be done on a certain day at a certain time, then it’ll find it’s way to Reminders.

Fantastical 2 for iPad is Here

Fantastical 2 for iPad is finally here. It’s immediately visible the thought and work that has gone into its development because it’s not a plain port of the iPhone app, stretching bits and pieces, instead, the extra space is used to present more information in a clear, and clever way.

This also means that all those little bits of automation that target Fantastical, now work on your iPad too. I can finally share a few Editorial Workflows and other bits of automation… In time though…

Back to Photography - Stormy Skies

One of my little hobbies — or passions if you will — is photography. Unfortunately, it’s not one I pursue as often as I’d like. Inspiration strikes ever so randomly and much like a roller coaster, I have my ups and downs.

Lately though, I’ve been feeling good about it again and therefore started taking some photos and revisiting others. Although not entirely what you’re accustomed to seeing in this space, I’ll be posting the odd picture now and then.

Understanding URL Encoding

Once again my good friend Phillip does and phenomenal job of explaining the intricacies of URL-encoding. He breaks it down in such a way that what once seemed complex now seems trivial. I urge you to read his post, your workflows will surely benefit from the knowledge gained.


QuickCursor With Sublime Text and Keyboard Maestro

I never really took to QuickCursor when it was around. For some reason it just didn’t click with me. Recently however, I’ve been having a change of heart, all due to a new feature in MailMate. The feature I’m referring too is a command bundle that allows me to compose an email in my text editor of choice, namely Sublime Text 3. I’ve been enjoying having the power and flexibility of ST3 at my beck and call so much so, that I finally felt the irresistible urge to adopt this workflow globally.

Recursive Actions with Launch Center Pro & Pythonista

There’s no shortage of great examples about using Drafts and recursive actions to accomplish a myriad of tasks. While incredibly useful, creating and understanding these workflows can at times be a daunting task given the complexities of x-callback-url, url-encoding and nesting (Phillip does a great job explaining it though).

There’s another downside that is often overlooked – the constant hopping back and forth between apps. Negligible on faster devices but a real pain on older ones. Fortunately, there’s a quick fix for this, especially now that Launch Center Pro1 made it’s debut on the iPad.

Clear Free for 24 Hours

In case you missed it last time, now’s your chance to get Clear free. For the next 24h, Realmac will be making one of its premiere apps freely available to any and all users. Read their letter to know a little more about the reasoning, or just go and get a great piece of software at an unbeatable price.

Actions & Evernote Make GTD Quick & Visual

If you’re not new to my blog then you’ll surely know that I’ve been a big fan of Actions ever since reviewing it. While it may not be for everybody, it’s found a place in my workflow. Actions is the type of app that can easily lead you down a rabbit hole, so consider yourselves warned. If you’re curious to know a little more and maybe get a few ideas, then just take a look at my latest article. It covers how you can leverage Actions to make quick work of your tasks using Evernote and The Secret Weapon Method.

Via: Actions Blog

Compare text documents in your iPhone with Pythonista

Ok, I’m sure by now you’re tired of me constantly sharing links from Phillips blog, especially if you’re smart enough to already follow him closely. The thing is, the simple fact that he’s constantly spewing out great and consistent content makes it kind of hard not too. This time around, he uses Launch Center Pro and Pythonista to perform diffs on text files, akin to what you get with Kaleidoscope on the Mac. Simply brilliant!