Setting Contexts

Merlin & the OmniNerds coming to Tekserve in NYC | 43 Folders

Posted in 43Folders, GTD, MerlinMann, OmniFocus, OmniGroup, productivity by jquig99 on September 13, 2007

Merlin & the OmniNerds coming to Tekserve in NYC | 43 Folders

I’m bitter. I’ve been waiting for this presentation all summer and of course, NOW I can’t go. So someone please go and report back. Merlin Mann! Ethan Schoonover and Ken Case, all talking about OmniFocus.

I’ve been using OF since May and love it. And the team is dedicated, supportive and so responsive whenever I report anything. And the updates are constant and really move the product forward.

(Via 43 Folders.)

Advertisements

Comments Off on Merlin & the OmniNerds coming to Tekserve in NYC | 43 Folders

Back to Backpack!

Posted in 37signals, Backpack, OmniFocus by jquig99 on July 29, 2007

I’ve started using 37Signals Backpack (in addition to my OmniFocus set-up) again after it’s recent upgrade. I’m using it for random lists – blog ideas, photo setups, podcast ideas…my someday/maybe/must-have lists.

I love:
1. The dividers – I can move them around anytime I want
2. The way you can move sections of text, reorder the pages, move things to other pages
3. It feels a lot faster
4. Page feeds!

This is a lot of fun to play with, and I know it’s going to be really helpful now that I’ve got two (hopefully) active blogs and am looking to start 2 podcasts.

Comments Off on Back to Backpack!

If You’re in or Around SF…

Posted in GTD, OmniFocus, OmniGroup, productivity by jquig99 on June 11, 2007

From the OmniFocusMessage of the Day

“Anyone attending WWDC or is in(around) San Francisco is invited to join Ethan Schoonover, Merlin Mann, and the OmniFocus development team for an informal gathering on Wednesday evening. We’ll be meeting from 6:15pm-7:15pm in the “Commonwealth Room” at the Westin Hotel, one block from Moscone.

Please RSVP to omnifocus-wwdc@omnigroup.com so we can let you know if details change again (or if we need to find a bigger space), and we look forward to seeing some of you there!”

I’m stuck in NY and completely jealous. It would be amazing to see Merlin Mann and Ethan Schoonover walk through OmniFocus and how it fits into their own workflows. Hopefully (please!) some of the attendees will share as it doesn’t look like their will be any video/audio.

Share, people!

Comments Off on If You’re in or Around SF…

What I love about the OmniGroup

Posted in Beta, GTD, OmniFocus, OmniGroup, productivity, Quicksilver by jquig99 on May 17, 2007

I beta test a lot of software and services. Most just assume that people know how to write up a bug or crash report. People don’t. Yesterday, the OmniGroup’s blog (The OmniMouth), posted exact directions, in light of the first beta build of OmniFocus, a detailed how-to.

It got me going – I couldn’t wait to participate. Oh well. So far, no crashes, no bugs. I’m backing up my database each day, with no need (so far – but I live in hope!).

What I’ve done so far – put in all of my projects and set my contexts. I’ve dumped everything in my Inbox, processed, assigned tasks and published to iCal. I’ve used the “Quick Entry” box, but haven’t tried the Quicksilver action yet. I’m also getting used to the keyboard shortcuts.

I have to say – I’m loving this app. It’s intuitive and simple. Great first few days.

What’s next is figuring out how to work with my email.

OmniFocus – First Thoughts

Posted in Beta, GTD, OmniFocus, OmniGroup, productivity by jquig99 on May 15, 2007

My first impressions about OmniFocus, after a limited time, is that it lives up to the promise (hype!).

Without looking at either of Ethan Schoonover’s movies (here and here) I was able to quickly set up some projects, contexts and assign tasks to each.

In lieu of looking at the videos (which I plan to do this weekend), I followed the “micro-manual” that was included with this beta download. It’s a visual guide that walks users quickly through the basics of OmniFocus.

Again – I didn’t have a lot of time to dig into this application in more than a surface way. But it has been pretty impressive so far.

Screenshots tomorrow.

OmniFocus

Posted in Beta, GTD, OmniFocus, OmniGroup, Online Productivity, productivity, Software by jquig99 on May 15, 2007

Last night I was one of the lucky few sent my username and password for the initial look at OmniFocus. I had a quick email exchange with Ken Case (CEO of the OmniGroup), who said he doesn’t mind me blogging about my experience as long as I strongly reiterate that this is a WORK IN PROGRESS!!!

So, in the coming days (and weeks), I’ll be putting my experiences and impressions (screenshots, etc) here. I’m really starting to dig into this app, so I expect a bit of adaption time. And will it really cause me to leave Actiontastic completely (which I intend to still use during this beta period).

I’ll post initial thoughts this evening.

Comments Off on OmniFocus