Daryl has been on a tear lately with his podcast The Outpost Show and I can’t wait to see what he does with this new podcast about video games.
While I am on the train of talking about the plans I have for 2019, I wanted to share some things that I look forward to consuming in 2019 and showcase some indie bloggers, podcasters, and/or people of the internet that I think should get way more recognition than they have right now.
First up is bloggers I admire and enjoy. As a blogger I read a lot of other people’s writing for both enjoyment and as ways to make sure I don’t accidentally take something out of the playbooks of others. With that said, I think a lot of these people on the list have a lot to offer for people who enjoy the same things as me, so if you can take a look at these other bloggers and see what they have going on.
- The Dent
- The Mealy Apple
- 40 Tech
- Girl Know Tech
- Bicycle For Your Mind
- Beardy Guy Musings
- Matthew Cassinelli
- Chris Hannah
- Ricardo Mori
- The Untitled Site
- Birch Tree
- LJPUK (Lee Peterson)
Of course I also follow bigger blogs as well, and these are some I recommend everyone in the Apple circles check out as well.
Along with my lost of bloggers I have a number of podcasts that I want everyone to look at in 2019. Some of these you may have heard, others you may not have.
Chris and Jeff have some follow-up about the iPad, HomePod. Jeff has a confession he’s worried about, and Jeff bought another keyboard.
This fall when macOS Mojave introduced a systemwide dark mode feature, Things added support for the new mode in version 3.7. The iPhone and iPad versions of the app, however, were left out. A lack of feature parity across platforms is always unfortunate, but that was especially true this time around because our John Voorhees highlighted Things as having his single favorite dark mode implementation.
There’s good news though: we didn’t have to wait long for Things’ dark mode to make its way to iOS. Launching today in version 3.8, Things has added two different dark modes on both iPhone and iPad, one of which is suited particularly well to OLED iPhones.
Cultured Code has been on my list for a while of developers that make the iPad great. Things 3 adding dark mode is one of my favorite things to see with Things 3. Sadly, I am still going to keep using OmniFocus strictly because it is the task manager that I consistently go back to when I am no longer “on the market” for task managers.
Today I’m very excited to announce a book: Build Your OmniFocus Workflow. I’ve been hard at work on this for the last 3 months – but not alone. My fabulous co-author, Ryan Dotson, has been hard at work right along side me (admittedly with a timezone difference) – and we have 150 pages ready for you!
This book is designed, as the name implies, to help you build a workflow which works for you with OmniFocus – whether you’ve never used the app before, or if you’ve used it for years and just want to improve your setup. It is comprised of five sections:
- First Steps: Getting OmnIFocus set up with a basic setup.
- Fundamentals: Walking you through the default perspectives, and expanding on your current setup – plus diving into settings.
- Advancing: Diving much deeper, including custom perspectives, creative uses for tags, review and onwards.
- Final Horizons: Honing your workflow to get the most out of your system.
- Our Workflows: Ryan and I get personal and tell you about how our setups work.
Throughout the book there are tips, notes, personal comments, and most important of all: activities for you to complete in order for you to create a set up which allows you to be productive and which will hopefully also allow you to feel like you’re fully in control of your life.
Rose has been doing amazing work as long as I have followed her and this is no exception. I bought this instantly and I am about halfway through it right now. While some of the things aren’t new for me (I have been using OmniFocus off and on the past 5 years), it is still a great way to rethink how I use OmniFocus. I am taking this book as an excuse to start a whole new database and use the teachings of this book as my guide. So far, it’s working great for me.
Go buy yourself, or someone you know, a copy of this now before the price goes from $25 to $30.
Stephen Hackett of 512 Pixels came up with a really sweet solution on how to quickly access your iTunes subscriptions. IT seems like a simple Shortcut once you get into it, but I think some of the best Siri Shortcuts are those that are so simple you wish you’d come up with it.
What this shortcut does is open a URL to Apple’s Subscription Page and from there iOS users automatically get sent to the iTunes Store app and it shows your subscriptions.
Again, a simple URL allows you to access something that would take several menus and taps to get access to otherwise. Which, to me, is a perfect example of what automation can do for you.
You can download the shortcut here and give it a go for yourself.