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Sponsor: OmniOutliner

I’d like to thank The Omni Group for sponsoring MacSparky.com this week. The Omni Group is a remarkable company. It is a group of extremely talented people all working hard at the goal of making the best possible Mac and iOS software. With their emphasis on gorgeous and functional productivity software, they’ve succeeded.

This week I'm featuring OmniOutliner. Often people will throw information at me in a jumbled mess. When that happens, there simply is no better tool than OmniOutliner for bringing order to chaos. Using OmniOutliner, I can quickly sort and organize information. I spent two hours in a meeting this morning and OmniOutliner bailed me out one more. OmniOutliner doesn’t just reference words but attachments too including links, images, sound files, and movies. The app even has the ability to record audio while you outline. This is so useful for students.

OmniOutliner 4 for the Mac is new and it's a fantastic upgrade. New features include:

  • A new user interface. I really like the way they've integrated the inspector.
  • A Resource Browser that displays recently edited files, lets you choose templates, and apply themes to existing documents
  • New and much improved Inspector window.
  • Works better cross platform with OmniOutliner 2 for iPad
  • Apply the styles from a template (its theme) to your outlines.
  • Pop-up List-styled columns benefit from the Smart Match technology in OmniFocus. 

A lot of work went into this and it is a really nice upgrade. They also have OmniOutliner 2 for the iPad and the two applications sync data seamlessly with the Omni Group’s very own OmniPresence syncing service. A good outliner can make your work product better and this is the best outliner available on the Mac and iPad. Go check it out.

Sponsor: Rocket Matter

This week MacSparky.com is sponsored by Rocket Matter. Rocket Matter is a fantastic cloud-based solution for running a law practice. You set up an account and log in and get back to work. You don't need to buy your own server. You don't need to install local updates. You just work and let Rocket Matter do all that back-end stuff for you. Rocket Matter continues to grow with some great features like billing, document storage, calendaring, and more. They even have an iPhone app that lets you accesses and manipulate all of your data.

But there is more! This week there's a free white paper about billing. If you pay for your shoes by the billable hour (even if you're not a lawyer), this is worth checking out. Go download the white paper, Houston, We Have a Problem.

Rocket Matter did some great work on this and it includes the below info graphic that I thought worth sharing. Thanks to Rocket Matter for sponsoring MacSparky.

Sponsor: Middle Davids Artisan Candles

This week I'm pleased to introduce a new sponsor, Middle Davids Artisan Candles. Dan and his team at Middle Davids understand the use of rituals to help with productivity. We all like our good coffee (or tea!), our ergonomic chairs, and our clean work surfaces, but what about scent?

I burn candles while I write and I always feel that the ritual of lighting the candle is a way to tell myself "it is on" and get to work. After I've worked a few hours, I blow out the candle and take a break. You'll be surprised how well this works. My favorite is the Northwoods scent, that smells like a fir tree. We don't have native fir trees in Southern California and I love it.

Dan, the proprietor, is a candle geek and obsesses on candles like I do productivity apps. The candles are 100% botanical soy wax, not paraffin (which is a petrochemical) and the wicks are cotton woven (no metals).

Middle Davids has a subscription plan that gets you two candles a month with 40 hours of burn time. That's two hours of focus a day. You also get a box of wooden matches, and a sample of the next month's scent. Give it a try. You'll surprise yourself. Use the code "MacSparky4" (or "macsparky4") for 10% off.

Sponsor: Rocket Matter

My thanks go again to Rocket Matter for sponsoring MacSparky.com. Rocket Matter is the best online law practice management solution and it just keeps getting better. Rocket Matter's new advanced search makes it even easier to find information from multiple categories. This week Rocket Matter is sharing a free ebook to MacSparky readers, Cloud Planet: The Mobile Lawyer. Go download your free copy and check out Rocket Matter.

Sponsor: Rocket Matter Turns 6

Rocket Matter, the premier web-based law practice management application, just turned 6. Rather than sitting around and eating cake, the Rocket Matter engineers have been hard at work. 

Rocket Matter has just announced a seriously upgraded search, called "Galactic Interdimensional Search", which is a pretty awesome name.

To further celebrate, Rocket Matter is giving away a free ebook to MacSparky readers, The Law Firm of Tomorrow, that does a pretty good job of describing the cloud-based service business for just about anyone of tomorrow. Check it out.

Thanks Rocket Matter for supporting MacSparky.com, and happy birthday.

Sponsor: OmniFocus

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This week MacSparky.com is sponsored by The Omni Group. I’ve frequently thought that The Omni Group is the most Apple-like application group outside of Apple. They are obsessive about making great products. I use all of their applications on a daily basis and they make my life better (and easier).

My favorite Omni Group app is OmniFocus. I’ve got many responsibilities in my life as a father, husband, lawyer, and geek. The only way I’m able to wake up in the morning and not feel completely paralyzed by the amount of work on my plate is through the powerful task management tools OmniFocus affords me. If you are feeling overwhelmed, OmniFocus might just solve your problem too.

I’ve got a whole page of screencasts I produced on OmniFocus if you’d like to learn more. You can lead a complicated life and not be a flake with a little help and OmniFocus will go a long way toward getting you there. Learn more at the Omni Group.

Sponsor: Rocket Matter with Free Evernote Book

I'd like to thank Rocket Matter for sponsoring MacSparky.com this week. Rocket Matter is the premier cloud-based law practice management solution with a constant stream of new innovation. Most recently, they've added the ability to link your Box documents to your Rocket Matter account. It even integrates billing. Rocket Matter is changing the landscape for law practice management and I'm pleased to have them as a sponsor.

This week, Rocket Matter is giving away a free ebook to MacSparky readers, Cloud Planet: The Mobile Lawyer. Go get your own free copy now.

Sponsor: Rocket Matter with Free Evernote Book

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This week MacSparky.com is sponsored by Rocket Matter. Rocket Matter is a fantastic cloud-based solution for running a law practice. You set up an account and log in and get back to work. You don't need to buy your own server. You don't need to install local updates. You just work and let Rocket Matter do all that back-end stuff for you. Rocket Matter continues to grow with some great features like billing, document storage, calendaring, and more. If you are putting your documents somewhere else on the cloud, like Box, Dropbox, or Evernote, they've got full integration with those services. They even have an iPhone app that lets you accesses and manipulate all of your data.

But there is more! This week there's a free ebook. Heroic Lawyering is all about running a cloud based service business like a boss. If you are interested in the cloud, his book is worth checking out. Go download the it now and check out Rocket Matter for yourself.

 


 

Sponsor: Rocket Matter with Free Evernote Book

I'd like to thank Rocket Matter for sponsoring MacSparky this week. If you want to see how service-based business will operate in the future, check out Rocket Matter, the trail-blazer in cloud-based law practice practice management. You set up an account and log in and then get back to work. You don't need to buy your own server. You don't need to install local updates. Rocket Matter does all that back-end stuff for you. They even have an iPhone app that lets you accesses and manipulate all of your data.

The folks at Rocket Matter also produced a book about using Evernote and this week they are giving it away to MacSparky readers, Go download the Lawyer's Guide to Evernote right now. There are some great tips in there useful to everyone and while you're at it, check out Rocket Matter for yourself.

Sponsor: Rocket Matter and Free Ebook

This week MacSparky.com is sponsored by Rocket Matter. Rocket Matter is a fantastic cloud-based solution for running a law practice. You set up an account and log in and get back to work. You don't need to buy your own server. You don't need to install local updates. You just work and let Rocket Matter do all that back-end stuff for you. Rocket Matter continues to grow with some great features like billing, document storage, calendaring, and more. They even have an iPhone app that lets you accesses and manipulate all of your data.

But there is more! This week there's a free ebook about billing. If you pay for your shoes by the billable hour (even if you're not a lawyer), this book is worth checking out. Go download the Ridiculously Remarkable Legal Billing Practices and check out Rocket Matter for yourself.


 

Sponsor: Doo.net

This week MacSparky.com is sponsored by Doo.net. Doo offers a complete paperless solution. With your free Doo account you'll get high quality optical character recognition with automatic language detection and the ability to make your document editable.

Doo also works offline. The OS X version holds all your files locally (and the mobile versions hold all the meta data in a local database) so if you are out of Internet range, you've got no troubles. 

Doo is on all major platforms including OS X, iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, and Windows. Finally, I'd like to congratulate Doo on its recent "Best of 2013" award from iTunes for the iOS iPad version of Doo. Spectacular work by spectacular people. Learn more at Doo.net.

Sponsor: Doo Document Management

I'd like to thank Doo.net for sponsoring MacSparky.com this week. Doo offers a soup to nuts paperless document solution with applications for all of the major platforms (iOS, OS X, Windows, and Android) that lets you manage your paperless documents locally or in the cloud. Using Doo's multiple apps you can than manage and access your documents from any device. There is a lot to like about this service including the ability to access your existing documents on your local drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, and even your email accounts. I also like what they've done with intelligent tagging that gives you the benefit of your existing folder structure plus Doo's tags. It's like having your cake and eating it too. Check it out at Doo.net.

Sponsor: Rocket Matter and Free Ebook

I'm pleased to welcome back Rocket Matter as this week's sponsor. Rocket Matter is the premier online law practice management software. Tired of dealing with servers, IT costs, and all the other inefficiencies that come with traditional law practice management software? Rocket Matter has you covered. Rocket Matter just released its latest major update, Ferengi, that caps off a year of billing improvements, including the ability to track time on the first-ever native legal Android business app, the ability for clients to log into a portal and pay their invoices via credit cards, and more.

This week RocketMatter has a  free ebook, Cloud Planet: The Mobile Lawyer. This book is full of mobile productivity tips. Although aimed at lawyers, it is useful for all mobile workers. Download the book and check out Rocket Matter today.

Sponsor: Hoban Press

Hoban Press is sponsoring MacSparky.com this week. The holidays are coming up and rather than give someone a battery powered pepper mill this year, why don't you give them some letterpress calling cards or stationery. Evan Calkins and his team at Hoban Press make some beautiful products with their 1902 letterpress machine. 

Hoban Press

Hoban Press specializes in custom letterpress printed items like Business Cards and Stationery. This is the best choice if you need to use your own logo or artwork. They also provide design and layout services.

Hoban Cards

Hoban Cards specializes in in minimal calling cards. This is a less expensive way to get into letterpress printing. Pick from among 12 beautiful, typographic calling card templates. These are perfect for individuals or businesses looking for a unique and classy alternative to conventional, mass produced, soulless business cards.

Give a truly special gift this year and use ‘MacSparky’ during checkout to receive free shipping.

Sponsor: DreamShot

This week there is a new sponsor at MacSparky.com, DreamShot. I take a lot of screenshots and it is a complete pain in the neck. First you have to shoot the image. Then you have to go to some app (like email, photo processing app, Evernote, or whatever) and then you have to get your screenshot into that app and do something with it. DreamShot fixes all of the madness. When you take a screenshot with DreamShot you immediately get a menu with multiple options for how to deal with that image. You can see the options I get with the below image.

Tapping on any of these options, I can immediately email, message, tweet, or otherwise process my screenshot. The list is dynamic and changes depending on what apps you’ve got installed on your Mac. You get all of that for just $4.99. I use this app every day. If you are still not sold, the developer has a free 30-day preview available for download from their website.

Thanks Silver Beach Studios and DreamShot for sponsoring MacSparky.com