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Sponsor: Hoban Cards

Hoban Press is sponsoring MacSparky.com this week. I’ve heard from many readers that love their new Hoban Cards pressed out of Hoban’s 1902 letterpress machine. I sure love mine. 

HOBAN CARDS

Hoban Cards specializes in in minimal calling cards. This is a less expensive way to get into letterpress printing. Evan has been adding new designs and he is now up to 18 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. For a limited time, he has a nice discount on some of the new templates.

HOBAN PRESS

Hoban Press specializes in custom letterpress printed items like business cards, stationery, and wedding invitations. This is the best choice if you need to use your own logo or artwork. They also provide design and layout services.

Sponsor: Beloved Robot

This week MacSparky.com is sponsored by Beloved Robot, a group of app developers that get it. 

Got At Idea?

Do you have an idea that will take your business to the next level? Want enable your employees to be more productive and efficient? Solving these types of problems is their specialty. They can offer you the design and development that will solve problems, not create more.

Got An App?

Do you already have an app that needs a little love? Not happy with the look and feel? Let Beloved Robots developers take a look. They pride ourselves in creating beautiful apps that will stand out in a ever more crowded App Store.

Don’t Hesitate

The ever growing need for mobile solutions is not going away. Don’t stand aside and let the competition beat you to the punch. Engage your customers with a stunning mobile app and let the pros at Beloved Robot help you do that. They provide strategy, design and development services to clients that is a cut above the rest.

Beloved Robot has got you covered. 

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.

If you're looking for a more efficient way to practice law, it is time to get your own Rocket Matter, walk-through. They do live demonstrations every day. Jut go to Rocket Matter and and request your very own demo. Tell them you came from MacSparky.com.


 

Sponsor: Rocket Matter and Free Ebook

I'd like to thank Rocket Matter for sponsoring MacSparky.com this week. Are you a legal professional looking to end the insanity of broken, old-school practice management tools? Do you want to see how information based workers will manage their workflows, billings, and businesses in the future? This week, Rocket Matter is giving away a free ebook, Cloud Planet: The Mobile Lawyer to MacSparky Readers. Go get your free ebook and check out Rocket Matter. 


 

Sponsor: MindNode for iOS and Mac

I'm pleased to welcome MindNode as a new sponsor at MacSparky.com. While I played with mind maps for years, I never fully appreciated them until I got an iPad. Now I'm a true believer. I've come to rely on MindNode for all of my mind mapping these days. It has a simple, clean interface and syncs over iCloud with zero hassles. Using MindNode, I can start a mind map on my iPad, polish it up on my Mac, and then add a few nodes over lunch on my phone all without any file management.

I keep MindNode in my iPad dock and spend time in the app every day as I plan ideas and big projects. Currently, I've got MindNode mind maps for the next MacSparky Field Guide, an extended letter I have to write for the day job, two legal briefs, and a series of articles I want to write for Macworld. Jumping into MindNode for little bursts of brainstorming allow me to properly cook all these ideas and projects before I start digging in on them. I've written about MindNode before. MindNode is an essential tool for me and if you haven't got on the mind mapping bandwagon yet, go get yourself a copy and try it for yourself. 

Sponsor: Rocket Matter

This week I'd like to thank Rocket Matter for sponsoring MacSparky.com. This week Rocket Matter is giving away a free ebook, 60 Apps Every Lawyer Needs to KnowThe book has some great app recommendations for anyone that works in a profession where their time is their stock-in-trade.

Rocket Matter is the innovative leader in cloud-based legal services. If you run or work in a law firm and you are tired of dealing with all of the hassles, go check out Rocket Matter that gives you calendaring, document management, billing, task management, and all the other bits it takes to practice law in one gorgeously designed web interface and a really spiffy iPhone application.

Rocket Matter just keeps getting better. Most recently they premiered their Pon Farr release, which includes evergreen retainers. Evergreen retainers are a big deal for law firms these days and now Rocket Matter has got it covered. They've also sped up Rocket Matter by over 60% through some hardware and software wizardry.


 

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.

If you're looking for a more efficient way to practice law, it is time to get your own Rocket Matter, walk-through. They do live demonstrations every day. Jut go to Rocket Matter and and request your very own demo. Tell them you came from MacSparky.com.

Sponsor: Rocket Matter and Free Ebook

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. Manage your calendar, email, tasks, documents and integrated billing all in one easy web interface that works from any computer. 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: OmniFocus

This week MacSparky.com is sponsored by The Omni Group. The Omni Group is truly a group of craftsman-style developers looking to make the best possible productivity apps for the Mac, iPad, and iPhone. 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’m always juggling and without OmniFocus, there would be no way for me to manage all of the aspects of my life. I’ve got a whole page of screencasts I produced on OmniFocus if you’d like to learn more.

Last week The Omni Group announced the expanded beta of OmniFocus 2. If you are an OmniFocus user (or prospective user), now would be a great time to try out the new version. I've been using it for awhile and I really dig it. 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.

OmniFocus 2 for Mac is looking good and shipping in June.

OmniFocus 2 for Mac is looking good and shipping in June.

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.