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Sponsor: inShort

This week MacSparky is sponsored by inShort (website) (Mac App Store) (iOS App Store). inShort is a process and project planning application that works across the entire Apple ecosystem with apps for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. I've explained before how I'm a visual thinker and inShort is right in my wheelhouse as it lets me lay out project and planning steps visually. inShort is a powerful planning tool.

One of the more clever features is the way it allows you to embed processes and drill down to the level of detail you need at the moment. I like to think of this as "nested" flowcharts and I think it's really smart. This also gives you the added advantage of having one diagram with the big picture while at the same time being able to get down in the weeds with any particular component. You can also export the data to PDF and OPML format to share with your team, no matter what device they are on.

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InShort is actively developed with its most recent major updates adding iOS 8 and Yosemite support to the iOS and Mac platforms. The developer has more improvements in store and the app just keeps getting better. Learn more at the inShort website. Also, make sure to read the developer's PDF.

Sponsor: OmniGraffle 2.1 for iOS is Now Universal

This week MacSparky is sponsored by OmniGraffle 2.1, the newly released version of The Omni Group's diagramming, wire framing, draw-anything power tool. This version ups the game in a lot of ways:

1. Universal!

Did you buy one of those big new iPhones and now wish you could run OmniGraffle on your phone? Your wish has been granted. The application not only looks good on the iPhone, The Omni Group's designers figured out how to make it usable on the smaller screen as well.

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2. New Tools

There is a new set of tools for editing the points on a shape. You can drag existing points and add (or remove) points from an object. As a result it's easier than ever to take a pre-existing shape and bend it to your will. 

3. A Loupe

Touch the screen and your edit points magnify. This innovation makes it a lot easier to do detailed work on an iPhone and iPad screen.

4. Fill Effects and Filters

You know all those great new filters and fill effects on the Mac version of OmniGraffle? They are also now on iOS.

There's a lot more so head over to The Omni Group and check it out for yourself. Thanks to OmniGraffle, you can do advanced diagramming and graphics work on the iPad and iPhone.


 

Sponsor: SaneBox

I'm pleased to welcome back SaneBox as this week's MacSparky.com sponsor. I've been using SaneBox for over a year now and it still saves my bacon every day. There are so many great benefits to SaneBox. First and foremost is filtering. SaneBox looks at all of my incoming email and filters it for me to appropriate mailboxes. That way, the first thing in the morning I see are only those emails that are most important.

Another feature I use every day is the clever way I can defer email with SaneBox. I can put mail into a defer mailbox for hours, days, or even weeks and put it out of my time until I see it again. This is another game changer. 

SaneBox can do even more with its Black Hole service that makes unwanted email go away, forever. There is also an ingenious reminder system where you can blind copy an email to 1week@sanebox.com and the service will remind you if you don't get a response to the email within one week.

There is a lot more to SaneBox. If you get a lot of email, the service can really help. You can learn more at SaneBox.com. Note the links in this post will get you $5 off your subscription.


 

Sponsor: PopClip for Mac

This week I'm pleased to welcome a new sponsor to MacSparky.com, PopClip. Do you know how when you select text on your iPhone or iPad that handy little menu pops up to let you perform actions on that text? PopClip brings this to the Mac, only better.

Not only can you use the the built-in PopClip tools, there is an extension system and lots of smart people have built clever little extensions I use every day. For example, using PopClip I can select a phone number on screen and display it in large type or, better yet, dial it for my iPhone. I also use extensions to convert text to all caps and paste and match style in Pages. PopClip also gives me a word count for selected text, searches Google, Wikipedia (and more). Go check out this list of extensions and you'll realize how this app can help you out with your own workflows. One of my favorite extensions takes selected text and turns it into a TextExpander snippet.

There is a free trial so go check it out now. PopClip is one of my favorite utilities and, after trying it, I bet it will be one of your favorites too. 


 

Sponsor: Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock

This week MacSparky is sponsored by the Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock. This new dock from Elgato enables you to connect everything to your MacBook or Ultrabook at once. With two Thunderbolt 2 ports, connect your computer with only one cable and simultaneously enjoy the extended versatility of Thunderbolt.

A built-in HDMI port can drive up to a 4K resolution, and three additional USB 3.0 ports assure that all of your devices are connected when you need them, at full speed and with up to 1.5A of power. Tap into the full performance of wired network connections with the built-in Gigabit Ethernet port, and enjoy crystal-clear conference calls through the separate microphone input and amplified audio output. An added benefit is stand-alone USB charging even when your computer is not connected. Learn more right here

If you’ve got a desk full of equipment, this dock greatly simplifies (and improves) the experience.

This post is sponsored by Syndicate Ads.


 

Sponsor: The Omni Group

This week MacSparky.com is sponsored by The Omni Group, one of the premiere productivity software companies for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad. If you are looking for serious solutions for serious problems, look no further. The Omni Group's applications include:

OmniFocus

My beloved task manager that lets me practice law and publish books and videos without completely losing my mind.

OmniOutliner

This is simply the best outlining application for the Mac and iOS. When I need to organize ideas, I break out OmniOutliner. 

OmniGraffle

This diagramming and graphics tool lets me build stunning graphics in a few minutes.

OmniPlan

If project management is your game, look no further.

The Omni Group has its own sync solution, OmniPresence, to keep all of these tools working between your Mac and iPad and, most recently, they've announced they are putting all of these productivity apps on the iPhone as well.

Check out the Omni Group and let them know you heard about them from MacSparky.com.

 

Sponsor: InShort

This week MacSparky is sponsored by inShort (website) (Mac App Store) (iOS App Store). inShort is is an iPhone/iPad/Mac application that lets you plan projects and processes graphically across all of your Apple devices. This brings a new paradigm to process and project planning and is absolutely worth checking out. 

One of the more clever features is the way it allows you to embed processes and drill down to the level of detail you need at the moment. I like to think of this as "nested" flowcharts and I think it's really smart. It's a great way to sort out a process in your own mind and then explain it to others when you're done. 

Most recently, the Mac version of inShort gained several new features including increased mouse and gesture support, the ability to keep a catalog of locations and mark in which of them the process will be executed or the resource is located, and the app has been updated overall to look great in OS X Yosemite. Want to learn more? Read the developer's PDF


 

curbi iOS Parental Controls [Sponsor]

This week, I’m pleased to welcome a new sponsor, curbi. Letting our kids enjoy the good parts of the Internet while protecting them from the nefarious parts isn’t easy. Not only can kids get into trouble over your local WiFi network, they can also get into trouble through a cellular connection or at a friend’s house. curbi solves this problem, giving you amazing parental controls for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can easily block specific types of content or add a specific site list. curbi tracks (and can block) websites through Safari or any other iOS app that has a web browser. 

curbi also lets you set boundaries. For example, you could block social networks from 3pm to 6pm and the entire Internet from 9pm to 8am. For just $6.99 a month, you can protect all of your children’s iOS devices everywhere. The Internet can be a scary place and curbi is the only service I’ve ever seen that can protect your kids, no matter where they are. Learn more here.


 

Sponsor: JustSend

This week MacSparky is sponsored by JustSend. It is easy open your iOS email client only to get sucked into the vortex of your inbox. JustSend gives you a simple way to send off email messages without ever seeing your inbox. The app is free through the month of January, starting today. There is zero setup. It works immediately with the built-in email accounts on your phone. A lot of people look at the new year as an opportunity to get rid of distractions and JustSend can help you along that path.

Sponsor: Dropzone

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This week MacSparky is again sponsored by Dropzone, the Mac menubar app that makes opening and sorting files wicked easy. Simply drag a file onto the Dropzone menubar icon and a menu slides down with several landing targets. For example, I've got a folder I use as a clearing house for work related documents. Using Dropzone, I just drag the file up to the icon and drop them on the folder's link. Drop zone, then moves the file to that location lickity-split. I've also set up an application opening action so when I drag a PDF on PDFpen, it opens the file in the application. If you just need to hold a file temporarily, use the Drop Bar.

Dropzone is a great little utility that you'll find yourself using all day. You can get it now in the App Store and learn more at the website. Thanks Dropzone for supporting MacSparky.com.

Sponsor: The Ultimate Unofficial Dropbox Guide

This week MacSparky is sponsored by Jeffrey Abbott's book, The Ultimate Unofficial Dropbox Guide. I am so glad Jeff wrote this book. We are all using Dropbox but very few of us are taking advantage of its power features. The Ultimate Unofficial Dropbox Guide was created to help make our digital lives more organized and efficient. The guide is a comprehensive look at power-using Dropbox, whether you’re just setting up your Dropbox account or already think you’re a pro.

The book covers a lot, including a comprehensive walk-throughs for photosharing, best practices for organizing your folders and documents, keeping your files secure, and automating tasks using IFTTT. There are also some bonus products including a handy keyboard-shortcut reference page, 15 Tips and Tricks for Families, and Photosharing Guides you can share with non-tech family members who still want to see photos of your kids. A book like this was overdue. I'm glad someone wrote it.


 

Sponsor: Sanebox

This week, MacSparky.com is sponsored by Sanebox. I've been using Sanebox for over a year now and I love it. Imagine having an assistant that reviews and pre-sorts your email for your everyday. This assistant figures out what of your email is really important, kind of important, and junk. Now imagine that assistant never sleeps. That's Sanebox.

There are so many great benefits to Sanebox. First and foremost is filtering. Sanebox looks at all of my incoming email and filters it for me to appropriate mailboxes. That way, the first thing in the morning I see are only those emails that are most important. However, Sanebox can do so much more with its Black Hole service that makes unwanted email go away, forever. There is also an ingenious reminder system where you can blind copy an email to 1week@sanebox.com and the service will remind you if you don't get a response to the email within one week.

There is a lot more to Sanebox. If you get a lot of email, the service can really help. You can learn more at Sanebox.com. Note the links in this post will get you $5 off your subscription.


 

Sponsor: Sanebox

I'm pleased to welcome a new sponsor to the website this week, Sanebox. I've been using Sanebox for over a year now and it still saves my bacon every day. There are so many great benefits to Sanebox. First and foremost is filtering. Sanebox looks at all of my incoming email and filters it for me to appropriate mailboxes. That way, the first thing in the morning I see are only those emails that are most important. However, Sanebox can do so much more with its Black Hole service that makes unwanted email go away, forever. There is also an ingenious reminder system where you can blind copy an email to 1week@sanebox.com and the service will remind you if you don't get a response to the email within one week.

There is a lot more to Sanebox. If you get a lot of email, the service can really help. You can learn more at Sanebox.com. Note the links in this post will get you $5 off your subscription.