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Unread

29.04.2014 02:00

Unread is a great RSS reader for iPhone. I have been putting it off for a while, due to my impression that it was only for people that didn’t use Instapaper. Oh man was I wrong.

Ben Brooks put out a great article about it today.

What I found in Unread was not only a beautiful app, but a highly functional app — even when asked to do something it does not feel it is explicitly designed to do.

This is spot on. It’s not as easy to send stuff to Instapaper, as it would be with for example Reeder. But I still think it is more or less the perfect RSS reader for iPhone. It makes it easier to read the shorter articles right there. While I still have the opportunity to send the longer articles to Instapaper, even though it takes another click.

At the end of the day, Unread has won me over, as it is just too pretty to not use. Watch your back Reeder.

It’s a beautiful app, with a fresh aproach. I just deleted Reeder from my phone.

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A Visual History of OmniFocus for Mac

20.04.2014 02:00

Shawn Blanc wrote a great post about visual history of OmniFocus; from kGTD to OmniFocus. The interesting part here is how similar the kGTD, and the 1.0 version is to the current version of OmniFocus.

I think OF version 2 will be great. It will be the first major re-design of the app, since before it existed1.

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  • kGTD was a set of AppleScripts for Omnioutliner, that let you use it as a GTD system. And most people look at it as the predecessor to OmniFocus. ↩

    Is it too late, for Reeder for OS X

    20.04.2014 02:00

    I just published an article about Reeder vs ReadKit. First of all, I wrote it a few days ago. But, now I started to think about something.

    There are a lot of examples of apps that used to be the kind “everyone” used. One great example is Firefox. And then Chrome came along, and now most people use Chrome.

    The same thing kind of happen to the RSS reader market when Google Reader went away. Reeder for Mac was a extremely popular one. But it’s also been a long time since we have had a functioning version of it.

    I think most of the old hard core Google Reader users on OS X have moved on to ReadKit + some syncing service. My question is: is it too late? And the follow up question, that my article also touched on: what can reeder give, that is compelling enough to switch back?

    I still use Reeder for iOS, I think it’s the best client there.

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    MacStories redesign

    20.04.2014 02:00

    MacStories just lauched their “4.0”, with a major and much needed redesign. And I love it.

    MacStories is one of the few “high” volume blogs out there that I follow closely, and read most of their content. The new design is much simpler, and makes sure the content is in focus. My favourite part of the new design is that it’s finally responsive.

    Great work!

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    Averages, medians and patterns

    16.04.2014 02:00

    There are two things that always happens when someone discuss when Apple will update “device X”. They go to MacRumours, to check how many days since the last update, and the average number between each update.

    And then I think – is it relevant?

    Let me explain. I think the patterns in how often they update something is way more important than the last time, and the average.

    It doesn’t matter anyway. Apple will realease something new – when they are ready.

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    Editorial

    16.04.2014 02:00

    Editorial 1.1 information.

    This is amazing news. I really look forward to both the iOS7 look and feel updates, and the iPhone version. I love Editorial. But I don’t use it much, and that’s because of the lacking iPhone version. I love the iPad, but my iPad is old. And the iPhone is without doubt the device I carry everywhere. It’s also the devie I use the most.

    I would also love to have some kind of Editorial for OS X.

    Great news, I can’t wait for it.

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    I love full screen apps

    16.04.2014 02:00

    I have said this before, but I have to say it again. I love full screen apps.

    It might be one of my all time favourite features in OS X.

    The thing I love about it is that I can just focus on one thing. Like for example right now: I have a few Byword documents in full screen, and I have one Safari window in full screen. And that’s all the apps I have running.

    I can focus, on the two things that matters, at any moment. And I can focus on the one app I’m working in. It’s great.

    Try it!

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    Journaling

    16.04.2014 02:00

    Patrick Rhone just wrote a great post for this site. Or, I first read it as a part of his paid newsletter.

    He writes about one of my all time favourite topics – journaling.

    This is not a post about how you should journal. But this is about what I put into my (DayOne) journal, and how I manage to do these things every single day.

    I use an app called HabitList. The basic principle is that you add everything you want to become an habit. And then you tell it how often, etc. HabitList is the thing that reminds me to do everything related to journaling – every single day.

    Now. So what do I put into my journal. The first thing I do is to take a picture of myself. And the second thing is to write something.

    What and how much I write varies. It’s usually what I have done today, what I’m going to do, and how I feel. Journaling can be easy, and it can be hard. It all depends if you make it hard for yourself.

    My choice is to make it easy. I just write something every day. But I try to write something that portraits that moment. How am I feeling, what’s on my mind, what have I done, and what I’m going to do.

    The best thing about journaling is to read through and to get a picture of how different the different days was for you.

    Make it easy for yourself. Go and get both DayOne and HabitList and get started.

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    Reeder vs ReadKit

    16.04.2014 02:00

    The new version of Reeder for OS X just reached public beta. And it’s great. It lacks a few features that I really need. Like Instapaper. But that’s not big deal – for now.

    But for me, the big question is – will I buy it? I have been using ReadKit for about a year now. And I love it.

    I’ll guess the big question for both me and a lot of other RSS power users are: what will Reeder for OS X give us? I hope for a really hard competition between the two in the coming months. And I hope for some amazing features in both apps.

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    The big CMS thing

    16.04.2014 02:00

    Chose the CMS that is right for you. Pick Squarespace if you want something that “just works”.

    There are a few important things I think everyone should consider before picking a cms. Are there any similar CMS they could “just move over to”? And do they have good export options?

    This is the reason I don’t like Tumblr. There are nothing like it, and you are kind of fucked if you for some reason need to move over to something else.

    I use WordPress. I don’t love it, but it’s the best thing available for me – right now. I can post from Byword both on OS X and iOS. And wordpress plus a few plugins gives me everything I need.

    And close to any web host can host a WordPress site.

    The only thing I know for certain is that I will go over to a static cms at some point. It might be this summer, it might be later. I just need to find the one that’s right for me. And then solve a few issues I know about. Like blogging from my phone.

    I chose WordPress because of the great clients available for it. And that’s kind of the main issue about static blogging engines right now.

    Time will show.

    Happy Blogging

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