OmniFocus 2 for Mac resumes testing, will ship in June

The Omni Group just announced that they have resumed public testing of OmniFocus 2. If you already have an account from the previous test builds, you can reuse those credentials to download the new version.

After having started the application for the first time, things look quite different from the last test. I will dive into the new features and give my two cents as I test the new builds.


What the new Omnifocus 2 beta currently looks like


Upside Down (2013)

Upside Down (2013) is a movie about Adam and Eden and their improbable love story.

In an alternate universe where twinned worlds have opposite gravities, a young man battles interplanetary prejudice and the laws of physics in his quest to reunite with the long-lost girl of his dreams in this visually stunning romantic adventure that poses the question: what if love was stronger than gravity?

While this movie is visually stunning and provides interesting conundrums, it is sadly filled with plot holes and has a terribly weak story.

Score: 5/10 (Meh)

2048 AI

The new puzzle game 2048 as I mentioned earlier, now has a fork which includes an AI and a hint button. The funny thing is that the AI failed to complete the puzzle when I tried using it.

I can see an algorithm war coming and each contender writes their own algorithm, with an end goal of finishing the game with the highest score possible.


The most addictive game so far this week is without a doubt 2048 (sorry Flappy Bird), a simple web based numbers game controlled by the arrow keys. Swiping on the iPad works excellent as well, making it easier than ever to abuse play all the time.

The main goal of the game is to get a 2048 block which is done by combining blocks with the same number to form a superblock containing the sum of the smaller blocks.

There are striking similarities with the popular Threes game for iPhone, but there are subtle differences as well, making this game all the more entertaining and addictive. When moving blocks for instance, they are always moved to the edge of the screen and not just one block away.

The best part however is that this game is completely open source and available on GitHub to play with.

f.lux for Mac beta

One of my favorite apps for the Mac has finally released a new beta  after a long time, with support for greater control of your day.

The new version of f.lux makes a schedule just for you, so you can use a screen that knows when you sleep, as well as when the sun’s up. We found a way to combine your day with sunrise and sunset.

A part from actually going outside to catch some sun1, this is probably the best alternative to get a natural rhythm.

  1. Winters in Sweden provide little or no sun, which rules this out as an option. 

Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface

If you are going to read one review of Microsoft Surface 2, make it this one by Lukas Mathis who is a long-time Mac user.

Another difference between the Surface and an iPad is the Surface’s split screen mode. iPad owners often note that the iPad’s «one app owns the screen» system is a good idea, since people can’t multitask anyway. But that ignores that people often need multiple apps to work on a single task. I can’t count the instances where I’ve used split screen mode just in the last few days. I’m in a meeting, taking notes in OneNote while looking at last week’s meeting notes. I’m responding to an email while looking at a spec. I’m making a drawing while looking at a reference. I’m changing a mockup based on feedback in an email. I’m taking notes during a Skype call.

This is definitely one of my main issues with the iPad as well. Not being able to research something while writing at the same time is a big pain. Pasting the research content into the writing app is a poor way of solving the problem.

What I would like to see is something like what Microsoft have done with Surface, but with an Apple twist. Something in the lines of having a main app which runs in normal iPad mode, and the ability to run a second app in 1/4 of the space in landscape mode. The twist being that the secondary app has to be a multi-platform app, and when bringing it up in secondary mode, its iPhone user interface is shown.

This could fit quite nicely and would be a terrific asset, and I can imagine a lot of use cases where this would be a fantastic way of getting things done.

The problem with Metro might not be that it’s performing badly at its intended function. The problem might simply be that, unlike me, most people don’t want to use their tablets for productivity. They’d rather keep using their old Windows PC for that, and also have an iPad for watching movies and playing games.

This is a valid and fair point. Having the ability to distinctly separate devices for work and play can definitely bring peace of mind and the ability to focus better1.

I personally prefer using the iPad for as many things as possible2, including reading, answering email and using productivity tools such as OmniFocus and the calendar. When in serious “work mode” though, nothing beats the MacBook Air.

  1. Don’t add your work email to your iPad if you only use it for personal tasks and entertainment though. 

  2. I do recommend turning off notifications if you plan on using the iPad for work and personal tasks. 

OmniFocus 2 for iPhone manual available for free

The Omni group have just released a manual for OmniFocus 2 for iPhone for free in the iBooks Store. I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, but I have a feeling that any seasoned OmniFocus user will not find it especially enlightening.

I do however like the fact that they decided to publish it in the iBooks Store. This means that I will always have it available if needed, without having to resort to keeping it in Dropbox or have a link bookmarked somewhere.

IMDB Top 100K Movies Analysis in Depth

Some quite interesting statistics created from the huge IMDb dataset from over 100 000 movies dated from 1950 to 2013.

You can for instance see that drama movies count for almost half of all movies created during that time, and that comedies comes in at second place with 30 percent.

Another interesting statistic is in 2013, when there were twice as many movies created compared to the previous year, and about six times as many as in the 50′s.

If the above link seemed fascinating to you, check out part 2 of the series as well.

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