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.

Focused distractions

In a world where more than a handful of devices1 constantly demand your attention, there is no question that distractions play a vital part of everyday life. Not only do all devices want to inform you of something potentially mundane, most of the time they want to bother you with the exact same message on every single device you own. Since notifications rarely sync their read state, you would have to clear the exact same message on all devices separately. This madness has to stop.

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  1. I use and receive notifications in my MacBook Air, iPad Mini Retina and iPhone, and I think I’m far from alone with that particular device configuration. 

Alleged iPhone 6 Prototype Depicted in New Images

While I’m usually not the one frolicking over the latest Apple rumors, but images of a possible iPhone 6 have appeared online, and boy does it look sweet!

The bezel is all but gone on the sides and sports a slightly larger screen than the older phones.

Using Flickr as an iCloud Photo Stream replacement

When Apple first released Photo Stream as part of their iCloud service, I was excited to finally have all my photos automatically transferred between my devices. They were in addition automatically backed up to my Mac, which meant that the need to sync my iPhone to iTunes would be a thing of the past.

What I failed to realize at the time was that although automatically backing up all photos to my Mac was a breeze, there was no convenient way to view older photos the way they were meant to be viewed – on the crisp Retina Display on my iPad.

There are services which have tried to achieve ubiquitous access to all photos, and Everpix was just that kind of service. Once configured, it was basically a set-and-forget solution where all photos were automatically uploaded to their servers. If you followed the above link, you will notice that they are no longer in service since they apparently ran out of money.

I found another solution to my problem, and I think you have heard of this service before. It comes from Yahoo and is called Flickr.

In a recent Flickr for iOS update, the ability to automatically upload captured photos to a private set was added. This gives you the same set-and-forget setup that Everpix once brought, and with 1 TB for free you will undoubtably last a very long time without running out of space.

The problem with the Flickr iOS app is still the viewing part however, which is why I bought Flickring for iPhone and iPad. It connects to your Flickr account and shows your sets and photo stream in a beautiful way.

Since both Aperture and Lightroom support publishing to Flickr, you will always have access to all your photos taken with your traditional camera as well, as long as you have internet access or have synced the photos for offline viewing using Flickring.

IFTTT for iPhone

Just when I was speaking of using IFTTT together with Evernote, this pops up in my feed. It seems there is a new iPhone app for IFTTT available which lets you to all the automation you are used to, but tie it together with resources in the iPhone, such as triggers when adding photos, reminders and contacts.

Going from Things to Omnifocus

I have been a heavy Things users since the beginning, but there have always been certain features that I have found lacking, such as sub-projects and a distinction between areas of focus.

Omnifocus has had all necessary features since I can remember, so I finally decided to give it a go for real. All active projects and areas from Things have been migrated to Omnifocus, leaving the someday/maybe list for if/when I commit to using Omnifocus for a foreseeable future.

The one thing I will have to live without for a couple of days until I can commit, is buying the iPhone app. That means I will be using Evernote on the iPhone to capture actions and projects on the go.

I am really looking forward to be able to use sub-projects and see if that increases my productivity and peace of mind about large projects. Perspectives are also something I look forward too, since that means being able to focus on just work or personal, even though there are deadlines arising in both places. In Things, everything is meshed together and it is practically impossible to completely separate all focus areas. There is an option to disable an area of focus, but that is a too inconvenient workaround.

iPhone App: PayPal

PayPal recently released an iPhone app for sending and receiving money. You may request and send money to other PayPal users, as well as view your payment history and withdraw money from your account. There is also a cool feature for making it super easy to split a check with any number of people!

There is even a novelty feature where two people who are both using the app can bump their phones together to automatically pair them for easy money transfer. It uses the GPS to get the location of nearby iPhones and the bump time to find the correct one.

This is a great way for handling money among friends, and it is super easy too! It really makes it possible to be without cash and transfer money electronically without using credit cards — most friends probably don’t have their own card swiping machine.