16th December 2011
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One of the best ways you can improve your productivity is to learn lots of keyboard commands so that you can control your Mac, without having to take your hands off the keyboard.
Another way is to use an Application Launcher to start applications as well as lots of other tasks from your keyboard.
I've covered LaunchBar in the past, and had settled on that as my Application Launcher of choice, but recently, I've been getting lots of requests to try out Alfred. Alfred is similar to LaunchBar but has both a free version and a more advanced version for sale.
So this week, I start off by taking a look at the free version of Alfred (available via the Mac App Store) and see what basic functionality is included. If you've never used an application launcher before, you may be impressed with what's available "out of the box".
|Initial Installation & Configuration||[2m 51s]|
|Application Launching||[3m 27s]|
|Finding & Opening Files||[3m 47s]|
|Web Searches||[2m 9s]|
|Custom Web Searches||[4m 28s]|
|Spelling and Definitions||[1m 24s]|
|System Controls||[1m 7s]|
|Additional Configuration Options||[2m 48s]|
|Wrap Up||[1m 1s]|
|SCOtutor Apps & Xmas Gifts||[2m 54s]|
|Gifting iPad Apps||[2m 53s]|
Time for an update on two of my favourite productivity applications - TextExpander 5 and Keyboard Maestro 7
Still trying to find your perfect task manager? We all have different priorities and methods of working. so it’s not always easy to find the the task manager that’s just right.
In this week’s episode, Todd Olthoff takes us through 2Do, a simple task manager with hidden depths!
Managing multiple Macs is so much easier than it used to be.
Whether you're swapping between a couple of desktops or a desktop and a laptop, there are numerous cloud based services that will synchronise your files and information.
In this episode, I demonstrate the various services I use to enable me to swap between using my Mac Pro and Macbook as seamlessly as possible, either at home or on the road.
Fantastical 2 is a terrific calendaring app for the Mac, previously only available as a menu bar application. Now it has been re-vamped and relaunched as a powerful desktop application (and yet is still available from your menu bar).
Todd Olthoff takes us through a tour of the enhanced and improved features of this new version of the application, a credible alternative to the OS X Calendar app.
BusyContacts is a great new contacts management application that integrates with most of the popular online address book systems.
With customisable views, rich support for customisation plus integration with Mail, Messaging and Social Media, BusyContacts is well placed to be a flexible and easy to use CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) suitable for both business and personal use.
Things 2 is a fully featured task manager application from Cultured Code. Since we last covered it, Things has had many new much requested features added, most importantly cross platform syncing.
In this episode, Todd Olthoff brings us up to speed on the main features of Things 2 and explores some of the new features.
If you're like me and find it difficult to delete emails, you'll end up with hundreds of not thousands of emails slowing down your mail application.
In this episode, Todd Olthoff demonstrates four different solutions to archiving your emails.