March 2018 Productivity News

While this website mainly consists of reviews and rather timeless methodology-related articles, the productivity world of course moves forward every day.

New apps are released, previous apps are updated with new features. This article will summarize stuff happening through March 2018.

Update for Productived.net

There has been a large backend update for this website. While the frontend, so, the layout and functionality of the website, is almost unchanged, it was completely rewritten.

For the IT interested users: The backend switched from WordPress to the Hugo static generator. The website is now statically generated and thus does not depend on PHP or a complex server architecture anymore. Thus, it has been mitigated from a VPS server to hosting on a CDN network, resulting in both a lower TTFB and lower page loading times, especially for visitors outside of the US.

Deployment is now solved via Git Hooks, and all articles are written in Markdown. This allows me both editing and deploying changes from an iPad. The initial transfer of all articles from WordPress to Markdown needed many manual adjustments, but rewriting the full logic behind things like the review and category pages went smoother as expected. The resulting Go code seems robuster than the hacked WordPress theme ever was.

In laymens terms: The website is much faster, especially if you are outside the US ;).

If you are using a RSS reader, there is a chance, that you would need to resubscribe to the feed, as the URL changed.

The next batch of reviews are overdue since a couple of weeks, but almost done. The next stuff will go over paperless workflows. First, we will take a look at different note taking and annotation tools for the iPad Pro, including the use of Apple Pencil. Next, it will cover digital file management, scanning and archiving of paper documents, and so on.

Minor productivity tools updates

Evernote 8.10 released

Evernote will now show word count and similar interesting statistical data for each note. This makes drafting much easier, and has been suggested by many users.

OmniFocus 3 closed beta started

As hinted in the January news article, the OmniFocus 3 beta starts. You can register on their beta page. The new beta awaits the users with: Tag support, manual sorting of tasks, better notifications, flexible scheduling, and a revamped design. After the initial release, updates for the third major production cycle will also include collaboration and better automation tools.

Of course Productived.net will monitor all coming changes closely and update our reviews and articles on OF and GTD related stuff accordingly, as soon as OF3 will hit the shelves. Until then, take a look at the up-to-date review of OF 2 for all platforms. The update from version 2 to 3 is included for everyone purchasing the software right now.


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About the author

Marc A. Kastner
Marc A. Kastner

Marc is the founder and editor-in-chief on Productived.net. He is computer science researcher and PhD student in Nagoya, Japan. Always interested in improving his own workflows, he is on the journey to discover new productivity utilities. On Productived.net, he writes articles on productivity and digital workflows.

Twitter: @mkasu | E-mail: marc@productived.net

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