Elegant and simple brainstorming with MindNode 5

Elegant and simple brainstorming with MindNode 5

Brainstorming is ubiquitous in project management, research, and entrepreneurship. Often, it is done on white boards or alike, but with the digital world there come digital options.

MindNode 5 is the new product cycle of MindNode, a digital mind-mapping tool for iOS and Mac. That makes it a great utility for working over larger distances, where you can’t sit in the same room together and use a white board.

Mindmaps can be exchanged as files, like PDFs, images, or proprietary mind mapping formats. There is also web-sharing to send people a semi-interactive link to your mind maps. Therefore, your collaboration partners do not even need the app.

All-in-all, mind mapping as a brainstorming tool makes an elegant yet simple step from analog to digital.

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My thoughts on OmniFocus 2 versus 3

My thoughts on OmniFocus 2 versus 3

And there it comes, a new major release for OmniFocus: The task management suite which is available since 2008 gets into its third release cycle. The predecessor is award winning and one of the most recommended productivity suites for the Apple ecosystem. So, what’s it all about?

I have been a regular user of OmniFocus for many years (since OF1 days,) so I’ve seen many iterations and new feature upgrades. The version 3 comes with many new features and an updated look-and-feel.

I have been testing the new version since the beginning of closed beta and discuss some thoughts on how OmniFocus 3 improves over 2.

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Elegant GTD on Mac and iOS with Things 3

Elegant GTD on Mac and iOS with Things 3

Things 3 is the third iteration of Things by CulturedCode, an international company with its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. Things is a popular task management software made for the Apple ecosystem. In its previous version, Things 2 has been around for years and grew to be one of the major solutions on its supported platforms. The suite is available for the Mac, iPhone/Apple Watch, and iPad.

The updated version comes with a new interface, a redesigned workflow and its own solution to task management. They promise the new iteration to be easier to use, more reliable and just in the right spot to serve for all your productivity needs.

As one of the main players for personal task management, can it hold up to its high expectations?

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Structure your life using MyLifeOrganized

Structure your life using MyLifeOrganized

MyLifeOrganized (short, MLO) is a beast. The main pillar of MLO is customization. It is a suite which comes with a preset interface, but almost everything in it can be fully customized to the users needs.

MLO can work with Getting Things Done workflows. MLO can also do many other workflows. It is a large productivity task managing suite, which can adapt to virtually any workflow. During the initial setup, there are presets for multiple different methodologies. The very open customization capabilities make it a good app for virtually anything.

But, does it hold it’s promise? What features are customizable and how does it adapt to everybodys needs? We will take a look at this nice piece of software on all its supported platforms.

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Declutter your email inbox with Sanebox

Declutter your email inbox with Sanebox

If one would try to summarize SaneBox with one catchphrase, it would be: Automated machine-learned email rules. This services’ goal is to minimize disturbance from the e-mail inbox. It does so by filtering unimportant emails into other folders. These rules are trained in the background without the need for user interaction.

SaneBox will figure out by itself, which e-mails are important. By analyzing the headers of previous e-mails, it will set up rules to sort your e-mails for you. It can also be used to snooze e-mails, get reminders for unreplied e-mails, automatically file e-mail attachments to Evernote, and more. Mind you, SaneBox is not an e-mail client. It is a platform agnostic service and will work entirely in the background.

How does it work? Will using SaneBox result in less distraction by e-mails? And why would one pay for custom e-mail rules? In this article we will discuss everything around SaneBox.

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