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Creating subtasks in OmniFocus on iPhone

And now, for some total geekery!

I don’t know if this always existed or if this feature appeared during some update. However, you can create subtask in OmniFocus on your iPhone. I didn’t know this at first and it frustrated me that I couldn’t, and then I figured it out.

imgDepending on how you start out, you have to do different things. For this example I’ll start in the ‘Projects’ list and in my ‘health’ folder. I have no current projects there.
imgTap the plus in the lower right corner and create a new project if you need to.

imgFor my example, I’ll create a project called ‘Make medical file’ (which I did, recently)

Tap on your newly created project (you might already have a project you want to change / add things in, if so, go there through the main screen and then ‘projects’, and skip all these previous steps ;) )

imgI have no actions yet, so I create one by taping the plus on the lower right side.


imgI want to start by making a list of my current medication, so I make an action of that.

Fill in the desired values, I’ve left most empty because I just want to make an example.

By going to the project list from the mainscreen you prevent things from disappearing on you, plus, you actually want to edit the project, so going through the project-list makes more sense.

imgI create a few more actions. To make my medication list I need to check my pill bottles for the exact name and dosage. I add these actions to the list.

The last two actions need to become subtask of ‘Make list of medication’ so I tap ‘Check bottle of pills #2’


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And now, the magic happens!

Tap on that folder-icon on the bottomright.


imgYou get a screen with the actions in your project, select your main task (‘Make list of medications’)

Repeat for all the tasks you need as subtasks.

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imgYou have subtasks.


Software sucks

I spent a frustrating few hours yesterday and today trying to get things to work properly. I updated to WordPress 3.0 (it went well in a test-environment) and then stuff started to break big time.

I use Textile for markup and suddenly, that caused issues. I tried switching it off, and switching to a lighter version, and I still had trouble editing and displaying posts. Eventually I deleted the WordPress files and installed them again and tried to get everything to work again as I wanted.

Then my RSS-feed broke and Feedburner started to complain.

I think I fixed it…

I really hope I did…


Software I wouldn’t want to live without.

Over the years I’ve collected software (for my Mac) that I use on a daily basis and wouldn’t want to live without. Sure I could find alternatives, but these programs suit me the most. I often pay for software, something some of my friends find ridiculous :) I’ll happily pay a hardworking person for their work, especially if their work makes my live easier. Before I buy software I check it out thoroughly, which includes not only the software itself but also its help-function/support, the update policy (when to pay for the next update) and how much I’ll get ‘locked in’. I don’t like getting locked in and choose applications that allow me to export to a sensible format. I also look for something that supports Applescript, because with Applescript I can do things more smoothly. I love it when I can script repetitive tasks, and I very much like using shortcut keys instead of a mouse.

First a neat little trick.

set menu shortcut

Which reminds me of this neat little trick I discovered for Snow Leopard — I don’t remember where I read it, otherwise I’d link it.

First, make sure you set up your keyboard preferences correctly: System preferences ⇒ Keyboard ⇒ Tab: Keyboard Shortcuts. Select ‘Application Shortcuts’ and then ‘All Applications’. The top item should read ‘Show Help Menu’. For me, by default the key was ⌘ - / but that caused issues because the default help-hot-key is ⌘ - ?. I changed mine to ⌘ - ⌃ - /.

Menu

Whenever I press this hotkey, I get the menu on the left. When you type a few letters it’ll show you all the possible menu-items and you can simply select them here with your arrowkeys or by clicking on the item with your mouse. It saves me plenty of time not having to look for a certain item in the menus.

Programs

I have the following programs in use nearly daily (in random order):

iTerm
A tabbed terminal, alternative to the default terminal (free, supports applescript)
OmniWeb
An alternative browser by the lovely people of OmniGroup (free, supports applescript)
Tweetie
The desktop client (free with ads, excellent keyboard support)
OmniFocus
A task-manager, based on the GTD-system. (non-free, supports applescript)
GraphicConverter
A wonderful photo editing program that converts between many formats. After years of use I feels as if I still have only scraped the surface of what this program can do. I use it to organise my photos, edit them somewhat (change levels), crop them and rename / edit the IPTC data. (free-with-delay-until-you-pay, supports applescript)
MoneyWell
Personal finance program. Has excellent budgeting capabilities. (non-free, doesn’t support applescript)
LaunchBar
Switched to LaunchBar from QuickSilver. It has an excellent page with a FAQ for QuickSilver switchers and does pretty much the same things. I haven’t missed anything I used in QuickSilver. It lets you create you own actions with applescripts or shell scripts. (non-free, supports applescript)
TextMate
Very extensive text editor with plugins (non-free, don’t think it supports applescript, has excellent self-scripting :) so I never needed it)
Scrivener
Writing app. (non-free, no applescript so far)
MarsEdit
Blog publishing software (non-free, supports applescript)
Plugins

The following plugins sit in my menubar or run invisibly in the background:

Mail plugins

Mail Tags and MailActOn
both excellent plugins to extend the default Mail.app’s behaviour. MailActOn lets you sort mail into folders and do all sorts of things with your e-mail with the stroke of a few keys. (non-free)
Visor
A system-wide terminal accessible via a hotkey. (free)
Growl
System notifier. (free)
FastScripts
Applescript management utility, gives you access to your applescripts from anywhere through a menu and hotkeys. (non-free)
Hazel
A utility to automate actions with/on your files and folders. Most of it you could probably do with applescripts and automator and the folder-actions, I like the interface which makes it much easier to do. (non-free)
TextExpander
Sits in the background and replaces certain abbreviations with a pre-defined text. It also runs applescripts and shell-scripts with these abbreviations. Very useful for inserting snippets — of code, standard e-mail replies etc. (non-free)