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When it comes to managing projects in OmniFocus on iOS, it’s about optimizing your workflow so you can access what you need in the least amount of time. One of the ways you can do this is to organize your projects on the Mac in a way that places your most common projects at the top. You can do this by simply dragging and dropping them in the order you want.
This is a simple tip for OmniFocus users, but it’s a big time saver if you have more than a handful of projects.
Updates to some fantastic apps »
This has been a very busy week for App Store updates. To start things off, OmniGroup announced that they’ve releasing a universal iOS app. That’s right, the same app across iPhone and iPad, which means the Review perspective is now available on your iPhone. There’s lots of details as far as pricing, so check it out and enjoy the update.
1Password, our favorite password manager on Mac and iOS, received a useful update on the iOS side that significantly improves the extension. Federico Viticci has a detailed summary of the new functionality, but one of the big ones is that the extension can now access credit cards, identities, create new logins, and much more.
Another app in the genre of GTD, Todoist, updated to version 10, which adds new gestures, more intelligent input options, and lots of new themes. For a complete, thorough run-down of all the new goodness, Federico Viticci of MacStories has written an excellent review of this great GTD app.
Scanbot, our favorite iOS scanning app, released a new version this week that allows you to send your scans to Slack and Wunderlist. The latter app is our favorite shared list app, which is a great addition, and Slack is the communication tool we use here at The Sweet Setup, so we’re pretty excited about the great new functionality in this update.
Tools & Toys, our sister site, published a review of a rugged, loud, and portable wireless speaker – the UE Megaboom. With a name like that, it’s hard to pass up. This giant pill-shaped bluetooth speaker is waterproof, powerful, and ready to go with you on any outdoor adventure.
With a completely waterproof design (that doesn’t seem to sacrifice other aspects), there’s virtually no reason not to bring it wherever you’re headed. It doesn’t matter if it’s supposed to rain or snow. Even the remote power button through the mobile app encourages more and easier usage. The Megaboom gets the basics right and successfully builds out other features that make sense on top of that foundation.
HipChat combines every communication method you’d ever need—IM, group chat, screen sharing, file sharing, link sharing, video and voice calling—into a single solution.
Create a chat room for your team or project so you can brainstorm, discuss work, or share files all in one place. @mentions allow you to bring your co-workers instantly into a conversation so you can get all of the right people involved in the discussion.
Best of all, HipChat is completely free for unlimited users.
Get your team on HipChat, sign up for a free account.
Our thanks to HipChat for sponsoring the site this week. Sponsorship by The Syndicate.