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Essential OmniFocus Scripts and Workflows

Who is this for? New or beginner OmniFocus users looking for best practices and basic tricks.

Note: This post is a running list and will continue to be updated with new options. There will also be another list for geeky workflows coming soon.

OmniFocus Walkthrough Videos — MacSparky

This video series from David Sparks is the single best place to get started with OmniFocus, even though it clocks in at four hours (spread across three videos) it is well worth the time and gets you started on the right the right foot. If you don’t think it’s worth the time to watch these videos, you probably don’t need OmniFocus.

OopsieFocus Script — Shawn Blanc

A task manager is only as good as it is reliable. If you close OmniFocus, it won’t react when you use the quick entry or clipper. Thankfully Shawn Blanc solved this problem with a single script. Once installed, OmniFocus will respond every single time you call it.

Templates.scpt — pxldot

There have been a few ways to create templates for frequently created projects in OmniFocus, but this is by far the best and most robust option.

How to get all of your crap into OmniFocus

This post and screencast from yours truly will give you an overview of just how easy it is to create tasks from text, websites, files, emails and Evernote notes.

My OmniFocus Setup

An in-depth look at how I use OmniFocus to get things done. There are several ways to make the most out of this application, this is mine.

OmniFocus Premium Posts by Asian Efficiency

This premium product is a great option for those looking for hand holding while getting started with OmniFocus. It’s ideal for those who want a better way to manage their tasks and projects, but perhaps aren’t entirely married to David Allen’s GTD.

Using OmniFocus by Kourosh Dini

Those who prefer the GTD framework would be better served by Kourosh Dini’s Creating Flow with OmniFocus. It’s well written, very in-depth and there’s also an audiobook option.

The OmniFocus Setup

There are several great videos from The OmniFocus setup that took place during Macworld. If you only plan to watch a few, start with Sven Fechner’s “A Fresh Take on Contexts” and David Sparks’ “Do Stuff!”.

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The Google Reader Alternatives We’re Considering

Note: This post is a running list and will continue to be updated with new options and evolving opinions.

What is this for? Those looking for the best possible RSS reader to replace Google Reader.

Google Reader shutting down on July 1st. While we still agree with David Sparks that most users should sit tight, we want to start getting our head around the alternatives. This list is not meant to be compressive. It’s meant to highlight what we believe to be the best options and who we think would benefit most from each alternative. We expect that more options will continue to make their way onto this list, but we’re currently considering the following Google Reader alternatives:


Who is it for?Feedly is a great looking service that is ideal for those looking to close the gap between Google Reader and a read-later service like Instapaper or Pocket.

What we like – Great design, lots of users (over three million of them) and it’s seen several recent updates.

What we don’t like – It’s free and we all know what happened to the last free option. That said, the team has hinted at a freemium model.

Price – Free


Who is it for?Feedbin seems to be the best option for those who are not looking for a better way to handle RSS. Where Feedly has more of a unique point of view, Feedbin is a comfortable replacement to what we already have.

What we likeReeder for iPhone integration. A decent looking app. A business model.

What we don’t like – While it’s getting a good amount of attention, it may be a bit too familiar…

Price? – $20 per year or $2 per month

Feed Wrangler

Who is it for? – is a great option for those who are mostly happy with what RSS has been, but are curious and optimistic about where it can go.

What we like – A great developer. A well thought out and nice looking design. There are also interesting features such as the ability to mark several posts as read at once using keyword filtering.

What we don’t like – It’s still very early days and the vision isn’t entirely clear yet (don’t get us wrong, we’re curious about the Podcast client, just not sure we want one service to do it all).

Price – $18.99 per year


Who is it for? – Since Fever requires that you host the service yourself, it’s only a viable option for geeks with their own hosting.

What we like – Fever is damn pretty, well established and offers unique features. It has Reeder for iPhone integration and it’s Hot list – a features which helps identify and consolidate the most commonly shared links – is enough to figure out how to get this thing up and running.

What we don’t like – The need for hosting is certainly a limiting factor, but it’s the fact that Fever will come second to creator Shawn Inman’s Retro Game Crunch that has us worried.

Price – $30 (a one time fee) plus self-hosting

What Are We Doing?

Schechter – I’m still using Google Reader at the moment, but I’m leaning towards Feedbin. It’s comfortable and requires no major change to my current workflow. I’m also interested to see where Feed Wrangler goes. Feedly isn’t for me and Fever, while tempting, doesn’t seem worth it to me.

Vardy – I’m still using Google Reader as well, but I’ve also added Feed Wrangler to the mix so I can give it a good run. I’d rather be into something now then play with Fever. I do like Feedbin – especially the Reeder for iPhone integration – but Feed Wrangler offers me an all-in-one solution right now…and that’s what attracts me the most.