This series at ATPM on task management just rocks.
It truly has the kind of insight and context (as well as hands-on real-world details) that most Mac product reviews are missing (except at Ars Technica)!
Ted says he’s not getting enough feedback—I’m surprised that this series isn’t popping up on lots of blogs!
Tell your friends, folks.
After reading the e-mail section in the February issue of ATPM, I would like to suggest Al MacDiarmid to try ExifRenamer. The main purpose of this donationware is to “rename digital photos according to their embedded dates.” But you can also create custom naming styles with prefixes and suffixes. It works via drag-and-drop and also as a service.
I would also advise your reader to use Renamer4Mac, a freeware which lets you search/replace within the name of any file, insert characters or take some out from anywhere in the name, add numbers, capitalize names, etc.
Both of these tools are worth trying and with them your reader should be able to quickly and painlessly rename his pictures.
Keep up the good work.
In my school district, teachers scavenge old Macs. They use them to run old reliable programs like Fraction Munchers and Micro Type, and games for free time. We have a children’s museum in town and a nature center where they also have several old Macs for student use. Seems that I saw some being used at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, too.
I wanted to like PhotoReviewer, but I found problems after vetoing images: when I would then use iPhoto to import the remaining/approved images into my library of photos, iPhoto would encounter temp files left behind by PhotoReviewer after moving/deleting vetoed images and give me errors. That’s clumsy programming for a utility that should ideally play very nice with iPhoto.
More subjectively speaking, I found that PhotoReviewer, while basic, is also pretty ugly. The buttons on the button bar are an eyesore. All in all, the program is insufficiently polished to warrant my $10. Too bad, because when I first read about in Macworld, I had my ten-dollar bill ready to hand over.
Thanks for this icon stuff. One of my concerns moving to OS X is that I will lose all the customized icons that I have had so much fun with. I haven’t even upgraded to OS 9, so I have had about 10 years of icons!
Since this article is about organizing tasks, I think it is also important to think about how easy it is to access the data in the outline “on the road” when you are far from an Internet connection. This consideration becomes vital the moment you work in two places or start mixing “life” and “work” to-do’s (as GTD encourages).
For easy “on the road” access, I really want to use a PDA/mobile phone—items I am far more likely to carry with me than a laptop. Life Balance really shines in this area, with full two-way synchronization with Palm datebooks and to-do lists, and a quick, clean, and simple user interface. I am a keen Tinderbox user, and use it for planning, but using it for task management and scheduling would weld me to my laptop—something I want to get away from.