Another thing I have been looking for in the last day or so is a similarly lean and yet effective task management tool. I have been looking at three options. The first is OmniOutliner Pro with the kGTD scripts installed. The second is Circus Ponies’ Notebook and the last is an upcoming release by the OmniGroup called OmniFocus (which I believe is intended to supersede the OmniOutliner Pro + kGTD combo). I have licensed copies of OmniOutliner (the standard version) and Notebook and of the two, Notebook will probably do what I want it to do (it will tie in with iCal to help me manage my tasks and has dedicated to-do templates) but even Notebook feels a little too clunky. I really like the OmniGroup product range because the interface is clean and uncluttered and that really appeals to me lately.
Maybe this is a sign that I am getting older. I have even been scanning the Web for a better text editor. You know, one that helps me write in plain text but somehow better. I really didn’t expect to find that the more advanced text editors would cost so much though. One of the more popular text editors, BBEdit costs a whopping $125. Wow! I think I will stick to what I have already. One item I bought and which is worth the $29.95 price tag is TextExpander from SmileOnMyMac. TextExpander is a find/replace tool that works with just about any text input app on a Mac and which uses short codes to insert plain and rich text combinations. If you work in plain text or just write a lot and find yourself using the same phrases or codes over and over then take a look at this item. The html short codes alone make this worthwhile!
So what do you use to do your work each day? Are you a Microsoft Office user or do you, like me, prefer to use the simpler apps? What is your text editor/task manager of choice?