OmniFocus available at half price…

omnifocus logoWhile Merlin’s out on paternity leave, I thought it would be a good idea to jump in and an let everyone know that “OmniFocus” is now available for pre-sale. It ships on January 8, but if you order now, you can get it at half price.

I mentioned this app as a “future pick of the week” in an earlier post (pure speculation though Merlin’s a contributor to the OmniFocus project). I’ve been using the “alpha” for a few months now and really like it. If you need a todo/project management app, head over to the site, download it, kick the tires, and get in on the bargain price.

Isn’t it getting to that time when everyone starts to get things in order for a new year? OmniFocus might come in handy…

Here’s a clip from the site:

OmniFocus is a personal task management system, designed to quickly capture your thoughts and allow you to store, manage, and process them into actionable to-do items. Includes Universal support for both Intel and PowerPC-based Macintoshes.

OmniFocus is still in beta. If you pre-purchase now at the discounted price, your credit card will be charged immediately, and you will receive a license code for the final version of OmniFocus, which will ship January 8, 2008. In the meantime you will have access to the weekly expiring betas until the final version is released. We will notify you via email when the final version is available for download.

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Picks from MBW 64: Hello Leopard!

pm2milWith the release of Leopard, it’s not the traditional show, and there were no traditional picks. Instead, the guys did highlight certain aspects of Leopard and what they thought about them. So, in this post, I’ll just highlight and summarize the discussion as they went around the horn.

Is it a major upgrade/revision?

  • Leo Laporte — Wasn’t expecting much, but was very impressed.
  • Andy Ihnatko — Thinks most of the juice is under the hood. Feature-wise — nothing too awesome, but everyone will find a key feature or app that makes it worthwhile for them.
  • Scott Bourne — Curious to how long the honeymoon will last and if Leopard will experience the criticism ala the iPhone.
  • John Siracusa — Pointed out that it’s been a long time since the last release and of course there will be a number of changes. He wrote about 30,000 words on Leopard over at ars technica.

Time Machine – what do you think?

  • Leo Laporte — Calls it “backup for mom.” Not a fan because if there’s a fire – both drives are toast. Good for the “unwashed masses.”
  • Andy Ihnatko — Not a fan either, but prefers SuperDuper!. However, he thinks it’s great for people that can’t really be bothered with a backup.
  • Scott Bourne — Perfect for Aunt Fay and the millions that “don’t backup squat.”
  • John Siracusa — Thinks EVERYONE will use it.

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Congratulations to the Mann family!

One of your favorite MBW hosts, Merlin Mann, added to his family over the weekend (and it wasn’t a new Mac running Leopard). You can get the details here.

Congratulations again to the Mann family!

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With Leopard only a few days away, what’s the feature you’re most looking forward to getting your hands on? For me, it’s Mail.app. Yeah, I know it sounds lame, but I hear it’s superfast. Not sure if I’ll upgrade on day one, but I doubt I’ll make it to the end of November without a copy. How about you?

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Get a headstart on a future “pick of the week”

merlin_at_tekserve Last night I went to see MBW co-host, and productivity sensay Merlin Mann with OmniNerds Ken Case and Ethan Schoonover at Tekserve in NYC. They came to demonstrate the unbridled power of OmniFocus (which is still in alpha). Created to compliment & support the principles behind David Allen’s Getting Things Done, it’s a sophisticated yet easy-to-use organizational tool that I’m still coming to grips with. Here’s a snip about the product:

OmniFocus is a personal task management system, designed to quickly capture your thoughts and allow you to store, manage, and process them into actionable to-do items. Tasks can be assigned to projects and stored within contexts (for example: “Home”, “Work”, or “Garden”), with built-in visual cues to highlight the next action you need to take care of. With OmniFocus, you can narrow your field of concentration to only those areasÃ?¢ââ??‰â?¬Âtasks, contexts, projectsÃ?¢ââ??‰â?¬Âyou wish to view, which helps you stay on track and organized.

The power trio demoed the software with some “real-world” scenarios and it was great to see it in action. If you have the time or inclination, head on over and sign up to get in on the alpha testing (beta soon?), kick the tires, and see what you think! I’ve been using for a couple of months, but after the demo, I really look forward to digging into it at my next ‘weekly review’…

I’m sure the event will pop up somewhere – there were cameras all around. Also – thanks to Tekserve for the free beer, soda, snacks & all ’round cool event!