dashkards updates http://dashkards.com dashkards - dashboard cheat sheets for your favorite mac apps Feeder 2.1.8(1403); Mac OS X Version 10.6.6 (Build 10J567) http://reinventedsoftware.com/feeder/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss en cc:by mail@dashkards.com mail@dashkards.com Thu, 17 Feb 2011 19:56:45 +0100 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 19:56:45 +0100 New Cheat Sheet: Sciral Consistency Keyboard Shortcuts http://dashkards.com/consistency I use OmniFocus for my regular task management and overall it does its job very well. But, like any regular task management system, it's pretty rigid when it comes to due dates. A task can only have a certain day as a due date and it is either not due, due or overdue. This works well enough for many types of tasks, but what about tasks that are somewhat "fuzzy"?

What about tasks like cleaning the house? I want to clean my house once a week, but I don't necessarily want to designate a certain day of the week to do it. If I have more urgent or important things to do (strangely, I almost always do), it's not like the sanitary police is going to knock down my door and lock me up in a room with Mr. Clean for a month. Other tasks such as getting a haircut, taking the dog to the vet or exercising regularly also don't need to be done on certain days, but they need to be done within a "target range" and they need to be done regularly.

This is what Sciral Consistency does. It lets you define tasks with target ranges instead of unflexible due dates. Lets say you want to get a haircut about once a month, but it doesn't matter if you go a week over. You would define that task in Consistency by setting its target range to something like 28 to 38, meaning the task will be due within that target range about once a month with a little leeway. Once you've been to the coiffeur you mark the task as done and the target range is reset to 28 to 38 days in the future.

Since I've been using this little gem of an app I've managed to get a lot more recurring work done (such as blogging or publishing dashkards). There's also an iPhone version available, so you can even keep track of your fuzzy tasks on the go. If you have trouble keeping on track with recurring tasks like the ones mentioned above, I suggest you check out Consistency. It can be a life changer.

The dashkard for Sciral Consistency is available in a light and a dark version and is up-to-date for Consistency 1.1.5.

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mail@dashkards.com (Tom Borowski) Thu, 17 Feb 2011 19:56:41 +0100 9A8B830F-8B40-4327-AFED-35BB85D40D6B
New Cheat Sheet: MindNode Pro Keyboard Shortcuts http://dashkards.com/mindnode-pro If you're into Mind Mapping, you've probably run into MindManager and a couple of other more or less usable apps for the Mac. Some of these apps are powerful, but they're also not exactly cheap (MindManager Mac is $249). But there's a middle ground in terms of functionality and price: MindNode Pro.

At just $20 MindNode Pro is definitely very affordable, but it's also a very polished and functional app. There aren't many bells and whistles to it, but that has the advantage of not distracting you from what you want to be doing: putting your thoughts and associations on "paper" without interrupting the flow.

An important part of not interrupting the flow, when using software to create Mind Maps, is an app that supports keyboard shortcuts for creating and editing your map. And MindNode Pro delivers. All the editing, navigation and management commands have sensible keyboard shortcuts assigned to them. And once you manage to memorize them (hopefully with the help of this dashkard), creating Mind Maps will be a breeze.

The dashkard for MindNode Pro is available in a light and a dark version and is up-to-date for MindNode Pro 1.6.1.

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mail@dashkards.com (Tom Borowski) Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:14:19 +0100 D17F54A4-81E3-4D69-8405-867FF327A1F0
New Cheat Sheet: 1Password Keyboard Shortcuts http://dashkards.com/1password If you're still writing down passwords on Post-it® notes or storing them unencrypted in a text file or a spreadsheet, you seriously need to look at 1Password. It's a safe place for storing all your confidential data, like login names and passwords, credit card and account info, software license numbers and more. But it's not just for storing and looking up that data, 1Password also remembers login forms on web pages so you never have to type in your login name and password on any website ever again.

The main 1Password application is used to manage all your data, while the browser plugins provide what Agile Web Solutions calls "Go and Fill" functionality. Access any saved logins for a web page through the toolbar icon, through the menu or, of course, via keyboard shortcuts. That way logging into websites is just a click or press of a key combination away. 1Password supports all major browsers on the Mac, including Safari and Google Chrome.

The dashkard for 1Password is available in a light and a dark version and is up-to-date for 1Password 3.5.4.

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mail@dashkards.com (Tom Borowski) Thu, 17 Feb 2011 11:36:02 +0100 60425F7C-F192-43EC-A300-EDFDB73495A1
New Cheat Sheet: Mac OS X General Keyboard Shortcuts http://dashkards.com/macosx-general Mac OS X features many shortcuts that work across most applications. For example there's the shortcuts for formatting text or those for navigating and editing text. This new dashkard covers a collection of the most frequently needed keyboard shortcuts that are common to most apps in Mac OS X, including using the clipboard, editing and finding text, taking screenshots, managing applications and windows, using Exposé and Spaces and shutting down, sleeping and booting your Mac.

The dashkard for Mac OS X General is available in a light and a dark version and is up-to-date for Snow Leopard 10.6.6.

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mail@dashkards.com (Tom Borowski) Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:09:08 +0100 FFDED559-85E5-492A-9559-29B683FE6E51
Updated Cheat Sheet: Sparrow Keyboard Shortcuts http://dashkards.com/sparrow Popular email client Sparrow hit the Mac App Store today and apart from a new icon also added some new keyboard shortcuts. The dashkard for Sparrow is now up to date for Sparrow 1.0.

Please note that the new version of the dashkard is a bit taller than the old one, so it won't show in full in the current Dashboard WebClip. So if you're already using the dashkard for Sparrow, just delete it from Dashboard by moving your mouse over it in Dashboard, hold down the alt key and click the white 'X' in a black circle that appears in the top left corner of the widget. After that just add it again from http://dashkards.com/sparrow.

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mail@dashkards.com (Tom Borowski) Wed, 09 Feb 2011 11:49:10 +0100 4568D374-5428-458F-98FB-B551FE265A83
Updated Cheat Sheet: Yorufukurou Keyboard Shortcuts http://dashkards.com/yorufukurou Yorufukurou was updated to version 2.41 and now supports multiple Twitter accounts. You can switch between accounts using alt-cmd-up and alt-cmd-down. The dashkard for Yorufukurou was updated to reflect this new feature.

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mail@dashkards.com (Tom Borowski) Wed, 09 Feb 2011 11:22:17 +0100 15448C38-347C-40DC-8FE1-8555E8A9AD4C
New Cheat Sheet: iCal and Address Book Keyboard Shortcuts http://dashkards.com/ical-address-book I've always been a fan of many of the apps that come for free with Mac OS X. They're usually well-designed and refreshingly bare-bones, focussing on just the features you need to get the job done. What's more, 3rd-party apps usually integrate with many of Apple's default apps. So I tend to stick to them before I go out looking for alternatives.

Two apps I use on a daily basis are iCal and Address Book. They may not be the most awesome apps in the world in their respective categories, but they're always there, they integrate with MobileMe and many desktop apps and they have all the features I need. They also support a surprising amount of keyboard shortcuts for such basic apps. And since they go so well together, I decided to create a single dashkards for both of them.

The dashkard for iCal and Address Book is available in a light and a dark version and is up-to-date for iCal 4.0.4 and Address Book 5.0.3.

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mail@dashkards.com (Tom Borowski) Mon, 07 Feb 2011 12:38:06 +0100 3B304698-3A9B-492A-AE93-4AEE008EB660
New Cheat Sheet: Wordpress Keyboard Shortcuts http://dashkards.com/wordpress Time for another cheat sheet for software that's not exclusive to the Mac, but nevertheless features useful keyboard shortcuts that are dashkard-worthy: Wordpress. Wordpress started way back in 2003 and went from a blogging platform to a full-blown content management system with support for themes and plugins and a thriving community that offers great support and guarantees the ongoing development of the platform.

Wordpress doesn't offer all-out keyboard shortcuts, at least not yet. But it offers them in two areas you're likely to use quite often. First, the visual editor you use to write posts sports a good number of shortcuts for formatting text, inserting links and more.

The second area that supports keyboard shortcuts is probably going be of most use to bloggers who get hundreds or thousands of visitors a day: Comment moderation. These shortcuts let you speed through approving, trashing or marking comments as spam, making daily comment moderation much less time-consuming.

The dashkard for Wordpress is available in a light and a dark version and is up-to-date for Wordpress 3.0.4.

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mail@dashkards.com (Tom Borowski) Thu, 03 Feb 2011 18:54:35 +0100 97214DC6-73EE-475A-903C-10AAE1705E9F
New Cheat Sheet: OmniFocus Keyboard Shortcuts http://dashkards.com/omnifocus The other day I published the dashkard for TaskPaper, a minimalistic yet highly useful task manager. If you need more of a full-featured task manager that supports flexible views of your projects and tasks, recurring tasks and a lot more, OmniFocus has all that and a whole lot more.

Software by the Omni Group has a pretty solid reputation among Mac users, and deservedly so. Everything they put out is very well designed, highly usable and rock solid. OmniFocus is no exception in that regard. It's probably the most full-featured GTD-style project/task manager available for the Mac. While it may not win any awards for its looks, the wealth of flexible viewing and organizing options as well as solid support for keyboard shortcuts makes up for its rather plain (yet functional) design in spades.

Please note that the global keyboard shortcut for bringing up the Quick Entry window is customizable through OmniFocus' preferences. You can also assign custom shortcuts to perspectives via the Perspectives window (ctrl-cmd-P).

The dashkard for OmniFocus is available in a light and a dark version and is up-to-date for OmniFocus 1.8.2.

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mail@dashkards.com (Tom Borowski) Wed, 02 Feb 2011 16:44:36 +0100 E13911E7-17BD-4B82-A251-EF700DB4F154
New Cheat Sheet: TaskPaper Keyboard Shortcuts http://dashkards.com/taskpaper Productivity tools abound on the Mac and iOS devices. There are so many options available, it's hard to choose which one to trust with your todo items. If you're into no-frills, minimal software, TaskPaper might be your Holy Grail.

TaskPaper lets you enter projects, tasks and notes as plain text and formats entries according to a very simple syntax. You can also add tags, check tasks off as done, archive them and easily navigate TaskPaper documents using keyboard shortcuts. You can also use "Tab Views" for easier navigation of very large documents.

The dashkard for TaskPaper is available in a light and a dark version and is up-to-date for TaskPaper 2.2.2.

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mail@dashkards.com (Tom Borowski) Sun, 30 Jan 2011 18:19:48 +0100 C0ED6386-D7E9-455E-AF6C-4C4D3801AAF2
New Cheat Sheet: Pixelmator Keyboard Shortcuts http://dashkards.com/pixelmator Had Pixelmator existed back when I needed a decent graphics app for the Mac, I probably wouldn't have bought Photoshop. Photoshop is very powerful, but it's also expensive, bloated and fairly hard to get your head around.

Pixelmator, on the other hand, is an easier-to-learn and more light-weight version of Photoshop that looks and feels like a true Mac app. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Photoshop, but it's much easier to learn, is very snappy and overall a real pleasure to work with. This is in part due to the fact that Pixelmator supports keyboard shortcuts for the majority of its functions, which is why this dashkard is a bit larger than most.

The dashkard for Pixelmator is available in a light and a dark version and is up-to-date for Pixelmator 1.6.4.

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mail@dashkards.com (Tom Borowski) Thu, 27 Jan 2011 19:52:34 +0100 C64F8E13-B863-4F6C-A3D5-681ED62D95D1
Update: All dashkards now available in light and dark versions http://dashkards.com/ Just a quick update to let you know that all current dashkards are now available in light and dark versions. To switch between them, simply go to a dashkard's page (e.g. Finder) and click the button at the top of the left sidebar that is labeled "Switch to dark version". That will load the dark version of the dashkard which you can then add to Dashboard in the same way you're used to. Clicking the button again switches back to the light version.

All new dashkards will be available in light and dark versions from here on out.

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mail@dashkards.com (Tom Borowski) Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:19:37 +0100 E015BC89-4DA3-4346-AB42-376E0DCB1203
New Cheat Sheet: Scrivener Keyboard Shortcuts http://dashkards.com/scrivener If you do any amount of semi-serious writing on the Mac, you've probably heard of Scrivener. It's possibly the most feature-rich, stable and well thought-out writing software for the Mac. It also features a metric ton of keyboard shortcuts, so many, in fact, that they're more or less impossible to memorize.

That's where the dashkard for Scrivener comes in. This is the first dashkard that I had to design in a wide format, otherwise the shortcuts wouldn't have fit. Even with the large format I had to leave out some shortcuts for the scriptwriting mode and it's still a pretty crowded cheat sheet. I could have made the dashkard even bigger to really fit it all in, but that would mean it might have been too large for users with smaller screens (e.g. a MacBook Air).

The dashkard for Scrivener is available in a light and a dark version and is up-to-date for Scrivener 2.0.2.

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mail@dashkards.com (Tom Borowski) Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:12:38 +0100 93E282C7-F60B-459B-B9D3-D83F52F739DC