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Jan 28, 2017

I Finally Found The Best Email App for Mac!


Few years ago I switched from Windows to Mac.
I had to find a solution for 3 Windows-based tools I just couldn't work without:

  1. Excel (if you use Excel's power tools you KNOW there are no alternatives out there).
  2. PowerPoint (I build all my presentations with PowerPoint. Luckily enough, Microsoft's Office for Mac includes a pretty good version of it).
  3. Outlook (I hate Apple's stock email app: it's gray, basic, and misses some important features). 


I managed to solve my Excel problem only by installing Parallels Desktop and have it available whenever I need to do some heavy Excel lifting.

The email problem on the other hand, was something I couldn't solve for over a year.

Despite switching to modern project management tools and team collaboration apps - email is still one of the tools I spend most of my time with. I hate my email overflow, and yet I can't live without it, but I needed an email client I would enjoy using and the stock email app was not the one.

I tried many alternatives: MS Outlook for Mac, Mail Pilot, Unibox, Polymail, Newton, and a bunch of others I don't even remember. Each of them had its' own limitations that turned into deal breakers.

My Needs:

To be honest, I think my needs are pretty basic: an email client that will work with multiple accounts, provide a decent composing experience (with rich text, bullets and embedded images), have a strong and accurate search, and above all - provide a friendly, comfortable, bearable experience dealing with hundreds of emails every day. The volumes and UX are crucial to me.

As a Windows user - I had Outlook, but it's just not good enough for Mac.



Few weeks ago I found out that Spark, one of the best email apps for iOS - had a new Mac version. I downloaded it immediately and discovered a beautiful email client that has the potential to become the best one in the market. 


The Spark Approach: 

Just like the mobile version, Spark has a unique 'Smart Inbox' that categorizes your emails into different groups called 'cards': Personal emails, notifications, Newsletters, Pinned emails, and more.

It's not the first app to categorize emails - but the UI is extremely convenient and helps you quickly scan your inbox and handle the important ones first. 



In addition to Smart Inbox, Spark is also loaded with other features, packed inside a friendly UI that makes it really easy to manage high email volumes. When you spend so many hours with an app - you want the UI the be as cozy and comfortable as possible. Spark does a great job in this respect.

Last, the search functionality is extremely accurate. Once again - when you are dealing with hundreds of emails you need your search to be as accurate as possible.


So if, like me, you don't feel happy with the stock email app - give Spark a try. After trying so many alternatives, I think this is the best app a Mac user can get these days. And judging by Spark's constantly improving iPhone app - I believe the Mac version is going to get even better real soon.

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Jan 26, 2017

This App Represents Everything I Love About Apple.




Evernote’s redesigned mobile app aroused my curiosity and after a break of 2 years, I decided to give It another try.
48 hours later, my main conclusion is that the new Evernote reminded me, once again, why I love Apple so much.


For years I’ve been using digital tools as my notebook replacement.
It started with Microsoft’s OneNote, but when mobile started to take over, and Microsoft still had issues understanding this new world, I had to switch to a friendlier tool.

I found Evernote; a modern, mobile-first app that had everything I looked for: a simple design, speed, multiple device support, it was perfect for my humble needs.
As I was collecting notes, Evernote was collecting users, fans, API’s, apps, built on top of its’ ever-growing platform, and it became big.

Too big.

Overloaded with features, lists, views, I started to dislike the new Evernote… the cute little app evolved into a monster, while my original requirements remained exactly the same: a digital notebook replacement.

Here’s what I was looking for:
  1. Text editor with simple formatting options: title, subtitle, bullets and numbers.
  2. Checklists — so I can embed my todo’s inside my notes
  3. Seamless sync while using multiple devices (so I can easily switch from my laptop to my iPhone and continue editing my notes)
  4. Offline capabilities without getting too many sync conflicts (useful for flights)
  5. A user friendly UI (spending so many hours on my notes — it has to be good).
Pretty basic needs, and yet, the stronger Evernote got, the harder it was for me to enjoy it. In addition, I couldn’t help but noticing that the synchronization that used to be one of Evernotes’ strongest capabilities — got worse. I started losing data, having to split my notes, manually sync them, etc.

I started looking for alternatives: Trello, OneNote, Wunderlist, Todoist, Any.do, all are great tools for tasks, but none of them could satisfy my notes taking needs.


But then Apple joined the game with a revamped Notes app



I gave it a try and discovered that Apple Notes had exactly what I needed: a simple and clean design, not many, but enough text formatting options and a delightful checklist functionality.

But the best part was the lightning fast, instant synchronization that almost never fails. I found myself modifying the same note from 3 devices simultaneously without any issues.

It just works, as they say…

So I made my choice. I switched from Evernote to Apple’s Notes.
Of course, using a Mac and an iPhone as my primary devices made this choice pretty easy, but I never deleted Evernote; I had a feeling I haven’t seen the last of it.

Few days ago Evernote released version 8.
I gave this version another try and came up with the following conclusions:
  1. Evernote 8 is the best Evernote thus far.
  2. The new UI is brilliant! The navigation bar is very convenient, the shortcuts are efficient. It’s good.
  3. Evernote is significantly more advanced than Apple’s Notes, but most of the features are not in my top priority list.




But Evernote’s synchronization is still not immediate, which means editing the same note from multiple devices might result in a loss of data. To me that’s a deal breaker since it makes Evernote unreliable, and too risky to use.
I remember such issues from older versions but couldn’t believe they still happen in 2017 while all other modern productivity tools offer a seamless immediate sync.

So here I am, writing my thoughts on this… piece of note:

Evernote’s latest version made me thinking about the reasons I love Apple’s products so much.
They may not provide the WIDEST set of features, but they always provide the RIGHT set of features, packed with stability, reliability, and a pleasing user experience.

In software (and hardware) — this is not as trivial as it may sound.


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Jan 7, 2017

How Microsoft PowerPoint Can Be Your Favorite Mockups Tool







If you are a software developer, a product manager, or an entrepreneur developing a mobile app or a website — you probably spend a decent amount of your time designing mockups.
While Photoshop, Sketch, Balsamiq (and others) are great — Microsoft PowerPoint is the one I actually prefer for designing new functionalities.
Here’s how you can turn PowerPoint into a designing tool:

1. Start with some screenshots

The first thing to do is take a bulk of screenshots from your app.
Note: if you are designing a completely new product you can other apps as your reference to size, fonts, and layout.
Make sure to capture elements you can reuse in your new designs, even when working on new completely new screens.

 
Missbeez search result design — card represents an offer from a service provider which the user can enlarge to see more details and read recommendations.

2. Paste your screenshots on blank slides

Paste the screenshots on a PPT blank slides with no template.
If you are pasting mobile screenshots let them fit the slide height. This is the best way to keep one size to all mocks.



3. Do your magic

Now it’s time to modify these images and create your mocks:
  1. Hide unnecessary elements by placing blank rectangles on top of them.
  2. Duplicate elements and crop them to move objects around.
  3. To modify or add text areas, add text boxes. Make sure to fit the font style and size to make those boxes look like in the original app. I usually save a few examples on the side as a backup.
  4. Add graphical objects (lines, arrows, icons, etc.), copy, paste & move them, until you are happy with the results.
Here are some time saver tips & tricks:
  • Reorder layers by using ‘Bring to front’ & ‘Move to back’
  • Copy parts of your UI by using the ‘Crop’ tool (in the ‘Picture Format’ tab).
  • Color your new elements with the original colors of your app by using the ‘Color Inspection Tool’.
  • Align elements using the ‘Align’ options.
  • Distribute elements with equal spaces using the ‘Align’ -> ‘Distribute’ tool
  • Group few elements together to move or copy them as one bundle
Eventually you end up with lots of small elements (created or copied from your original designs) that help you compose your mocks.

PowerPoint makes it so easy to create & redesign mocks, you no longer need a designer to visualize your creative thoughts.

Add captionHere are some of the elements copied or created on top of the original screenshot (Missbeez App)

4. Duplicate your slides

Every change you make to your mocks is a perfect excuse to duplicate the slide. This way you can compare different design directions without having to manually show and hide layers.
I usually place 2–3 mobile screenshots on each slide and end up with 10–15 slides.
Once I have enough options, I ask for initial feedback from users and colleagues.
If you are good in what you do, most of them will select your favorite option.



5. Optional: Hyperlinks

Using PowerPoint’s hyperlinks — you can create interactive mockups by linking buttons to other slides. This is a great capability for demonstrating a workflow.

6. Show off your work

Presenting your work using PowerPoint’s slideshow is trivial and useful when presenting to your team, but the interesting part is to take those mocks back to their original environment: tablets or smartphones (see next section).

7. Back to mobile

I never create or approve any new design without testing it on mobile first, even if I got it from our amazing designer. Things that look great on a big screen can easily look too small or crowded on smartphones.
With PowerPoint you can select multiple elements and group them. This group can be saved as a picture that you can easily send to your mobile device and see how your mocks look and feel like on a real environment .
This step is crucial in order to check font sizes and overall usability.

 
The screenshots in this post are taken from the work on the Missbeez App.














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Oct 31, 2016

Here's Why You Don’t Use iPhone’s 3D Touch





Originally posted in my new Medium Page

How many times have you used 3D Touch since you got your new iPhone?
For me it’s somewhere around 20–30 times total, and for most non-technical people I’ve been talking to NEVER DID!

It has been 2 years since Apple introduced ForceTouch with the Apple Watch (later called: 3D Touch) and it seems like it has not been truly adopted yet.

It’s easy to tell when a feature is a big hit: all the other players immediately copy it.
Touch ID was introduced by Apple few years ago and today similar technologies can be found in almost all smartphones.
Pull to refresh, swipe-down to minimize (for photos) and other gestures — were all quickly adopted by most apps.

This is not the case for 3D Touch.

Up until now, there is no other phone with pressure sensitive touchscreen, and the adoption in iOS apps functionality is slow and often done just to increase the chances of being featured in the AppStore.

I seriously question the friendliness of a pressure sensitive touchscreen. I think it was a wrong direction taken by Apple and it would require some time and tweaks until it becomes popular.


First of all: It doesn’t feel NATURAL

The original iPhones were all about making things simple, elegant and delightful. The functionality came packed in a slick, fun, easy to use touch interface.
3D touch is exactly the opposite: there’s nothing elegant in pushing you finger hard on a glass surface. It’s not a natural thing to do, it sometimes feels a little bit unpleasant, almost as if you are urging the technology to do things for you.


It lacks CLARITY

Clarity is one of the most important things in user interface. Every UI element should “tell” the user what it does and how it works, or as Apple calls it in the iOS human interface guidelines document: “convey interactivity”.
Labels, buttons, vertical scrollable lists, horizontal collections, they all give hints about what will happen when you tap or swipe them.

Clarity was one of the reasons why iOS became so popular by non-technical people; there were no hidden tricks, no right-click menus, no SHIFT+SELECT functionality, so even technophobic users like my mom could easily use and even enjoy it.

The problem with 3D touch is that it contradicts all of those things: there is no visual sign that an element is 3D touchable, so you need to try pressing it hard to see what happens. I often find myself randomly force-touch elements on the screen without knowing what will happen.

But that’s not all: even if an element is 3D Touchable — it’s still not clear WHAT would happen when you force-touch it. Will it open a preview? Will it zoom in? What would be the optional buttons? Will it stay popped up when you lift your finger up? Sometime it does, sometimes it doesn’t.

That’s definitely something that contradicts Apple’s design principles and a bad thing for people who are looking for a simple user interface.


There are very few (useful) use cases

Yes, I do know the keyboard tricks, and I sometimes force-touch a photo. But besides those 2 gestures, there aren’t enough use cases to turn 3D Touch into a winning technology.

Let’s take the app’s shortcut menu as an example. Let’s say you want to compose a new email:
Without 3D Touch you need to: 1) open the app, 2) tap the compose button, 3) start composing your email.
With 3D Touch you can: 1) Force-touch the app icon, 2) tap the quick compose shortcut, 3) start composing your email.
Well, that didn’t turn out to be very different did it? 3 steps each.

In some cases the shortcut menu might save you 1–2 taps, but the tradeoff is that you now need to remember what shortcuts each app provides. There are not standards and it can easily become too complicated to remember, especially if you have hundreds of apps like I do.


3D Touch vs. Long Press

Try downloading an image for a second: you can now do it in few ways: long press opens the download menu, 3D Touch expands the image and lets you do few more things with it. It’s quite confusing and the question is — why didn’t Apple get rid of long press now that 3D Touch is available?
The answer is probably backward compatibility, but for newer iPhones it creates a quite messy experience.


Now What?

It looks like we are “stuck” with 3D Touch. It’s not going to disappear soon, but the technology still has a long way to go.
Apple will probably continue to polish and fine-tune the experience until it feels more natural. Apps developers will hopefully find more use cases and innovative features to develop with it.

It could definitely be that in 1–2 years from now I will find myself writing about how this technology has changed the way I use my mobile devices, but until then, I will probably continue to randomly force-touch stuff… hoping something useful will come out of it.







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Sep 19, 2015

5 Truly useful iOS 9 productivity tips that will make you work faster with your iPhone

 
There are many new features in iOS 9, many of them are designed to make the iPads more powerful and some are specific for iPhone. 
My favorite ones relate to the photos app and Notes. The New Notes app looks like something that will pull me away from the likes of Evernote and OneNote. 
 
 
But leave aside all of those new feature everyone knows about. 
Here are some features that would make you more productive with your iPhone, and help you work faster when you are on the move. Enjoy! 
 

Powerful Search Options: 

There are plenty of new search capabilities in iOS 9. 

Spotlight Search allows you to search directly for apps in the AppStore and inside apps installed on your phone (not just Apple apps like it used to - the entire apps you own). That’s powerful stuff. 

In addition, the settings app now has a top search panel that will let you quickly find the settings you look for. Very handy especially since so many important settings are hidden under the “general” category… 

 

Multi tasking: 

There are a lot of details about the new multi-tasking capabilities for iPads: you can work with 2 apps at any given time (Windows 8 style) and switch quickly from one app to another. 

However, what I find also important is the fact that whenever you navigate away from an app through a link or a button (like opening a link to a website from WhatsApp) - you get a tiny new back button that will take you back to the original app. That’s very useful, and much easier to use than double clicking the home screen to switch manually to the previous app. 

 

 

Wifi Assist: 

Most smartphones give Wifi a priority over cellular even if the Wifi signal is very weak. It means that you sometimes suffer from a slower network since your Wifi signal is weak, but the phone refuses to switch to 3G or 4G. With iOS 9 your iPhone will switch to cellular in the case of poor Wifi network.

This can be turned off if you are really… cheap… but for people looking for maximum productivity I think it’s a real savior. 

 
 
 

Useful New Features in the Photos App: 

There are a bunch of new features in the photos app such as quick navigation, zoom into videos and more. 

2 features that will save you a lot of time is the ability to quickly select multiple photos using swipe gestures and 2 new folders for screenshots and selfies. While most people will love the selfie folders, I actually think that the screenshots folder might become handy to anyone working on apps (developers, QA or designers). 

Oh, there’s also this nice new pull-down gesture to quickly close a photo without hitting the back button. 

Cool.  

 

 
HeadPhones App in Lock Screen:
 
This one is a cool one: connect your headphones to your phone and you will see your favorite music app icon appear in the lower left corner of your iPhone.
It’s great for busy people that are also healthy and spend some time doing sports. 
 
 
 
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Sep 9, 2015

10 takeaways from today's Apple event [iPad Pro, iPhone 6S, 3DTouch]

 
 
Watching Apple’s keynotes today, here are my main takeaways after filtering out all the “best-ever”, “all-new”, “amazing”, “great-engineering” fluff Apple is well familiar with.
 
So here are 10 things to look forward to in Apple’s new stuff: 
  1. Apple Watch - native apps are coming, that will make the apps more useful than the current 10,000 Apple Watch apps in the AppStore. I’m getting mine when the second version of the Watch is out.  
  2. iPad Pro - I love it. Not to say I’m going to get one soon, but having multiple choices is important for the success of tablets, and just like I switched from a regular iPad to iPad mini - I’m sure many people will prefer the larger model that fits better for games and movies.  
  3. Four Speakers in iPad Pro - Finally an iOS device that aims to provide a decent sound experience. 
  4. Smart keyboard for iPad Pro - nothing innovative (despite Apple’s pathetic yet funny attempt to dig into the internals of each key button) but practical. With that keyboard the iPad Pro can easily become a substitute to many laptops out there.  
  5. Apple Pencil - on first look I thought: “how lame”, but the pen does seem interesting with the force sensors and angles capabilities resulting in a pretty natural writing experience. Going back to point 2 - for some people the pencil will become an important working tool. For most others - it will probably be useless. 
  6. Microsoft VP talking in an Apple event - what the…??? Took me a minute to get over it, but as a well known Microsoft fan I was very pleased to see the latest office stuff. Office is by far the best productivity suite I use in any of my computers and mobile devices regardless to the OS.  
  7. 3DTouch - One of the key topics to my opinion in this event: iPhone 6S will include a new way to interacting with the touch screen using force. 
    • Apple demonstrated a bunch of new useful “quick” actions a user can do using what used to be called “ForceTouch” and is now called “3D Touch”.
    • It’s interesting, innovative and I can see myself using those new options a lot. (Heck, ForceTouch in my new Mac is my favourite feature ever!) 
    • However, I do see 2 issues with this new massive feature:
      1. Why not stick with long press? People are familiar with it, and the outcome is similar although a bit slower. (one answer I can propose is: money from selling newer devices) 
      2. iOS is very simple and easy to use, that’s part of its’ success. 3D touch is not simple, it adds a new dimension to any interaction with a button or UI element. That can become messy and hard to operate. I’m not sure my parents will appreciate all sorts of popups and shortcuts suddenly appearing whenever their touch level will change. 
    • Bottom line - 3D Touch is the most interesting point presented today and even though I like the technology, I think Apple is taking a risk with this move. 
  8. Live Photos - big like! You just take a photo as you always have, and the iPhone will capture few additional photos (before and after) and will hold them for you in case you want to see those photos in a moving fashion later on. 
    • Brilliant. People love photos and this can become a major hit. 
    • Brilliant x 2. Now every picture will take even more space and people will have to buy even more expensive iPhones. 
    • Brilliant x 4. Other smartphones had it years ago (HTC anyone?), but Apple sure knows how to turn each feature into a king! 
  9. Move to Android - Apple’s Android app will let you easily move your material from your old Android to your new iPhone. This is freakier than the Microsoft guest appearance in this event… 
  10. Faster Touch ID - Touch ID has been extremely useful to me. I unlock my phone 300 times a day and having it unlocked automatically saves about 3 seconds per each, but the Touch ID does take about a second to work - so with a twice as fast Touch ID functionality I can save around 0.5 second per action, meaning 150 seconds (2.5 minutes) per day! Sick, but after watching the Microsoft demo and downloading the Move to Apple app from Google Play, counting seconds seems natural.
Overall, a lot of new stuff as usual.
I’m sure we will hear a lot of disappointed people complaining about the lack of innovation, but I actually think we saw enough of it today. 
 
3DTouch, I’m coming for you.
 
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Sep 4, 2015

This 3 days work app will help you clean your photos in no time [iOS App]


    

Mobility reinvented the defintion of app; 10 years ago you wouldn't call a single feature software an "app", but today, when usability and speed are key - an app can easily have just one button or just one workflow and it would still be legitimate and even successful. 

This is the case with Clean, a tiny little app that helps you clean your camera-roll using up and down card gestures. 

I heard about it by accident while listening to a podcast by the developers of the app. Apparently they had some idle time so they took a few days to do something out if their usual domain. 

It took them 3 days to develop the app and their focus was on finishing it no matter what. They cut features, reduced the scope to the minimum but made sure to keep a friendly experience. Interesting product management use case. 

I think the result is quite amazing. I actually gave it a try and it is very useful if you have tons of similar photos you wish to get rid of (parents to young kids or babies know what I'm talking about). The UI is dead simple, the speed of the app is amazing and it even has nice undo options. 

Give it a try: Clean, a 3 days development app that can save you a lot of clicks and some serious iPhone space. 

Clean - Delete Photos from Your Camera Roll & Free Up Space by Yoovi Labs LTD.
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Aug 26, 2015

The best blogging tool for iOS is now available for Mac

 
Many bloggers who are using a Mac have been complaining about the lack of a good Mac alternative for Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer.
Windows Live Writer connects to almost any blogging engine and lets you edit your posts in a native, offline, Word-like editor. It’s great, and up until recently I used my Parallels tool to launch Windows from my Mac just to open Live Writer (and I’m not the only one…). 
 
Well, not any more: my favorite blogging app for iOS just got a Mac OS version and it’s almost as good as the mobile version! 
 
 
I’ve written about BlogTouch in the past. It’s a freaking amazing blogging app for iPhone and iPad
Now, finally, there is a BlogTouch version for Mac. It’s still lacking a few powerful features (auto-complete for labels for instance), but it’s already the best alternative if you are using Blogger and want to edit your posts from your Mac in an offline fashion. I assume that users of other blogging platforms will find BlogTouch more than a decent option. 
 
 
So give it a try, and here’s a screenshot of my post. Just to prove that my recommendations are real… 
 
 
 
 
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Aug 25, 2015

Boost your mobile productivity with these 5 simple tips

  

 
We all have our habits and favorite apps that help us stay on top of everything. 
Using multiple mobile devices and being a fan of productivity apps - I’ve developed a few habits of my own. 
Here are 5 things I do that make me more productive (or so I hope…). I am happy to share them with you: 
 
1. Move your entire life to the cloud:
Everyone uses cloud storage, however many of my friends are still saving most of their documents in their local storage and only copy specific files to the cloud upon their need.
 
Using multiple devices (2 laptops, few smartphones and 2 tablets) I found that the best practice for me is to keep EVERYTHING in my cloud folders.
It could be Dropbox(my favorite), Box (I like it too), Google Drive (I’m actually using it as well), OneDrive (hmm, weird, seems like I use them all) - it doesn’t really matter, but the principle is to turn the cloud environment into your default playground.
Whenever I need a file - I can find it, regardless to my location or the device I’m using. It’s a serious productivity boost when I’m on the move or just too lazy to open my laptop.  
 
So tip number #1: If you are using Windows - forget about “My Documents” and place a shortcut to your cloud folders in the top left corner of your Windows Explorer. If you are using Mac - configure a shortcut in Finder. From this moment on - all your documents are available to you from all of your devices. 
 
 
2. Stop reading in the middle of work and put those tabs in your Pocket:
I’ve been using Pocket for many years now, and I’m still surprised to see that most people are not familiar with it. 
The problem is pretty common, I think; while browsing for information we often run across interesting articles (links, related stories, etc.), and open them in separate tabs in order not to lose them. This is a bad habit for your computer (chrome chokes your memory when you open too many tabs) and a horrible habit for your work as it distracts you from your main task. 
Pocket is designed exactly for that: the app stores articles you wish to read later and makes them available also for offline reading on your laptop, tablet or phone. 
There are various ways to store articles in Pocket (from email address to an iOS extension or a browser plugin) so there is really no need to keep those tabs open forever. Just hit a button and save the article for later reading while remaining focused on your original task. 
 
Tip #2: download Pocket, configure it to work on all of your devices and start storing articles for night reading.
 
3. Turn any article into a podcast with 'Speak Screen’ accessibility option: 
Many people are listening to podcasts while driving to the office. I do it too, but I also use a nice iOS trick to turn my phone into a talking machine. 
Under accessibility, I turn on the ‘Speak Screen’ option and use it to listen to emails, articles or other documents when I’m in my car. 
Once configured, activating the speaking system is very simple: you just need to slide two fingers across the screen and iOS will start reading it for you. 
The speaking person does sound a bit robotic, but the bottom line is that the information is passed. 
 


With tip#3 you can save some reading time by listening to your favorite articles while on the move. 
 
4. Keep more than one email app: 
Most of us have a few email accounts. While it sometimes makes sense to have all of them in one email app, I took a completely different approach and installed an email app for each account: I have one email app for my Gmail account, one for my work, and one for my rarely used accounts. 
 
The advantage? First, you get to see things in their right context. Second, you get a more accurate badge per account. Third, it’s easier to follow emails when they are listed in smaller lists. 
Tip #4: Install Microsoft Outlook, Boxer, and other great email apps and assign an app for every account you use. 
 
5. See your Todo’s in your calendar with Sunrise:  
 
This one is a relatively new trick I got from a friend: If you are into productivity apps I assume you have more than one todo app (I’m guessing you are using 2-3 of the following: Trello, Wunderlist, Any.do, Todoist, Evernote , etc.). Having multiple todo apps is sometimes addictive, but since most of them usually end up storing endless lists of action items you will never have time to perform - it’s sometimes better to give those action items a visual meaning and a sense of urgency using a calendar view. 
This is exactly what Sunrise is all about: it lets you integrate most of your services with one calendar app. The list includes the likes of Trello, Wunderlist, Asana, Google Tasks and many others. 
 
The beauty about Sunrise is that it is available on all the platforms and provides a very pleasant experience managing all of your meetings and action items in one place. 
As a bonus, you can also link it to your Meetup and Eventbrite accounts to see events that might interest you next to your daily agenda. 
 
With tip #5 you can become a time master by having an all-in-one calendar view, and have this super-calendar available across all of your devices. (including Windows and Mac). 
 
 
So there you go. 5 ways to increase your productivity when using any mobile device. 
Let me know what works best for you. 
 
 
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