David SparksMacworld

David Sparks is a practicing attorney, editor of the MacSparky blog, co-host of the Mac Power Users podcast, and author of the Email, Paperless, and Markdown Field Guides.

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Don't weep for Aperture: Photos is a bright new beginning

David Sparks ruminates on Apple's reasons for killing Aperture and iPhoto, and his hopes for the new Photos app.

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When it comes to iOS productivity, delight can trump efficiency

Too often we hear that the iPad isn't good for productivity, but David Sparks thinks that argument doesn't take into account the delight we experience.

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Scheduling success: Four tech tricks for planning meetings

We all have to schedule and attend meetings, but for some reason they can still be a pain in the neck. Here are some techniques that'll make herding the cats a little easier.

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The iPhone habit: apps that help you keep your New Year's resolutions

It's the time of year when a lot of us are trying to establish good new habits or give up bad old ones. Fortunately, there's a slew of iPhone apps ready to help.

Mavericks Dictation vs. Dragon Dictate: How good is OS X's built-in tool?

OS X Mavericks boasts a much improved built-in dictation tool. But how improved is it, really? David Sparks pits it against the established Mac transcription champ, Dragon Dictate.

Finding the best app for lists

We all have to keep lists of various sorts—grocery lists, lists of books we want to read, and more. And we all have our own ways to keep those lists on our Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Here's the lists workflow David Sparks came up with.

Don't worry about Apple's business, worry about its products

Many longtime Apple fans may still be scarred by the era of Apple's struggles, says David Sparks. But they're worrying about the wrong thing.

How to choose a to-do manager

David Sparks has a complicated life and needs a good task-manager to get everything done. He eventually chose Omnifocus for the job. Here's how he worked his way through that buying decision.

How I name files on my Mac

File-naming is a very personal thing; we all have our ways of doing it. Here's how efficiency-maven David Sparks does it, as part of his paperless workflow.

How I use Evernote for work

You might know Evernote as a great tool for clipping stories from the Web and collecting recipes. But you not have considered how useful it can be for business, too. David Sparks explains how he does just that.

Why I use Scrivener for business writing

Scrivener was designed for writing fiction. But it turns out to be a great tool for business writing, too. David Sparks explains.

Learning to work with Auto Save

For many of us, the Save and Save As commands were almost second nature, crucial pieces of the way we worked that allowed us to create new documents based on old ones, keep track of different versions, even copy files to new locations. Lion changes all that.

From brainstorm to outline: Why I use OPML

If you want to brainstorm a bunch of ideas, then pull them into some kind of organized shape, and you want to do that from almost anywhere with almost any kind of hardware, you need apps that work with OPML.

Forget fancy formatting: Why plain text is best

Using editors and syncing services that work with plain-text formatting, David Sparks can write almost anywhere, using almost any device. Here's his plain-text workflow.