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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Dragon Anywhere review: Much more powerful than Siri dictation

Even though Dragon Anywhere can only take dictation inside its own app, it works better than Siri, especially for long chunks of text.

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Automate your Mac: three hacks for managing apps

How three smart Mac users make the process of opening, hiding, and closing their apps a whole lot easier.

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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.