⌘ + ? : Work faster with Cheatsheet by Justin Murphy

Those of us with various ever changing workflows are always trying to work faster, smarter and more efficiently on our computers. There are numerous applications out there to help automate things but learning keyboard shortcuts for your favorite apps is still the best way to improve not only your workflow, but your overall application knowledge too! This is where Cheatsheet comes in. A simple, 'there when you need it' application that helps you quickly learn new keyboard shortcuts throughout your Macintosh for any application.

Cheatsheet in Photoshop

Cheatsheet in Photoshop

"Just hold ⌘  a second longer"

Remember the first time you learned the shortcut for copy/paste? Life changing. This application brings that same feeling and efficiency to the forefront with little thought. Let's say you forgot a new shortcut, or are trying to find if there's a shortcut for doing *insert task* quicker, just hold down the command key a second longer than normal and.. BAM! There's your answer.

Personally I'm very familiar with the majority of shortcuts and I still thought this was a pretty cool little. It truly became awesome and blog-worthy though when I opened up Photoshop. Even with a decent amount of experience, I've never thought about learning the keyboard shortcuts. Cheatsheet has helped this become a reality, and fast, like a couple hours fast. Now i'm able to change brushes, filters, move through layers and quickly enable free transform without even thinking about thumbing for the trackpad. Best part? If I forget, the answer will be there in just a second.

It's free. Cheatsheet

Mailbox - The Review by Justin Murphy

So Mailbox for iOS was release a few weeks ago on the 7th. I signed up months ago for an early reservation, and i'm sure glad I did. Over 700,000 people are still waiting to try out this service, and it's 3 weeks into it's release. I found it interesting how Mailbox chose to release the service, but it makes sense. This form of release makes it easy for their servers to scale as the demand grows, but certainly requires some patience from their soon-to-be users.

Below is an archive of some screen shots from the app including setup and use. Enjoy!

Mailbox on iOS

Mailbox has changed they way I used Gmail, quite literally actually. I used to keep everything in my inbox or delete it, Mailbox has "made" me utilize gmail much differently with the archive feature feature. After about a week of use I've blown through the 7,000+ emails (mostly waiting for the bus and while I eat)  in my inbox and am insanely organized mail wise. I've never been good with email, I like to keep everything. My only concern with Mailbox now is how my workflow will integrate with the Mail.app on my Mac. I use the Mail.app mostly for archiving my mail offline and for lengthy professional responses to clients so we shall see over time how it affects me. Enough with my use of mailbox though, lets jump into the full review.

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When you first use Mailbox, it takes a moment to sync up depending on the amount of email you have bouncing around up there in the cloud, for me it was about 10 minutes. It runs you through a nice tutorial seen in the screen shots above and then you're presented with the workhorse that is the "main screen". When I was first organizing my mail I did run into one problem, Mailbox will only sync up with about 100 messages at a time and I got this nifty little error on the left. Thankfully this is only a problem when you have a shit ton of mail and will hopefully never happen again.

Swipe baby swipe.

Left, Right, Left, Right, Right, Right, Right, Left. If you know what it is by the Subject line, throw it across the screen. Blow through the shit, save the important stuff for reading later. That's it. Dead simple. It's creative, it's stylish, and the implementation makes it so much more than another shitty mail app for the iPhone.

Demo.

Verdict.

Like with any day-to-day application you've gotta use it and implement it into your daily schedule to determine if it is worth it to you or not. At the very least, hop on the reservation list since i'm sure it will continue to rise for at least the next month or so.

Then wait... and smile.... because it's free. :)

Once you finally get that notification, hopefully it will help you tackle email just as effectively as it has for me!

Why get Amazon Prime? by Justin Murphy

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Above is Amazon's breakdown of what Prime offers, and to be honest it's all right there. I don't really understand the "Instant Access to Kindle Books" considering they're always instant access once you buy them.. 

Here's my breakdown, if you fit the bill, Prime WILL save you money. If not, well then it's up to you if you want to shell out the $79/yr. $39/yr, if you're a student.

Do you order more than 10 times a year?

Are you impatient?

Would you like free movies with your free shipping?

If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, you should get prime and never look back. 

Get your Free Trial - amzn.to/VoIh0h