A Little Note on Notes

As I was preparing to receive my Apple Watch,1 I started gathering different information that I wanted to refer to when setting it up. I used Notes.app to make saving links a breeze, and I like the way they are saved because they are visually appealing.

I also encountered several watch face layouts along the way that I wanted to keep in mind when setting it up. When I started adding the images, they weren’t visually in the right spot; I wanted to have them indented to the right. Turns Out™, that’s not possible in Notes.app.2 But I ended up stumbling on a feature of Notes.app that I didn’t even know existed.

Here is the view of the note that I was compiling:

It’s nice that the full resolution size is in there, but scrolling that is a pain when all I need is a quick view. But if I highlight a picture, I noticed that I can select “Small Images” from the pop-up menu, and the images are made smaller in the view.

I can still tap on them to see at full resolution, but I don’t have to have that in the main view. So the long note becomes something shorter, and I’m happier.

One caveat: it’s applied to all or none. You can either have small or large images. You can’t apply it to each image, but I’m hopeful that Apple will include that in the future. For now, I’m happy that my original frustration yielded this feature discovery.

  1. through some epic schemes that I won’t even begin to describe
  2. C’mon, Apple: how is this not a thing?!?

Dictation Dingus

There are a lot of things during the day that I often need to remember. And most of the time, I’m trying to get things into my phone quickly without having to think too much about where it’s going.

Enter Drafts.

Drafts is a wonderful tool for this kind of activity. I can simply enter the text using my fingers and thumbs. Starting ideas here has been the natural place for me for a long time now. And with the latest update, it’s now made even easier with the dictation feature, thanks to the changes made in iOS 10. It takes cognition-to-completion, something I first heard from Merlin Mann on Back-to-Work, down to seconds to complete.
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This summer has been a busy one. It seems like the time of year that things will always get busy for me. I'm currently working on a global launch of a product in four countries, and with all the little differences and nuances in each place, it has been difficult to keep track of all my tasks.

Which is why I love 2Do so much.

But this summer has been really different for me. Instead of one thing to focus on, I have a bunch more. More than I've ever had to keep straight. And it's made even further complicated by personal life stuff. So there's been a need to re-evaluate what I'm doing, and how I'm doing it. Luckily, I have some amazing friends, and one in particular that has had similar issues and feelings this summer.
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