Recent release of the native RememberTheMilk [RTM] app for the iPhone has set new heights for GTD apps on mobile platforms. The app (iTunes Link) is fast, clever, intuitive and extremely well designed (review on TUAW). Here we bring you 10 must have tools for your RTM on the desktop, for Windows and Mac users.
1. Fluid [Mac]
Fluid is an application that allows you to create your own .app (application in your applications folder) from any website. We wrote about it few weeks ago and you can read the whole review here.
What is great, is that Fluid is perfect for apps like RTM. This is because RTM offers a number of webapp interfaces that can work in different configurations with Fluid. First of all is the main webapp which works great with fluid. You can grab a special icon here and you are ready to go, launch and use RTM like you would any other app. Secondly, there is also a mobile webapp that works great with Fluid’s menu item functionality. If you are looking for an icon for your menu, we made one you can download here. Lastly, iPhone webapp version of RTM is another option for your new RTM desktop app. Here are some images of how you may useÂ Fluid with RTM.
2. Prism [Windows]
Similar to Fluid for Mac, Prism is an application for Windows and Linux that lets you create apps from any website and run them directly on their desktop. Whether this be the main RTM webapp, mobile or iPhone web app, you can run all of these as you would native applications for your PC. Here are some images of how this may work.
3. Twitter IntegrationÂ [Mac, Windows]
You can interact with Remember The Milk via direct messages on Twitter. To add a task to your account, just send your rtm friend a direct message with the name of the task. Here is a list of full commands to Twitter. Another great intergation is that you can recieve morning task lists from RTM via twitter. This is additional to email notification but very useful addition to reminders about the things you need to do that day.
4. Remember The Milk for Gmail [Mac, Windows]
Remember The Milk for Gmail is a Firefox extension that allows you to manage your tasks in Gmail (complete, postpone, and edit tasks), add new tasks (and connect them with your emails, contacts, and Google Calendarevents), automatically add tasks for starred messages or specific labels, and much more! Get it Here.
5. Work offline with Google Gears [Mac, Windows]
You can now use Remember The Milk offline. This is made possible thanks to Google Gears, a browser plugin that enables offline web applications. Works on Fluid, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari. You can read more about it here.
6. Remember The Milk for Quicksilver [Mac]
Brian Moore created a handy Quicksilver plug-in that allows you to quickly add tasks to Remember The Milk. Quicksilver is a unified, extensible Mac OSX app launcher for working with applications, contacts, music, and other data. Read more about the plugin here.
7. Greasemonkey extension for Firefox [Mac, Windows]
Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension that allows you to customize the way webpages look and function. Hundreds of scripts are already available for free. And if you’re the tinkerer sort, you can also write your own.. Among many cool scripts, two stand out for RTM. This script allows you to add a Remember The Milk task in Google Reader and this script that allows you to load new sidebar with RTM webpp, listing all your folders.
8. How to use Projects and Contexts in RTM
User jeffrey.smith in the RTM forums has a great tip on how to create projects and contexts feature in RTM. Here is a little extract:
For each project, I then create a tag with the @ prefix (to denote project). For example, for my €œRevise @Budget project , I have a tag called @revisebudget.
I have a set of tags for each context I use in GTD. For instance, I have @home for things I do at home, @mac for things I need to do on my Mac at home, @errands for things I need to do while I am out, etc.
9. Keyboard Shortcuts [Mac, Windows]
Don’t forget to get used to keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts save you time by letting you explore Remember The Milk quickly. Get them all here.
10. Pro Account [Mac, Windows]
For some basicÂ functionally of RTMÂ may be sufficient but you can only make real use of the above tools if you have a pro account. RTM is only $25/year and you get the iPhone app for free. This is pretty affordable if you compare it to OmniFocus Desktop $79.95 + iPhone App $19.99 (Total $99.94) or Things Desktop $49.00 + iPhone App $9.99 (Total $58.99). So wait no more and get yourself a pro account.
We hope this gives you a good overall picture of capabilities of Remember The Milk on the Desktop. If you have any addition tips, please let us know by posting a comment.
Posted on: 15/11/2008