I’ve been reading a lot of information on Productivity501 including the articles that I’ve posted about previously. One of the ways that I’m reorganizing is that I’m using a desktop application to combine my e-mail, newsreader, RSS reader, notes and tasks in one. It’s not a replacement for my Franklin Covey Plan system, but it’ will compliment that and reduce the number of other programs that I use.
The application that I chose is called JetBrains OmeaPro. It’s free. The main difference between the Omea and OmeaPro applications is the inclusion of integrated Outlook access in Pro. If you don’t use Outlook, then the Omea application is perfect for you.
The installation is pretty straightforward. Once you run the application, it will ask you what folders you would like it to index (aside from it’s database folder), if you’re integrating Outlook then it will go through the wizards for that (picking e-mail accounts , folders that you want to index from Outlook, and your address books). Finally it will start to build the indexes that it needs.
My first attempt at running Omea wasn’t as successful as I would have liked. This is because I wanted it to use my existing databases from when I ran it on Windows 7. It opened, but took over a day to index and didn’t seem to run properly at all. I moved the databases to another folder and restarted the application. It took me through the startup wizard, and is currently rebuilding everything that it needs.
The issues that I had are not common with Omea. It’s purely because I didn’t import the databases—just opened them up in Omea. And they probably would have worked. I didn’t like the fact that I had databases from February mixed in with ones from now. So, I decided to start over clean.
I’ve used different combinations of applications to organize my desktop before. Nothing that I’ve used compares to JetBrains OmeaPro though. The only things that I wish Omea had would be an integration with Twitter and an integration with either GPG or another encryption and signing software. Of course since Omea is an open source program, and their plugin API is open, anyone can create these tools—plus more.
My next step is to reinstall my GPG software and start using signing and encryption in my e-mails. Maybe the more that people see it, they will start to get interested and we’ll slowly bring about the idea in the Paperless Infrastructure that I posted about previously.
Have a great day:)