Logophiliacs Rejoice! Scrivener 2.0 is Here

November 5, 2010

Logophiliacs: lovers of words — from the Greek logos for words and phileo for lovers of the brotherly kind. I can’t promise you that a Greek linguist would say there is such a thing as a logophiliac, but I know there is such a thing as a lover of words. And right now, they are […]

hands on with the iPad

April 16, 2010

In the first week or so after the iPad was released, I tried one out, whether a store demo or a friends, four or five times. This week, I became an official, and pretty gosh darn happy, iPad owner. There have been a lot of reviews written, mostly favorable, and many saying the same things. […]

my nagging feeling about the ipad

January 28, 2010

I dutifully followed the Apple announcement yesterday, even showing enough restraint to wait for the 60 second auto-refresh like a good web citizen. I’ve visited the Apple site a few times since, scanning the info and gawking at the iPad. I’m impressed with it, and think it will be better in person, so I’ll go […]


January 25, 2010

You only need to have mild interest in technology to have heard about the alleged Apple tablet that may or may not be introduced on Wednesday. Not wanting to be left out of the party, I have to squeeze in a few thoughts of my own. I’ve seen all sorts of speculation on what the […]

creative tools: production

March 18, 2009

This is part of a short series on Creative Tools. Other posts in the series (so far) include: Creative Tools: Hardware, Creative Tools: Backend. I have to say, I’m happy to move on from the Backend tools, to the much more glamorous production tools. These are the tools that I use to make things…to take […]

creative tools: backend

February 27, 2009

This is part of a short series on Creative Tools. Other posts in the series (so far) include: Creative Tools: Hardware. When I ran the workflow tools series last year, I had one post for my software tools. It seemed better this year to break it into two parts, this post on my backend tools, […]

the distraction free mac

November 7, 2008

Mac users rave about the clean and streamlined user interface that a Mac offers compared to Windows; I am of the same mind. But, if you want a simple interface, why not go all the way? When I really need to engage on a project, I trim my screen down so that all I can […]

away with you, menubar!

October 31, 2008

This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions. My digital life took a turn for the better this week. Here’s a peek: Nothing special? Look pretty boring? Exactly. I was able to put the final piece in place toward […]

macbook pro: first impressions

October 17, 2008

There is an Apple store about five minutes from my house. I don’t end up there as often as I expected I might, but it’s been very convenient for times when they, oh…say, totally redesign their laptops and I want to see them in person. Yesterday, I swung by the Apple Store on my way […]

quicksilver + scrivener = carpal bliss

September 9, 2008

My use of Scrivener has been increasing of late. I’ve had a few different projects that require the ongoing collection and shaping of ideas. Yojimbo is my general idea bucket, but when I am focusing in on a specific project, Scrivener works much better for collecting, arranging and developing ideas and research in one place. […]

omnifocus for iphone: early impressions

July 14, 2008

The arrival of iPhone 2.0 has changed how I use my iPhone more than I imagined it would. But I did anticipate one thing correctly: OmniFocus for iPhone has tripled the usefulness of OmniFocus for me. Some have been unhappy that OmniFocus is charging $20, but I gladly paid it. And after a few days […]

mobileme on the cheap(er)

July 7, 2008

You, like me, might be angling toward a MobileMe membership. We already have a .Mac account, but with iPhone 2.0 coming out later this week, I’m realizing that a family pack will be useful for the two iPhones in our house. Amazon has the .Mac family pack for $120 while they last. I offer no […]

the fourth third

March 22, 2008

There is an adage that celebrities always die in threes. It doesn’t apply to hard drives. A week and a half ago, my buddy JJ called me asking me if I knew how he might recover files off his MacBook hard drive that had just crashed. I didn’t. Last I heard, he was buried in […]

workflow tools: software

January 18, 2008

On Monday, I posted about the hardware I use in my workflow. Today, we’ll tackle software. One of the best things about being a Mac user is the vibrant community of independent software developers. There are affordable programs that have been coded to help with just about any task or project you can think of, […]

creative speedbump

January 15, 2008

In about 90 minutes, the output of the creative collective will be diminished. For a few hours, Apple lovers will madly refresh liveblogs followed by lots of technolust when Apple’s online store updates with the new product info. I’ll likely be following Engadget’s coverage, though I usually find one or two other sites to refresh […]

workflow tools: hardware

January 14, 2008

I am a technophile. Technology can either be a tool that streamlines our workflow process, or it can be a distraction that slows us down. I experience both. All the time. But my love of technology convinces me that the streamlining surpasses the distraction. When Amazon launched the Kindle a few months ago, Jeff Bezos […]

an open letter to steve jobs

June 30, 2007

Dear Steve, My heart goes out to you. Your enthusiasm about the iPhone was evident last January. In light of that, I would imagine you are disappointed about the general lack of interest that has surrounded the iPhone’s release. If it can be of any comfort to you, I’m pretty excited about the iPhone. I […]