Three Things

October 18, 2011

In the last few weeks, I’ve been using a few tools that are new to me, and they may be new to you too. All of them are worth a look. 1) PogoSketch Pro Stylus from Ten One Design. I carried the original PogoSketch stylus for most of the last year, but don’t use it […]

Six Mac App Store Gems

May 31, 2011

Since the Mac App Store opened earlier this year, I’ve run across a few gems that have become part of my daily workflow. Each of them is under $15, and I use all of them everyday. Maybe they will be as useful for you. Day One (App Store Link) I know it’s not glamorous, but […]

Ranking the PDF Reading Apps

May 6, 2011

PDFs and I have not always gotten along very well. They offer almost universal access of a document, but they are usually the second best method to deliver the content in question. (Not to single anyone out, but I’m thinking about you, restaurant websites, and your PDF menus.) I like to think of myself as […]

Filter Friday

January 28, 2011

When #FollowFriday was clogging my twitter stream a few years ago, I decided that I didn’t want to see Follow Friday tweets any more. It wasn’t a painful decision. It was more like an idea that I decided to act on instantly. I emailed the developer of Tweetie to suggest he add filters in an […]

Creative Tools 2011: Curation

January 25, 2011

In my creative tools series two years ago, I had a post about my backend tools. (Stop snickering!) The focus of the post was the tools that assist in creative work, but don’t do the heavy lifting of production itself. This year, I’ve gone with a much more glamorous, and much more tweetable, name: Curation. […]

"This Year" Begins With "Every Day"

December 31, 2010

Some of us are surging into 2011, while others of us are crawling in, barely ready to think about a new year. But for most, a new year brings us into some kind of reflection and resolve, thinking about what we hope will come about for us “this year”. While I’m not usually one to […]

hands on with kindle for mac

March 19, 2010

Four months after releasing Kindle for PC, Amazon dropped a Kindle Reader for Mac this week. I installed it last night and played with it for about five minutes. That’s all it took to learn what it could do. When Kindle for iPhone was released, I was pleased. It doesn’t replace my Kindle, but it’s […]

how a $.99 iphone app led me to an important realization

March 10, 2010

A new addition to my iPhone is an app called Daily Deeds (iTunes link). It’s very simple. You make a list of actions you want to accomplish (almost) every day. As you complete them, you check them off in a satisfyingly large check box, er, circle. Trailing out to the left, you can see which […]

ten mac apps that would give me ipad lust

February 2, 2010

Last week, I mentioned my concern about the iPad’s use as a creative tool, ending with a plea to developers to make apps for just that purpose. Since that time, OmniGroup has announced their intention to fully support the iPad. Immediately, I could see myself ‘needing’ one. My primary use for an iPad would be […]

hands on with shovebox

May 21, 2009

A few months ago, I mentioned that I was using Shovebox — one of the endless number of Mac apps to organize notes, photos and more. At the time, I mentioned that it was not going to replace Yojimbo for me. Still true. But I found that it worked well as a means of storing […]

i can't believe i'm saying this…

April 21, 2009

I think the time has come for me to say goodbye to Quicksilver. Last week, I decided to wipe out my hard drive and start from scratch. My MacBook Pro seemed to hang up here and there. I wondered if one of my culprits was Quicksilver. I know other have had problems with it in […]

omnifocus or things?

January 14, 2009

With the official release of Things (and the expiration of the free betas), there has been ongoing chatter from those trying to decide which GTD app to use: Things or OmniFocus. Things last beta, and a promotional discount, are ending tomorrow, so I know many are trying to decide which way to go. Since I’ve […]