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. […]

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 […]

First Impressions: Yojimbo for iPad

October 22, 2010

I was thrilled to find an email in my inbox Tuesday about Yojimbo for iPad (iTunes) and Yojimbo 3.0. I didn’t have any expectations for it, and it was a nice surprise. As I wrote about a few weeks ago, I’ve reworked how I use Yojimbo so that it is really only a resource for […]

Hands on With Textexpander 3

May 14, 2010

I was first introduced to TextExpander three years ago in an episode of MacBreak. At the time, I thought it was nifty, but couldn’t imagine spending $35 on a little utility. I was foolish. Last summer, I blogged about how TextExpander was now at the center of my workflow. From the feedback I received, I […]

ephemera

March 2, 2010

When Amazon announced that they were opening the Kindle up to developers, there was only one app I could imagine that would be useful on the Kindle: Instapaper. Never mind. Last night, I tried out Ephemera. It’s fantasticical. (Sorry…sometimes exuberance supersedes grammar.) Ephemera syncs up with Instapaper when you connect your Kindle to your Mac, […]

all you need is a cursor

February 24, 2010

You just have to keep moving that cursor to the right. I recall Andy Ihnatko giving writing advice to that effect some time ago on MacBreak Weekly. It’s an image that has stayed with me. And it’s a lot more difficult than it sounds. When it comes down to it, all you really need to […]

creative tools: 2010 update

January 15, 2010

It’s time for my annual take on what tools are in my creative arsenal. Rather than do the whole series this year, I’m going to list a handful of changes since last year’s posts. In an upcoming post, I will highlight creative tools I use on my iPhone. Here are the updates from the last […]

hands on with ulysses 2.0

October 27, 2009

As NaNoWriMo drew near last year, I wrote a comparison of StoryMill and Scrivener. Both have undergone minor revisions in the last year and are still worth a look for the aspiring NaNoWriMo’er. But… There is also Ulysses to consider. Ulysses 2.0 was released in recent months as an upgrade to an already worthy writing […]

workflow review

September 4, 2009

Every week or two, I get a kind note from someone who has stumbled on the site and pillaged the archives. This is usually a Mac switcher or someone who is just trying to get their workflow in order. Some of the posts where I describe my workflow, especially the Capture Everything series, are now […]

scrivener to go

August 28, 2009

Like most apps, Scrivener updated this week to get ready for Snow Leopard. The new version is 1.52, but it’s not just about Snow Leopard. It also includes a nifty little feature to import notes from WriteRoom.ws. Combine this with WriteRoom for iPhone (iTunes link), and you have a seamless way to capture content or […]

textexpander on the iphone!

August 26, 2009

It’s been a long time coming. In my case, it’s been 653 days… I don’t want to take all the credit for this happening (a significant portion will do), but TextExpander Touch has arrived! If you’re not familiar with TextExpander, see this post. Go on…we’ll wait. I installed TextExpander Touch last night and started putting […]

hands on with pdfpen

August 17, 2009

Let me begin with a mild disclaimer. Everyone once in a while, I get an email from a software developer asking if I’d like to review their software. I enjoy reviewing software, but I often turn down those opportunities. I try to limit my reviews to those pieces of software that I would actually find […]

life without textexpander…oh the horror!

July 2, 2009

Last week, my TextExpander preferences got wiped out. (If you’re not sure what TextExpander is, hang on…you’re going to find out.) I think I can blame MobileMe sync. The good news is that Time Machine came to the rescue. The bad news is that I was on a trip and I had to live without […]

creative tools: various sundry miscellany

March 30, 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 and Creative Tools: Production. I intended to have posts about software in the Creative Tools series. Welcome to this third. As I was putting the first two together, there were too […]

hands on with the macheist 3 bundle

March 25, 2009

For the third year in a row, MacHeist has rolled out a bundle of software which any Mac user should consider. The MacHeist bundle includes 12 programs, worth over $550 combined, for $39. You may not use every app in the bundle, but even interest in a few of them makes it worth the money. […]

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 evernote to curio double whack pack

February 17, 2009

(Before I get into this post, an aside: Is my memory of the Double Whack Pack an example of good advertising by Tic Tac, or wasted memory cells on my part?) Curio and Evernote are two of the most popular search terms that lead people here. So when I got an email last week about […]

actiongear: review (and giveaway!)

December 30, 2008

I have written another guest post for MacSparky. It is a review of a task management app called

review: curio by zengobi software

December 17, 2008

This is a guest post by Tom Borowski. Tom is the owner of macsteps, where you can find tutorials, reviews and tips for Mac OS X and Mac software. You can also follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/macsteps. There’s something about note taking and data collection apps on the Mac that makes me want to […]