|Earliest: May 20, 2004||Latest: December 25, 2019||Total: 51|
Yesterday, my wife surprised me with a new iMac. Wow! What a fantastic gift! I am very excited to have a new computer! My existing computers are about 8-10 years old, so getting a new computer is a very welcome surprise!
As tempting as I was to rip open the box, I decided not to open the box right away. I know of a website that tracks when the best time to purchase an iMac and recommends if it's a good time to purchase.
Sure enough when I checked, I discovered that Apple is overdue on refreshing the iMac product line and new iMacs could be announced as soon as next Monday. So, I decided to wait on opening the box and see what happens on Monday at the WWDC.
Its so hard to wait. Knowing that a new iMac is sitting in the living room, waiting for me to open it and explore all the new features. Intel Processor, Mac OX Lion, Facetime, Thurderbold, AMD graphics, and a nice quiet machine that starts up really fast.
Meanwhile I can start planning...
New Computer, Dual Monitor
When I set up my new iMac, I want to connect my 20" Apple Cinema Display as a second monitor. Fortunitate for me that the Cinema Display uses a DVI port so all I need is a Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter which costs about ~$20 at the Apple store or about $15 in other retail stores online.
Hard Drive Docking Station
The new computer comes with 1TB hard drive, which is pretty much bigger than anything else that I have right now. I'll have to get a hard drive docking station to moved some of my old data to the new computer.
I'll have to checkout the advantages/disadvantages of various Window emulators such as Parallels, VMWare or Bootcamp. I have some old Virtual PC instances that I may want to merge over to the new computer. However, since I haven't run Windows at home for many years, it may not be worth the effort.
I'll have to update several of my applications to use the latest Intel technology. Here's the list of applications that I'll probably upgrade:
- BBedit - $39 upgrade (Better than getting Textmate.)
- Transmit $19 or Interarchy $29.95 upgrade - Haven't quite decide which one wins. Leading towards Transmit.
- Audio Hijack Pro - Looks like no update is needed.
- Fission - Looks like no update is needed.
- Snapz Pro X - $40 upgrade
- Toast - Toast 9 to 11 upgrade cost $79.99. Not sure it's worth the cost.
- DiscLabel - $15 upgrade at some point.
- Textexpander - $15 upgrade at some point.
- Indesign - CS2 to CS6 at some point.
- Photoshop - CS2 to CS6 at some point.
That's all I can think of for now. Very excited about getting a new iMac!
Less is more
I just notice that I have 92 items in my Application folder on my Powerbook. Wow!! That's a lot of applications to manage. Which got me thinking, is that really worth my time to navigate between all these items?
Yes, having less is more. That is: Less applications means an increase in productivity. For example, learning more about Photoshop will allow me to simplify having multiple graphic applications. Sure iWaterMark, Thumbscrew, Picturesque all do some cool things, but wouldn't it be easier to learn just one application and not have to think about which application to use.
If you are looking for a good source for Macintosh Applications, I suggest looking at iusethis.com. Signup and list your favorite applications and see what others are using. Just for fun, check out what the most popular FTP application is on the Macintosh, the answer may surprise you!
Here's a list of items in my Applications folder:
Acquisition, Address Book, Adium, Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Help Center, Adobe InDesign CS2, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Stock Photos, AOL Instant Messenger (SM) xFFFD, AppleScript, Aqua Data Studio, Art Directors Toolkit 4, Automator, Backup, BBEdit, Calculator, Can Combine Icons, Chicken of the VNC, Citrix ICA Client, CleanArchiver, ColdFusion8, CSSEdit, Dashboard, Delicious Library, DEVONthink Pro, Dictionary, DiscLabel, Disco, DVD Player, eclipse, epson, EPSON Printer Utility, EPSON Scan, Evaluating, Expos, FileInfo, Firefox, Flip4Mac, Font Book, Front Row, Game Room, GraphicConverter, iCal, iChat, Image Capture, iMovie HD, Interarchy, Internet Graphics, iPhoto, iSync, iTunes, iWeb, iWork '06, Journler, KeyCue, Mail, Microsoft AutoUpdate, Microsoft Office 2004, Not Using, OmniGraffle, OmniGraffle Professional, OmniOutliner, OpenTerminalHere, Paparazzi!, Pixadex, Preview, QuickTime Player, RDC Menu, RealPlayer, Remote Desktop Connection, Safari, Scrivener, sidenote, SmartSVN, Snapz Pro X, Spaces, SQLGrinder, Stickies, StuffIt 11, System Preferences, Test Apps, TextEdit, TextMate, Time Machine, Toast 7 Titanium, Transmit, Utilities, Virtual PC, VisualHub
I am thinking this week of updating my BBEdit to the latest version 8.7 from 8.2. The upgrade only cost $30.
Since migrating to Textmate last year, I have been using Textmate for all my initial web development. Textmate is an awesome application and I would highly recommend it! However there some features in BBEdit that are pretty cool and worth keeping , here are some examples:
- If I open up multiple documents from an FTP application, such as Interarchy, BBEdit opens one window and puts all the selected files in a Drawer, which makes it easy to move around files. Thus making it easy when editing multiple files.
- The color syntax seems to be better in BBEdit than Textmate, the color tones are easier to read.
- After many years of using BBEdit I am very familiar with all the keyboard shortcuts.
The question is are the new features in BBEdit worth the upgrade? My initial reaction is that there isn't any must-have feature that I should upgrade for. So, for now I'll just use BBEdit 8.2 and Textmate 1.5.6.
To simplify matters, I have two FTP clients in my dock. When I want to use BBEdit, I use Panic's Transmit, when I want to use Textmate I use Interarchy. I think Interarchy and Textmate combination works really well.
I will be checking into Coda, the new application from Panic, which is supposed to be the latest and greatest FTP/Editor tool all in one.
To add content to this Blog, I am now using Journler, By Philip Dow, as my primary writing tool. Journler has a great writing environment and sophisticated tools that I need, such as tagging, organizing content by categories, custom labels, and a pretty good search engine.
I also like the default font that Journler uses: Cochin Regular 14n. However, sometimes I'll switch to Georgia Regular 14. If you use any Journal tool, try using Cochin or Georgia. When writing code I find that Monaco Regular 9 is better font to use, this is due to using BBEdit so much.
I still use TextMate to clean the code prior to going live since it has excellent HTML tools such as Google linking capabilities and entities converter. TextMate has quickly become an important part of my application development.
My day-to-day note-taking tool is still DEVONThink. I use this to store my source code examples and code references. All my personal and business documents are stored in Journler. This decoupling my personal life from my work life.
If your undecided between various Journal/Notetaking applications, I would encourage you to consider using more than one application. Consider one application for you business needs and one for your personal needs.
G4 Computer in 2001
Wow has times have changed. The above is the root level listing of my G4 400 series computer on January 21, 2001. This shows you all the applications that I used all the time on my computer.
What I thought was cool then is no longer cool today. What ever happended to CD Master, Fusion Recorder, VideoShop. Six years from now, I wonder what I'll be thinking of the applications that I use today.
The main use of this computer was for video encoding, that's why you see a lot of video applications, such as Video Shop, Media Cleaner and Fusion Recorder.
A lot of thought went into ordering the applications on the main window. The way the listing works is:
- Top Row are all the Root Folders, including the System Folder.
- Second Row contains all the importaint applications that I use. With IE, and BBedit being the most frequent.
- Third Row has all the secondard Applications. Netscape is first because it flows better having it below IE.
- Forth Row contains Utilities and Video Applications.
- Fifth Row has all the fun apps
- Six Row are rarely used but essential applications. Anarchie is on the bottom row because I didn't do much FTP on this computer since I only had dialup access.
Dock ItemsEvery once in a while I'll list the contents of my Dock. The toolbar usually contains the applications that I use the most.
Dock items listed in the order they appear, items are separated by Dock Separators.
- Interarchy 7
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Excel
- Adobe InDesign CS2
- Adobe Photoshop CS2
- Adobe ImageReady CS2
- Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard
- Dreamweaver 8 (Trial)
- Aqua Data Studio
- Toast Titanium
- Chicken of the VNC
- Remote Desktop Connection
Macintosh ApplicationRight now on my Powerbook G4 I have 8 applications open, and these represent the most productive applications that I use at work.
In the order that they appear in the Dock:
- Apple Mail
- Virtual PC
- Aqua Data Studio
ApplicationsSince I am thinking of updating my laptop, I was going through my list of applications that I currently use. These are the major applications that I have:
- Acrobat 5 - use to create and Modify PDF douments
- Adobe Illustrator - use to create Illustrations on the computer
- Adobe Indesign - perfect for creating booklets and PDF documents
- Adobe Photoshop - Photo editing tool
- Audio Hijac Pro - Record radio stations
- BBedit - Primary HTML editor on the Macintosh.
- Can Combine Icons - Custom Icons
- GraphicConverter - Use to browse images.
- Interarchy - FTP client
- Microsoft Office - Word/Excel and Powerpoint files
- SQL4X Manager J - Use to access MySQL and SQL server
- Sticky Brain - Use to jot down notes and information
- Toast 6 Titanium - Burn CDs and DVDs on unsupported Mac hardware.
- Remote Desktop - Microsoft remote desktop tool
- VNCViewer - VNC client
SmultronI have been using BBEdit for at least 5 years on a daily bases. Recently someone told me about Smultron, a powerful text editor for the Macintosh.
This is a pretty cool app, that could easily replace BBEdit if it incorporated one feature, the ability to Zap Gremlins. Gremlins are strange bits of characters that usually appear when I copy text between Windows and Macintosh.
I really like the Code Snippets in Smultron. This makes reusing code a lot easier. In BBEdit, there isn't a way to store code within the app.
I am working on a way to integrate Smultron with Interarchy, its not working as I would expect. But if you use BBEdit, I would highly recommend checking out Smultron.
Oh, Smultron is about $119 cheaper than BBEdit, its free!
MacWorld Boston 2004Today I was lucky and had the opportunity to get away from work and at least checkout the exhibit floor at MacWorld Boston. This was a far cry from the days when they split the show between the World Trade Center and Bayside Expo.
There were only 80 exhibitors this year, a much smaller than the last show in Boston. While everyone knows that Apple wasn't there, there were some other notable exhibitors missing from the show floor.
- Microsoft - They could have capitalized on Apple not being at the show!
- Aladdin Systems
- Bare Bones - Makers of BBEdit, this is their home town!
One of the Town Hall panelist said that Apple didn't need to be at the show since 80% of the American population lives within an hour drive of an Apple store, so if they wanted to see the latest Apple hardware and Software they could goto their store. The show was an opportunity for other developers to show their stuff.
Anyway the next Boston MacWorld is July 18, 2005, we'll see what happens next year.