Archive for April, 2012
Download from here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html.
This is the app which won my patronage Reason: the name (Scarlett reminds me of the Scarlet Letter and Scarlet Pimpernel), the application-icon, and the ability to listen to the eBook.
First the history: Bookle app is developed in collaboration by Adam Engst of TidBITS and Peter Lewis of Stairways Software. The book-publisher / author and software pro programmer combination is hard to fail. The app also features a library interface, allowing you to access your books from the app interface itself. In my list of software to try!
There is a nice video where the features are shown:
The next in Amazon’s cloud offering: Cloud Search [Blog explaining the service]. I am not very much impressed the instance model of the service. I would love to see a service where I am charged based on my query traffic and index size.
End December 2011 I bought my first Mac. It was bought out of frustration of traveling with my Win 7 Lenova laptop. It crashed during a trip and my work got stranded. I also have a reliable Ubuntu laptop, but my work increasingly demands tools like MS Office and proper diagramming software like Visio.
Since buying my first Mac, I have been glued to it, and tried so many excellent software which comes with it. Out of this selection to softwares, the things that I mention as essential for me are listed below.
1. MS Office 2011
MS Office 2011 has become indispensable for me. But I miss One Note which is not available on the Mac.
One of my unachieved dreams is of becoming a book author. And guess what, Pages has a cool export-to-epub feature!
Diagramming tool for me.
1. Smultron 4
The logo, iCloud integration, fullscreen mode and syntax-color support for many languages: all this was irresistible for me!
XML formatting and syntax color support for Java properties file were missing in Smultron.
3. iA Writer
This brought back memories of Wordstar. A strip-down editor which allows to focus only on the content. This has become indispensable for me.
The choice was between RapidWeaver, Sandvox and Freeway Express. After a quick evaluation of all three, I picked up RapidWeaver. RapidWeaver had a good extension API and had many excellent third party extensions (but all of them pretty pricy). I don’t repent on my choice.
I am not a UI guy. And Pixelmator had all the features I needed from a graphic application.
A cute app for quick editing and resizing.
A small app with lifetime-free upgrade. The UI needs some exploration to understand.
A very nice free app now in Evernote stable.
1. Zip View Pro
I hated the default Finder operation of extracting the zip file. This software gives Windows like functionality of viewing and extracting zip files.
2. Path Finder
I was also annoyed by the behavior of Finder when pressing Enter after selection of a file: Finder gives the option of renaming the file. Couldn’t accept this misfeature of Mac. Path Finder is a nice alternative to the default Finder.