Reviewing the blogs I follow, I found this post from ansamor called "The software I use every day to work and be more productive."
I found it odd mu and thanks to him I met some apps and services that may encourage me to try. So I've thought about doing a post equally and with the same structure but with the software I use to who might be interested and like me, you may find something new. Let's begin.
Many years ago I use MacOSX as the only operating system. Currently the latest version, Yosemite OSX version 10.10.3. It is fabulous in my MacBook Pro Retina 15 ". (Basic model of mid 2014).
He also flirts with Windows 10 on a virtualization Yosemite that I have with Parallels. I use it to test apps that are not for MacOSX (especially Steam games)
I also use a lot the iPhone5S as device "for all": write down ideas, reminders, calendar, mail, share content on social networks ... The iPad 2 already I have relegated almost household: watch videos, surf the Internet for recipes, tutorials, etc ... as well as occasional second monitor MacBook Pro.
Basically I use the iPhone Safari for its speed and reliability, but things change the computer's Chrome and who the cat takes to water. Although I have recently read that Chrome uses a lot more memory and system resources in the MacBook and perhaps make an effort to use more Safari, I'm so used to Google browser that I find difficult to change.
I love for 2 reasons:
- The "inspect element" option, which allows browsing in the code of a web and play the html, php and css in real time to see how something will be before actually touching it. Very useful for web designers.
- Extensions. It is definitely the best of Chrome. These extensions are small applications that are installed in the browser and we provide tasks. The most used are:
Evernote Web Clipper: to capture articles, images, videos and anything you need to save or read later and always have it handy on any device. Evernote installed. From the extension you can decide which book to send the content, add tags, etc ...
Feedly: since the demise of Google Reader, I use Feedly as desktop every day to keep up with the blogs I follow.
HootSuite: great extension that lets me share my social media content either at the time or scheduling it for when I want.
1 Password: Since recently I habituándome to use this password manager for the safety of my user accounts of all kinds.
Pinterest: from this extension I can save images that I like in my Pinterest board I then serves as inspiration when designing or drawing something.
Writing applications to work
By having laptop, try to have the least amount of installed applications possible in order to not occupy much space on your hard drive, so basically I use 3 apps to write:
- Notes:. Native iPhone app and Mac Here I point notes, ideas and no important date reminders and synchronized between my devices.
- Evernote: When I have to write an email or a long article that I will not publish the moment, I write in Evernote. Then I copy and paste where you need to format and publish it. The advantage is that having evernoe in all my devices at any time can change / add / remove what you want.
- WordPress editor: if I want to write a post and I am clear that what I mean, soil type it directly from the WordPress editor itself. AutoSave does not worry me nothing but write.
MacOSX I love because it comes with many standard utilities that do not have to look for alternatives. My favorites are:
- Spotlight: great utility to find any file on my Mac, launch applications or to do mathematical calculations ... without opening an application or folder.
- Desks: if not a utility, but I find it very comfortable to work with multiple virtual desktops. In addition to use two monitors (the MacBook and HP 24 ") I can have more desktops. I usually use each as a standalone desktop app, so I focus on the app I'm using at the time and I have less distractions.
- Trackpad gestures: I think the Mac trackpad gestures are the very best that has MacOSX. With simple gestures I can move, push, click, show all that I have open, switch between desktops ... great.
Besides, I use other utilities that do not come standard on the system, but I go great in the day:
- Disk Drill: This utility analysis makes me and tell me the status of my hard drives. Moreover, in case of data loss or damaged discs, I used to repair or retrieve data.
- Battery Health: the name itself suggests, this utility is telling me as it is my laptop battery.
- Clean Memory: RAM to release you are not using and gain speed in the system.
Other tools and organization
As I said, I use Evernote for many tasks (I think I'll do a separate post, which did a while is already somewhat dated) but also use reminders (pun intended) remember tasks, things to do or even to list purchase. As I use the native calendar app on MacOSX and Calendar5 on the iPhone.
As mailer basically use Gmail through the web, but I also use the native Mail app with emails I not use much but I check occasionally.
Leisure and personal communication
Not everything is going to be work, too many applications I use for my moments of leisure and relaxation, here are some:
To organize and play music use iTunes and Spotify (free version). TuneIn also on the iPhone when I'm in the shower, washing dishes or doing anything where you do not need a computer. Since you have not usually wear a lot of music on the iPhone, so I force myself to listen to online radios and discover new things.
To organize series, movies and watch them on TV I use the NAS Synology and DSVideo app that lets you send content to AppleTV or directly to the TV via DLNA.
As messaging clients, the ones I use now are Messenger of Facebook and LINE, but also use messages (the native iPhone app), Whatsapp and Telegram, depending on who you need to contact. I always think I should stop just installed but I hate to have to make my family and many friends, who basically have to use WhatsApp installed another (my favorite is LINE). Speaking professional tone I'd rather do it by email.
I also use Skype for English classes and to record podcasts.
Finally, I confess I still always carry a notebook Moleskine type and a small case for quick notes or sketches in which it's easier to write or draw to get mobile or on the computer. That if, then captured with Evernote page: P