Markdown-based Presentations

I’ve only spent a short amount of time with it so far but Deckset is impressing the hell out of me for creating Keynote-like presentations with Markdown syntax. I love creating minimalistic slides and I always feel like going from notes to slides loses something. Now I can create my notes with the slides being in-line with the content using a minimalistic design language in Markdown. ❤

It’s only available for Mac through the Apple Mac App Store at the moment.

Check it out: http://www.decksetapp.com

Remember Norton Commander?

If you’ve been around long enough to have used Microsoft DOS as your primary operating system, you might remember Norton Commander.

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Norton Commander 5.51 running on MS-DOS 5

Managing files in DOS was a pain in the butt without something even remotely graphical. I loved the two panes and simplistic navigation in folders. In fact I think Norton Commander made me better at command line stuff after I got a visualization of the file structure.

After I got into Linux/Unix/Mac OS X I was so tickled when I found Midnight Commander. MC is a port (only visually) of the original Norton Commander. It’s awesome and I’ve used it for years.

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Midnight Commander 4.8.13 running on Mac OS X 10.11.1

Recently I found a replacement for Finder on Mac OS X that looks shockingly similar. It’s called Commander One.

 

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Midnight Commander is free and open source – which means you can dig into how it works and help fix bugs you might find. It’s a pretty stable product though and still actively worked on. Commander One is free but not open source. There are “Pro packs” you can purchase to add additional functionality.

Software I Use Every Day

In the spirit of yesterday’s post, I’m going to list out what I use every day in terms of software.  This isn’t exhaustive but it’s pretty darn close.

General Utilities

  • 1Password – Probably the best password manager out there combined with mobile apps
  • Cloudup – quick way to share images, videos, text (ask me for a referral code)
  • Coffitivity – coffeehouse sounds to help boost productivity
  • Cyberduck – SFTP client
  • DaisyDisk – finding where all my space has gone
  • Dropbox
  • Evernote – where I keep my larger notes, graphics, PDF files
  • Parallels Desktop – for the occasional booting of old Mac OS & Windows VMs
  • Radium – menu bar radio streaming
  • Rdio – monthly subscription-based song streaming
  • RescueTime – track my app usage to determine if I’m distracted
  • Simplenote – for my quick note taking needs
  • Skype – sadly yes
  • Slack – communication for our team – web socket-based system like HipChat but better

Graphics

Development – General

  • Base – for digging around SQLite files; especially handy debugging Core Data
  • Charles – proxying application for testing remote calls
  • HockeyApp – binary distribution for testing
  • Kaleidoscope – arguably the most beautiful diff tool – ignore whitespace is still not a feature 😦
  • PHPStorm – for when I have to get into WordPress and WordPress.com API coding
  • TextMate – Still my favorite text editor
  • Textual – Mac IRC client

Development – iOS

  • AppCode – alternative IDE for Objective-C – I switch between Xcode and here for specific reasons (future post?)
  • iExplorer – could not live without the ability to dig around device filesystems
  • PaintCode – easiest way to get Core Graphics code from images or hand-drawn UI elements
  • Reflector – transmit your iOS device screen to your computer for recording
  • Spark Inspector – interactively debug your UIView layers & NSNotificationCenter calls
  • Xcode
  • xScope – helpful UI tools for your Mac

Development – Android

  • Android Studio
  • Genymotion – Android VM manager – lurv

Installed Apps