Tips, help for UX guy with shiny new mac.

6 Jun 2007 - 2:39pm
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jim muntone
2006

Hello,

I'm a long time Windows user who, through the generosity of corporate
America, is getting a brand new MacBook Pro, which I'd actually like to
use as my windows work machine is getting a little long in the tooth so
to speak...

So, I know Windows users have all sorts of rituals around new machines,
preference tweaking, what to install, must haves, etc... I was wondering
what the Mac equivalents are especially in regards to UX and design
work. What's the first thing(s) I should do, etc. Good Web sites?
Freeware? I'm literally starting from scratch so, no tip/advice is too
basic. I am getting OmniGraffle, so, looking forward to toying with
that.

Any help is appreciated.

-j

Jim Muntone

User Experience Manager | Product Design

Dow Jones

http://www.sadrhino.net

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6 Jun 2007 - 2:55pm
Kevin Silver1
2006

Hi Jim,

David Poque's Mac OSX Missing Manual Book (http://tinyurl.com/yr5wpo)
was extremely helpful to me when I switched over a few years back.
He mentions a lot of apps that are useful. Also the book was a great
reference for the first month or so, and helped me get over that
initial hump of learning the os. Poque also has a book about
Switching to the Mac, which i bypassed, but might be useful.

Kevin

On Jun 6, 2007, at 2:39 PM, Muntone, Jim wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I'm a long time Windows user who, through the generosity of corporate
> America, is getting a brand new MacBook Pro, which I'd actually
> like to
> use as my windows work machine is getting a little long in the
> tooth so
> to speak...
>
>
>
> So, I know Windows users have all sorts of rituals around new
> machines,
> preference tweaking, what to install, must haves, etc... I was
> wondering
> what the Mac equivalents are especially in regards to UX and design
> work. What's the first thing(s) I should do, etc. Good Web sites?
> Freeware? I'm literally starting from scratch so, no tip/advice is too
> basic. I am getting OmniGraffle, so, looking forward to toying with
> that.
>
>
>
> Any help is appreciated.
>
>
>
> -j
>
>
>
> Jim Muntone
>
> User Experience Manager | Product Design
>
> Dow Jones
>
> http://www.sadrhino.net
>
>
>
>
>
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6 Jun 2007 - 2:59pm
Jack L. Moffett
2005

Jim,

Here are a few useful apps to have:

TextWrangler or BBEdit
OmniOutliner
Yojimbo
Linotype FontExplorer X
Chicken of the VNC
Flip4Mac
MS Remote Desktop Connection
TextExpander
Menu Meters
Delicious Library

On Jun 6, 2007, at 4:39 PM, Muntone, Jim wrote:

> So, I know Windows users have all sorts of rituals around new
> machines,
> preference tweaking, what to install, must haves, etc... I was
> wondering
> what the Mac equivalents are especially in regards to UX and design
> work. What's the first thing(s) I should do, etc. Good Web sites?
> Freeware? I'm literally starting from scratch so, no tip/advice is too
> basic. I am getting OmniGraffle, so, looking forward to toying with
> that.

Jack L. Moffett
Interaction Designer
inmedius
412.459.0310 x219
http://www.inmedius.com

If there's anything more annoying
than a machine that won't do what you want,
it's a machine that won't do what you want
and has been programmed to behave
as though it likes you.

- Don Norman

6 Jun 2007 - 3:02pm
Allison Beckwith
2006

A few more to check out:

Textmate
Quicksilver
Notational Velocity (lighter weight than Yojimbo, I actually use both)
iterm

On Jun 6, 2007, at 1:59 PM, Jack Moffett wrote:

> Jim,
>
> Here are a few useful apps to have:
>
> TextWrangler or BBEdit
> OmniOutliner
> Yojimbo
> Linotype FontExplorer X
> Chicken of the VNC
> Flip4Mac
> MS Remote Desktop Connection
> TextExpander
> Menu Meters
> Delicious Library
>
>
> On Jun 6, 2007, at 4:39 PM, Muntone, Jim wrote:
>
>> So, I know Windows users have all sorts of rituals around new
>> machines,
>> preference tweaking, what to install, must haves, etc... I was
>> wondering
>> what the Mac equivalents are especially in regards to UX and design
>> work. What's the first thing(s) I should do, etc. Good Web sites?
>> Freeware? I'm literally starting from scratch so, no tip/advice is
>> too
>> basic. I am getting OmniGraffle, so, looking forward to toying with
>> that.
>
>
>
>
> Jack L. Moffett
> Interaction Designer
> inmedius
> 412.459.0310 x219
> http://www.inmedius.com
>
> If there's anything more annoying
> than a machine that won't do what you want,
> it's a machine that won't do what you want
> and has been programmed to behave
> as though it likes you.
>
> - Don Norman
>
>
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6 Jun 2007 - 3:06pm
Trip O'Dell
2007

>So, I know Windows users have all sorts of rituals around new machines,
>preference tweaking, what to install, must haves, etc... I was wondering
>what the Mac equivalents are especially in regards to UX and design
>work. What's the first thing(s) I should do, etc. Good Web sites?

Trip's OSX goodies list

Cyberduck FTP for OSX - freeware
http://cyberduck.ch/

Overflow for OSX
Application launcher
http://www.stuntsoftware.com/Overflow/
(some prefer quicksilver, but overflow's simplicity is exactly what I need. Keeps my dock from getting cluttered)

Firefox

Skype

Google earth

BBEdit - great text editor for scripting and development

Media Players
Flip 4 mac (plays windows media files in quicktime)

VLC

Amadeus Pro - great shareware audio editing application

Once you really catch the bug (and buy a mac for home), you can try teleport which allows you to control several macs from the same keyboard and mouse wirelessly. Its spooky cool. Very usefull for multitasking between computers

You can also check out "Pimp my Mac" at the Apple blog.

http://theappleblog.com/2006/04/13/pimp-my-mac/

Have fun.

Trip

6 Jun 2007 - 3:12pm
Dan Saffer
2003

Marc Andreessen's Killer Mac OS X Apps for 2007

<http://blog.pmarca.com/2007/06/the_ideal_os_x_.html>

Dan

6 Jun 2007 - 3:22pm
Thomas Vander Wal
2004

I would put in a vote for:

- Transmit as an FTP client
- VooDoo Pad for desktop wiki to capture your notes
- Keynote for presentations (like PowerPoint, but with out the swearing)
- MailTags which not only tags your mail but provides project and
hooks for to do and calendar in Apple Mail
- Firefox browser (Safari is good, but heavy Ajax sites are not Safari friendly)
- Camino browser (another Mozilla variant)
- QuickSilver (another vote as it is worth it)
- iGTD (if you a fan of Getting Things Done (tm)
- Skitch (when it becomes an open Beta)

All the best,
Thomas

On 6/6/07, Dan Saffer <dan at odannyboy.com> wrote:
> Marc Andreessen's Killer Mac OS X Apps for 2007
>
> <http://blog.pmarca.com/2007/06/the_ideal_os_x_.html>
>
>
> Dan
>
>
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6 Jun 2007 - 10:36pm
Chris Bernard
2007

Nothing breaks in a new Mac better than a shiny copy of Vista Ultimate and Parallels. :)

I kid (but Vista does run like a champ on this hardware).

Other nice to have programs in addition to Keynote is the companion pages program as well. It runs rather nicely on the Intel hardware and lets you make some nice documents simply.

Omnigraffle Pro is a great program for knocking out the occasional wireframe and diagram if you don't need the full power, flexibility and complexity of Illustrator or InDesign (But if you're into any type of advanced print production or document creation I think In Design is a great tool.

Chris Bernard
Microsoft
User Experience Evangelist
chris.bernard at microsoft.com
312.925.4095

Blog: www.designthinkingdigest.com
Design: www.microsoft.com/design
Tools: www.microsoft.com/expression

"The future is already here. It's just not evenly distributed." William Gibson

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2007 4:23 PM
To: Dan Saffer
Cc: IxDA Discuss
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Tips, help for UX guy with shiny new mac.

I would put in a vote for:

- Transmit as an FTP client
- VooDoo Pad for desktop wiki to capture your notes
- Keynote for presentations (like PowerPoint, but with out the swearing)
- MailTags which not only tags your mail but provides project and
hooks for to do and calendar in Apple Mail
- Firefox browser (Safari is good, but heavy Ajax sites are not Safari friendly)
- Camino browser (another Mozilla variant)
- QuickSilver (another vote as it is worth it)
- iGTD (if you a fan of Getting Things Done (tm)
- Skitch (when it becomes an open Beta)

All the best,
Thomas

On 6/6/07, Dan Saffer <dan at odannyboy.com> wrote:
> Marc Andreessen's Killer Mac OS X Apps for 2007
>
> <http://blog.pmarca.com/2007/06/the_ideal_os_x_.html>
>
>
> Dan
>
>
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8 Jun 2007 - 1:51pm
Jared M. Spool
2003

On Jun 6, 2007, at 4:39 PM, Muntone, Jim wrote:

> I'm a long time Windows user who, through the generosity of corporate
> America, is getting a brand new MacBook Pro, which I'd actually
> like to
> use as my windows work machine is getting a little long in the
> tooth so
> to speak...

We switched to Macs in November. I'm very happy and wouldn't go back.

However...

Switching is like moving to a foreign country. At first, it feels
like everyone talks a language you're familiar with, but very quickly
you realize you have no idea how to do the simple things. (It took me
a week to find the Mac equivalent of the windows "Delete" key.)

Everything is there, but it has different names and conventions. The
Mac OS makes hard things easy and easy things hard.

But, once you settle in (expect 6 weeks or so), you'll love it.

Parallels for running your old PC apps until you learn the new Mac
ones is a must.

Jared

Jared M. Spool
User Interface Engineering
510 Turnpike St., Suite 102, North Andover, MA 01845
e: jspool at uie.com p: +1 978 327 5561
http://uie.com Blog: http://uie.com/brainsparks

8 Jun 2007 - 1:56pm
jayeffvee
2007

Thank you for saying that.

I've just switched to using a Mac at home, and, as someone said earlier
this week, like a good Mac user I've blamed myself. And felt like a
traitor to my shiny new Mac because I've found it hard sometimes to do
really simple things.

Now I feel absolved. Thank you.

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Sent: Friday, June 08, 2007 3:52 PM
To: Muntone, Jim
Cc: discuss at ixda.org
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Tips, help for UX guy with shiny new mac.

On Jun 6, 2007, at 4:39 PM, Muntone, Jim wrote:

> I'm a long time Windows user who, through the generosity of corporate
> America, is getting a brand new MacBook Pro, which I'd actually
> like to
> use as my windows work machine is getting a little long in the
> tooth so
> to speak...

We switched to Macs in November. I'm very happy and wouldn't go back.

However...

Switching is like moving to a foreign country. At first, it feels
like everyone talks a language you're familiar with, but very quickly
you realize you have no idea how to do the simple things. (It took me
a week to find the Mac equivalent of the windows "Delete" key.)

Everything is there, but it has different names and conventions. The
Mac OS makes hard things easy and easy things hard.

But, once you settle in (expect 6 weeks or so), you'll love it.

Parallels for running your old PC apps until you learn the new Mac
ones is a must.

Jared

Jared M. Spool
User Interface Engineering
510 Turnpike St., Suite 102, North Andover, MA 01845
e: jspool at uie.com p: +1 978 327 5561
http://uie.com Blog: http://uie.com/brainsparks

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8 Jun 2007 - 2:56pm
Kurt Morris
2007

> The Mac OS makes hard things easy and easy things hard.

I'm not sure what "easy things [are] hard" on a Mac. Care to elaborate?

I'm a long-time user of both OS's, and I find that it's typical for
ex-Windows users to over-think the tasks they're trying to accomplish,
having become accustomed to unhelpful "wizards" and cryptic error
messages.

A year or so ago, my wife watched as a Verizon technician insisted on
setting up one of our Macs for FIOS internet service (evidently assuming
that the technical details were over her head). He struggled for 15
minutes searching for the set-up "wizard" and rooting around for the
network prefs when finally my wife pointed out to him that simply
clicking on the Airport icon might help.

One click there, and a dialog box appeared with a message like, "Network
XXX found. Would you like to find another?".

Heh.

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Jared M. Spool
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2007 3:52 PM
To: Muntone, Jim
Cc: discuss at ixda.org
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Tips, help for UX guy with shiny new mac.

On Jun 6, 2007, at 4:39 PM, Muntone, Jim wrote:

> I'm a long time Windows user who, through the generosity of corporate
> America, is getting a brand new MacBook Pro, which I'd actually like
> to use as my windows work machine is getting a little long in the
> tooth so to speak...

We switched to Macs in November. I'm very happy and wouldn't go back.

However...

Switching is like moving to a foreign country. At first, it feels like
everyone talks a language you're familiar with, but very quickly you
realize you have no idea how to do the simple things. (It took me a week
to find the Mac equivalent of the windows "Delete" key.)

Everything is there, but it has different names and conventions. The Mac
OS makes hard things easy and easy things hard.

But, once you settle in (expect 6 weeks or so), you'll love it.

Parallels for running your old PC apps until you learn the new Mac ones
is a must.

Jared

Jared M. Spool
User Interface Engineering
510 Turnpike St., Suite 102, North Andover, MA 01845
e: jspool at uie.com p: +1 978 327 5561
http://uie.com Blog: http://uie.com/brainsparks

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8 Jun 2007 - 3:19pm
jayeffvee
2007

It took me a few weeks to learn how to save a file to a folder within
"Documents. " The little caret thingie that allows you to open the tree
structure in Documents was totally invisible to me -- nothing in that
area of the page looked actionable to me.

That's an easy thing that was hard.

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Kurt Morris
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2007 4:57 PM
To: Jared M. Spool; Muntone, Jim
Cc: discuss at ixda.org
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Tips, help for UX guy with shiny new mac.

> The Mac OS makes hard things easy and easy things hard.

I'm not sure what "easy things [are] hard" on a Mac. Care to elaborate?

I'm a long-time user of both OS's, and I find that it's typical for
ex-Windows users to over-think the tasks they're trying to accomplish,
having become accustomed to unhelpful "wizards" and cryptic error
messages.

A year or so ago, my wife watched as a Verizon technician insisted on
setting up one of our Macs for FIOS internet service (evidently assuming
that the technical details were over her head). He struggled for 15
minutes searching for the set-up "wizard" and rooting around for the
network prefs when finally my wife pointed out to him that simply
clicking on the Airport icon might help.

One click there, and a dialog box appeared with a message like, "Network
XXX found. Would you like to find another?".

Heh.

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of
Jared M. Spool
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2007 3:52 PM
To: Muntone, Jim
Cc: discuss at ixda.org
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Tips, help for UX guy with shiny new mac.

On Jun 6, 2007, at 4:39 PM, Muntone, Jim wrote:

> I'm a long time Windows user who, through the generosity of corporate
> America, is getting a brand new MacBook Pro, which I'd actually like
> to use as my windows work machine is getting a little long in the
> tooth so to speak...

We switched to Macs in November. I'm very happy and wouldn't go back.

However...

Switching is like moving to a foreign country. At first, it feels like
everyone talks a language you're familiar with, but very quickly you
realize you have no idea how to do the simple things. (It took me a week
to find the Mac equivalent of the windows "Delete" key.)

Everything is there, but it has different names and conventions. The Mac
OS makes hard things easy and easy things hard.

But, once you settle in (expect 6 weeks or so), you'll love it.

Parallels for running your old PC apps until you learn the new Mac ones
is a must.

Jared

Jared M. Spool
User Interface Engineering
510 Turnpike St., Suite 102, North Andover, MA 01845
e: jspool at uie.com p: +1 978 327 5561
http://uie.com Blog: http://uie.com/brainsparks

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8 Jun 2007 - 3:27pm
Jared M. Spool
2003

On Jun 8, 2007, at 4:56 PM, Kurt Morris wrote:

>> The Mac OS makes hard things easy and easy things hard.
>
> I'm not sure what "easy things [are] hard" on a Mac. Care to
> elaborate?

The first one that comes to mind is the wonderful feature on MS
Windows "Make Available Offline". Now I have to jump through hoops to
keep my files synchronized with my server.

The second one is that I can't read my client's Office 2007 documents
without having them save it in a backwards compatible format.

The third is the Mac Finder, for which I'd trade for Windows Explorer
any day. (I made frequent use of typing, cutting, and pasting file
addresses on our server disks.)

I'm sure there are others, but it's Friday and I'm choosing to not
relive painful moments.

Like I said, I really don't have any regrets about moving to the Mac.
I just find there are certain things I miss about my 15 years of
Windows use. (For the record, I'm the sentimental type. I still miss
features from my Symbolics Genera work too and I haven't used that
operating system since 1987. Plus, I'd to get my old DECNET and VMS
extensions back. And RSTS/11 had some really nice features. Oh, the
old days...)

Jared

8 Jun 2007 - 3:29pm
Mary Austin-Keller
2007

To add to this thread, here are a couple that have not been called
out explicitly:

* Adium - instant message client that is really good, and not just
because the sound of a quaking duck in a quiet office is hilarious
(you can turn that off)

* Synergy - if you have multiple computers on your desk, this free
utility is great. I have both a mac and a pc. I share my Mac's
keyboard and mouse with my PC using just synergy software installed
on both machines. What makes this even more awesome is that you can
copy and paste text between the two machines using just the normal
copy and paste shortcut keys (ie, text on the clipboard is shared
between multiple machines). For those on PCs only, you can
supposedly copy graphics as well. It takes a bit of work to get it
installed, but it's worth it.
http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/

There are a bunch of hacks, utilities and more that will make your
mac more useful, depending upon your needs. I personally found
MacWorld's "Mac Gems" section to be very helpful and full of neat
little tricks. You can check them out on the web at www.macworld.com
or you can get a subscription for less than $10 a year (they used to
give free subscriptions to new mac owners). Oddly enough, you can
also find some neat shareware and freeware on Apple's site, http://
www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/

Cheers,
~Mary

>
> So, I know Windows users have all sorts of rituals around new
> machines,
> preference tweaking, what to install, must haves, etc... I was
> wondering
> what the Mac equivalents are especially in regards to UX and design
> work. What's the first thing(s) I should do, etc. Good Web sites?
> Freeware? I'm literally starting from scratch so, no tip/advice is too
> basic. I am getting OmniGraffle, so, looking forward to toying with
> that.

8 Jun 2007 - 4:10pm
.pauric
2006

Jared:"(issue)the Mac Finder, for which I'd trade for Windows
Explorer any day"

More functional than explorer, more usable than finder, pathfinder.
Has its flaws but head and shoulders above the other two.
http://www.cocoatech.com/pf4/

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8 Jun 2007 - 6:24pm
cfmdesigns
2004

>From: "Jared M. Spool" <jspool at uie.com>
>
>On Jun 8, 2007, at 4:56 PM, Kurt Morris wrote:
>
>>> The Mac OS makes hard things easy and easy things hard.
>>
>> I'm not sure what "easy things [are] hard" on a Mac. Care to
>> elaborate?
>
>The second one is that I can't read my client's Office 2007 documents
>without having them save it in a backwards compatible format.

Is that the fault of the Mac, or of Microsoft for not keeping in synch between Windows and Mac releases, or you for not having Office 2007 for the Mac. (I don't know if it's available.)

If and when iWork '07 is released, or when Leopard comes out, Pages and TextEdit will both probably be able to read Word 2007 docs. They can read earlier versions today.

>The third is the Mac Finder, for which I'd trade for Windows Explorer
>any day. (I made frequent use of typing, cutting, and pasting file
>addresses on our server disks.)

This one I'll grant you.

On the flip side, though, there are probably a lot of features and behaviors that you use not necessarily because they are good and important, but because they are there. I use the ability copy/paste a path on Windows now and then, but I don't know that I've hardly ever wished for it on the Mac simply because places to use the outcome of it aren't there.

(Oops, let me amend that. I *have* needed it on the Mac, when dealing with the Terminal and such, and the info is way easy to get. Drag the file to the Terminal window and the path is stuffed, presto!)

-- Jim

8 Jun 2007 - 9:20pm
Keith_Karn
2007

Kurt Morris wrote:
> I'm not sure what "easy things [are] hard" on a Mac. Care to elaborate?
Even after several years, I still find it hard to resize a window. It
is not confusing; it just takes a long time. Say that you want to see
two windows on the screen simultaneously. On a Mac that requires
resizing each window from the lower right corner) then moving each. If
you want to make each window as large as possible, you inevitable have
to perform several iterations of move and size.... Microsoft must have
a patent on providing the capability to resize a window from any corner
or side. I'm sure the people at Apple wouldn't want us to suffer with
only the single re-sizing handle.

Keith
Keith S. Karn, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
University of Rochester

8 Jun 2007 - 6:23pm
Elizabeth Buie
2004

At 5:27 PM -0400 6/8/07, Jared M. Spool wrote:

>The third is the Mac Finder, for which I'd trade for Windows Explorer
>any day.

Ooh, not me! In List mode (the middle one of the three buttons, and the
one I use virtually always), you can see the contents of multiple folders
at the same time, not just the subfolders thereof. And I think that the
triangle is much more understandable (I won't say "intuitive" -- not me! :-)
than those silly plus and minus boxes.

Elizabeth

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8 Jun 2007 - 10:26pm
Todd Warfel
2003

Have you tried Pages and Keynote? Opens MS Office 2007 files just
fine for us. And it exports as well.

Some people are just MS Office people. I love iWork. My wife on the
other hand likes to stick to Office.

On Jun 8, 2007, at 2:27 PM, Jared M. Spool wrote:

> The second one is that I can't read my client's Office 2007 documents
> without having them save it in a backwards compatible format.

Cheers!

Todd Zaki Warfel
President, Design & Usability Specialist
Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
----------------------------------
Contact Info
Voice: (215) 825-7423
Email: todd at messagefirst.com
AIM: twarfel at mac.com
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In theory, theory and practice are the same.
In practice, they are not.

9 Jun 2007 - 9:30am
mtumi
2004

must haves (for me):

quicksilver (quicksilver.blacktree.com) - free
default folderx (stclairsoft.com) - not free, but pretty cheap (this
is the single most annoying thing on windows for me - navigating
folders in open/save dialogs - if anyone has a way to make that this
easy on windows, it would be appreciated)
xscope (http://iconfactory.com/software/xscope) - 16.95
linotype font explorer (http://www.linotype.com/fontexplorerX) - free

nice:
popchar x (http://www.macility.com/products/popcharx/) not free, but
cheap
mamp pro (http://www.living-e.com/products/MAMP-PRO/index.php) 49.00

On Jun 8, 2007, at 4:56 PM, Kurt Morris wrote:

>> The Mac OS makes hard things easy and easy things hard.
>
> I'm not sure what "easy things [are] hard" on a Mac. Care to
> elaborate?
>
> I'm a long-time user of both OS's, and I find that it's typical for
> ex-Windows users to over-think the tasks they're trying to accomplish,
> having become accustomed to unhelpful "wizards" and cryptic error
> messages.
>
> A year or so ago, my wife watched as a Verizon technician insisted on
> setting up one of our Macs for FIOS internet service (evidently
> assuming
> that the technical details were over her head). He struggled for 15
> minutes searching for the set-up "wizard" and rooting around for the
> network prefs when finally my wife pointed out to him that simply
> clicking on the Airport icon might help.
>
> One click there, and a dialog box appeared with a message like,
> "Network
> XXX found. Would you like to find another?".
>
> Heh.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of
> Jared M. Spool
> Sent: Friday, June 08, 2007 3:52 PM
> To: Muntone, Jim
> Cc: discuss at ixda.org
> Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Tips, help for UX guy with shiny new mac.
>
>
> On Jun 6, 2007, at 4:39 PM, Muntone, Jim wrote:
>
>> I'm a long time Windows user who, through the generosity of corporate
>> America, is getting a brand new MacBook Pro, which I'd actually like
>> to use as my windows work machine is getting a little long in the
>> tooth so to speak...
>
> We switched to Macs in November. I'm very happy and wouldn't go back.
>
> However...
>
> Switching is like moving to a foreign country. At first, it feels like
> everyone talks a language you're familiar with, but very quickly you
> realize you have no idea how to do the simple things. (It took me a
> week
> to find the Mac equivalent of the windows "Delete" key.)
>
> Everything is there, but it has different names and conventions.
> The Mac
> OS makes hard things easy and easy things hard.
>
> But, once you settle in (expect 6 weeks or so), you'll love it.
>
> Parallels for running your old PC apps until you learn the new Mac
> ones
> is a must.
>
> Jared
>
> Jared M. Spool
> User Interface Engineering
> 510 Turnpike St., Suite 102, North Andover, MA 01845
> e: jspool at uie.com p: +1 978 327 5561
> http://uie.com Blog: http://uie.com/brainsparks
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9 Jun 2007 - 9:46am
Ari
2006

good list.

i'd add:

- chronosync (for manual or scheduled backups of specific directories)
- camino 1.5 - fast gecko-based browser
- fugu - free GUI to SSH and SCP for file transfers
- iTerm - free replacement for OS X's terminal but supports tabs and
more display options
- XSlimmer - strips out unneeded language resources and PPC code - can
save you gigs of space over time
- Smultron - free and full-featured text editor
- VLC - so you can view pretty much any video file
- Skim - nice and very fast PDF viewer

On 6/9/07, Michael Tuminello <mt at motiontek.com> wrote:
>
> must haves (for me):
>
> quicksilver (quicksilver.blacktree.com) - free
> default folderx (stclairsoft.com) - not free, but pretty cheap (this
> is the single most annoying thing on windows for me - navigating
> folders in open/save dialogs - if anyone has a way to make that this
> easy on windows, it would be appreciated)
> xscope (http://iconfactory.com/software/xscope) - 16.95
> linotype font explorer (http://www.linotype.com/fontexplorerX) - free
>
> nice:
> popchar x (http://www.macility.com/products/popcharx/) not free, but
> cheap
> mamp pro (http://www.living-e.com/products/MAMP-PRO/index.php) 49.00
>
>
> On Jun 8, 2007, at 4:56 PM, Kurt Morris wrote:
>
> >> The Mac OS makes hard things easy and easy things hard.
> >
> > I'm not sure what "easy things [are] hard" on a Mac. Care to
> > elaborate?
> >
> > I'm a long-time user of both OS's, and I find that it's typical for
> > ex-Windows users to over-think the tasks they're trying to accomplish,
> > having become accustomed to unhelpful "wizards" and cryptic error
> > messages.
> >
> > A year or so ago, my wife watched as a Verizon technician insisted on
> > setting up one of our Macs for FIOS internet service (evidently
> > assuming
> > that the technical details were over her head). He struggled for 15
> > minutes searching for the set-up "wizard" and rooting around for the
> > network prefs when finally my wife pointed out to him that simply
> > clicking on the Airport icon might help.
> >
> > One click there, and a dialog box appeared with a message like,
> > "Network
> > XXX found. Would you like to find another?".
> >
> > Heh.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> > [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of
> > Jared M. Spool
> > Sent: Friday, June 08, 2007 3:52 PM
> > To: Muntone, Jim
> > Cc: discuss at ixda.org
> > Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Tips, help for UX guy with shiny new mac.
> >
> >
> > On Jun 6, 2007, at 4:39 PM, Muntone, Jim wrote:
> >
> >> I'm a long time Windows user who, through the generosity of corporate
> >> America, is getting a brand new MacBook Pro, which I'd actually like
> >> to use as my windows work machine is getting a little long in the
> >> tooth so to speak...
> >
> > We switched to Macs in November. I'm very happy and wouldn't go back.
> >
> > However...
> >
> > Switching is like moving to a foreign country. At first, it feels like
> > everyone talks a language you're familiar with, but very quickly you
> > realize you have no idea how to do the simple things. (It took me a
> > week
> > to find the Mac equivalent of the windows "Delete" key.)
> >
> > Everything is there, but it has different names and conventions.
> > The Mac
> > OS makes hard things easy and easy things hard.
> >
> > But, once you settle in (expect 6 weeks or so), you'll love it.
> >
> > Parallels for running your old PC apps until you learn the new Mac
> > ones
> > is a must.
> >
> > Jared
> >
> > Jared M. Spool
> > User Interface Engineering
> > 510 Turnpike St., Suite 102, North Andover, MA 01845
> > e: jspool at uie.com p: +1 978 327 5561
> > http://uie.com Blog: http://uie.com/brainsparks
> >
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9 Jun 2007 - 11:45am
Michael Micheletti
2006

Jack, thanks for the FontExplorer X recommendation. I tried out the beta
Windows version and like it. It's new and has some rough spots, but it's
been helpful. For those of you unfamiliar, the program acts like a sort of
closet organizer for people with far too many installed fonts on their
systems. Thanks again,

Michael

On 6/6/07, Jack Moffett <jmoffett at inmedius.com> wrote:
>
> Jim,
>
> Here are a few useful apps to have:
> ...
> Linotype FontExplorer X
>

9 Jun 2007 - 12:59pm
Bernie Monette
2005

Msoft has released a converter for opening those pesky Office 2007 files.

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads.aspx?pid=download&location=/mac/downl
oad/Office2004/ConverterBeta.xml

Cheers,

Bernie

--
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InterActive Arts
Internet Presence Management
http://www.iaai.ca monette at iaai.ca 416 469 4337

> From: "Jared M. Spool" <jspool at uie.com>
> Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2007 17:27:04 -0400
> To: Kurt Morris <KMorris at fool.com>
> Cc: <discuss at ixda.org>, "Muntone, Jim" <Jim.Muntone at dowjones.com>
> Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Tips, help for UX guy with shiny new mac.
>
>
> On Jun 8, 2007, at 4:56 PM, Kurt Morris wrote:
>
>>> The Mac OS makes hard things easy and easy things hard.
>>
>> I'm not sure what "easy things [are] hard" on a Mac. Care to
>> elaborate?
>
> The first one that comes to mind is the wonderful feature on MS
> Windows "Make Available Offline". Now I have to jump through hoops to
> keep my files synchronized with my server.
>
> The second one is that I can't read my client's Office 2007 documents
> without having them save it in a backwards compatible format.
>
> The third is the Mac Finder, for which I'd trade for Windows Explorer
> any day. (I made frequent use of typing, cutting, and pasting file
> addresses on our server disks.)
>
> I'm sure there are others, but it's Friday and I'm choosing to not
> relive painful moments.

>
> Jared
>
>

9 Jun 2007 - 1:51pm
Elizabeth Buie
2004

At 5:24 PM -0700 6/8/07, Jim Drew wrote:

>Is that the fault of the Mac, or of Microsoft for not keeping in synch between Windows and Mac releases, or you for not having Office 2007 for the Mac.

IMO it's Microsoft's fault for not keeping them in sync.

>(I don't know if it's available.)

It's not.

Thanks to Bernie for the link to the converter.

Elizabeth
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9 Jun 2007 - 2:56pm
Jared M. Spool
2003

On Jun 9, 2007, at 3:51 PM, Elizabeth Buie wrote:

> At 5:24 PM -0700 6/8/07, Jim Drew wrote:
>
>> Is that the fault of the Mac, or of Microsoft for not keeping in
>> synch between Windows and Mac releases, or you for not having
>> Office 2007 for the Mac.
>
> IMO it's Microsoft's fault for not keeping them in sync.

A poor experience is a poor experience, regardless of who is at fault.

(Unless it's my fault.)

Jared

9 Jun 2007 - 7:30pm
Jeffrey D. Gimzek
2007

On Jun 8, 2007, at 5:24 PM, Jim Drew wrote:

>> From: "Jared M. Spool" <jspool at uie.com>
>>

>> The third is the Mac Finder, for which I'd trade for Windows Explorer
>> any day. (I made frequent use of typing, cutting, and pasting file
>> addresses on our server disks.)
>
> This one I'll grant you.
>
> On the flip side, though, there are probably a lot of features and
> behaviors that you use not necessarily because they are good and
> important, but because they are there. I use the ability copy/
> paste a path on Windows now and then, but I don't know that I've
> hardly ever wished for it on the Mac simply because places to use
> the outcome of it aren't there.
>
> (Oops, let me amend that. I *have* needed it on the Mac, when
> dealing with the Terminal and such, and the info is way easy to
> get. Drag the file to the Terminal window and the path is stuffed,
> presto!)

PathSnagger is the app that y'all are looking for

jd

10 Jun 2007 - 4:59pm
Chris Bernard
2007

Folks with the document format challenge may find this product helpful.

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads.aspx?pid=download&location=/mac/download/Office2004/ConverterBeta.xml

Chris Bernard
Microsoft
User Experience Evangelist
chris.bernard at microsoft.com
312.925.4095

Blog: www.designthinkingdigest.com
Design: www.microsoft.com/design
Tools: www.microsoft.com/expression

"The future is already here. It's just not evenly distributed." William Gibson

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of Jim Drew
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2007 7:25 PM
To: UI List
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Tips, help for UX guy with shiny new mac.

>From: "Jared M. Spool" <jspool at uie.com>
>
>On Jun 8, 2007, at 4:56 PM, Kurt Morris wrote:
>
>>> The Mac OS makes hard things easy and easy things hard.
>>
>> I'm not sure what "easy things [are] hard" on a Mac. Care to
>> elaborate?
>
>The second one is that I can't read my client's Office 2007 documents
>without having them save it in a backwards compatible format.

Is that the fault of the Mac, or of Microsoft for not keeping in synch between Windows and Mac releases, or you for not having Office 2007 for the Mac. (I don't know if it's available.)

If and when iWork '07 is released, or when Leopard comes out, Pages and TextEdit will both probably be able to read Word 2007 docs. They can read earlier versions today.

>The third is the Mac Finder, for which I'd trade for Windows Explorer
>any day. (I made frequent use of typing, cutting, and pasting file
>addresses on our server disks.)

This one I'll grant you.

On the flip side, though, there are probably a lot of features and behaviors that you use not necessarily because they are good and important, but because they are there. I use the ability copy/paste a path on Windows now and then, but I don't know that I've hardly ever wished for it on the Mac simply because places to use the outcome of it aren't there.

(Oops, let me amend that. I *have* needed it on the Mac, when dealing with the Terminal and such, and the info is way easy to get. Drag the file to the Terminal window and the path is stuffed, presto!)

-- Jim

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10 Jun 2007 - 6:22pm
Anonymous

Jim,

> So, I know Windows users have all sorts of rituals around new
> machines,
> preference tweaking, what to install, must haves, etc... I was
> wondering
> what the Mac equivalents are especially in regards to UX and design
> work. What's the first thing(s) I should do, etc. Good Web sites?
> Freeware? I'm literally starting from scratch so, no tip/advice is too
> basic. I am getting OmniGraffle, so, looking forward to toying with
> that.

My top five:

Program launcher:
* LaunchBar <http://www.obdev.at/> (alternate: Quicksilver)

Essential Safari plugin
* Inquisitor <http://www.inquisitorx.com/>

Multi-network IM client
* Adium <http://www.adiumx.com>

Text Editor
* TextMate <http://www.macromates.com>

File Transfer client
* Transmit <http://www.panic.com/>

My 2005 blog entry on this topic:
<http://paulschreiber.com/blog/2005/09/11/great-mac-os-x-software/>

Paul

shad 96c / uw cs 2001
fan of / ewb / eff / aclu / cc / mac os x / toyota prius / habs
/ friday night lights / v. mars / steve poltz / libbie schrader

"Nobody gets into heaven without a glowstick" -- Homer Simpson

10 Jun 2007 - 8:47pm
Jack L. Moffett
2005

Another good utility for those of us with a lot of fonts (which I
forgot in my original list) is FontCard.

On Jun 9, 2007, at 1:45 PM, Michael Micheletti wrote:

> Jack, thanks for the FontExplorer X recommendation. I tried out the
> beta Windows version and like it. It's new and has some rough
> spots, but it's been helpful. For those of you unfamiliar, the
> program acts like a sort of closet organizer for people with far
> too many installed fonts on their systems. Thanks again,
>
> Michael
>
> On 6/6/07, Jack Moffett <jmoffett at inmedius.com> wrote:
> Jim,
>
> Here are a few useful apps to have:
> ...
> Linotype FontExplorer X
>

Jack L. Moffett
Interaction Designer
inmedius
412.459.0310 x219
http://www.inmedius.com

Things should be as simple as possible,
but no simpler.

- Albert Einstein

12 Jun 2007 - 7:14pm
Christian Crumlish
2006

On 6/8/07, Kurt Morris <KMorris at fool.com> wrote:
> > The Mac OS makes hard things easy and easy things hard.
>
> I'm not sure what "easy things [are] hard" on a Mac. Care to elaborate?

I loves me my Macs, but the keyboard shortcuts aren't as good. Try
tabbing to choose a different buton in a dialog box and hitting Enter
(oops, I mean 'return') to select it. Not allowed.

-xian-

12 Jun 2007 - 8:13pm
cfmdesigns
2004

>From: Christian Crumlish <xian at pobox.com>
>
>I loves me my Macs, but the keyboard shortcuts aren't as good. Try
>tabbing to choose a different buton in a dialog box and hitting Enter
>(oops, I mean 'return') to select it. Not allowed.

Try turning on the system pref that allows you to tab to all the controls, rather than the default old style method of only tabbing to the text entry fields. (And use space bar, not Return. Return activates the default button, space toggles the focused control.)

(BTW, there *is* an Enter key, on the keypad. Usually works the same, but doesn't have to; the two have to both be coded up together. Yeah, I've spent too many years doing QA.)

I'll grant you the keyboard shortcuts, via hotkeys/keyboard accelerators, are better (more prevalent) on Windows. Probably due to the same attitude that kept Macs to a one-button mouse for so long: don't want to confuse users, so we'll limit them in order to not confuse.

-- Jim

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