UX guy switching to Mac Summary

29 Jun 2007 - 10:31am
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jim muntone
2006

Hello all,

Just wanted to thank everyone who responded to my plea for tips/advice
for PC UX types switching to the Mac.

As requested here's a recap of all the great feedback I received.

Books/Guides:

"Mac OSX Missing Manual Book" - by David Pogue

"Switching to the Mac" - by David Pogue

"Move to Mac"- http://www.apple.com/getamac/movetomac/

Mac Forums - http://www.macworld.com <http://www.macworld.com/>

Marc Andreessen's Killer Mac OS X Apps for 2007

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

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OmniGraffle Stencils:

http://graffletopia.com/

http://urlgreyhot.com/personal/subjects/wireframes?page=1

--------------------------

Useful Aps:

Adium : Chat

http://www.adiumx.com/

Textwrangler : Text editor

http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/

OmniOutliner : Productivity/Notes etc.

http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnioutliner/

Yojimbo : Productivity/Notes etc.

http://www.barebones.com/products/yojimbo/

TextExpander: Productivity/Notes

http://www.smileonmymac.com/textexpander/

Notational Velocity: Productivity/Notes

http://notational.net/

Linotype Font Explorer X : Font Management

http://www.linotype.com/fontexplorerX

Chicken of the VNC : Remote Desktops/Security

http://sourceforge.net/projects/cotvnc/

Flip4Mac : Video/Digital Media Tools

http://www.flip4mac.com/

MenuMeters: System Management

http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/

Entropy : Development/Programming

http://www.entropy.ch/software/macosx/

Quicksilver : Application Launcher

http://quicksilver.blacktree.com <http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/>

Overflow for OSX : Application launcher

http://www.stuntsoftware.com/Overflow/

Cyberduck : FTP

http://cyberduck.ch/

Transmit : FTP client

http://www.panic.com/transmit/

Keynote: Presentation

http://www.apple.com/iwork/keynote/

Mail Tags : Tags your mail and integrates with Calendar!!!

http://www.indev.ca/MailTags.html

Fast Track Schedule 9 : MS Project for Mac

http://www.aecsoftware.com/products/fasttrack/

Synergy : Managing Multiple Computers (mac & PC)

http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/

XScope : Measurement/Graphic/Layouts

http://iconfactory.com/software/xscope

Document Format Converter:

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

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

SnapNDrag : Screenshots

Graphic Converter: Image Management

Name Cleaner X : Batch Renamer

Pith Helmet : Ad Blocker

---------------------------------

Jim Muntone

User Experience Manager

Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
PO Box 300

Princeton, New Jersey 08543

Blog: www.sadrhino.net <http://www.sadrhino.net>

<http://www.dowjones.com>

Comments

29 Jun 2007 - 10:44am
Ari
2006

don't forget Parallels or VMWare.
Both run Windows quite nicely on a Core Duo 2 machine with 2 GBs of RAM -
this gives you access to a slew of Windows apps from Visio to Axure to GUI
Designer, all of which are great for UxD.

Ari

On 6/29/07, Muntone, Jim <Jim.Muntone at dowjones.com> wrote:
>
> Hello all,
>
> Just wanted to thank everyone who responded to my plea for tips/advice
> for PC UX types switching to the Mac.
>
>
>
> As requested here's a recap of all the great feedback I received.
>
>
>
> Books/Guides:
>
>
>
> "Mac OSX Missing Manual Book" - by David Pogue
>
> "Switching to the Mac" - by David Pogue
>
> "Move to Mac"- http://www.apple.com/getamac/movetomac/
>
> Mac Forums - http://www.macworld.com <http://www.macworld.com/>
>
>
>
> Marc Andreessen's Killer Mac OS X Apps for 2007
>
> http://blog.pmarca.com/2007/06/the_ideal_os_x_.html
>
>
>
> ----------------------
>
>
>
> OmniGraffle Stencils:
>
>
>
> http://graffletopia.com/
>
> http://urlgreyhot.com/personal/subjects/wireframes?page=1
>
>
>
> --------------------------
>
>
>
> Useful Aps:
>
>
>
> Adium : Chat
>
> http://www.adiumx.com/
>
>
>
> Textwrangler : Text editor
>
> http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/
>
>
>
> OmniOutliner : Productivity/Notes etc.
>
> http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnioutliner/
>
>
>
> Yojimbo : Productivity/Notes etc.
>
> http://www.barebones.com/products/yojimbo/
>
>
>
> TextExpander: Productivity/Notes
>
> http://www.smileonmymac.com/textexpander/
>
>
>
> Notational Velocity: Productivity/Notes
>
> http://notational.net/
>
>
>
> Linotype Font Explorer X : Font Management
>
> http://www.linotype.com/fontexplorerX
>
>
>
> Chicken of the VNC : Remote Desktops/Security
>
> http://sourceforge.net/projects/cotvnc/
>
>
>
> Flip4Mac : Video/Digital Media Tools
>
> http://www.flip4mac.com/
>
>
>
> MenuMeters: System Management
>
> http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/
>
>
>
> Entropy : Development/Programming
>
> http://www.entropy.ch/software/macosx/
>
>
>
> Quicksilver : Application Launcher
>
> http://quicksilver.blacktree.com <http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/>
>
>
>
> Overflow for OSX : Application launcher
>
> http://www.stuntsoftware.com/Overflow/
>
>
>
> Cyberduck : FTP
>
> http://cyberduck.ch/
>
>
>
> Transmit : FTP client
>
> http://www.panic.com/transmit/
>
>
>
> Keynote: Presentation
>
> http://www.apple.com/iwork/keynote/
>
>
>
> Mail Tags : Tags your mail and integrates with Calendar!!!
>
> http://www.indev.ca/MailTags.html
>
>
>
> Fast Track Schedule 9 : MS Project for Mac
>
> http://www.aecsoftware.com/products/fasttrack/
>
>
>
> Synergy : Managing Multiple Computers (mac & PC)
>
> http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/
>
>
>
> XScope : Measurement/Graphic/Layouts
>
> http://iconfactory.com/software/xscope
>
>
>
> Document Format Converter:
>
> http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads.aspx?pid=download&location=/mac/d
> ownload/Office2004/ConverterBeta.xml
>
>
>
> 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
>
>
>
> SnapNDrag : Screenshots
>
>
>
> Graphic Converter: Image Management
>
>
>
> Name Cleaner X : Batch Renamer
>
>
>
> Pith Helmet : Ad Blocker
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ---------------------------------
>
> Jim Muntone
>
> User Experience Manager
>
> Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
> PO Box 300
>
> Princeton, New Jersey 08543
>
> Blog: www.sadrhino.net <http://www.sadrhino.net>
>
> <http://www.dowjones.com>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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29 Jun 2007 - 6:50pm
Will Parker
2007

I'm sorry that I didn't have a chance to participate in the Mac
switcher thread. I was distracted by a new job and a medical problem.
Here's my belated half-cent.

On Jun 29, 2007, at 8:44 AM, Ari Feldman wrote:

> don't forget Parallels or VMWare.
> Both run Windows quite nicely on a Core Duo 2 machine with 2 GBs of
> RAM -
> this gives you access to a slew of Windows apps from Visio to Axure
> to GUI
> Designer, all of which are great for UxD.

I'll second the need for Parallels or VMWare Fusion (I'd suggest the
latter, as it also supports non-Windows OSs for Intel).

As a UX person, you'll want to compare designs and behaviors across
multiple platforms.

One last note: the animation tools in Apple Keynote make it an
excellent tool for rapid prototyping of simple interface behaviors

- Will

Will Parker
wparker at ChannelingDesign.com

“I wish developing great products was as easy as writing a check. If
that were the case, then Microsoft would have great products.” -
Steve Jobs

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