Mac apps for a recent convert ...

29 Jan 2010 - 11:47pm
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Grady Kelly
2007

Hi IxDa folk ...

This may be a little OT.

I have finally switched to a mac. (Thanks to my new employer for
buying it!)

I am guessing that there are a lot of people on the list that use a
mac, and I have a question for y'all ...

As a UI/Ux/Ix Designer, what software should I take advantage of?

I used Fireworks on a PC, so now I am using it on a mac. I decided
to use Coda over Dreamweaver.

I am sure that there is a lot of great software out there for me to
indulge myself with, can you guys/gals help me out?

Thanks!

Grady Kelly
grady at gradykelly.com
http://www.gradykelly.com

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30 Jan 2010 - 12:21am
Audrey Crane
2009

Apps I love:

Greenprint: http://www.printgreener.com/
(Installs like a printer, lets you easily exclude pages without
anything useful on them, images, etc. when you print)

I cannot do anything without Typinator:
http://www.ergonis.com/products/typinator/

I love Screenflow for usability research:
http://www.telestream.net/screen-flow/overview.htm

XScope to see browser dimensions and resolutions on whatever you're
running, measure, loupe, etc. etc.:
http://iconfactory.com/software/xscope

OmniGraffle for maps and diagrams, and other Omni software:
http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/OmniGraffle/

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30 Jan 2010 - 3:29am
Adam Korman
2004

Welcome to Mac!

OmniGraffle: Visio replacement. OmniGroup has a bunch of other great
software, too. http://www.omnigroup.com/ For stencils, check out http://graffletopia.com/

SnapzPro: Screen capture & recording, if you need more than the tools
built in to the OS. http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/

xScope: An assortment of little tools, mostly related to screen
dimensions. http://iconfactory.com/software/xscope/

Art Directors Toolkit: Another assortment of small tools, mostly for
working with color & dimensions. http://www.code-line.com/

MAMP: Self-contained Apache/MySql/PHP. Not really design software, but
since you mentioned Coda, I thought you might want to check it out. http://www.mamp.info/

Regards, Adam

On Jan 29, 2010, at 8:47 PM, Grady Kelly wrote:

> As a UI/Ux/Ix Designer, what software should I take advantage of?
>
> I used Fireworks on a PC, so now I am using it on a mac. I decided
> to use Coda over Dreamweaver.

30 Jan 2010 - 4:22am
Vicky Teinaki
2008

FontExplorer X is a great way to manage fonts:
http://fex.linotype.com/download/mac/FontExplorerX123.dmg (older free
version, the new one is paid http://www.fontexplorerx.com/download/ )

Silverback for user testing: http://silverbackapp.com/

I've heard good things about the grid app Slammer
http://ringce.com/slammer... though have to admit I tried using it
last year and found it buggy.

On Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 9:47 AM, Grady Kelly <grady at simpledesign.org> wrote:

> Hi IxDa folk ...
>
> This may be a little OT.
>
> I have finally switched to a mac. (Thanks to my new employer for
> buying it!)
>
> I am guessing that there are a lot of people on the list that use a
> mac, and I have a question for y'all ...
>
> As a UI/Ux/Ix Designer, what software should I take advantage of?
>
> I used Fireworks on a PC, so now I am using it on a mac. I decided
> to use Coda over Dreamweaver.
>
> I am sure that there is a lot of great software out there for me to
> indulge myself with, can you guys/gals help me out?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Grady Kelly
> grady at gradykelly.com
> http://www.gradykelly.com
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30 Jan 2010 - 6:26am
Mathew Sanders
2009

Skitch is a great screen capture/sharing tool (skitch.com) it's
always open when I'm working :)

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30 Jan 2010 - 9:37am
Jack L. Moffett
2005

Grady,

You'll find a lot of great suggestions in these posts:
http://www.ixda.org/discuss.php?post=27257#27257
http://www.ixda.org/discuss.php?post=17752

Best,
Jack

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

Some men see things as they are and say "why?"
I dream of things that never were and say "why not?"

- George Bernard Shaw

30 Jan 2010 - 9:43am
Jack L. Moffett
2005

Oh, and I may as well plug myself. I have a series of posts on DesignAday called "Designer's Toolbelt". You can find them here: http://designaday.tumblr.com/tagged/Designer%27s_Toolbelt

Best,
Jack

On Jan 29, 2010, at 3:47 PM, Grady Kelly wrote:

> I am sure that there is a lot of great software out there for me to
> indulge myself with, can you guys/gals help me out?

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

First, recognize that the ‘right’ requirements
are in principle unknowable by users, customers
and designers at the start.

Devise the design process, and the formal
agreement between designers and customers and users,
to be sensitive to what is learnt by any of the
parties as the design evolves.

- J.C. Jones

30 Jan 2010 - 1:16pm
Dan Harrelson
2007

Grady,

I was in your spot a couple years back. Welcome to the Mac family,
you'll love it!

Don't rush into a Parallels or Fusion install. I thought I'd bounce
back and forth between the Windows apps I know and the core Mac OS,
but find that I only use Parallels for browser testing. Likely you
can get away without a Windows partition at all.

Coda is the best. Good choice on ditching Dreamweaver. I like
Fireworks a bunch, so stick with that.

Others recommended Graffle, MAMP, Skitch, XScope etc and I'll just
second them.

Get to know the core Mac OS apps before searching for replacements.
I've found that iMovie, iPhoto, Quicktime, Preview, etc are good not
just for consumers but for professionals too. On Snow Leopard,
Quicktime can now record screencasts.

...Dabn

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30 Jan 2010 - 4:34pm
Santiago Bustelo
2010

Some useful Mac apps & utilities:

Freeware

Adium
http://adium.im/
Free instant messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect
to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more.

iPhoney
http://www.marketcircle.com/iphoney/
Free iPhone web simulator.

Isolator
http://willmore.eu/software/isolator/
Covers up your desktop as well as the windows of all your other
applications, so you can concentrate on the task in hand.

Sequel Pro - http://www.sequelpro.com/
MySQL Administrator, MySQL Query Browser -
http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/gui-tools/5.0.html
MySQL database management.

SimplyRAR - http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/21430
GUI for RAR compression.

Shareware

CDFinder
http://www.cdfinder.de/
Powerful and very fast disk cataloging tool, reading metadata
like EXIF, IPTC, JPG, TIFF, MP3, AAC

File Juicer
http://echoone.com/filejuicer/
Extract images from PDF, PowerPoint, Word, Excel and other files.

GraphicConverter
http://www.lemkesoft.com/
Open and save almost any picture file format.

Omnidazzle
http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnidazzle/
Screen effects for presentations and more.
The "cutout" plugin allows you to highlight areas of the screen
using different shapes - very useful for documentation.

Pear Note
http://www.usefulfruit.com/pearnote/
Pear Note records audio and/or video while you take your notes,
so later you can find what was being said when you typed something.

SubEthaEdit - http://www.subethaedit.net/
Powerful, lean collaborative text (code) editor.

TransType Pro
http://www.fontlab.com/font-converter/transtype/
Universal font format converter for Mac and Windows.

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Santiago Bustelo, Icograma
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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30 Jan 2010 - 10:01am
Anonymous

Acme Holiday Cottages
The firm Acme Holiday Cottages manage the lettings of holiday
cottages. They started in a small way in a popular resort in a
national park, but over the years they have developed the business to
cover the whole region.

The business is managed from an office in Felltown where the two
partners and a team of largely part time assistants answer telephone
calls and email enquiries. The company has a web site but it only
advertises the services provided and does not give up to date
information about the accommodation available nor does it provide any
facility for booking cottages. Customers are invited to telephone or
email for more information.

A card index is held of every person that has made an enquiry, and
the same cards record details of any bookings made. Enquiries from
customers fall into three categories:
%u2022 a request for the current catalogue;
%u2022 a request to book a cottage for a particular date / area;
%u2022 a request to book a particular property.
The firm responds by:
%u2022 sending a copy of the latest catalogue;
%u2022 sending a list of suitable cottages;
%u2022 sending a booking confirmation and invoice.
The firm already has a Sage accounting system and does not want the
new system to deal with chasing and recording payments, though the
system should send copies of any invoices to the accounting system.
The firm runs a recommendation scheme. If an existing customer
recommends a new customer, both customers are entered into a
quarterly draw for a free holiday. Details of the recommending
customer are shown on the new customer%u2019s booking form.
Owners wishing to have their property managed submit details to the
firm. A report on the property is obtained from an estate agency in
the area the property is located. When the report is received it is
given a reference number and brief details entered in the Surveys
Book. The report is considered by one of the partners and a decision
made:
%u2022 Whether to accept or reject the property;
%u2022 the price category (A to E) for the property.
When these decisions have been taken, the owner is notified of the
result and a record card created for the property. (A further report
on the property could be called for if there is a major change in the
accommodation.)
When a booking is made, a letter is sent to both customer and owner
confirming the booking and details are entered into the bookings
sheet for that property.

A new catalogue is produced by the partners in December each year and
a copy is sent to all existing customers. A copy is also sent to
customers (new or existing) who request one. In the past properties
added during the year were included in quarterly supplements. the
partners want the new system to be able to print out an up to date
brochure at any time.

FRON THE ABOVE SCENARIO, CAN ANYONE HELP TO ANSWER THE FOLLOWING
QUESTION AND POST TO
mspaul at live.co.uk

question:
Draw a dialog structure diagram. [5 marks]
(b) Draw a wire frame (or series of wire frames) based on the
structure diagram.
(c) Write a brief justification ( approx 300 words) of your design.

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1 Feb 2010 - 4:23pm
Anonymous

My favorite desktop "plug ins" that aid productivity are:

1. Jumpcut (free) - clipboard history manager. Let's you cut, cut
cut, then switch applications and paste, paste, paste.

2. Plainclip (free) - tiny app that strips all formatting from the
clipboard item. Great in combination with the above.

3. Textexpander (free/donationware) - autocomplete your email
address, phone numbers, you-name-it by only typing a few characters.

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2 Feb 2010 - 6:08am
Sachin Ghodke
2008

I really did not need those apps as much as i needed my social media
and common chat tools.
The ones i use are Seesmic (for twitter and facebook - you can set up
multiple accounts in this and post on multiple account simultaneously)
and Adium (supports MSN, Yahoo, GTalk, AIM, to name a few).

For me the Mac comes pretty loaded enough to support my work. And yes
like Adam said - MAMP. A very useful tool.

And from this discussion I must say, I am intrigued with CODA and
will certainly use it.

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