⌚ Finally got an Apple Watch

It’s finally happened. After the long wait, and supply shortages, I’ve managed to get an Apple Watch. Just in time for the new model to come out, but there will always be a new model right around the corner. But, the Apple Watch is very cool, even though being a watch is the least significant thing it does. In fact, I’ve been surrounded by devices that tell time for the last 30 years, so I haven’t had a need for a watch. However, I didn’t get the Apple Watch to tell time, it’s my fitness and health monitor. I’m specifically interested in the Activity and Heart sections. I want to know what my workout BPM is, my resting heart rate, the number of steps I take, and a rough guess on how many calories are burned in a day. I’ve even added walking to my routine because there is a stride measurement that can possibly identify issues from your walking […]

📎 Add New Documents from Template in Scrivener

I don’t know why I haven’t been using this, but the Research folder within Scrivener has a fantastic feature called, Add from Template. This lets Scrivener create a new file for another application and store it as part of the project. For example, I’ve created a TaskPaper outline file and attached it to my writing project. I can see it as a plain text document, but I can open it directly in TaskPaper to make changes. Since it’s part of the project, the changes are stored in Scrivener. This is the same as the New from Template feature I use in Devonthink. In fact, it’s using the same set of templates. This is super easy to set up and extremely useful. From Scrivener, select Preferences – On the General tab, select Shared Templates from the list – Create a new folder and place your blank template documents inside – Next, select the Research folder inside the Scrivener project – Right-click, […]

Top 3 Markdown Editors

When it comes to Markdown editors for Mac, there are dozens of choices. Prices range from free to $50 and above. With so many choices, where to start? I’ve tried out a lot of them, and these are my Top 3 choices with the most expensive coming in at $19.99. First is MWeb Pro at $19.99. This is my personal choice. It’s a full featured word processor that’s perfect for heavy Markdown usage and blog publishing. Great organization with a 3 pane layout Customizable themes with built-in theme editor Custom font separate from theme Customizable toolbar Full editor or split view Code blocks Insert Table and Math Tabbed documents Multiple export formats (PDF, HTML, ePub, RTF, Docx) Publish to blogs (WordPress, Blogger, Medium) Next is Typora at $14.99. A bit more minimalistic, but a good choice. More minimal UI Small number of themes Tree, article view for files and folders Export to PDF, HTML, ePub, RTF, Docx Code blocks Insert […]

💾 A quick look at myPointPro from the App Store 💿

It started with the idea to dim my other monitors while working to cut down on distractions and the amount of light they put out. When needed, I want to set the other 3 screens to black or mostly black. An easy task. I found ScreenFocus, which did the job, but $7.99 for a simple tasks seems expensive. A look around the App Store shows several other variants for much cheaper or with more features. I’ve chosen myPoint Pro, which has Screen Shades as well as Locator, Halo, and Grid. Locator and Halo add animation around the cursor making it easier to find on multiple screens. And when you click, it shows the action has been taken. The Shade dims all monitors or a specific one. It can also use an overlay to color the monitor for different light conditions. Grid adds a grid to the screen, for working with layouts. For $6.99, myPoint Pro offers some nice features, and […]

A quick look at MonsterWriter from Bundlehunt

I’ve got Scrivener, so from a word processing standpoint I’m pretty set, but I’m intrigued by MonsterWriter. I saw this name come up a month or so ago for writing a thesis or paper. I’m not writing either one of those, but the emphasis is on citation, footnotes, and cross-reference. As luck would have it, MonsterWriter is on sale at Bundlehunt. I’ve picked up a copy to give it a try. I’ve just started, but I see you access functions using keyboard shortcuts, specifically CMD-I to access the menus for footnote, or reference. The editor uses Markdown formatting, so each block can use different formatting. One block can be a paragraph, then code, then a quote, then back to paragraph. You can use the Markdown codes or hover outside the block to change formatting. It looks pretty useful, but we’ll have to see how it compares to Scrivener. Is this a path I should follow or is this folly and […]