December 14, 2013

More Mac App Stuff

My last post had the apps I use every day.  Today's post is about  those apps that get used less often by me but may also be something you'd need in your own life. 


Popclip - is a cute little app that makes copy/paste work a bit differently and easier.  I use it for the basic copy/paste, but also to quickly send text to Evernote.  There are other actions that can be added to the list.  You can try it for free, so check it out.  I forgot about this when I was making the list for the other post, I use it often during the day and it's so easy - I don't even remember it's there! 
 

PDF Pen or PDF Pen Pro - If you have to work on many a PDF, you should really look into Smile's choices.  As an added bonus, they make a PDF editor for the iPad too which can come in very handy as it will sync over iCloud to your Mac.  Preview does some basic PDF editing, so if all you need to do is add some text to a document and sign it, that may work for you.  But if you ever need more, PDF Pen would be the first choice.  

I will say right now, my PDF editing skilz are really bad.  I use them so seldom, I always have to figure it out every time.  I did run across one document that I couldn't get to work in PDF Pen (it might well have been my fault for not knowing the tool and how it works).  It was a doc that was using some sort of specialized fields that would add up - seems it would work in Adobe, but I couldn't get it to work in PDF Pen.  If you need a PDF editor or creator, it's way way way less expensive than Adobe and uses far less of your computer resources. 

Scrivener - this is the most awesome tool ever if you need to create a written project of any kind.  It does so much it's hard to know where to start (they even have Windows version now).  For one thing, I would take this over the current version of Pages - period.  You can import all kinds of documents edit, export them, and (unlike the hamstrung version of Pages that is not quite ready for prime time) it just works.  You can try before you buy.  Check out the website for all the ways you can use this.  Best bit of money for a writing tool you could ever spend.  

Cobook - I got this a while back.  I like the interface better than the Contacts.  It is free for use on the iPhone/ipad, but you do have to pay for the Mac version.  Whether it has features you want or not, would be up to you.  I have found it a bit sticky when trying to sync to my i-devices.  Cobook automatically adds stuff to your Contacts on the Mac, but I have found I need to open Contacts over on my i-devices, sync them, then they appear in cobook over there.  I do like the fact that I can send out contact info very easily via my iPhone.  Have a look, see if it appeals.  If you have an iPhone/ipad try the free versions first (the Mac app store doesn't allow free trials  which is annoying).

Speaking of contact info, Evernote just added an updated feature on iPhones/ipads to process and format business card info.  If you are constantly receiving business cards, this may be of interest to you.  They also added a presentation mode so you can pull together fast presentations then use Evernote as the presenting platform (premium user feature).  Check it out.  

Evernote also has Skitch which is free. It allows you to mark up photos among other things so you can easily show someone something via a photo rather than a long winded email. 

Last of all I have to say, that while Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are okay for basic uses, if you need advanced features like... oh say being able to see a document that includes tables... these should NOT be your number one choice.  If you have the old versions, they are up to the task, but if you only have the brand new versions, do not rely on them!  I found out the hard way that the new Pages is a really really dumbed down version of the old one.  I realize Apple has an agenda and the functionality will return eventually, but right now, it sucks pond water.  

For now when it comes to documents, Scrivener will be my app of choice.  I don't get many spreadsheets or I would have to go with the Windows tools on the Mac.  There is no real substitute now that they have dumbed down Numbers too.  For presentation, I would go with Evernote unless you have to do something really fancy.    

This is just a heads up to let anyone who has just moved to Mac know that iWork tools may be "free" but right now that doesn't get you much.  I expect them to improve them over the next year like they did with Final Cut X, but you may not have a year to wait to get somethings done.  Better to know there might be a problem and plan on how to get round it. 

I think this covers most things. If something else occurs I will add another post.  

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