Essential Mac Tools – Monk At Work StyleBy
One of the blogs I discovered while riding the Technorati train, is Adam Kayce’s Monk at Work. Adam’s goal is to not only help you get things done, but get the right things done. How? By helping you develop your intuition, increase your productivity, and deepen your spiritual connection. Dogma-free.
Adam is a die-hard Mac lover – even after having to “make do” with a Dell PC for a time. He is sharing his favorite tools for productivity while working on an iMac G5. Since I have one of those in my office, I am really excited to get some new ideas!
Camino: an OSX version of Firefox, it’s tighter, cleaner, and faster (so they say).
Curio: Adam’s go-to program for all kinds of tasks; planning, some graphic work, project management, etc. He loves it, and highly recommends it!
Fireworks: Adam’s graphics solution. From Macromedia, the Dreamweaver people. (Right here with you on this Adam – I have been using Fireworks and Dreamweaver since version 1.0)
Mellel: word processing. Adam uses TextEdit for most things, but Mellel is what he uses to write books and handouts for classes.
Quicksilver: a launcher, and then some. Some people like LaunchBar (he used to) and others like Butler (never tried it). Quicksilver is lean, gorgeous, and if Merlin Mann swears by it, it’s gotta be pretty good.
TextExpander: Talk about a productivity booster and finger saver! Allows you to program “snippets” that automatically expand when you type them. For example, if Adam types “akM”, it instantly becomes “Adam Kayce : Monk At Work”. This one alone will save you hours â€” and it even keeps track of how much time it’s saving you!
VolumeLogic plug-in for iTunes: If you’re a music lover, this is a fantastic plug-in; it boosts the sound levels of your iTunes music to sound as if you’re right there in the studio (or stadium). Last Adam checked, it was disabled by iTunes 7, so he’s running iTunes 6 still… but it’d be worth checking to see if they’ve got the bugs worked out. He listens to music constantly while working, so this is a 24/7 bonus.
CSSEdit: An indispensible tool for working with CSS; CSSEdit is the cleanest, easiest to use CSS editor he’s ever seen. (I may have to check that one out!)
There you have it Mac fans! How do you like Adam’s selection? Even if you are not a Mac user, go check out Monk at Work – there’s lots of good stuff there.
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