MacPaw announces DevMate distribution platform for Mac devs – BrettTerpstra.com

May 29, 2015

Brett Terpstra:

MacPaw (makers of CleanMyMac 3, Encrypto, Listen for iOS, and more) has been developing a platform for Mac OS app development and distribution for a while. It started as an internal project for use with CleanMyMac, but is available today as DevMate, a tool for all Mac developers and vendors.

DevMate looks interesting. And it is great to see 3rd party developers taking over an area where Apple have slacked off way too long. The Mac App Store is not a failure, but it could end up as one, if they don’t get their act together.


Why the Google Photos license agreement is keeping me out

May 29, 2015

Dave Marks:

To me, the argument against using compression is weak. We accept our highly compressed music without (much) complaint. I’d bet that the vast majority of people couldn’t pick out a Google Photos compressed image from a non-compressed image.

Do you shoot in RAW mode? If so, then the free version of Google Photos is not for you. But if you don’t, if you shoot to capture a memory and not as an art form, compression is not the sticking point.

Both Apple and Google are rolling out their own photo management solutions. But I don’t want any of them. I shoot in raw, and I want my photos to stay that way. And I’m staying with Lightroom because all the files are in a folder structure that I can open in any application.


Revisions for Dropbox

May 25, 2015

I was excited to discover Revisions For Dropbox, a Mac app for viewing a history of changes for any file or folder in your Dropbox account. I’d been looking for precisely this solution, and it didn’t disappoint.

Looks great, especially for people that need to recover old versions of files. I used to do it all the time between 2010 and 2013. Great app, and I’ll be checking it out the next time I have to revert to an old version.


Alternote Review

May 22, 2015

MacStories have a review of Alternote; my favorite way to use Evernote for notes.

Evernote is great, and you can use it for a lot of different things, I mostly use it to manage files, shared notes and archived projects and files. But Alternote makes Evernote a good option to Dropbox + nvALT on the Mac, and I would consider switching to it, if there was an iOS app.

Check out the review!


The New York Times

May 22, 2015

BB King died last week, the last of the three kings of blues; Freddie King; Albert King; and now BB King. I love the blues, and nobody embodies the fact that it isn’t the notes you play, but the notes you don’t play than BB King.

He will be missed.


Core | The Cramped

May 22, 2015

Patrick Rhone:

Since early this year, I have been compiling a Commonplace book I’ve called Core. The idea was taken and slightly modified from one Shawn Blanc floated called Core Curriculum. The idea is to develop a book of core knowledge, passages, articles, books, quotes, recipes, instructions, and conversations that have shaped us, helped us, taught us, had deep meaning, or otherwise inform the core of who we are and what we believe. This is a living document, formed slowly and intentionally, and one meant to be reviewed every year or more often as needed.

I love the idea, and I’m going to do this some day.


Becoming a Better Thinker with Writing

May 21, 2015

A fantastic post about reading and writing.

I often say that reading is good for you. And it is. But you need to read the kind of books that will make you think, and think differently. And you need to take some notes, write down some quotes. A books journal is a great place to start.

And pick up some of the classics, some Plato, some Aristotle, some Descartes, some Nietzsche in other words, the classics. There is a reason people have been reading them for a very long time.