Not realising potential

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Not realising potential

This is a follow-up to my previous post and came about due to a discussion I had on that post with a friend.

One of the basic issues I identified with the cut-and-paste situation was that the touch interface is having to deal with an "old school" model of text editing that came, in fact, from the days before the mouse. However, I came to realise there are things that a touch interface should be really good are still hamstrung by old ideas.

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Trucks and cars

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Trucks and cars

There has been a recent resurgence of discussion in the Apple commentator's world about the future of the Mac. In many cases, the discussion turns to how well, or not, iOS can take the place of macOS for many types of work.

I love my Mac and would hate to see it fade away. I've always had this feeling that some basic tasks are just more intuitive and simple on a Mac than on iOS but until a few days ago I couldn't come up with any concrete examples.

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A decade on

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A decade on

Today marks 10 years since I switched to the Mac and I thought, like that day, it deserved a blog post to mark the occasion.

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Design iOS icons in Affinity Designer

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Design iOS icons in Affinity Designer

I'm a recent convert to Affinity Photo, so when a special offer came up for Affinity Designer, I leapt at the chance. I've not done much more than mucking around to learn Designer, but while doing so I figured it'd be a great tool for designing the type of strong, bold icon I need for my (planned) iOS apps.

That got me thinking about the standard icon grid of golden ratios and the all important squircle corners. Having used a Photoshop template in the past, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted. I ended up basing it off an SVG design from German software company Kodira.

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Towards enterprise

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Towards enterprise

In a recent episode of the Accidental Tech PodcastJohn Siracusa said something that really resonated with me. In reference to the unfolding drama of Smile Software moving to a subscription model for their Text Expander product, someone had mentioned maybe their intent was "to move towards 'enterprise.'" John's response was along the lines of "I hope not, because moving towards enterprise means moving away from quality."

I've been living with this fact for the last while at work and it can be soul destroying.

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What a laptop should be

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What a laptop should be

Back in January I wrote about returning to the fold of desktop computers with the purchase of my 27" iMac with Retina 5K display. After four and a half years with a MacBook Pro (2011, 15") I was not in love with the laptop concept.

In that post I said I didn't see myself returning to a laptop for my primary computer, which inferred what I had and have been thinking – a laptop as a secondary computer was still appealing.

A week ago I decided to make that leap and what I found surprised me.

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Trying out Google Photos

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Trying out Google Photos

I've been hearing a fair bit lately about how amazing Google Photos is at intelligently identifying the subjects of photos. On numerous podcasts I've heard about people searching for "hugs" and "dogs" and "patios" and getting "astonishing" results. So I thought I'd give it a go.

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