Storyist 2 for Mac Powerful story development tool for Novelists and Screenwriters

Name: Storyist 2 (version 2.4.5 reviewed)
Price: $59 download, $79 boxed (CD + printed user guide); 30-day trial available
Developer: Storyist Software
Website: http://storyist.com
Rating: 4.5/5

Introduction

Over the last several years, the market for writing software has seen an increase of apps for aspiring and seasoned writers alike. No longer are they constrained to using Microsoft Word or other bulky word processing apps to write their story; instead, they have the ability to try out low-cost programs designed specifically to fit their needs.

A lot of times, an app arrives on the market because the developer wasn’t happy with what was available, and in turn, decided to create their own in hopes of solving problems they faced from existing apps. That’s exactly what happened in 2003, which led to the creation of Mac-only Storyist.

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Inspecting Yosemite’s Icons →

The first thing people usually want to discuss with an update like this is the look and feel. However, there are plenty of comparisons between the Mavericks and Yosemite icons. They’re cleaner, they’ve removed the gloss, made things happier and brighter looking, and retained some skeuomorphic elements.

The Finder and Settings icons are beautiful; Safari’s icon looks better on the Mac than it does on iOS; the Calculator icon is terrible; Game center is awkward; and FaceTime looks like a mistake.

I love the new look Apple is giving OS X with the upcoming release of Yosemite, and this article goes into great detail about how the designers re-imagined the icons and UI for the desktop operating system.

Let’s hope they can give a second thought to the GameCenter icon, though. Yuck.


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Week of June 6, 2014 Recap

In case you’ve missed it, WWDC was this week. Below are just a few highlights from this year’s event.

News/Bits

iOS 8Apple unveiled iOS 8 on Monday during their keynote, and let me tell you, I haven’t been this excited for a mobile operating system since, well, ever. Quick Reply, Handoff, and Continuity are just a small list of features I’m looking forward to when it ships this fall.

OS X Yosemite – Just when you thought Apple forgot about desktop users, they announced the next version of OS X, 10.10 “Yosemite”. Too many features to list here, but definitely worth exploring.

Swift – One of the best-kept secrets from Apple in years is this little gem. A brand-new programming language that aims to make app development a lot easier and a lot more pleasant to use for both iOS and OS X. In fact, developers can see results from their app in real-time with the Interactive Playground. There’s even an iBook guide for this app so you can get started today and be ready when Apple ships iOS 8 and Yosemite this fall.

Link of the Week

The Other Side – Twitter pal Linus Edwards is experimenting with a fresh way to display blog posts. Very simple, clean, and elegant.

Random Tech Tidbit

June 6, 2005 – Steve Jobs announced at WWDC that Apple would be switching from PPC to Intel. There was a lot of outcry at that time from Apple fans, but in all honesty, PPC was keeping Apple on a short leash.

June 6, 2011 – Steve Jobs’ last keynote speech at WWDC. iCloud, iTunes Match, iOS 5, and OS X “Lion” were announced.

(via Day in Tech History)

Alfred & Yosemite →

What you have to remember is that Spotlight’s primary objective is to search your files and a small handful of pre-determined web sources. Meanwhile, Alfred’s primary objective is to make you more productive on your Mac with exceptional and powerful features like Clipboard History, System commands, iTunes Mini Player, 1Password bookmarks, Terminal integration, fully bespoke and customisable user-created workflows and much, much more. These features allow you to mould Alfred to your unique needs, and this isn’t going to change whether you use the free version of Alfred or the Powerpack.

In other words, Alfred will be sticking around for a while.

This is great news for Alfred users such as myself; in fact, I’ve disabled the Spotlight icon in the menu bar and mapped the default keyboard shortcuts to work with Alfred instead.

I may give Spotlight another try when I upgrade to Yosemite, but I’m not putting Alfred on the back burner any time soon.


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The Swift Programming Language →

Swift is a new programming language for creating iOS and OS X apps. Swift builds on the best of C and Objective-C, without the constraints of C compatibility. Swift adopts safe programming patterns and adds modern features to make programming easier, more flexible, and more fun. Swift’s clean slate, backed by the mature and much-loved Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, is an opportunity to reimagine how software development works.

Free; available on the iBooks Store. A great resource if you want to jump ahead and learn the Swift programming language found in OS X Yosemite.


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