Interesting insights here. He loves Apple’s hardware and apps, prefers Android OS. Apple, you’ve got some ripping off to do!
That surprises me. I find Markdown quite natural, which goes a long way to explaining why I do most of my writing in Ulysses.
I’m writing this post in Markdown, and if you’re reading it on Facebook or Google+, that’s how you’re reading it. But I’m not writing this post in Ulysses; I’m composing it directly in WordPress, which is how I do most of my writing for the blog and social media.
Via the Mac Power Users podcast, which compares Scrivener and Ulysses. I’m listening to the episode now.
Apple is considering paid search for the App Store. [Adam Satariano and Alex Webb – Bloomberg]
John Gruber is right here: The App Store doesn’t need paid search. Paid search would be a step backwards. The App Store needs better search. If people could better find the apps they want, Apple would make more money.
Google and Apple are working on technology that will reduce or eliminate the need for apps. [Donny Reynolds – Medium]
An app is great if you use it regularly, but it’s inconvenient if you just want to read one article, or look at a few of your friend’s photos. And apps are hard for search engines to index.
The three-year cost of running TextExpander on the Mac has gone from $20 to $142.56. That puts TextExpander in the price range of Microsoft Office, Adobe Lightroom, and TurboTax.
As for me: Smile says it will continue to support the current version of TextExpander through the current and next versions of OS X. I’ll stay with it until I get a compelling reason to upgrade or switch.
Ironically timed, just this morning I saw a write-up of an intriguing alternative for large numbers of complex text snippets.
TextExpander 6 and TextExpander.com [Michael Tsai]
TextExpander is a keyboard-shortcut app for the Mac. You configure TextExpander to output a long block of text when you type a short text string. For example, people enter their email signatures in TextExpander and type out the whole long thing by just typing “ssig” or some other short string. I use TextEpander to store a lot of full names of the companies I cover, their Twitter handles for when I tweet out headlines about them, “dts” to type out the current date and time, “mmob” for my mobile phone number, and so on.
Now, TextExpander is going from a paid app to a subscription model.
$60/year seems like a lot of money. The new features outlined in this article don’t interest me all that much – I don’t have a team to share snippets with.
On the other hand, TextExpander is one of my most-used apps, and I do believe in throwing financial support to indy apps I use heavily.
I’ll stay with the current versions on Mac and iOS until some compelling alternative comes along, which could mean upgrading to the new service and could mean switching to a competitor.
Julie and a couple of my Apple-using friends like to give me grief for switching apps so frequently. And that’s true for some apps – text editors, to-do apps, and I haven’t even talked here about my quest for the perfect clipboard manager. But I’ve stuck with TextExpander since a few months after I switched from Windows to Mac in 2007,
That’s a screenshot above.
A lot of people are going to be happy about this, but not as happy as when it actually ships.
From Alpha to Beta [KB – Literature and Latte: The Cellar Door]