After several years, time has come for an update of my 2015 Tools of the trade post.
These are the hardware and software tools I work with in 2018.
Computers and other hardware
I’m still a Mac person (an old 2009 IMac and a 2010 MacBook Pro 13 inches, still reliable, albeit a bit slow). I have Windows on Bootcamp but I rarely switch to it.
No tablet or smartphone yet. Not needed them so far, except a couple of times when we got lost on vacation.
Information and Project Management
For information and project management, I remain faithful to my stalwart combination of DevonThink , Things, and Reminders, which comes with OSX. They are always open in my session. Included in my toolbox are Xmind for mind mapping and Scapple. But I realize I really do not turn to Xmind much. I have tried several brands of notebooks recently, but I stick to Leuchtturm .
No change for bibliography management. My tool of choice remains Bookends
I must confess that I do not write in much anymore. No particular reason I think, except the fact that Mellel has gotten better and that I increasingly turn to Adobe InDesign. I still use Scrivener extensively and, as I just said, Adobe InDesign for more graphically demanding documents.
Correcting and editing in French and English is done with Druide’s fantastic Antidote. The OSX’s Dictionary is also always open (I have loaded dictionaries in French, English, German, Spanish and Dutch from the preferences).
To help me memorize things, especially in my case in learning vocabulary, I use Anki, a really nice open-source multiplatform software. I have started using it to learn Romanian (I have a lot of Romanian students) in combination with Duolingo and a few other ressources.
My other tools remain TextExpander (though, not wanting to switch to the subscription model, I have not upgraded to the last version and do not intend to do so); 1Password for password management; ScreenFlow for screencasting; and Lightroom and Photoshop for managing and editing my pictures.
That’s still a lot of software. I have to say that I increasingly resort to the terminal and Unix commands. It’s just simpler and more powerful than a lot of apps out there. The programs I work with the most are definitely DevonThink, Mellel, Scrivener, Things, the OSX Dictionary and Terminal. These are almost always open in my session.