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Entries from April 2007

Apr 26, 2007

Keep your Mac updated with AppFresh

If you like to keep an arsenal of software on your Mac, you know how tedious it is to keep your apps up-to-date. AppFresh 0.4 promises to simplify this process: AppFresh is an utility that keeps all applications on your Mac up to date by checking the internet for new releases and makes downloading and […]

Apr 24, 2007

Coda: One-window web development

The boys at Panic have done it again. Coda is a new web development tool that combines a text editor, FTP client, css editor, web browser, terminal, and reference library into one killer app. I haven’t had a chance to fully play with it yet, but this looks like one beauty of a program. If […]

Apr 24, 2007

The New York Times' secret reference trick

I was reading the latest about Sanjaya on the New York Times’ site and accidentally stumbled on a little-known feature: Double-click on any word in an article, and voila! A new window appears with a dictionary, thesaurus, or encyclopedia entry about the word. The Times does explain this little trick, but it’s buried all the […]

Apr 20, 2007

Yay! An official OmniFocus sneak peek

OmniFocus screenshot

Hungry for a killer GTD app? Check out the first official screenshot and feature list for OmniFocus, the much-anticipated GTD app from The Omni Group.

Check it out:

Apr 19, 2007

Quicksilver + YubNub: Rapid web searches and more

Quicksilver YubNub Mashup

What do you get when you marry Quicksilver’s powerful WebSearch plug-in with YubNub’s equally potent command-line web service?

A super duper web search tool that lets you:

  • Search 10,500+ sites and tools including Google, Wikipedia, IMDB, eBay, and Craigslist through one common interface

  • Instantly call up this interface from anywhere in the system with a single keyboard shortcut–without even being in a browser.

Here’s what it looks like in action:

Apr 17, 2007

Show & tell: Chanpory’s portfolio

PortfolioSince I’ll be reviewing portfolios in June, it’s only fair I show you mine, right?

If you’re curious, here are a few spreads from my portfolio:

Apr 12, 2007

So you wanna know what I really think?

Here’s your chance. On June 2nd, I’ll be reviewing student portfolios at AIGA’s annual portfolio day in San Francisco. If you’re in the area and want my opinion about your design work, make sure to sign up. It’ll be my fourth year reviewing and the work generally ranges from dismal to promising. I’m direct, but […]

Apr 11, 2007

Does your workspace suck?

It will when you see this gorgeously versatile and modular Joyn workspace: Designed by the Bouroullec brothers, it’s too cool to be called a desk or even a furniture system. It’s an office platform. Instead of mind-numbing cubicles, colleagues sit right next to each other around modular table units. This promotes collaboration, communication, and conversation. […]

Apr 9, 2007

Talent still isn’t everything

Whoa! My first article on Boxes and Arrows just got published. It’s called: Talent isn’t everything: 7 habits of highly effective junior designers. The article adds a bit of polish and elaboration to an earlier post I wrote last year. Enjoy. ;-)

Apr 9, 2007

The secrets of a super-slim wallet

Do you remember George Costanza’s mammoth wallet? It was so enormous, he had to stuff napkins in his other back pocket to keep himself balanced when sitting down. After causing back problems, it eventually exploded out onto a street, unleashing a torrent of receipts, coupons, and Irish money. To avoid George Costanza’s fate, here’s how […]

Apr 5, 2007

Firefox gets more del.icio.us

Del.icio.us has just announced a major upgrade to its Bookmarks extension for Firefox. The upgrade sports several new features and a much tighter browser integration: The biggest change is that we now integrate all your bookmarks right in the browser. From the new sidebar you can sort and search your bookmarks instantly, view tag intersections, […]

Apr 5, 2007

5 reasons to design with mood boards

Mood boardIf you’re a designer, the most dreaded thing a client can say is, “my wife really loves purple, and so why can’t we make it purple?”

This happens even at the conceptual phase of design, when you’re exploring rough concepts and before details such as color, imagery, and typefaces are nailed down. It’s easy to see why.

Apr 3, 2007

10 Quicksilver alternatives for Windows

Colibri[Quicksilver,][1] the Swiss Army Knife of productivity apps, does just about everything but file your taxes and bake you warm delicious cookies.

Apr 2, 2007

A few small upgrades to LifeClever

About a year ago, Sean and I pushed around some pixels and created LifeClever. In two days, we threw it up, held our breath, and hoped it stuck. Thanks to a group of devoted and smart readers, it has. The site’s evolved a lot over the last year. This weekend, I finally got to some […]