Getting to Work

Apr 22, 2010
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Quit construction a year ago to write the great American novel. I use a variety of Apple’s products but none has been more central to my work lately than the iPad.

Pages

This app is the logical extension of my desktop work. I use pages to get generate text for my works before they get pasted into indesign.

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SketchBook Pro for iPad

For doing quick illustrations for my works on the go, this program excels as compared to others I’ve tried.

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Things

For the purposes of keeping track of your works, this app is unmatched. The log feature let’s you look back at all you’ve accomplished keeping each project in perspective.

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Photogene

After I’ve used Sketchbook Pro to make an illustration, I run it through this app to be refined, cut, or altered so I can drop it into Pages on the go.

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Dropbox

I like having my files handy, and thus far most apps do a terrible job keeping them organized and updated across several machines and/or platforms. Dropbox saves the day by having an app for your iPad/iPod/iPhone and one for the desktop of your computer. The favorites function allows you to keep hard copies on your iPad in the event you aren’t near Wi Fi.

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Desktop Connect

Great for when you left something on your home computer. You can go through the trouble of forwarding ports on your router, setting a static IP, and getting a DNS updater… OR if you have a Google Account, just load their handy app on the desktop of your computer. It uses Google Talk to find your machine on the internet and connect with it securely.

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iMockups for iPad

When I’m talking web design with friends or colleagues, it is really hard to describe in words what I’m after. This app allows me to render a mock up of a website or application quickly and cleanly easily exporting it to my photo app.

I have also used it to lay out basic “for print” projects that I would later render in InDesign.

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