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Web Excursions for March 24, 2017

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This week’s Web excursions brought to you in partnership with Udemy. Take advantage of sitewide $10 courses in March and learn anything!

MultiMarkdown Converter Pro
MultiMarkdown 6 is complete and progress is moving forward on a new version of MultiMarkdown Composer. You can read about changes/improvements and get the CLI version of MMD 6 on GitHub, and Fletcher has also released a GUI converter for drag-and-drop conversion on the Mac App Store.
Spark for Mac
Spark from Readdle is my favorite email client on iOS, and the Mac version is making some exciting improvements. This latest update includes labels, improved sidebar management, more options for folder management (Color Tags, Recents, Favorites and Smart Folders), and improved Smart Search with boolean operators.
Wiki.js
An open source wiki app built on NodeJS, Git and Markdown. It will run on Linux, Windows, or macOS servers, saves all content to Markdown files, and automatically syncs with a Git repository. Comes complete with a nice editor with Markdown highlighting, access control and authentication options, and a built-in search engine.
Videoloupe for Mac - The Video Player for Videographers
From the creator of Fileloupe, Videoloupe is the “video player for videographers.” It offers extensive playback controls, editing and adjustment tools, and a wide range of export/conversion options. Great for pros, but just about all of it is useful to anyone who works with videos regularly.
48 Incredibly Short, Clean Jokes That Are Actually Funny.
I can’t help it. These are so bad/good that I’m making an effort to memorize them all. This is one of the ways I avoid being invited to too many dinners and parties.

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The Lab presents: mugs!

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First, thanks to everyone for the continuous support of The Lab, whether by donation, subscription, or supporting my products. It’s meant more to me than you know, and I plan to keep bringing you the kind of crazy tools and tricks you’ve clearly come to expect. As a thank you, I’ve set up a promo code to get you free shipping on your order: LABMARCH17.

It only seemed right that the **BOLD** design should be available for your coffee as well, right? That’s actually where the design started out, on a mug I made years ago. I’m pleased to announce that this innovation in Markdown technology is now available to the public. It comes in one size, but a variety of colors so you can express yourself in anything from caustic yellow to an understated grey. Like a bold Eeyore.

I’ve also published some new command line humor designs…

Because everyone needs to abort sometimes…

Because we all get fed up at some point…

And because it’s so hard to find the right way to say “I love you” to the Linux hacker in your life

Also available as t-shirts in men’s and women’s sizes and multiple colors.

The Unix jokes even have a new Lab tagline for the back…

Lastly, I republished the Iggy Pop tribute shirt as both a t-shirt and a mug…

Thanks for checking them out, and don’t forget to use the code LABMARCH17 for free shipping!

Web Excursions for March 14, 2017

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This week’s Web excursions brought to you in partnership with Udemy. Take advantage of sitewide $10 courses in March and learn anything!

Audulus 3
A minimalist modular audio processing app for Mac with a beautiful interface, MIDI control, visual audio programming, and an Audio Unit version to run inside of your preferred DAW. There’s also an iOS version with iCloud syncing of patches.
Sorted - Quickly Organize Your Day
Perhaps overly similar to Clear as far as the UI goes, Sorted is a handy todo list app that incorporates due dates and daily task lists in an easy-to-use swipe interface. Customizable colors, tagging/categorization, calendar and day views, and easy pushing of overdue tasks to the current day. I especially like the ability to select multiple tasks and pinch them apart to spread their due times out.
ImageOptim HTTP API
ImageOption now has a REST api that can be used for frontend image optimization when serving as well as backend processing for caching and delivery. A solid set of options including resizing, cropping/filling, and optimization levels.
DatoCMS - A CMS for static website generators
A nice looking CMS control panel that works with Jekyll, Hugo, Hexo, and more. Support for publishing via S3, GitLab CI, and other continuous integration platforms.
Don’t Get Hacked
Privacy and security are of more interest than ever right now. Product Hunt offers a list of some of the best tools for maintaining both.

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The Pi Fest software sale

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Pi Fest starts today! It’s a software sale event geared toward researchers, scientists, and students. Developers from around the world have teamed up for this 10-day promotion. These are all high-quality apps that make work easier and faster, and with sustainable discounts that mean your purchase is supporting some great developers, too.

The discounted apps include some of my favorites:

  • iThoughtsX (50% off) - Mindmapping for Mac, iOS and Windows
  • TextExpander (30% off) - Your productivity multiplier
  • Findings (40% off) - Your lab notebook, reinvented
  • ReadCube Pro (50% off) - Complete Reference Management — across all of your devices
  • Manuscripts (50% off) - Make it your best work
  • DEVONagent Pro (25% off) - Your personal research assistant
  • F1000 Workspace (Free off) - Discover top research. Save references while you browse.
  • Studies (50% off) - Flashcards for serious students
  • Papers (50% off) - Your personal library of research
  • PCalc (30% off) - A calculated decision
  • DataGraph (25% off) - Data exploration, analysis, graphing, publishing
  • Wizard (25% off) - Statistics finally clicks

Check out all of them at Pi Fest!

Web Excursions for March 06, 2017

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Web excursions brought to you in partnership with Creatabl and The Super Handy Utilities Mini-bundle with seven awesome Mac utility apps.

so-fancy/diff-so-fancy: Good-lookin’ diffs
My Git diffs on the command line have never looked so good.
Markdown Editors Shootout: Support for Tables, Footnotes, Strikethrough
A detailed overview of just about all of the Markdown tools/editors available on Mac.
Son.gg – Share Music. Everywhere.
In the vein of Songlink from the last Web Excursions, another easy way to share a song and let the recipient pick which service to listen to it on.
ForkLift 3
Forklift has been rivaling Path Finder as a Finder replacement for years, and this latest version gives it the edge, in my opinion. Excellent support for remote connections (SFTP, WebDAV, S3, and more), fast file management options and keyboard shortcuts, and an extensible command palette, among dozens of other features.
Tinycards — Flashcards by Duolingo
A new app from the team behind education app Duolingo. Create flashcards or select from the extensive library, and get gaming features (level up, memory strength bar) built in.

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