Posts Tagged “writing”

  • Marked 2.5.8

    The latest version of Marked 2 (2.5.8) is out with improvements and fixes. The price is $9.99 through (Cyber) Monday, after which it's going back to $13.99.…

  • My current blogging workflow

    Admittedly, my publishing pace has been down for a while, but I'm working to get it back to its former levels. This reboot has been a good chance to re-evaluate my workflow. I thought it was also a good time to share my current list of tools and tricks for blogging.…

  • The TitleCase API

    Federico Viticci mentioned my little TitleCase project in a MacStories post recently, but I never got around to officially announcing it. It's a very simple API for title casing a string of text (AP rules) which can be used in iOS workflows, Mac services and CLIs, and any tool that can get a response from a URL.…

  • NaNoWriMo: The Productive Writer's Bundle

    I've teamed up with Christian Tietze, maker of the excellent WordCounter app, Toketa software (iThoughtsX), and the team from Texts to create a special bundle for this year's NaNoWriMo. Including Marked 2, it's a full package for creative writing at a 50% discount.…

  • Do it right: Writing about Apple

    If you write technical documentation for or blog about Apple products, you've probably pondered phrasing, capitalization, etc.. If you're not familiar with it already, Apple publishes and updates a style guide that's complete and useful for any kind of Apple-related writing. I've broken plenty of rules over my career, but I've been internalizing as many of these as I can, especially for software documentation.…

  • Blink: instant iTunes affiliate links on iOS

    Blink is an app for people who share links to iTunes and Mac App Store apps and use Apple's affiliate linking program. It lets you search across the App Store, the Mac App Store, the iTunes Store and the iBooks store, then generate an affiliate link with the result. You can choose a link format: plain url or one of three Markdown formats.…

  • I wrapped your gift very poorly but I love you

    I think my gifts this year are thoughtful, well-considered, and appropriate, though my wrapping job belies the fact that I've never worked in a department store and apparently have not had much contact with adult scissors before.…

  • SearchLink 2.2.0. Awesome.

    I'm officially announcing SearchLink 2.2.0 today. It's still free (for now), and I'm really excited about this update. The documentation has been updated and the changelog is immense.…

  • iThoughtsX and Marked 2, together at last

    I've mentioned previously that I've been using mind maps frequently when writing. It's an excellent way to structure and flesh out a piece of any length. Create sections, add topics, and even start fleshing out paragraphs using notes. I export the mind map to various formats and continue writing in an editor.…

  • How I Mind Map

    I've been working on a mind mapping post for some time now. It started as a Macworld piece, but I took too long...…

  • Quick Tip: manual autocorrect on OS X

    This tip from Macworld is a fun one for writers. It's about how you can manually trigger the autocorrect popup in Cocoa text fields by hitting space after a misspelled word and then moving the caret backward to the edge of the word. After a very short delay, the suggestion popover (only in the most recent versions of OS X) will appear and you can use arrow keys and enter to choose one. Dismiss it with escape. It avoids the entire process of right clicking and choosing a correction from the…

  • Web Excursions for January 16, 2014
  • A Service for creating Marked indexes

    In case you're not familiar with it already, Marked has the ability to include external documents within any other document. The main use for this is creating longer documents with chapters/sections split into separate files. Then you create an index file that pulls them all together in the proper order.…

  • Web Excursions for October 11, 2013
  • The Read & Trust Anthology

    A complete anthology of the Read & Trust newsletter is now available. For $29 US you can read all of the great work published over the 10-month span of the newsletter by authors including Shawn Blanc, Matt Alexander, Patrick Rhone, Matt Gemmell, Federico Viticci, myself and many more. Over 160 pages of great articles by great authors.…

  • Editorial for iPad is here

    Editorial for iPad is out, and ready to change the face of iPad writing. I'm not even going to tell you about it, since Federico Viticci has it more than covered.…

  • Wrangling email: my post on Macworld

    A post based on my presentation at the last Macworld is up on... wait for it... Macworld. It was written prior to the advent of Mailbox, which I'm testing as an alternative solution right now, but this is still my go-to system.…

  • 60 Mountain Lion tips on the iBookstore now

    Ever since doing a Macworld talk showcasing rapid-fire Mac tips with David Sparks and Merlin Mann, David and I have been working on a book of tips, complete with screencasts and detailed explanations. Today I'm happy to present 60 Mountain Lion Tips.…

  • The Read and Trust Magazine

    You can now subscribe to a monthly PDF magazine featuring the amazing writers in the Read & Trust network. If you're a reader and you enjoy excellent writing from top-notch thinkers and authors, you want this.…

  • An open response

    George Entenman recently wrote a blog post where he expressed confusion over some of the things I talk about, build, or endorse. I wanted to take a moment to respond as I'm sure he's not alone in this.…

  • App Review: Textastic code editor for iPad

    I've been meaning to write about Textastic for almost a year now. I'm easily distracted by shiny objects, so some things take a while. In the meantime, this app has only gotten better. It's in the iTextEditors chart, but I think it deserves a special mention. I'll try to write up a few more of my favorites before another year passes me by.…

  • Byword for iOS!

    Markdown lovers rejoice, Byword for iOS is here! I've been beta testing it for a while now and it's my new favorite way to write Markdown on my iPad. There's also full iCloud (and Dropbox) sync with the desktop version, so the writing circle is complete (at least for me). For background, see some of my previous thoughts on Byword.…

  • Read & Trust

    I am proud (and humbled) to announce that I've been included in the Read & Trust network. Founded by Aaron Mahnke, Read & Trust is a group of writers who have been carefully selected as trustworthy beacons of news and opinions. The ranks include my good friends Dave Caolo and David Chartier, along with many bloggers I admire, such as Patrick Rhone, Ben Brooks, Brett Kelly, Shawn Blanc, and Marco Arment. This is a great privilege!…

  • Mac App Giveaway: Byword

    I'm really excited to be putting this one up: Five promo codes for Byword for Mac. It's US $9.99 on the App Store, but leave a comment on this post and have a chance to pick up a copy for free! I've mentioned Byword before, and it's one of my favorite writing tools on my Mac. It has great tools for Markdown writers, too, and some very handy keyboard shortcuts.…

  • iOS App Review: WriteUp

    If you're still looking for a slick Markdown editor for iOS, there's a new candidate up for your vote. WriteUp is a polished editor that covers the basics well. With Dropbox support and available as a universal app for both iPad and iPhone, it makes a nice addition to your all-around writing workflow.…

  • Word repetition checking with JavaScript

    Ok, I made something interesting (to me) last night. It's probably not worth taking the time to write up, but someday someone might find it and think it useful. I apologize for the messiness of the code, if I take this further and clean it up, I'll update this post.…

  • An unintentional 24-hour Internet break

    I know, it sounds like one of those experiments that the productivity crowd subjects themselves to, just to see what happens. This was not intentional, premeditated or appreciated, though.…

  • An office for every mode

    Moving into a new house has meant more space, and a chance to separate my various modes of work a little. I'm more efficient at switching modes (working, writing, playing, etc.) if I can switch spaces. Now, I have three work spaces.…

  • Why Markdown? A two-minute explanation

    Anyone who's read this blog, used my projects or has talked to me about anything nerdy for more than five minutes knows I'm a fan of Markdown. The question doesn't come up often, but occasionally someone dares to ask--despite the apparent probability that it will lead to a lengthy explanation--why I use Markdown in so many of my workflows. I give just about the same response to seasoned nerds as I do to my not-so-computer-savvy friends. This isn't the Markdown what, it's the Markdown why...…

  • Break up your text documents

    I've heard complaints over the last year that apps such as nvALT and Marked slow down when handling large documents. I'm constantly working to optimize the code and the preview processes, but here's a tip that I hope will be taken to heart: split your longer text documents into manageable portions.…

  • App Review: Byword

    In the interest of actually getting going on app reviews on this blog, I'm mentioning a somewhat obvious one: Byword. While I still write my drafts in nvALT and do the heavy lifting and linking in TextMate with my Blogsmith Bundle, Byword has quickly become the place where I actually do my writing.…

  • The Mac and iOS mind mapping app extravaganza

    Most of my projects start out as mind maps (which I may have mentioned before). Whether it's a packing list, a blog post or a TextMate bundle, I find it easiest to organize my (often scattered) thoughts using what Tony Buzan calls radiant thinking. Lists and outlines are rarely as effective as the non-linear format of a mind map. For me, if it involves brainstorming, it involves mind maps.…

  • TextMate as WriteRoom, for free

    I use TextMate for editing most of my Markdown. I could name a dozen reasons why this is the case, but let's leave it at auto-pairing, wrapping and the Blogsmith Bundle features. Anyhow, I got a bug yesterday to make TextMate work in "concentration" mode (ala WriteRoom). Not because I think that will improve my writing habits, I just wanted to see if it was possible. A few Google searches later, I have a pretty good solution.…

  • Big Nerd Ranchero

    I'm sitting at the airport in Minneapolis, waiting for a flight to Atlanta. I'm headed for Big Nerd Ranch for a week-long crash course in iPhone programming. I've done a little, but I think it will be a great way to start from the basics and fill in all of the holes in my knowledge. The thing is, I'm a little torn about the circumstances Big Nerd Ranch is paying for this trip and providing a week of classes in order for me to review the facilities for The Unofficial Apple Weblog, where I'm a…