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by antony
Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:07 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Macworld Expo SF
Replies: 45
Views: 3293

Re: Macworld Expo SF

I second all of Hugh's suggestions. I also thoroughly recommend spending an afternoon wandering around Chinatown for shopping and a meal, if you have the time.
by antony
Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:05 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Very important rule on writing
Replies: 29
Views: 2834

Re: Very important rule on writing

Gaiman is a Neil, not a Neal.
by antony
Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:25 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Recommendations for external hard drive?
Replies: 51
Views: 6374

Re: Recommendations for external hard drive?

mary wrote:You can't have too many backups, can you?


No. No, you cannot.
by antony
Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:31 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Macworld Expo SF
Replies: 45
Views: 3293

Re: Macworld Expo SF

I love San Francisco. I may end up there myself again next year, but alas in February, not January. Enjoy it, though, and make sure to get out and actually see some of the city while you're there :)
by antony
Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:00 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Noodling
Replies: 9
Views: 2007

Re: Noodling

I'm a bit of a broken record on this point, but I think you've made the right choice. Nothing is as fast and intuitive as pen and paper when you're brainstorming, and as wonderful as apps like OmniGraffle are, they're still no substitute for actually drawing lines and circles and making notes in the...
by antony
Sun Oct 05, 2008 10:16 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Things
Replies: 140
Views: 24695

Re: Things

Things 1.0 finally has a release date. MacWorld 2009: http://tinyurl.com/3gcwec
by antony
Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:01 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Recommendations for external hard drive?
Replies: 51
Views: 6374

Re: Recommendations for external hard drive?

For daily backup of my writing: I keep my current projects in a single folder, which in turn is attached to an email I send to a dedicated gmail account at the end of every day. I'm thinking, though, of using Dropbox instead -- seems more secure. The thing I love about Dropbox, and which solves &qu...
by antony
Sat Oct 04, 2008 9:21 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Recommendations for external hard drive?
Replies: 51
Views: 6374

Re: Recommendations for external hard drive?

I have an Iomega 500GB USB, and it's rock solid. I backup generally with Time Machine, which handles everything I need.

But I also use Dropbox for specific Scrivener backups; I use the Backup To command in Scriv, then copy the resulting .zip file into Dropbox. Works perfectly.
by antony
Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:03 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: New poll: What's your favorite word processor?
Replies: 23
Views: 4724

Re: New poll: What's your favorite word processor?

I was a FreeHand user, and Illustrator's UI always felt very sloppy in comparison. In addition, it just seemed very imprecise compared to FH. When I first saw InDesign (and I saw a prerelease copy, as I reviewed it for Computer Arts magazine) I sighed at the UI being essentially a mashup of Illustra...
by antony
Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:50 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: New poll: What's your favorite word processor?
Replies: 23
Views: 4724

Re: New poll: What's your favorite word processor?

Lovely, but I don't see how OpenOffice is relevant to what I said...?
by antony
Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:34 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: What is your preferred keyboard?
Replies: 27
Views: 6493

Re: What is your preferred keyboard?

You might want to have a look at the Macally IceKey keyboard - it has the same low profile as the MacBook/Pro (it has laptop-style scissor-keys), so you might find switching back and forth easier. I have an Icekey, and while it's a very nice keyboard, I definitely prefer the new aluminium Apple one...
by antony
Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:44 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Scrivener deletes my content
Replies: 7
Views: 1668

Re: Scrivener deletes my content

"Backup Project To..." is the Scrivener equivalent of "Save As", yes - hence it shares the same Shift-S shortcut. Backup automatically adds a timestamp to your filename (which I and many others find extremely useful) but you can of course delete it from the file name in the save ...
by antony
Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:37 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: What is your preferred keyboard?
Replies: 27
Views: 6493

Re: What is your preferred keyboard?

My favourite keyboard (bar the old Apple Extended II, natch) is actually the new MacBook/Apple Aluminium style, which I love. But check this out for the mother of all ergonomic split keyboards; I don't use one myself, but I know someone who does and swears by it: http://www.safetype.com/images/safet...
by antony
Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:33 pm
Forum: Bug Hunt (Mac)
Topic: Blank scenes
Replies: 10
Views: 1186

Re: Blank scenes

Mark: this is precisely why I use Backup To to make .zip copies of my Scriv projects, and put those into the Dropbox folder, rather than working on .scriv files directly in the folder :) I know the Dropbox guys have made it compatible with the Scriv project structure, but I'm just too paranoid to be...
by antony
Sat Sep 27, 2008 5:45 pm
Forum: Bug Hunt (Mac)
Topic: Blank scenes
Replies: 10
Views: 1186

Re: Blank scenes

I concur with Katherine. I have a similar "never know which machine I'll be working on" workflow, and use Dropbox , which is installed on both my machines. When I've finished a session on one machine, I use the Backup To command to make a .zip, and copy that zip file into Dropbox. If I the...