My apologies to anyone hoping for a meaningful update, the site has been quiet for a few weeks while. Time is hard to come by, nonetheless new material is not far away. In the meantime, I draw your attention to the annual WinterFest sale from Eastgate. Some of the best apps you will find anywhere for study and academic work are on the list, among them the most important software I own. These are the highlights:
One of only two reference managers I can recommend at present, Bookends is annoyingly good. I say that because I am currently invested in Zotero, while I continue to use the API for building iOS shortcuts. If it were not for that exercise, I would switch permanently to Bookends. It is everything I always hoped Papers 3 would be and never was. If you want a native referencing solution this is it.
I write in Markdown wherever I can, but there is nothing that comes remotely close to providing what Scrivener does for long form writing. I mean real long form writing. 1 If you're crafting a dissertation, a thesis, monograph, or a novel get Scrivener. Ulysses provides a well polished middle ground for writers, but Scrivener is much better suited for serious projects in my view. If you’re still writing in MS Word, do yourself a favour.
Another singular and irreplaceable tool. There are programs about that approximate some of its functionality, such as Keep-it, Eagle Filer, or Evernote in a pinch, but there is nothing that combines the powerful heuristic engine, security features and search capabilities. All of my data ends up in DEVONthink eventually.
Scapple was designed as a companion tool for Scrivener, but works just as well as a standalone utility. It is the simplest, most freeform mind mapping utility available on macOS.
I have all but forgotten how to type without TextExpander. By no means the only option for the job, though likely the best of them.
For the entire list, and more information check out the Eastgate WinterFest page. As far as I can see, there doesn’t seem to be any indication of when the promotion ends. However, the promo code is the same for all the apps:
- Sorry Apple Bloggers, long blog posts are not long form writing ↩